TV ratings: 'Idol' scores another win Wednesday

crystal-bowersox-ai-top-20.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, March 3, 2010

"American Idol" steamrolled its way to another ratings win Wednesday night, giving FOX more than double the audience of its closest competitor.

FOX averaged 23.55 million viewers and a 13.4 rating/21 share in households for the night and finished far ahead of second-place CBS (10.5 million, 6.6/11). NBC (7.5 million, 2.3) came in third. ABC's comedies took a hit, dropping the network into fourth with 5.6 million viewers and a 3.6/6. The CW (768,000, 0.6/1) was well off the pace with more reruns.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX's 8.5 rating beat the combined total of the other four networks. CBS took second with a 2.8, followed by NBC at 2.3 and ABC at 2.0. The CW earned a 0.3.

Wednesday's hour-by-hour numbers:

8 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (23.2 million viewers, 13.2/21 households)
NBC: "Mercy" (6 million, 4.0/6)
CBS: "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (5.95 million, 3.8/6)/"Gary Unmarried" (6 million, 3.8/6)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (5.2 million, 3.3/6)/"The Middle" (6 million, 3.7/6)
The CW: "Life Unexpected" rerun (1.05 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (8.3)

9 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (23.85 million, 13.7/21)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" (13.2 million, 8.2/13)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (7.5 million, 4.9/8)
ABC: "Modern Family" (8.1 million, 4.9/8)/"Cougar Town" (5.4 million, 3.5/5)
The CW: "Gossip Girl" rerun (482,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (8.7)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI: NY" (12.45 million, 7.8/14)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (9 million, 5.9/10)
ABC: "The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special" (4.4 million, 3.1/5)

18-49 leader: "CSI: NY" (3.1)

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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