American Idol

American Idol's Motown episode steamrolled the competition, averaging nearly 23.5 million viewers.

Wednesday's two-hour show was up from last week's 22.2 million viewers and rose 1 percent among 18-to-49-year-olds to a 7.7 rating — although that's down 8 percent from the comparable year-earlier show.

Read our American Idol recaps

Still, Nielsen says the show is averaging 25.1 million viewers for the season, barely 2 percent less than last season's 25.5 million. So, as industry observers have noted, Simon Cowell's departure has not led to a desertion by viewers, and Idol remains prime-time television's top-rated show.

In prime time's first hour, CBS' Survivor: Redemption Island attracted nearly 10.8 million people. Also at 8/7c, a new episode of ABC's The Middle grabbed 7.3 million viewers (a rerun at 8:30 nabbed 5.8 million), while Minute to Win It won over 4.2 million on NBC and the CW's America's Next Top Model  drew nearly 2.2 million viewers.

Check out the rest of today's news

At 9/8c, ABC's Modern Family returned with a fresh episode and jumped to 10.8 million viewers (compared with 5.8 million for last week's rerun) — helping Mr. Sunshine rebound to 5.9 million (vs. last week's 4.6 million). In the same hour, repeats of Criminal Minds and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit totaled viewerships of 8.7 million and 4 million, respectively, while Shedding for the Wedding attracted 968,000 on the CW.

CBS' Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior edged NBC's SVU, 8.9 million people to 8.7 million at 10/9c. Coming in a distant third in the three-way race was a first-run episode of ABC's Off the Map (4.5 million).