american idol may 16 ratings TV ratings: 'American Idol' rises with Top 3, 'Criminal Minds' finale also up WednesdayFast National ratings for Wednesday, May 16, 2012

“American Idol” scored its biggest audience in more than a month on Wednesday night, leading FOX to a sizable ratings win. The two-hour season finale of “Criminal Minds” also pulled in strong ratings for CBS.

The news wasn’t as good for ABC. Its comedy lineup was down from last week, with the finale of “Suburgatory” drawing some of its worst ratings of the season. “Modern Family” was down some too, and at 10 o’clock “Revenge” took a slight dip from last week.

FOX easily led the night with 17.3 million viewers and a 10.3 rating/17 share in households. CBS was the best of the rest with 10.4 million viewers and a 6.5/11. ABC (6.6 million, 4.3/7) came in third, followed by NBC (4.5 million, 3.1/5). The CW drew 950,000 viewers and a 0.7/1.

FOX also dominated the 18-49 demographic with a 4.8 rating, finishing way ahead of CBS’ 2.7. ABC took third with a 2.3, while NBC averaged 1.3 and The CW 0.4.

]]>8 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” (16 million viewers, 9.6/16 households)
ABC: “The Middle” (6.5 million, 4.1/7)/”Suburgatory” season finale (5.4 million, 3.6/6)
NBC: “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” – two episodes (5.25 million, 3.4/6)
CBS: “Mike & Molly” rerun (4.45 million, 2.9/5)/”Rules of Engagement” rerun (4 million, 2.6/4)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” rerun (800,000, 0.6/1) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (4.4) 9 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” (18.6 million, 10.9/17)
CBS: “Criminal Minds” season finale (12.6 million, 7.8/12)
ABC: “Modern Family” (9.3 million, 5.7/9)/”Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23″ (4.8 million, 3.3/5)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” rerun (2.8 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” (1.1 million, 0.8/1) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (5.2) 10 p.m. CBS: “Criminal Minds” season finale (14.3 million, 8.9/14)
ABC: “Revenge” (6.85 million, 4.7/8)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” (5.5 million, 3.8/6) 18-49 leader: “Criminal Minds” (3.8)

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