Fox easily won the night as American Idol slipped only fractionally vs. last Wednesday night.

American Idol’s 8.9 adults 18-49 rating was down just 3% vs. last Wednesday’s 2 hour episode (but up 3% vs. Wednesday’s 8pm hour alone), and just 2% below the 9.1 adults 18-49 rating for the third Tuesday airing last season. For the PR minded, Idol’s average viewership of 24.9 million increased 2% vs. the third Tuesday last season. Human Target got a little ratings bump from Idol, increasing 24% from its Monday rating this week to a season high 2.6 rating.

On NBC, Minute to Win It was up a whopping 71% vs. last week, to a series high tieing 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Law & Order: SVU’s 2.9 adults 18-49 rating was up 26% vs. its last new episode and 16% over it’s Fall new episode average.

ABC’s Cougar Town’s 2.7 adults 18-49 rating was up 35% from last Wednesday’s season low. (where are the retentionistas today?) While Off The Map held at its series low at 1.8 rating.

No good news for CBS, as Live To Dance held at a series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, and Blue Bloods fell 20% to just a 1.6 rating, a series low.Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, February 2, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX AMERICAN IDOL 10 8.4 23 23.669
ABC THE MIDDLE – R 1.7 5 6.913
NBC MINUTE TO WIN IT 1.6 5 5.561
CBS LIVE TO DANCE 1.0 3 4.786
CW SMALLVILLE – R 0.5 1 1.291
8:30 FOX AMERICAN IDOL 10 9.3 24 26.185
ABC THE MIDDLE – R 1.8 5 6.535
NBC MINUTE TO WIN IT 1.8 5 6.179
CBS LIVE TO DANCE 0.9 2 4.816
CW SMALLVILLE – R 0.4 1 1.072
9:00 ABC MODERN FAMILY – R 3.5 9 9.202
FOX HUMAN TARGET 3.0 8 10.277
NBC MINUTE TO WIN IT 2.7 7 8.655
CBS CRIMINAL MINDS – R 2.1 6 9.582
CW SUPERNATURAL – R 0.4 1 1.011
9:30 NBC MINUTE TO WIN IT 3.4 9 10.394
ABC COUGAR TOWN 2.7 7 6.600
CBS CRIMINAL MINDS – R 2.3 6 9.860
FOX HUMAN TARGET 2.3 6 8.410
CW SUPERNATURAL – R 0.4 1 1.029
10:00 NBC LAW & ORDER: SVU 2.9 8 8.758
ABC OFF THE MAP 2.0 5 5.523
CBS BLUE BLOODS 1.7 5 11.309
10:30 NBC LAW & ORDER: SVU 3.0 9 8.833
ABC OFF THE MAP 1.7 5 5.098
CBS BLUE BLOODS 1.5 4 11.117

Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets (with four markets excluded today), household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 3.1/8; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.8/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.3/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.6/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; “Late Show,” 0.7/3; “Nightline,” 1.1/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.5/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 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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