American Idol may be recovering its land legs, pulling in 25.2 million viewers on Wednesday night, down less than a million from its Season 10 premiere a week earlier, but still more than all of its network competition combined.
The premiere's 26.1 million viewers was down 13 percent from last season's premiere.
At 8/7c, back-to-back reruns of ABC's The Middle averaged 6.8 million viewers, while Minute to Win It got 5 million on NBC, CBS' Live to Dance attracted 4.8 million and 1.6 million tuned into a Nikita rerun on the CW.
In prime time's second hour, Criminal Minds rounded up 12.9 million viewers, while a Modern Family rerun garnered 7.4 million. NBC's Chase nabbed 4.1 million and a rerun of The Vampire Diaries pulled in 939,000. Cougar Town — an original episode after being preceded by three repeats — got 5.1 million at 9:30.
At 10, Blue Bloods had almost 11.6 million people tuning in. That was down from last week, when the cop/family show took over The Defenders' slot on CBS — and pulled in nearly 12.2 million, which nearly doubled its predecessor's audience.
A repeat of NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit scored 5.5 million, while ABC's Off the Map continued to fall off the chart, getting 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).