scotty live idol TV ratings: 'American Idol' down but still leads Wednesday by a lotFast National ratings for Wednesday, May 4, 2011

“American Idol” declined some from last week’s performance show, but nothing else on TV Wednesday did especially well either, so the usual order of things didn’t change.

Which is to say, FOX led the night by a bunch, averaging 17.2 million viewers and a 10.5 rating/16 share among households in primetime. CBS (10.7 million, 7.0/11) came in second. ABC (5.9 million, 4.0/6) took third, beating out NBC’s 5 million viewers and 3.3/5. The CW averaged 1.5 million viewers and a 1.1/2.

Among adults 18-49, FOX’s 5.4 rating was far and away the night’s best, almost doubling the 2.8 for No. 2 CBS. ABC finished third in the demographic with a 2.1. NBC averaged 1.5 and The CW 0.7.

]]>8 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” (19.4 million viewers, 11.8/19 households)
CBS: “Survivor: Redemption Island” (10.7 million, 6.6/10)
ABC: “The Middle” (7.1 million, 4.5/8)/”Better With You” (5.5 million, 3.7/6)
NBC: “Minute to Win It” (3.4 million, 2.2/3)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” rerun (1.15 million, 0.8/1) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (6.1) 9 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” (22.8 million, 13.1/20)/“Breaking In” (7.25 million, 4.4/7)
CBS: “Criminal Minds” (12.8 million, 8.4/12)
ABC: “Modern Family” (9.6 million, 6.1/9)/”Cougar Town” (5.6 million, 3.7/6)
NBC: “Minute to Win It” rerun (3.4 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” (1.9 million, 1.4/2) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (7.1) 10 p.m. CBS: “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” (8.75 million, 6.0/9)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” (8.3 million, 5.6/9)
ABC: “Happy Endings” – two episodes (3.7 million, 2.5/4) 18-49 leader: “Law & Order: SVU” (2.5) Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable

Posted by:Rick Porter