Nicki Minaj showed up on time and it was Beatles night on American Idol (3.5/10) on Wednesday. The Top 9 finalists took turns over the two-hour live show with tunes from the Fab Four and a hefty dose of ballads. The night of sad songs saw Idol slip 3% in fast nationals from last week’s 3.6/11, and down 8% from its March 13 finals. If last night is like most Idol live shows, expect to see upward adjustment in the final numbers. The most-watched show of Wednesday night, Idol dipped 3% to 12.7 million viewers from the 13.1 million who tuned in March 13. Fox still won the night in total views and the adults 18-49 demographic.
On CBS’ Survivor: Caramoan (2.5/8), the Fan and Favorite tribes were scrambled to add some new juice to the contest. It wasn’t as dramatic as the meltdown Brandon Hantz had last week, though, and the series slipped 7% from the season high of that March 13 show. With 9.59 million viewers, the one-hour Survivor was the second-most-watched show of the night and the second-highest-rated among adults 18-49 after Idol. CBS’ other shows of the night saw steady rises on their return from three weeks of repeats. A new Criminal Minds (3.0/8) was up 15% from its last original February 27. CSI (2.3/6) had an even stronger return: The procedural was up 21% from its February 27 show to take its 10 PM slot in viewers and the demo.
After mainly repeats last Wednesday, NBC was back with an almost full slate last night. Primetime kicked off with a new Whitney (1.1/4), down 8% from last week’s original. That was followed by an encore Whitney (0.9/3) and a new Law & Order: SVU (1.5/4), which stumbled 6% since its last original three weeks ago. Back for its first original since February 27, Chicago Fire (1.7/5) fell 15% since that show.
ABC had a new The Neighbors (1.4/4) and an original Suburgatory (1.5/4) on last night. The former was even with last week’s show, while the latter was down 12% from its last original two weeks back. Those results equal a series-low tie for Neighbors and a new series low for Suburgatory. The network began the night with an encore of The Middle (1.2/4), with repeats of Modern Family (1.7/5) and Nashville (0.7/2) following.
The CW had a new Arrow (0.9/2), which was down 10% from its last original February 27. A new Supernatural (0.9/2) followed and was even with its last original three weeks ago.
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