TV Ratings: 'Idol' gains over two hour show, 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' debuts healthily

criminal-minds-suspect-behavior-review-forest-whitaker-cbs-320.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011

"American Idol" was the victor again on another soft Wednesday. Though the first hour started lower than "Idol" usually does, more viewers tuned in for hour 2 of the group auditions. CBS' Forest Whitaker pilot "Criminal Minds" debuted with a solid 12.9 million viewers, helping to give CBS an edge over ABC in the key demos.
 
"Mr. Sunshine," which debuted high last week, lost over 30% of its audience for its second episode, which featured a stunt casting move with pop star Nick Jonas playing a teen star who gives Matthew Perry a hard time. Apparently, the Jonas Brothers fans aren't Nielsen families.

FOX drew an average of 22.8 million viewers with a 12.7 rating/20 share in households. It was followed by CBS (12.3 million, 7.4/12), ABC (6.6 million, 4.1/7), and NBC (4.8 million, 3.0/5). The CW's reruns trailed with 1.9 million viewers and a 0.6/1 share.

In the 18-49 demo, FOX continued its Wednesday reign with a 8.1 rating. CBS pulled a 3.2, ABC a 2.3, NBC a 1.4, and CW just 0.3.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: "American Idol" (20.6 million, 11.7/19)
CBS: "Survivor: Redemption Island" (11.1 million, 6.3/10)
ABC: "The Middle" (7.9 million viewers, 4.8/8) / "Better With You" (5.8 million viewers, 3.6/6)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (3.8 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: "Nikita" repeat (1.3 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (7.2)

9 p.m.

FOX: "American Idol" (24.9 million, 13.6/21)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" (12.8 million, 7.9/12)
ABC: "Modern Family" (10.5 million, 6.3/10) / "Mr. Sunshine" (7.0 million, 4.3/7)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (3.4 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" repeat (794,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (9.0)

10 p.m.

CBS: "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" (12.9 million, 8.0/14)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (7.2 million, 5.6/8)
ABC: "Off the Map" (4.3 million, 2.9/5)

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