TV Ratings: 'American Idol' wins Wednesday, 'Suspect Behavior' shows improvement

pia-toscano.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, March 2, 2011

As per usual, "American Idol" won Wednesday night for Fox by a very comfortable margin, experiencing a boost in viewers in its final half an hour. "Idol" led into half-hour comedy "Traffic Light," giving it a considerable boost to 7.3 million viewers. CW shows "America's Next Top Model" and "Shedding for the Wedding" retained most of their viewership from last week's premieres. Newbie "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" is still finding its footing -- though last week showed a drop since the premiere, this week more viewers tuned back in.

FOX won the night with an average of 18.7 viewers and a 10.6 rating/17 share in households. CBS followed with 11.9 million viewers (7.1/12). In third place was ABC (6.8 million, 4.3/7), followed by NBC (4.0 million, 2.5/4) and CW (1.5 million, 1.0/2).

In the 18-49 demographic FOX had a 6.5 rating, followed by CBS with 3.2, ABC with 2.3, NBC with 1.2, and CW with 0.7.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: "American Idol" (21.7 million, 12.2/20)
CBS: "Survivor: Redemption Island" (11.3 million, 6.4/10)
ABC: "The Middle" (8.1 million viewers, 5.0/8) / "Better With You" (5.9 million viewers, 3.8/6)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (3.3 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" (2.0 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (7.4)

9 p.m.

FOX: "American Idol" (24.2 million, 13.4/21) / "Traffic Light" (7.3 million, 4.4/7)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" (14.3 million, 8.6/14)
ABC: "Modern Family" (10.1 million, 6.1/10) / "Mr. Sunshine" (7.0 million, 4.4/7)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (3.5 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: "Shedding for the Wedding" (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

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

10 p.m.

CBS: "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" (10.3 million, 6.5/12)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" rerun (5.3 million, 3.5/6)
ABC: "Off the Map" (4.9 million, 3.2/6)

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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