TV ratings: 'Supernatural' returns strong and 'American Idol' tops Wednesday

supernatural-apr-24-rtgs.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The first new episodes of "Arrow" and "Supernatural" in three weeks scored ratings gains for The CW Wednesday, with "Supernatural" scoring its second-biggest total audience of the season. NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" also returned from some time off with improved numbers, grabbing its best 18-49 rating since January.

Also Wednesday, the Top 4 performances on "American Idol" gave FOX an across-the-board win for the night, although the show was off a tick from last week. "Survivor: Caramoan" tied its season best in the 18-49 demographic. The rest of CBS' lineup and all but one show on ABC were reruns.

FOX delivered 12.2 million viewers and a 7.5 rating/12 share among households in primetime. CBS (7.8 million, 4.9/8) finished second, leading third-place NBC (5.6 million, 3.8/6) by a couple million viewers. ABC (4.2 million, 2.8/4) was fourth. The CW came in at 2.7 million viewers and a 1.6/3.

FOX also led the 18-49 demographic with a 3.2 rating, easily beating CBS' 1.9. NBC, 1.4, edged ABC, 1.3, for third, while The CW posted a 1.0.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (11.3 million viewers, 7.1/12 households)
CBS: "Survivor: Caramoan" (9.8 million, 5.9/10)
NBC: "Dateline" (5.5 million, 3.7/6)
ABC: "The Middle" rerun (4.7 million, 3.0/5)/"Modern Family" rerun (4.4 million, 2.9/5)
The CW: "Arrow" (3.05 million, 1.8/3)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (3.0)

9 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (13.05 million, 7.9/12)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (7.2 million, 4.8/7)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" rerun (5.95 million, 3.8/6)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (5.3 million, 3.3/5)/"How to Live With Your Parents ..." (4.8 million, 3.1/5)
The CW: "Supernatural" (2.4 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (3.4)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI" rerun (7.6 million, 5.0/8)
NBC: "Chicago Fire" rerun (4.1 million, 2.7/5)
ABC: "Nashville" rerun (3 million, 2.2/4)

18-49 leader: "CSI" (1.5)

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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