8:51am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Special 'Voice' Beats 'Idol' Head-to-Head, ABC Comedies Drop
Fast National returns have American Idol dropping a tenth of a point among adults 18-49 on Wednesday night, though adjustments should see it matching or besting last week's showing. The penultimate performance show of the season averaged a 2.8 rating in the key demo. In the 8 p.m. hour, it lost to a special outing of NBC's The Voice (2.7 adults over Idol's 2.5 adults), which topped it by two tenths of a point. (In viewers, Idol had the edge that hour, 9.5 over 8.7 million.) All told, Fox averaged 10.8 million viewers for its two-hour block.
CBS saw boosts across the board, with both Survivor (2.5 adults) and Criminal Minds (2.5 adults) rising a tenth of a point from last week's ratings. CSI (2.2 adults) was up three tenths of a point at 10 p.m., giving the network an average 9.7 million viewers and a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49.
The special Voice (2.7 adults), a low for the series excluding recaps, still drove a particularly strong Wednesday on NBC. Law & Order: SVU (1.9 adults) moved up four tenths of a point, and Chicago Fire (1.8 adults) grew by one tenth. NBC averaged a 2.1 rating with adults 18-49 and 7.5 million viewers.
ABC saw several big losses, starting with a season low for The Middle (1.8 adults), which was down by two tenths of a point. Family Tools (1.1 adults) faltered after its modest premiere, dropping four tenths of a point, and Modern Family (3.1 adults) lost half of a point for a season low. How to Live With Your Parents (2.0 adults) was off just a tenth of a point, as was Nashville (1.6 adults). The network averaged a 1.9 rating with adults 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers.
Steady outings of Arrow (0.9 adults) and Supernatural (0.9 adults) averaged a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating and 2.3 million viewers.
Univision averaged a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.3 million viewers.