Whether or not Jermaine Jones' American Idol disqualification was a ratings ploy all along, it didn't do much to lift the show's numbers.
Wednesday's two-hour episode — which teased Jones' dismissal for concealing a criminal past at the start before showing the pre-taped footage more than an hour later — drew 17.9 million viewers and a 5.3 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, down slightly from last week. The show, however, easily won the night that saw most series take big hits.
CBS: Survivor: One World 10.3 million viewers (2.9 demo rating)ABC: The Middle 7 million (2.1); Suburgatory 6.3 million (2.1)Fox: American Idol 17.9 million (5.3) [8-10 p.m.]NBC: Whitney 4 million (1.4); Are You There, Chelsea? 2.9 million (1.0)CW: One Tree Hill 1.5 million (0.7)9 p.m.
CBS: Criminal Minds 11.3 million (2.8)ABC: Modern Family 10.5 million (4.4); Happy Endings 5.5 million (2.4)NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (R) 2.5 million (0.7)CW: America's Next Top Model 1.04 million (0.5)10 p.m.
CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 11.5 million (2.7)ABC: Revenge for Real 4.45 million (1.2)NBC: Rock Center with Brian Williams 2.6 million (0.6)