TV ratings: 'Idol' wins Wednesday, 'Ugly Betty' bows out quietly

katie-andrew-idol-320.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The "American Idol" results show claimed its usual spot atop the ratings with Wednesday's double elimination, leading FOX to a win for the night. As has been the case for the past couple weeks, though, ratings for a lot of scripted shows lagged a little bit. The series finale of "Ugly Betty," meanwhile, was up a bit from recent airings.

FOX drew 13.9 million viewers and an 8.2 rating/14 share in households to lead the prime-time race. CBS (9.75 million, 6.3/11) came in second, a good bit ahead of ABC (6.2 million, 4.0/7). NBC took fourth with 5.3 million viewers and a 3.5/6, and The CW (1.9 million, 1.3/2) trailed.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, FOX's 4.3 rating beat CBS' 2.5 by a good margin. ABC, 2.2, came in third, followed by NBC, 1.6, and The CW, 0.8.

Wednesday's hourly numbers:

8 p.m.

"Human Target" season finale (7.2 million viewers, 4.5/8)
CBS: "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (6.3 million, 4.1/8)/"Accidentally on Purpose" (6.05 million, 3.8/7)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (5.2 million, 3.5/6)/"The Middle" (6.7 million, 4.2/7)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" rerun (5.9 million, 3.7/7)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" (2.8 million, 2.0/4)

18-49 leader: "The Middle" (2.2)

9 p.m.

"American Idol" results (20.6 million, 11.9/19)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" (12.2 million, 7.8/13)
ABC: "Modern Family" (8.8 million, 5.3/9)/"Cougar Town" (5.8 million, 3.7/6)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" rerun (4.3 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: "Fly Girls" (944,000, 0.7/1)/"High Society" (861,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (6.6)

10 p.m.

"CSI: NY" (10.8 million, 7.0/12)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" rerun (5.6 million, 3.9/7)
ABC: "Ugly Betty" series finale (5.4 million, 3.7/7)

18-49 leader: "CSI: NY" (2.6)

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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