TV Ratings Wednesday: ‘Idol’ Pushes Competition Down; ‘Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior’ Starts Well; ‘Survivor,’ ‘The Middle,’ ‘Better With You,’ ‘Mr. Sunshine,’ ‘Off The Map’ Hit Lows

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American Idol ratings slipped from last Wednesday’s one hour episode, but Fox still easily won the ratings race on the night. Idol and Survivor seemed to take a bite out of each other’s audience. NBC finished behind Univision for adults 18-49.

American Idol’s 8.1 adults 18-49 rating was down 4% from last Wednesday, and 21% from last season’s fifth Tuesday (10.2 rating, not sure if that was a 2 hr. ep). Idol’s 8pm hour was down 14% (7.2 rating vs. 8.4 rating) vs. last Wednesday’s one hour episode.

CBS’s Survivor: Redemption Island premiered with a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 29% vs. last spring’s premiere to not only its lowest premiere ever, but its lowest rated regular episode ever. Criminal Minds drew a 3.2 rating at 9pm, down 11% vs. last week. The series premiere of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior did better, opening with a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, beating Survivor which is not what our polled readers expected.

ABC’s ratings just got hammered. The Middle’s 2.3 rating was a season low down 12% from last week, and Better With You fell 14% to just a series low 1.8 rating. Modern Family’s 4.3 rating was down 16% from last Wednesday, and the second episode of Mr. Sunshine tumbled to a 2.6 rating, 30% below its premiere last week. Off The Map fell to a series low 1.5 rating, down 21% vs. last week.

NBC’s Minute To Win It may be running out of steam, it crashed down 40% to a series low 1.0 rating. At 10pm, Law & Order: SVU drew a 2.2 rating, down 15% vs. last week.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, February 16, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX AMERICAN IDOL 10 6.6 20 19.125
ABC THE MIDDLE 2.3 7 7.964
NBC MINUTE TO WIN IT 1.0 3 3.724
CW NIKITA – R 0.4 1 1.402
8:30 FOX AMERICAN IDOL 10 7.8 22 22.267
NBC MINUTE TO WIN IT 1.1 3 3.957
CW NIKITA – R 0.3 1 1.237
9:00 FOX AMERICAN IDOL 10 8.4 22 23.761
ABC MODERN FAMILY 4.3 12 10.543
NBC MINUTE TO WIN IT 0.9 2 3.444
9:30 FOX AMERICAN IDOL 10 9.6 25 26.198
ABC MR. SUNSHINE 2.6 7 7.014
NBC MINUTE TO WIN IT 1.0 3 3.446
10:00 CBS CRIMINAL MINDS:  SUSPECT 3.3 10 13.077
NBC LAW & ORDER: SVU 2.1 6 6.926
ABC OFF THE MAP 1.5 4 4.378
10:30 CBS CRIMINAL MINDS:  SUSPECT 3.2 10 12.741
NBC LAW & ORDER: SVU 2.2 7 7.576
ABC OFF THE MAP 1.4 4 4.272

Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.9/8; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.8/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.9/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.3/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.8/4; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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