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TV Ratings: American Idol Down, But Still Dominates; Modern Family Rebounds

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March 11th, 2010

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC CW Uni
rating: Adults 18-49 4.9/14 2.7/8 2.2/6 1.8/5 1.3/4 1.2/3
Rating: Adults 18-34 3.8/12 1.6/5 1.8/6 1.4/5 1.5/5 1.2/4
Total Viewers (million) 14.15 10.50 5.65 6.77 3.16 3.18

Of course FOX easily won another Wednesday night  as American Idol cruised at 9pm.  Still  with a 7.5 adults 18-49 rating, Idol was down 12% versus last Wednesday, but FOX notes Idol retained 96% of the adults 18-49 audience from the comparable night in 2009.

At 8pm Human Target's 2.4 rating with adults 18-49 was up 14% fro its last new episode on February 17.  It's still perched on the renewal bubble

Without having to face Idol at 8pm,  the CBS comedy block and The Middle on ABC saw gains versus last week, and New Adventures of Old Christine saw significant gains of 44% in the adults 18-49 demo versus last week.

Even against Idol, ABC's comedy block held up.  Modern Family was up 9% versus last week to a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating and with a 2.6 rating in adults 18-49, Cougar Town was up 13%.

At 10:00 pm Law & Order: SVU and CSI: NY dueled to a tie with adults 18-49, though CSI: NY won out with total viewers. It was a season and series low for CSI: NY in adults 18-49 for an original episode.

The season premiere of the new cycle of America's Next Top Model was good news for CW in that it rose in the ranks, but with a 1.6/5 adults 18-49 rating it was down 11% from last spring's premiere.  On the good news front that was still up a tenth from the fall premiere.  But, the 30 minute premiere of High Society was practically unwatched.  retentionistas (if they exist for CW shows), have at it!

Details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millons)
8:00 FOX Human Target 2.4/8 7.83
CBS New Adventures of Old Christine 2.3/7 7.86
CW America's Next Top Model (Premiere) 1.6/5 3.96
NBC Mercy 1.5/5 6.33
ABC Scrubs 1.5/5 4.31
8:30 ABC The Middle 2.3/7 6.32
CBS Gary Unmarried 2.2/7 6.83
9:00 FOX American Idol 7.5/20 20.47
ABC Modern Family 3.7/10 8.95
CBS Criminal Minds 3.4/9 13.13
CW America's Next Top Model (Premiere) 1.5/4 3.34
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (R) 1.4/4 5.42
9:30 ABC Cougar Town 2.6/7 6.15
CW High Society (Premiere) 0.6/2 1.39
10:00 CBS CSI: NY 2.6/8 11.03
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2.6/8 8.57
ABC Ugly Betty 1.5/4 4.10

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