TV ratings: 'The 100' starts strong for The CW, 'Survivor' tops 'American Idol' Wednesday

the-100-premiere-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The premiere of "The 100" Wednesday gave The CW its biggest total audience in its timeslot in more than three years, and it also became the first show to build on an "Arrow" lead-in among total viewers. Its 18-49 rating was on par with that of "The Tomorrow People's" series premiere in the fall.

Elsewhere Tuesday, "Survivor: Cagayan" pulled off a sweep against "American Idol" in their shared hour. Although "Survivor" was down a bit from last week, it topped "Idol" in the 8 o'clock hour in both viewers and adults 18-49. "Criminal Minds" also fell for CBS, as did all three of NBC's dramas.

CBS scored 9.9 million viewers and a 6.2 rating/10 share in households for the night, beating out FOX's 9.7 million and 6.0/10. NBC (5.2 million, 3.5/6) came in third. ABC took fourth with 3.8 million viewers and a 2.5/4, and The CW (2.5 million, 1.6/3) trailed.

CBS and FOX tied for the lead among adults 18-49 with 2.2 ratings. NBC finished third with a 1.4, followed by ABC, 1.1, and The CW, 0.8.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"Survivor: Cagayan" (9.6 million viewers, 5.7/9 households)
FOX: "American Idol" (9.5 million, 5.8/10)
ABC: "The Middle" rerun (5.1 million, 3.3/6)/"Suburgatory" rerun (4.1 million, 2.7/4)
NBC: "Revolution" (4.3 million, 2.8/5)
The CW: "Arrow" (2.4 million, 1.5/3)

18-49 leader: "Survivor: Cagayan" (2.4)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Criminal Minds" (10.1 million, 6.4/10)
FOX: "American Idol" (9.8 million, 6.1/10)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (5.65 million, 3.8/6)
ABC: "Modern Family" rerun (5.4 million, 3.3/5)/"Mixology" (3.6 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: "The 100" series premiere (2.7 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (2.3)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI" (10.1 million, 6.6/11)
NBC: "Chicago PD" (5.7 million, 3.7/6)
ABC: "Nashville" rerun (2.45 million, 1.7/3)

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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