If American Idol were an 18-wheeler, then Breaking In would be the Mini Cooper drafting behind it.
The new Fox comedy starring Christian Slater broke out of the gate with 9.88 million people tuning in after American Idol Wednesday. Idol averaged 22.53 million viewers during Wednesday's 90-minute show, which featured contestants covering artists who've been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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In prime time's first hour, CBS' Survivor: Redemption Island attracted 10.54 million people vs. two reruns of ABC's The Middle, which averaged about 4.61 million viewers, Minute to Win It ( 3.31 million) on NBC and the CW's America's Next Top Model (1.89 million).
At 9/8c, Criminal Minds grabbed 13.90 million viewers. Another rerun of ABC's Modern Family had a viewership of 5.33 million, followed by Mr. Sunshine at 9:30 with 4.63 million. A repeat of NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit tallied 3.66 million, while Shedding for the Wedding attracted 876,000 on the CW.
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CBS' Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior took the last hour of prime time, getting 8.96 million compared with 8.04 million for a first-run SVU. Meanwhile, ABC's Off the Map kept falling off the grid — 3.84 million.