american idol top 11 motown TV Ratings: 'American Idol' dominates, up in both viewers and demoFast National ratings for Wednesday, March 23, 2011

“American Idol” dipped a little last week, but is right back up this week. Guess everybody likes Motown. In other shows not named “American Idol,” “Modern Family” had a good night, though it was up against a “Criminal Minds” rerun on CBS.

FOX won the night with an average of 23.5 million viewers and a 13.3 rating/22 share in households. CBS was next at 9.4 million, 5.7/9, followed by ABC at 6.5 million, 4.0/7, NBC at 5.6 million, 3.5/6 and the CW at 1.6 million, 1.0/2.

In the 18-49 demographic, FOX obliterated the field with a 7.7 rating, followed by CBS (2.5), ABC (2.2), NBC (1.6) and the CW (0.7).

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: “American Idol” (21.7 million, 12.4/21)
CBS: “Survivor: Redemption Island” (10.8 million, 6.2/10)
ABC: “The Middle” (7.3 million, 4.5/8) / “The Middle” rerun (5.8 million, 3.6/6)
NBC: “Minute to Win It” (4.2 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” (2.2 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: “American Idol” (7.1)

9 p.m.

FOX: “American Idol” (25.2 million, 14.2/23)
CBS: “Criminal Minds” rerun (8.7 million, 5.3/8)
ABC: “Modern Family” (10.8 million, 6.4/10) / “Mr. Sunshine” (5.9 million, 3.7/6)
NBC: “Law & Order SVU” rerun (3.99 million, 2.5/4)
The CW: “Shedding for the Wedding” (968 K, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: “American Idol” (8.2)

10 p.m.

CBS: “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” (8.86 million, 5.6/10)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” (8.7 million, 5.6/10)
ABC: “Off the Map” (4.5 million, 3.0/5)

18-49 leader: “Law & Order: SVU” (2.6)

information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are
preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live
telecasts. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Posted by:Andrea Reiher

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."