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American Idol is really holding up in its final season. Its ratings have been comparatively modest, for sure, but the Fox competition series is seeing better week-to-week retention than it has in recent years.
Wednesday’s episode averaged a steady 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.6 million viewers, topping the evening’s broadcast outings on both counts. With a new episode of Hell’s Kitchen (1.4 adults) shifting into Second Chance‘s time slot, Fox secured a nightly win in the key demo — continuing an atypically strong week that started with football and the two-night launch of The X-Files.
The race for second place went to CBS, which had new and steady episodes of its entire Wednesday roster: 2 Broke Girls (1.6 adults), Mike & Molly (1.6 adults), Criminal Minds (2.0 adults) and Code Black (1.3 adults).
ABC aired a new American Crime after two hours of comedy repeats. The lack of an original lead-in didn’t dampen the drama, steady with a 0.9 rating in the key demo. American Crime‘s first round of live-plus-seven returns for the season have the premiere rising 67 percent to a 2.0 rating with adults 18-49.
With repeats on NBC, the only other new outings were on The CW. Arrow (1.1 adults) and Supernatural (0.7 adults) were dead even with their most recent showings.
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