ellen degeneres idol hollywood 320 TV ratings: 'American Idol' wins Wednesday, 'Modern Family' strongFast National ratings for Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010

“American Idol” took its usual spot at the top of Wednesday’s ratings, but ABC’s comedy “Modern Family” posted some of its best ratings of the season opposite “Idol” — though that didn’t carry over to its companion show, “Cougar Town.”

“The Middle” also had a better-than-average night for ABC, while FOX’s “Human Target” held up reasonably well without an “Idol” lead-in. And NBC began its post-Jay Leno era at 10 o’clock with a “Law & Order: SVU” rerun that outdrew Leno’s average Wednesday performance.

FOX drew 17 million viewers and a 9.4 rating/14 share for the night, beating CBS (12.15 million, 7.4/12) by a comfortable margin. ABC (7 million, 4.2/7) came in third. NBC’s 5.7 million viewers and 3.9/6 was good for fourth, while another night of reruns on The CW (1.1 million, 0.7/1) trailed. (Note: Some stations pre-empted programming for coverage of the blizzard on the East Coast, which could affect final numbers.)

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX’s 6.0 rating almost doubled the 3.3 for second-place CBS. ABC, 2.6, took third, followed by NBC, 1.6, and The CW, 0.6.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: “Human Target” (8.9 million viewers, 5.3/8 households)
CBS: “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (8.3 million, 5.1/8)/”Gary Unmarried” (7.7 million, 4.7/7)
ABC: Special – “A Charlie Brown Valentine” (7.5 million, 4.2/7)/”The Middle” (8.25 million, 4.7/7)
NBC: “Mercy” (6.8 million, 4.5/7)
The CW: “Life Unexpected” rerun (1.6 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: “The Middle” (3.0)

9 p.m.

FOX: “American Idol” (25 million, 13.5/20)
CBS: “Criminal Minds” (14.8 million, 9.0/13)
ABC: “Modern Family” (10.1 million, 5.9/9)/”Cougar Town” (6.7 million, 4.1/6)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” rerun (4.45 million, 3.2/5)
The CW: “Gossip Girl” rerun (655,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader:
“American Idol” (9.5)

10 p.m.

CBS: “CSI: NY” (13.7 million, 8.4/14)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” rerun (6 million, 4.2/7)
ABC: “Ugly Betty” (4.7 million, 3.2/5)

18-49 leader
: “CSI: NY” (3.6)

Ratings 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:Rick Porter