ABC's coverage of the Democratic debate averaged 10.7 million total viewers over its two-hour run, besting Deal or No Deal (9.67 mil) in the 8 o'clock hour (including in the key demos). 'Til Death (5.85 mil) and Back to You (seven mil) returned to typically sized audiences. Top Model (3.74 mil) dipped 340K from its last regular outing.
On Idol, 22.74 mil (down 1.4 mil from the last Wednesday results show) said goodbye to blondie. Criminal Minds scored 12.85 mil, sliding a quarter mil. Girlicious did 1.81 mil.
Trailing both CSI: NY (13.4 mil, up 1.1 mil) and a L&O repeat, Men in Trees (6.1 mil) inched up 600 thou from its previous outing.
Ratings: Debate Defeats Deal, But Not Idol, Minds