TV ratings: 'American Idol' falls but still rules Wednesday

larry-platt-320.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010

Night two of "American Idol" fell off a good amount from its premiere Tuesday, but it still led FOX to a clear victory for the night. The 90-minute "Idol" averaged a little over 26.3 million viewers, down from close to 30 million on Tuesday.

FOX's position at the top wasn't seriously threatened, though, as it scored 21.8 million viewers and a 12.2 rating/19 share in households in primetime. CBS (11.4 million, 7.1/12) came in second. NBC (6.3 million, 4.1/7) edged ABC (5.9 million, 3.8/6) for third, and The CW was way back with a mere 717,000 viewers and a 0.5/1.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX's 8.5 rating nearly tripled the 3.1 for second-place CBS. ABC took third with a 2.1, followed by NBC, 1.7, and The CW, 0.3.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (25 million viewers, 14.0/22 households)
CBS: "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (6.25 million, 4.1/7)/"Gary Unmarried" (5.8 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: "Mercy" (5.9 million, 3.8/6)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (5.3 million, 3.3/5)/"The Middle" (6.1 million, 3.7/6)
The CW: "One Tree Hill" rerun (908,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (9.4)

9 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (29 million, 15.8/24)/"The Simpsons" rerun (8.1 million, 4.7/7)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" (14 million, 8.6/13)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (7.7 million, 5.0/8)
ABC: "Modern Family" (7.8 million, 4.7/7)/"Cougar Town" (7.4 million, 4.7/7)
The CW: "Gossip Girl" rerun (526,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (11.5)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI: NY" (14.1 million, 8.8/15)
NBC: "The Jay Leno Show" (5.4 million, 3.6/6)
ABC: "Ugly Betty" (4.5 million, 3.1/5)

18-49 leader: "CSI: NY" (3.6)

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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