In its first appearance on Wednesdays at 8pm, Human Target dropped to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.  That’s a 25% drop from last Tuesday at 9pm (3.2 A18-49 rating) when it aired behind American Idol.

I like Human Target And before anyone says, “But if Chuck gets a 2.4, it’s considered to be doing OK!?,”  Chuck isn’t on FOX, it’s on NBC.  If it was on FOX  airing before Idol with a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating we’d be telling you to enjoy it while it lasts…

American Idol’s move to 9pm seemed to hurt it more than the competition (update: though last night Idol was a “Road To Hollywood” special, rather than a regular episode).   Last night Idol averaged a 7.7 rating with the 18-49 crowd and 20.8 million viewers. Last week at 8pm it averaged a 9.1/25 and over 24 million viewers,  and two weeks ago at 8pm it averaged a 9.8 rating with adults 18-49 and 26.7 million viewers in the overnights.   FOX notes that with an extra week of auditions this season, the season 9 auditions have retained 92% of  last year’s Adults 18-49 audience and 94% of Total Viewers.

Modern Family suffered a tiny bit airing opposite Idol, slipping to a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating vs. a 4.1 in its last new episode two weeks ago.  It was still the night’s top scripted show in terms of adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS a Super Bowl commercials special nearly hit a 3.0 rating with adults 18-49 and improved dramatically versus last year.

Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials compared to last year’s special (on January 31, 2009 at 8PM — of course as one of our observant commenters pointed out, that was a Saturday) was up +50% in both households and adults 25-54 , +45% in adults 18-49  and added +3.28m viewers. It posted its best household and viewers deliveries ever and the best delivery in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 since 2007.

Criminal Minds felt the Idol competition a bit more than Modern Family, dropping to a 3.8 from a 4.3 adults 18-49 rating two weeks ago in its last new episode.   With its lead-in impaired, CSI: NY dropped a bit from its last original episode as well, from a 3.7 to a 3.4.

Not much to say about NBC, but for anyone who might wonder why NBC would schedule a repeat during February sweeps, those don’t officially begin until tonight (February 4) and run through March 3.


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millons)
8:00 CBS Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2.9/9 11.18
FOX Human Target 2.4/7 7.76
ABC Modern Family (R) 2.4/7 6.84
NBC Mercy 1.6/5 6.25
CW Life Unexpected (R) 0.6/2 1.36
8:30 ABC The Middle 2.7/8 7.32
9:00 FOX American Idol 7.7/20 20.83
ABC Modern Family 3.9/10 9.07
CBS Criminal Minds 3.8/10 14.78
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (R) 0.9/2 4.14
CW Gossip Girl (R) 0.2/1 0.50
9:30 ABC Cougar Town 2.9/7 6.19
10:00 CBS CSI: NY 3.4/10 14.16
ABC Ugly Betty 1.5/4 4.06
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.2/3 4.16

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