TV Ratings: Elton John keeps 'American Idol' steady on Wednesday

lauren-alaina-elton-john.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"American Idol's" Elton John week held steady in comparison to last week's Motown performances, and a night of ABC reruns gave NBC a leg up this week. With "Minute to Win It" and an "SVU" block, it pulled ahead of ABC in total viewers.

FOX won the night with an average of 23.5 million viewers and a 13.4 rating/21 share in households. CBS was next at 10.9 million, 6.6/11, followed by NBC at 5.33 million, 3.5/5, ABC at 4.6 million, 3.0/5 and the CW at 1.5 million, 1.1/2.

In the 18-49 demographic, FOX won, as usual, with a 7.5 rating, followed by CBS (2.9), ABC and NBC (tied at 1.5) and the CW (0.6).

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: "American Idol" (22.1 million, 12.8/21)
CBS: "Survivor: Redemption Island" (10.5 million, 6.2/10)
ABC: "The Middle" rerun (5.1 million, 3.2/5) / "The Middle" rerun (5.0 million, 3.2/5)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (4.2 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" (2.1million, 1.5/2)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (7.0)

9 p.m.

FOX: "American Idol" (25.0 million, 14.1/21)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" (12.9 million, 7.8/12)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (5.3 million, 3.5/5) / "Mr. Sunshine" (4.0 million, 2.6/4)
NBC: "Law & Order SVU" rerun (3.5 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: "Shedding for the Wedding" (983 K, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (7.9)

10 p.m.

CBS: "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" (9.3 million, 5.9/10)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (8.2 million, 5.5/9)
ABC: "Off the Map" (4.1 million, 2.8/5)

18-49 leader: "Law & Order: SVU" (2.4)

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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