Nellie Andreeva

CSI seems to be getting a second wind with new leading lady Elisabeth Shue who made her debut on the veteran crime drama last week. CSI (2.8/8 in 18-49 last night) has now posted 8% week-to-week gains for each of Shue’s first two episodes on the show. CSI was the biggest gainer last night and only one of 2 series to post ratings increases vs. last week in a sea of losses and lows. CSI‘s lead-in, Criminal Minds (3.1/8) was flat, while Survivor: One World (2.8/8) was down 10% from its season premiere last Wednesday to the franchise’s lowest demo rating with regular telecasts.

Fox won the night in 18-49 and total viewers with a two-hour American Idol (5.1/14, 15.9 million), which determined some of the 24 semi-finalists. But Idol was down 15% in 18-49 from last week’s fast nationals and down 36% from the corresponding episode last year. ABC’s The Middle (2.3/7) and Suburgatory (2.3/6) were each down 4% from last week to a season/series low. Modern Family (4.7/12) was even with last week’s season low, while Happy Endings (2.5/6) was the only series besides CSI in positive territory, up 4%. A 20/20 Before They Were Famous Oscar special managed a 1.4/4 at 10 PM. More Wednesday misery for NBC. Whitney (1.5/4) and Are You There, Chelsea? were down 12% and 7%, respectively, while Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.6/2, 2.7 million) hit a new series low, down 14% from last week. With Rock Center as a lead-in, Law & Order: SVU (1.6/4) continues to fade, down 6% from last Wednesday to a series low. Veteran procedurals SVU and CSI used to battle it out for the top spot in the Wednesday 10 PM slot once. Not anymore…

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