idol gives back 320 TV ratings: 'Idol Gives Back' dominates WednesdayFast National ratings for Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Reruns on ABC and CBS meant FOX and “American Idol” had little competition in Wednesday’s ratings, clearing the “Idol Gives Back” special to dominate the ratings.

FOX averaged 18.4 million viewers and a 10.4 rating/17 share in households in primetime, leaving everyone else in the dust. CBS was the best of the rest with 6.8 million viewers and a 4.4/7. NBC (6.3 million, 4.3/7) came in third, followed by ABC (4.3 million, 2.8/5). The CW trailed with 1.9 million viewers and a 1.3/2.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX’s 5.8 rating nearly beat the combined total of the other four networks. NBC took second in the demo, albeit with only a 1.8, while ABC and CBS tied for third at 1.6. The CW drew a 0.9.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: “Idol Gives Back” (17.1 million viewers, 9.7/17 households)
CBS: “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (5.3 million, 3.5/6)/”Accidentally on Purpose” season finale (5.3 million, 3.5/6)
NBC: “Mercy” (5 million, 3.5/6)
ABC: “The Middle” reruns – two episodes (4.6 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” (3 million, 2.1/3)

18-49 leader: “Idol Gives Back” (5.4)

9 p.m.

FOX: “Idol Gives Back” (19.7 million, 11.0/18)
CBS: “Criminal Minds” rerun (8.1 million, 5.2/8)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” rerun (5.3 million, 3.6/6)
ABC: “Modern Family” reruns – two episodes (5.2 million, 3.3/5)
The CW: “Fly Girls” (965,000, 0.7/1)/”High Society” (886,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: “Idol Gives Back” (6.1)

10 p.m.

NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” (8.7 million, 5.9/10)
CBS: “CSI: NY” rerun (6.9 million, 4.6/8)
ABC: “Cougar Town” reruns – two episodes (3.1 million, 2.2/4)

18-49 leader: “Law & Order: SVU” (2.7)

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