amber holcomb american idol top 5 TV ratings: 'American Idol' up slightly; 'Survivor' posts second best number of the seasonFast National ratings for Wednesday, April 17, 2013

“American Idol” rebounded again from its low numbers two weeks ago, rising a tenth of a point in adults 18-49 over last week and giving FOX a win on the night. Meanwhile, over on CBS “Survivor’s” crazy Tribal Council posted its second-best numbers of the season. The rest of the field was dotted with a lot of reruns.

FOX earned 12.4 million viewers and a 7.5 rating/12 share in households for the top spot, followed by CBS at 7.7 million, 4.9/8. ABC eked out third place with 4.8 million viewers and a 3.2/5. Next was NBC at 4.4 million, 3.1/5 and the CW at 1.6 million, 1.0/2.

In the adults 18-49 demo, the order was the same — FOX at 3.3, CBS at 1.8, ABC at 1.5, NBC at 1.1 and the CW at 0.5.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: “American Idol” (11.6 million viewers, 7.1/11 households)
CBS: “Survivor: Caramoan” (9.82 million, 6.0/10)
ABC: “Suburgatory” (two episodes) (5.4 million, 3.6/6)
NBC: “Dateline” (5.1 million, 3.5/6)
The CW: “Arrow” rerun (1.7 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: “American Idol” (3.1)

9 p.m.

FOX: “American Idol” (13.3 million, 7.9/12)
CBS: “Criminal Minds” rerun (7.1 million, 4.6/7)
ABC: “Modern Family” rerun (6.4 million, 4.0/6)/”How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)” (6.0 million, 3.9/6)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” rerun (4.5 million, 3.1/5)
The CW: “Supernatural” rerun (1.6 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: “American Idol” (3.5)

10 p.m.

CBS: “Elementary” rerun (6.3 million, 4.2/7)
NBC: “Chicago Fire” rerun (3.7 million, 2.6/4)
ABC: “Nashville” rerun (2.9 million, 2.1/3)

18-49 leader: “Elementary” (1.2)

information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are
preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."