Ratings: American Idol Laps The Field, But Declines
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).