TV ratings: 'Modern Family' finale leads Wednesday, 'American Idol' has lowest finale ever

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modern-family-mitch-cam-wedding-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The lowest-rated season of "American Idol" to date ended with the show's lowest-rated finale to date. The show closed with some of its best numbers of the season, but it's still about a point behind last season's finale in adults 18-49.

Also Wednesday, the season finale of ABC's "Modern Family" drew its biggest audience and best 18-49 rating since late fall, finishing on par with last season's finale. "The Middle" also ticked up for ABC. The "Survivor: Cagayan" finale was fairly steady for CBS, and NBC's "Chicago PD" ended its season on a slightly up note.

FOX scored 10.1 million viewers and a 6.1 rating/10 share in households for the night, beating out CBS' 8.9 million and 5.3/9 for the top spot. ABC (6.2 million, 4.0/7) came in third. NBC (5.6 million, 3.7/6) finished fourth, and The CW (1.1 million, 0.8/1) brought up the rear.

FOX also scored a win among adults 18-49 with a 2.6 rating. CBS took second with a 2.4. ABC drew a 1.8 to finish third, followed by NBC, 1.4, and The CW, 0.4.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"Survivor: Cagayan" season finale (9.33 million viewers, 5.6/10 households)
FOX: "American Idol" season finale (9.27 million, 5.6/10)
ABC: "The Middle" season finale (7.5 million, 4.8/8)
NBC: "Revolution" series finale (4.2 million, 2.8/5)
The CW: "The 100" rerun (801,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "Survivor: Cagayan" (2.5)

9 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" season finale (11 million, 6.5/11)
CBS: "Survivor: Cagayan" season finale (9.7 million, 5.7/9)
ABC: "Modern Family" season finale (10.2 million, 6.3/10)/"Mixology" series finale (4 million, 2.7/4)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" season finale (6.3 million, 4.2/7)
The CW: "The 100" (1.4 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: "Modern Family" (3.6)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"Survivor" finale/"Survivor" reunion (7.65 million, 4.6/8)
NBC: "Chicago Fire" season finale (6.2 million, 4.1/7)
ABC: "Motive" season premiere (4.1 million, 2.8/5)

18-49 leader: "Survivor" finale/reunion (2.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Photo/Video credit: ABC