TV Ratings: 'American Idol' down slightly, 'Criminal Minds' goodbye has a good night

paget-gubler-cm.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Though "American Idol' dipped in the ratings this week, it remains the winner by a wide margin, giving FOX the crown once again. Meanwhile, "Criminal Minds" said goodbye to a series regular last night, Paget Brewster, in an episode directed by castmate Matthew Gray Gubler. The series showed a nice boost in viewership as fans tuned in to say goodbye to Prentiss. The bump also helped improve slightly on "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" the spin-off that airs after its predecessor.

FOX won the night with an average of 22.1 viewers and a 12.7 rating/21 share in households. CBS followed with 11.5 million viewers (6.9/11). In third place was ABC (4.7 million, 3.1/5), followed by NBC (3.9 million, 2.5/4) and CW (1.5 million, 1.0/2).

In the 18-49 demographic FOX had a 7.4 rating, followed by CBS with 3.4, ABC with 1.5, NBC with 1.1, and CW with 0.6.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: "American Idol" (20.6 million, 11.9/20)
CBS: "Survivor: Redemption Island" (10.5 million, 6.0/10)
ABC: "The Middle" reruns (4.7 million viewers, 3.2/5)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (3.2 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" (2.0 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (6.9)

9 p.m.

FOX: "American Idol" (23.6 million, 13.5/21)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" (13.6 million, 8.2/13)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (5.8 million, 3.8/6) / "Mr. Sunshine" (4.5 million, 3.0/5)
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" (8.0)

10 p.m.

CBS: "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" (10.3 million, 6.4/11)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" rerun (5.2 million, 3.4/6)
ABC: "Off the Map" (4.2 million, 2.8/5)

18-49 leader: "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" (2.6)

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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