It was an all-new night on the networks on Wednesday — no repeats at all. On Fox’s American Idol (3.0/9), it was Rock Night with the remaining finalists belting out Rolling Stones, Queen and Bon Jovi songs among others. Coming off last week’s all-time Wednesday low, the live two-hour show again hit a new Wednesday low in the adults 18-49 demographic. However, as Idol tends to see upward movement in its final numbers, the low might not hold. Last night’s Idol dipped 3% from last week’s fast nationals result and 6% from the final numbers. With 11.48 million watching, Idol also dipped to its smallest Wednesday audience since August 7, 2002, during its first season. Fox still won the night in total viewers and the demo.
ABC aired the series premiere of How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life) (2.9/7) in Suburgatory’s old 9:30 PM slot. With ABC slipping a minute of lead-in Modern Family (4.1/11) into the slot, the new sitcom about a divorced Mom who moves back home was even with the last year’s April 11 debut of the now-cancelled Don’t Trust The B— In Apt 23. It was also up from the season average Suburgatory saw in the slot, resulting in the network’s best performance in the time slot since November 7.
Following last week’s three-year low, the 9 PM Modern Family was up 28% from its March 27 show. It beat Idol again in the demo, with this week’s 37% spread the widest margin of victory yet. The Middle (2.0/6), on at 8 PM head-to-head with reality heavyweights Idol and CBS’ Survivor, was up 11% from last week. Following that was Suburgatory (1.8/5) at 8:30, with the show up 20% from Neighbors in the same slot last week but slipping 5% from what it got at 9:30 PM on March 27. Also off hitting a low last week, Nashville (1.7/5) ended the night for ABC up 13% from its March 27 show.
Survivor: Caramoan (2.4/7) started things off for CBS on Wednesday. This week the show merged the Fan and Favorite tribes, instituted a food challenge and of course gave one of the contestants the heave-ho. The show also got a bit of a shove itself, down 4% from last week to tie a series low. Criminal Minds (2.8/7) slipped 7% from its last original March 20. CSI (2.1/6) was down 9% from its last original two weeks ago.
For its first Voice-less night of the week, NBC slotted Dateline (1.4/4) back where a double shot of Whitney was on March 27. Up 27% from it most recent airing on Sunday, March 24 from 7-9 PM, the newsmagazine gave the network the best 18-49 result in the 8 PM slot since January 9. Law & Order: SVU (1.6/4) was down a slight 6% from last week, as was Chicago Fire (1.6/4).
A new episode of Arrow (0.9/3) started the CW’s primetime. The superhero series was even with last week. Supernatural (0.8/2) was down 20% from last week.
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