Four weeks into its 12th season, American Idol (4.6/13) started Hollywood Week Part 1 with contestants gathered from all over the country. Last night it was male contestants only for the first time. Down 15% from last week’s fast nationals, the Fox series was still the night’s most watched show with 14.18 million viewers. Fox won Wednesday overall in total viewers and adults 18-49
In the first part of a Super Bowl-promoted crossover with spinoff CSI: NY, the original CSI (2.4/7) was down from its last original two weeks ago. The long-running series slipped 8% from the season-high match for its January 23 airing. Still winning its 10 PM time slot, CSI pulled in 10.93 million viewers, down from the 11.49 million who watched two weeks ago. The two-parter ends on Friday’s CSI: NY. CBS started the night with an encore of Person Of Interest (1.2/4) followed by a new Criminal Minds (2.7/7), which was the night’s second-most-watched show with 11.83 million viewers. It was down 13% from its last original January 23 to tie a series low.
On ABC, The Middle (2.3/7) dipped 8% from its last new episode January 23 while The Neighbors (1.8/5) was up 13% from last week’s series-low tie. Hitting a new season low, Modern Family (3.8/10) was down 10% from its last original and season-low on January 23. It was the other way round for Suburgatory (2.1/5), which spiked 17% from the series-low tie it hit last week. The network ended the night with a new Nashville (1.7/5), which slipped 11% from its last original two weeks ago.
NBC’s Whitney (1.2/4) was down 8% from last week, with fellow comedy Guys With Kids (1.2/3) rising 9% from its January 30 show. Facing off against Idol for the second time this season, Law & Order: SVU (1.5/4) fell 12% from last week. Back for a second week after a three-week break, freshman Chicago Fire (1.8/5) was down 14% from its January 30 airing.
The CW aired Arrow (1.0/3) and Supernatural (0.9/2) last night. The former rose 11% from last week, while the latter was even with its January 30 show.
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