TV ratings: 'American Idol' results in Wednesday win for FOX

didi-benami-idol-0331-320.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"American Idol" gave FOX an easy ratings victory Wednesday night, but there was otherwise very little to note on an evening when only one other show -- "Law & Order: SVU" -- even sniffed the 10 million-viewer mark.

FOX led the night by wide margin, scoring 14.1 million viewers and an 8.3 rating/14 share in households. NBC (7.3 million, 4.7/8) came in second. CBS took third with 6.6 million viewers and a 4.3/7, finishing a little ahead of ABC (5.8 million, 3.6/6). The CW drew 2.1 million people and a 1.5/3.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX's 4.4 rating was more than twice as good as second-place ABC's 2.1. NBC was a close third at 2.0. CBS averaged 1.6 in the demo and The CW 0.9.

Wednesday's hourly numbers:

8 p.m.

FOX:
"Human Target" (8.2 million viewers, 5.1/9 households)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" rerun (6.3 million, 4.0/7)
ABC: Special - "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" (4.9 million, 3.1/6)/"The Middle" (6.2 million, 3.8/7)
CBS: "Old Christine" rerun (4.9 million, 3.3/6)/"Accidentally on Purpose" rerun (4.4 million, 2.9/5)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" (3.2 million, 2.3/4)

18-49 leader: "Human Target" (2.3)

9 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" results (20 million, 11.4/18)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" rerun (7.9 million, 5.1/8)
ABC: "Modern Family" (9.3 million, 5.6/9)/"Cougar Town" (6 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" rerun (5.6 million, 3.7/6)
The CW: "Fly Girls" (1.2 million, 0.8/1)/"High Society" (861,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (6.5)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"Law & Order: SVU" (10 million, 6.5/11)
CBS: "CSI: NY" rerun (7.2 million, 4.7/8)
ABC: "Ugly Betty" (4.1 million, 2.8/5)

18-49 leader: "Law & Order: SVU" (2.9)

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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