survivor-one-world-women.JPGFast National ratings for Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

“American Idol” dropped a bit from last Wednesday’s ratings, but still won the night with an average of 18.6 million viewers. The “Survivor: One World” premiere was actually up slightly over last fall’s premiere of “Survivor: South Pacific,” 10.7 million vs. 10.4 million, though it is down slightly from the premiere of “Survivor: Redemption Island” a year ago.

FOX won the night on the back of a two-hour “Idol,” with 18.7 million viewers and a 10.7 rating/17 share in households. CBS was second at 11.2 million, 6.9/11, followed by ABC at 7.86 million and a 5.0/8. NBC was fourth with 4.3 million, 2.9/5 and the CW trailed with 930 K, 0.6/1.

In the adults 18-49 demo, FOX also dominated with a 6.0, followed by CBS (2.9), ABC (2.8), NBC (1.3) and the CW (0.5)

Ratings hour-by-hour:

8 p.m.:

FOX: “American Idol” (18.9 million viewers, 10.8/17 households)
CBS: “Survivor: One World” premiere (10.7 million, 6.3/10)
ABC: “The Middle” (8.0 million, 5.0/8)/”Suburgatory” (6.9 million, 4.3/7)
NBC: “Whitney” (4.5 million, 2.9/5)/”Are You There Chelsea?” (3.5 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: “One Tree Hill” (1.4 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: “American Idol” (5.5)

9 p.m.:

FOX: “American Idol” (19.4 million, 11.1/17)
CBS: “Criminal Minds” (11.9 million, 7.4/11)
ABC: “Modern Family” (11.2 million, 6.8/10)/”Happy Endings” (5.8 million, 3.6/5)
NBC: “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (3.0 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: “Remodeled” (497,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: “American Idol” (6.4)

10 p.m.:

CBS: “CSI” (11.1 million, 6.9/11)
ABC: “Revenge” (7.6 million, 5.1/8)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” (5.8 million, 3.9/6)

18-49 leader: “CSI” (2.7)

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."