It was all American Idol (2.7/8) as usual last night on Fox with things up a bit from last week. The 2-hour live show saw this season’s Top 12 belting out tunes, including Emily Piriz taking on Jennifer Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud” right in front of the judge herself. It also saw Idol bopping up 4% from last week’s demo rating and steady in total viewers with 10.5 million, in line with the 10.6 million total from the show’s February 26 episode. Fox won the night among the key demo and among total viewers. CBS’ Criminal Minds was tops for the night in total viewers with 11.37 million and second in the key demo with a 2.6/7, an 18% rise over last week. Criminal Minds did beat Idol again in viewers head-to-head, as the Fox show pulled in 10.58 million during their common hour. The demo result was also the closest the CBS show has ever gotten to Idol.
In the second week of its 28th season, the ever-enduring Survivor survived a downpour on last night’s show as more contestants were sent home. At 8 PM, Survivor: Cagayan drew a 2.4/8 rating, steady with the 2.5 of its season premiere. Last night drew 9.62 million viewers, up from the 9.40 million who watched the 2-hour premiere. Back with an original for the first time since February 19, CSI was down 15% from its last episode with a 1.7/5 rating.
NBC’s primetime opener Revolution was flat with the past two weeks with a 1.3/4 rating that tied the dystopian show’s series low. Still, flat is better than falling. That’s what happened to Law & Order: SVU (1.6/4) and Chicago P.D. (1.5/5) last night. Coming off last week’s crossover episode, the Dick Wolf shows took a 20% and 32% dive, respectively, marking a low for freshman Chicago P.D.
At least the ingredients of ABC’s Mixology seem to have settled. One week after a very soft debut, the new singles bar-based comedy saw a 6% dip to a 1.6/4 in adults 18-49. That comes a week after being ABC’s lowest-rated comedy premiere this season and the third-lowest overall for a Monday-Thursday comedy. Week 2 got a little bit more help from its lead-in last night: After hitting a season low February 26, Modern Family was up 6% to a 3.3/9, making the comedy the night’s highest-rated show.
ABC actually had good news right from the beginning with its Wednesday prime. The Middle (1.9/6) saw a rise of 12% from the season low last week and Suburgatory (1.7/5) leaped 21% from its series low of February 26. Nashville wrapped the network’s night with a 1.4/4, on 8% gain from last week.
The CW’s Arrow (0.7/2) and Tomorrow People (0.4/1) both hit lows last night. The former was down 22%, while the latter fell 20%.
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