With American Idol up 4% with adults 18-49 versus last week, its 7.1 rating and 21 million viewers were easily enough to lead FOX to a nightly win despite Human Target dropping 13% at 8pm.   Due to NCAA basketball coverage, Human Target had to take on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.   Perhaps nobody missed The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried more than Human Target.

Survivor easily won the 8pm hour with a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating and nearly 11 million viewers.  At 9pm American Idol dominated, though Modern Family was still strong with a 3.6 rating for adults 18-49.  At 9:30p, Cougar Town dropped down to a 2.6 — retentionistas, throw your daggers!

At 10pm, against a repeat of CSI: NY, NBC won with Law & Order: SVU scoring a 3.3 rating with adults 18-49.  With new episodes of the 9pm comedies, Ugly Betty rose 55% with adults 18-49 from last week’s Wednesday lows to a 1.7 rating with adults 18-49.

Mercy fans hanging on to an hope won’t be feeling bright about the numbers last night, its 1.3 rating was a series low.   The premiere of Fly Girls on the CW failed to take off, and with that as it’s lead-in, things were low for High SocietyAmerica’s Next Top Model actually had season-highs with women 18-34 and 18-49 for the 8p-9pm time period (the previous episodes had run until 9:30p).


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains 3.3/11 10.99
FOX Human Target 2.0/6 6.76
ABC Modern Family  (R) 1.8/6 5.90
NBC Mercy 1.3/4 5.43
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.3/4 3.04
8:30 ABC The Middle 2.4/7 7.20
9:00 FOX American Idol 7.1/19 21.00
CBS Criminal Minds (R) 2.1/6 8.26
ABC Modern Family 3.6/10 9.05
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (R) 1.5/4 5.75
CW Fly Girls (Premiere) 0.5/1 1.22
9:30 ABC Cougar Town 2.6/7 6.27
CW High Society 0.4/1 0.91
10:00 NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 3.3/9 10.44
CBS CSI: NY (R) 1.7/5 7.59
ABC Ugly Betty 1.7/5 4.63

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