TV Ratings: 'American Idol' dominates a rerun-heavy Wednesday

scotty-mccreery-idol-river.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"American Idol" wins again on a rerun-heavy Wednesday. The reruns meant bad news for ABC's new comedy "Mr. Sunshine" -- without a new "Modern Family" lead in, Matthew Perry's show lost over 30% of its viewers from last week. The CW's "America's Next Top Model" got a slight boost from the always popular "Makeover Week." Meanwhile, ABC's "Off the Map" continues to decline.

FOX won the night with an average of 24.2 viewers and a 13.5 rating/22 share in households. CBS followed with 9.4 million viewers (5.8/10). In third place was ABC (4.9 million, 3.2/5), followed by NBC (4.0 million, 2.6/4) and CW (1.6 million, 1.1/2).

In the 18-49 demographic FOX had an 8.0 rating, followed by CBS with 2.4, ABC with 1.6, NBC with 1.1, and CW with 0.8.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: "American Idol" (23.1 million, 12.8/21)
CBS: "Survivor: Redemption Island" (10.9 million, 3.2/9)
ABC: "The Middle" reruns (5.0 million viewers, 3.2/5)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (3.4 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" (2.3 million, 1.6/3)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (7.6)

9 p.m.

FOX: "American Idol" (25.3 million, 14.1/22)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" rerun (8.2 million, 5.3/8)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (6.1 million, 3.9/6) / "Mr. Sunshine" (4.7 million, 3.1/5)
NBC: "Law & Order SVU" rerun (3.2 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: "Shedding for the Wedding" (1.0 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (8.4)

10 p.m.

CBS: "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" (9.0 million, 6.5/12)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" rerun (5.2 million, 3.5/6)
ABC: "Off the Map" (4.3 million, 2.9/5)

18-49 leader: "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" (2.4)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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