With the contestants whittled down to the final 13, American Idolcast its long ratings shadow, averaging 24.2 million viewers.
Wednesday's two-hour show on Fox put up an 8 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, the industry's advertiser-coveted demo — 36 percent more than the other four networks combined. And it was even up compared with last year's equivalent show, which drew 23.5 million.
In prime time's first hour, CBS' Survivor: Redemption Island— which featured the early jettisoning of Russell Hantz — attracted 10.9 million people. Also at 8/7c, back-to-back repeats of ABC's The Middleaveraged 5.1 million viewers, while Minute to Win It won over 3.5 million on NBC and the CW's America's Next Top Model, 2.3 million.
At 9/8c, reruns of Criminal Minds,Modern Familyand Law & Order: Special Victims Unit totaled viewerships of 8.2 million, 6.2 million and 3.2 million, respectively, while a fresh Shedding for the Wedding attracted 1 million. At9:30/8:30c, Mr. Sunshine tumbled to a series low of 4.7 million.
At 10/9c, CBS' Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior scared up nearly 9.1 million viewers. It won against yet another rerun of L&O:SVU (5.3 million viewers) and a first-run episode of ABC's Off the Map (4.3 million).