TV ratings: 'Survivor' beats 'American Idol' head-to-head Wednesday

survivor-march-12-14-rtgs.JPGFast National ratings for Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ratings for "American Idol" dipped Wednesday, and although it was still (barely) strong enough to give FOX a win among adults 18-49 for the night, it didn't lead either of its hours.

At 8 o'clock, CBS' "Survivor: Cagayan" topped "Idol" in both viewers and adults 18-49, pending updates for pre-emptions in a handful of markets. "Modern Family" led the 18-49 demographic at 9, while "Criminal Minds" eked out a total-viewer win.

CBS averaged 10.2 million viewers and a 6.4 rating/11 share in households for the night, just beating FOX's 10.1 million and 6.2/10. ABC (5.9 million, 3.7/6) came in third. NBC (5.6 million, 3.7/6) took fourth, and The CW (945,000, 0.7/1) trailed with a night of repeats.

FOX scored a narrow win in the 18-49 demo with a 2.4 rating, beating out CBS' 2.3. ABC finished third with a 1.8, followed by NBC, 1.5, and The CW, 0.3.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"Survivor: Cagayan" (9.9 million viewers, 6.1/10 households)
FOX: "American Idol" (9.6 million, 6.0/10)
ABC: "The Middle" (7.2 million, 4.4/7)/"Suburgatory" (5.2 million, 3.3/5)
NBC: "Revolution" (4.7 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: "Arrow" rerun (1.2 million, 0.8/1)

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

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Criminal Minds" (10.7 million, 6.8/11)
FOX: "American Idol" (10.65 million, 6.5/10)
ABC: "Modern Family" (9.1 million, 5.4/9)/"Mixology" (4.2 million, 2.8/4)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (6.25 million, 4.2/7)
The CW: "The Tomorrow People" rerun (694,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "Modern Family" (3.3)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI" (10 million, 6.5/11)
NBC: "Chicago PD" (5.85 million, 3.9/7)
ABC: "Nashville" (4.9 million, 3.3/6)

18-49 leader: "CSI" (2.0)

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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