american idol top 24 judgment TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Top 24 announcement slips 2.7 million from last Wednesday's episode
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012

“American Idol” announcing part of the Top 24 was good for FOX win at 15.9 million viewers, though that was down 2.7 million from last week’s Wednesday episode and it also let CBS close the gap even more, even though “Survivor” slipped slightly from its premiere numbers last week.

FOX averaged 15.9 million viewers with a 9.2 rating/14 share in households. CBS was next at 11.6 million, 7.1/11, followed by ABC at 6.8 million, 4.3/7, NBC at 4.1 million, 2.8/4 and the CW at 1.1 million, 0.8/1.

In the adults 18-49 demo, FOX won easily with a 5.1 rating, followed by CBS (2.9), ABC (2.4), NBC (1.2) and the CW (0.5)

Ratings hour-by-hour:

8 p.m.:

FOX: “American Idol” (15.4 million viewers, 9.0/14 households)
CBS: “Survivor: One World” premiere (10.3 million, 6.0/10)
ABC: “The Middle” (7.5 million, 4.6/7)/”Suburgatory” (6.8 million, 4.3/7)
NBC: “Whitney” (4.1 million, 2.7/4)/”Are You There Chelsea?” (3.4 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: “One Tree Hill” (1.4 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: “American Idol” (4.9)

9 p.m.:

FOX: “American Idol” (16.4 million, 9.4/14)
CBS: “Criminal Minds” (12.6 million, 7.9/12)
ABC: “Modern Family” (11.5 million, 6.8/10)/”Happy Endings” (5.7 million, 3.6/5)
NBC: “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (2.7 million, 1.9/3)
The CW: “Remodeled” (759,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: “American Idol” (5.3)

10 p.m.:

CBS: “CSI” (11.8 million, 7.4/12)
ABC: “20/20” (4.8 million, 3.4/6)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” (5.9 million, 4.1/7)

18-49 leader: “CSI” (2.8)

information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are
preliminary and subject to change. 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."