‘Modern Family,’ ‘Survivor’ up in Wednesday ratings but ‘American Idol’ wins the night

By Daniel S Levine,

American Idol had no trouble winning Wednesday night, although many of Fox’s competitors were up throughout the night. ABC’s sitcoms did very well and Survivor actually rose a hair from its disappointing premiere last week.

Idol averaged 14.24 million viewers and a 4.1 18-49 rating over its two hours, but HitFix notes that it had an odd night. The first hour was up over last Wednesday's episode, drawing a 4.0 18-49 rating, but the second hour was actually down with a 4.2. You can check out our recap of the episode here.

CBS came in second with 10.24 million viewers and a 2.5 18-49 rating. Survivor was up to 9.45 million viewers and a 2.5 18-49 rating. EW suggests that people just forgot to reset their DVR last week, which accounts for the low-rated premiere. CBS re-titles Survivor every season to reflect the location, so viewers have to re-set their DVRs at the beginning.

Criminal Minds followed with a down night, drawing 10.74 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating. CSI jumped to 10.54 million viewers and a 2.3 key demo rating.

ABC was in a very distant third with just 6.81 million viewers and a 2.1 18-49 rating. The Middle climbed 16 percent with 8.2 million viewers and a 2.2 18-49 rating, notes The Wrap. The Neighbors followed with 6.3 million and a 1.9 18-49 rating, while Modern Familywas up to 10.6 million and a 3.9 18-49 rating. Suburgatory had 5.9 million viewers and a 2.0 rating. A 20/20 Oscars special had 5 million viewers and a 1.3 18-49 rating.

NBC continues to struggle on Wednesdays with just over 5 million viewers and a 1.5 18-49 rating last night. Whitney had just 3.26 million viewers and a 1.1 18-49 rating, while Guys With Kids had under 3 million and a 1.1 18-49 rating. Law & Order: SVU had 5.7 million viewers and a 1.7 18-49 rating, while Chicago Fire had 6.42 million and a 1.9 rating.

The CW’s Arrow pulled in 3.12 million viewers and a 0.9 18-49 rating. Supernatural had 2.22 million and a 0.9 rating as well.

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