TV ratings: 'Idol' save gives FOX a Wednesday win

michael-lynche-save.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, April 7, 2010

FOX cruised to its usual ratings win Wednesday thanks to "American Idol," but once again no network had much to crow about.

FOX scored 13.7 million viewers and an 8.0 rating/13 share in households for the night, down a bit from last week. CBS (9.75 million, 6.2/10) came in second, but neither of its dramas were up to their season averages. NBC (6.4 million, 4.2/7) came in third, beating out ABC (4.5 million, 3.0/5). The CW trailed with 2.3 million viewers and a 1.5/3.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX's 4.3 rating led by a comfortable margin over CBS' 2.6. NBC took third was a 1.9, followed by ABC, 1.5, and The CW, 1.0.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX:
"Human Target" (7.7 million viewers, 4.7/8)
CBS: "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (6.1 million, 4.0/7)/"Accidentally on Purpose" (6.2 million, 4.0/7)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (5.9 million, 3.8/6)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (5.1 million, 3.3/6)/"The Middle" rerun (5.1 million, 3.3/6)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" (3.35 million, 2.3/4)

18-49 leader: "Human Target" (2.2)

9 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" results (19.7 million, 11.3/18)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" (12.5 million, 7.7/12)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" rerun (4.9 million, 3.3/5)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (5 million, 3.3/5)/"Cougar Town" rerun (3.7 million, 2.5/4)
The CW: "Fly Girls" (1.4 million, 0.9/1)/"High Society" (1 million, 0.7/1)

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

10 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI: NY" (10.6 million, 6.8/12)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (8.35 million, 5.6/10)
ABC: "Ugly Betty" (4 million, 2.8/5)

18-49 leader: "CSI: NY" and "Law & Order: SVU" tied at 2.5

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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