The gals did better than the guys on American Idol. In the ratings, at least.
Wednesday's 90-minute show spotlighting the top 12 female competitors attracted an average audience of 22.6 million viewers. Tuesday's 90-minute edition of the Fox network's singing competition — in which the top 12 male semifinalists performed — lured nearly 21.3 million.
Idol also scored a 7.8 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, whereas the previous night's show got a 7.5 in the advertiser-coveted demo.
In prime time's first hour, Survivor: Redemption Island remained a consistent performer with 11.3 million viewers. Also at 8/7c, ABC's The Middle lured nearly 8.1 million viewers, while Part 1 of Minute to Win It got nearly 3.2 million on NBC. Some 2 million returned to watch the CW's America's Next Top Model — which got 2.3 million for its 16th season premiere last week. Better With You, at 8:30/7:30, attracted some 5.9 million for the third straight week
CBS' Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior managed to bounce back a bit in its third week. In prime time's final hour Wednesday night, the Criminal Minds spin-off pulled in 10.3 million viewers after plummeting to 9.9 million last week. (Its premiere grabbed 12.9 million viewers.) It won the hour against a rerun of NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (5.3 million viewers) and a first-run episode of ABC's Off the Map (5 million).
The ratings for Matthew Perry's Mr. Sunshine also bounced back in its fourth week with a little more than 7 million viewers after sinking to fewer than 6.5 million at 9:30/8:30c last week. (It got just 7 million in Week 2, after pulling in 10.6 million in its premiere.)
Traffic Light got a lift in Idol's wake, keeping 7.4 million viewers — a series high, but a figure which also meant that about 15 million picked up the remote to change the channel.