TV Ratings: American Idol Dominates; The Middle, Modern Family and Oprah Take a Dive
FOX easily won the night as American Idol dominated. It’s 8.5/23 with adults 18-49 between 8-10p outpaced the combined competition.
CBS’s Wednesday comedy block suffered with The New Adventures of Old Christine down 26% from its last new episode and Gary Unmarried was down 17%. Criminal Minds fared much better, down only 3% from its last original outing. CSI:NY was down 9% as Law & Order: SVU gave it much more of a run for the money than The Jay Leno Show ever did, and NBC rose from the cellar to take third place for the night.
ABC had a bad night with The Middle down 28% from its last original outing, and Modern Family down 15%. Cougar Town was down 11%. With a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, the Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special was 19% lower than Ugly Betty’s last original episode in the time slot. The daytime Queen held no sway in primetime last night.
I’d expect things will improve for The Middle and CBS’s 8pm comedy block next week as Human Target takes the 8-9pm hour back from American Idol.
|Time||Net||Show||18-49 Rating/Sh||Viewers (Millons)|
|CBS||New Adventures of Old Christine||1.7/5||5.95|
|ABC||Modern Family (R)||1.7/5||5.18|
|CW||Life Unexpected (R)||0.5/1||1.05|
|NBC||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||2.5/6||7.47|
|CW||Gossip Girl (R)||0.2/1||0.48|
|NBC||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||3.0/9||9.04|
|ABC||Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special||1.3/4||4.37|
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