TV ratings: 'American Idol' down Wednesday but FOX still wins bigAdd to Favorites | American Idol
"American Idol" dropped off some Wednesday from its premiere, losing almost 2 million viewers and six tenths of a point in the 18-49 demographic compared to last week. FOX still dominated the night, however, as no one else mounted much of a challenge.
Elsewhere, "CSI" scored a season high in adults 18-49. "Modern Family" was down slightly for ABC, but "The Middle" improved, helping the network hold pretty steady with last week.
FOX brought in 16 million viewers and a 9.3 rating/14 share in households for the night, down from 17.9 million viewers last Wednesday. CBS (10 million, 6.4/10) was the best of the rest. ABC came in third with 7.15 million viewers and a 4.5/7. The CW (2.61 million, 1.6/2) edged a night of repeats on NBC (2.5 million, 1.8/3) for fourth place.
In the adults 18-49 demo, FOX's 5.4 rating was far and away the night's best. ABC and CBS tied for second at 2.4. The CW averaged 1.0 and NBC 0.8.