Fox of course won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers as American Idol averaged an 8.0 rating in adults 18-49, up 3% from last week and up 6% in total viewers to 24.2 million.  On the night Fox beat the other four English language broadcast networks combined by 36%.  That’s down 8% in adults 18-49 from last year’s equivalent episode on Tuesday, March 2.  But among total viewers actually up vs. last year’s 23.5 million.

Over on CBS, Survivor: Redemption Island was down 3% to a 3.2 rating. Given who went home in last night’s episode, will the ratings be hit next week? .  With a repeat of Criminal Minds as its lead-in, an original episode of spinoff Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior dropped 15% to a series low 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC was in repeats from 8-9:30p and Mr. Sunshine took a hit out of a repeat of Modern Family dropping 25% to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.  An original Off The Map was down 18% to a series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Over on the CW, America’s Next Top Model was up 22% to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, and the CW did not finish last in the hour (Minute to Win It did). ANTM was up 18% in adults 18-34 and 19%  to a 1.6 rating in the target women 18-34 demographic.  Shedding for the Wedding was up 25% to a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, March 9, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 7.6/22 23.09
CBS Survivor: Redemption Island 3.2/9 10.94
ABC The Middle (R) 1.4/4 5.37
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.1/3 2.33
NBC Minute to Win It 1.0/3 3.47
8:30 ABC The Middle (R) 1.4/4 4.77
9:00 FOX American Idol 8.4/23 25.40
ABC Modern Family (R) 2.3/6 6.16
CBS Criminal Minds (R) 1.8/5 8.22
NBC Law & Order: SVU (R) 0.9/2 3.25
CW Shedding for the Wedding 0.5/1 1.03
9:30 ABC Mr. Sunshine 1.8/5 4.79
10:00 CBS Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 2.2/6 9.06
NBC Law & Order: SVU (R) 1.4/4 5.30
ABC Off the Map 1.4/4 4.31

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,” 2.7/7 with an encore telecast; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.4/6 with an encore; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.0/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.3/4 with an encore.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.7/3 with an encore; “Nightline,” 0.9/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3 with an encore.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS’s first-run “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/3).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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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