She hasn’t been shy with her enthusiasms during her debut season on American Idol (3.2/9), but sometimes judge Nicki Minaj really outdoes herself. “You came out tonight to snatch some wigs off some heads! Tonight was your night,” she told contestant Angie Miller on Wednesday, setting this season’s catchphrase bar at a new height. Otherwise, it was down to the final four on Idol with one-hit wonders, duets and a song of personal choice in the two-hour live show. Last Wednesday, Idol rose 3% from its previous week’s numbers. This week it dipped 3% from last week’s fast nationals and 6% from April 17’s final numbers. It still was well ahead of its heavily encored rivals with 12.184 million viewers, and Fox won the night overall in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demographic.
Except for a new How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life) (1.5/4), ABC was all repeats Wednesday. Freshman comedy. How To Live fell a hard 25% from its April 17 episode, the third consecutive double-digit decline for the show since its April 4 debut and its lowest rating to date. CBS also only had one new show on last night: Heading toward its final Wednesday of the season May 8 and its finale May 12, Survivor: Caramoan (2.7/8) was even with last week’s episode to match a 18-49 season high.
Kicking off NBC’s primetime last night, Dateline (1.3/4) was up 8% from its episode last week during the Boston Marathon manhunt. That is the best the show has done since it debuted in its Wednesday slot April 3. Off the air for the past three weeks, Law & Order: SVU (1.8/5) rose 13% from its April 3 show for its best rating since January 9. NBC ended its night with a Chicago Fire (1.0/3) encore.
The CW ran a new Arrow (1.0/3) and new Supernatural (1.0/3). The former was up a tenth from last week, while the latter rose two tenths to become its second-most-watched episode of the season with 2.42 million tuning in.
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