Mixed-up judge doesn't mix up 'Idol' numbers

Paula Abdul's gaffe doesn't affect Wednesday's episode

Tuesday night's much-discussed on-air blunder by "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul had little impact on the show's ratings, with Wednesday night's episode down only a tenth from the previous week.

With "Idol" (22.1 million viewers, 8.1 preliminary adults 18-49 rating and a 21 share) already having dropped in nearly every episode in recent weeks, however, that means the reality show has once again hit a five-year low. Lead-ins " 'Til Death" (5.5 million, 2.0/7) and "Back to You" (7 million, 2.5/7) dropped 13% and 7%, respectively, despite facing lighter competition in the 8 p.m. hour this week.

At the other end of the reality ratings spectrum, the CW debuted "Farmer Wants a Wife" (2.4 million, 1.0/3) up against "Idol," and the result was a lower premiere rating than the CW's previous reality effort, "Crowned." "Farmer" did slightly improve on its time-period average, however.

Fox won the night by a wide margin. In second place, CBS tried out a "Price Is Right Primetime" special (7.3 million, 1.7/5) midweek and came in last place at 8 p.m. "Criminal Minds" (12.9 million, 3.2/8) and "CSI: NY" (11.4 million, 3.1/8) were below their averages, though "NY" edged out a victory at 10 p.m.

NBC was third with another two-hour "Deal or No Deal" (7.9 million, 2.0/6) followed by "Law & Order" (9.6 million, 3.0/8).

ABC came in fourth with on-par episodes of "Wife Swap" (6 million, 2.2/7) and "Supernanny" (5.5 million, 2.2/5) followed by the time-period premiere of veteran drama "Boston Legal" (7.3 million, 1.9/5), which hit a series low

The CW's "America's Next Top Model" (4.2 million, 2.0/6) bested CBS to come in fourth place at 8 p.m.