While American Idol lapped the field, its Wednesday night edition declined slightly yet again, attracting 24.9 million viewers. Last week it got 25.2 million, which was down less than a million from its Season 10 premiere a week earlier.
Its 8.9 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds was down just 3 percent from a week earlier, but the talent-competition program was up 2 percent for the comparable installment last year.
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At 8/7c, back-to-back reruns of ABC's The Middle averaged 6.7 million viewers, while Part 1 of a two-part Minute to Win It got 5.9 million on NBC. CBS' Live to Dance attracted 4.8 million and 1.2 million tuned into a Smallville rerun on the CW.
In prime time's second hour, a Criminal Minds rerun attracted 9.7 million viewers, and Part 2 of Minute to Win It leapt to 9.5 million viewers — last week's one-hour edition lured 5 million. Fox's Human Target benefited from being in Idol's wake, serving as the bull's-eye for 9.3 million people (and increasing 24 percent to a season-high 2.6 demo rating from its Monday show), while a Modern Family rerun garnered 7.9 million.
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Cougar Town got 6.6 million at 9:30, and its demo rating was up 35 percent from last week's season low.
At 10, CBS' Blue Bloods had more than 11.2 million people tuning in. A fresh episode of NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit scored nearly 8.8 million viewers (way up from 5.5 million for a repeat last week), while ABC's Off the Map charted an improvement to 5.3 million. Last week, it fell to fewer than 5.1 million viewers a week after attracting 5.8 million (which, in turn, was down from the 7.5 million for its premiere).