‘American Idol’ ratings fall, ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘Modern Family’ hit season lows

By Daniel S Levine,

The networks had a down night on Wednesday, with American Idol, Modern Family and Criminal Minds all taking a dive. Idol still powered Fox to an easy win, though.

Idol’s two-hour episode drew 14.18 million viewers and a 4.6 18-49 rating. According to Deadline, that was 15 percent drop from last Wednesday. Still, it was the most-watched and highest-rated show of the night.

HitFix reports that CBS came in second in viewers with an averaged of 10.01 million and a 2.1 18-49 rating. After a Person of Interest repeat, Criminal Minds had 11.83 million viewers and a 2.7 18-49 rating, which was a season low and tied the lowest mark for the series. CSI slipped to 10.93 million viewers and a 2.4 18-49 rating. Last night’s episode was the first half of a CSI: NY crossover.

ABC was far behind in third with 6.88 million viewers and a 2.2 18-49 rating. The Middle had 8.41 million viewers and a 2.3 18-49 rating, while The Neighbors had 6.33 million and a 1.8 rating. Modern Family is usually a bright spot for the network on Wednesdays, but the hit show fell to a season low with 10.14 million viewers and a 3.8 18-49 rating. Suburgatory had just 5.88 million viewers and a 2.1 18-49 rating. Nashville had 5.25 million viewers and a 1.7 18-49 rating, tying the season low, notes THR.

NBC had just over 5 million viewers and a 1.5 18-49 rating. Whitney had just 3.53 million viewers and a 1.2 18-49 rating, while Guys with Kids had 3.2 million and a 1.2 rating. Law & Order: SVU was not boosted by Mike Tyson, only drawing 5.18 million viewers and a 1.5 18-49 rating. Chicago Fire had 6.5 million viewers and a 1.8 18-49 rating.

The CW’s Arrow had a strong night with 2.95 million viewers and a 1.0 18-49 rating. Supernatural had 2.22 million viewers and a 0.9 18-49 rating.

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