Fox wins Wednesday with 'Idol'


Fox's "American Idol" led an unremarkable Wednesday night in the ratings, with most shows performing within expectations.

The singing competition dipped slightly after last week's Nielsen spike, but otherwise ruled the night in usual fashion. "Idol" (27.4 million in the preliminary ratings, 10.4 adults 18 to 49 rating and 26 share) was followed with an original of "Back to You" (12.3 million, 4.4/11).

NBC (averaging 9.7 million, 2.6/7) was second for the night in the demo. ABC (6.6 million, 2.4/6) came in third, with "Men in Trees" (5.7 million, 1.7/5) making its time period premiere at 10 p.m. and coming in last place for the hour.

CBS (7.3 million, 2.2/6) was fourth. On The CW (2.9 million, 1.5/4), the 100th episode of "America's Next Top Model" (3.9 million, 2.0/5) was up a notch from its premiere last week.