TV Ratings: 'Idol' wins, 'Survivor' premiere up slightly over last fall

survivor-one-world-women.JPGFast National ratings for Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

"American Idol" dropped a bit from last Wednesday's ratings, but still won the night with an average of 18.6 million viewers. The "Survivor: One World" premiere was actually up slightly over last fall's premiere of "Survivor: South Pacific," 10.7 million vs. 10.4 million, though it is down slightly from the premiere of "Survivor: Redemption Island" a year ago.

FOX won the night on the back of a two-hour "Idol," with 18.7 million viewers and a 10.7 rating/17 share in households. CBS was second at 11.2 million, 6.9/11, followed by ABC at 7.86 million and a 5.0/8. NBC was fourth with 4.3 million, 2.9/5 and the CW trailed with 930 K, 0.6/1.

In the adults 18-49 demo, FOX also dominated with a 6.0, followed by CBS (2.9), ABC (2.8), NBC (1.3) and the CW (0.5)

Ratings hour-by-hour:

8 p.m.:


FOX: "American Idol" (18.9 million viewers, 10.8/17 households)
CBS: "Survivor: One World" premiere (10.7 million, 6.3/10)
ABC: "The Middle" (8.0 million, 5.0/8)/"Suburgatory" (6.9 million, 4.3/7)
NBC: "Whitney" (4.5 million, 2.9/5)/"Are You There Chelsea?" (3.5 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: "One Tree Hill" (1.4 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (5.5)

9 p.m.:

FOX: "American Idol" (19.4 million, 11.1/17)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" (11.9 million, 7.4/11)
ABC: "Modern Family" (11.2 million, 6.8/10)/"Happy Endings" (5.8 million, 3.6/5)
NBC: "Rock Center with Brian Williams" (3.0 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: "Remodeled" (497,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (6.4)

10 p.m.:

CBS: "CSI" (11.1 million, 6.9/11)
ABC: "Revenge" (7.6 million, 5.1/8)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (5.8 million, 3.9/6)

18-49 leader: "CSI" (2.7)

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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