TV ratings: 'The Voice' beats 'Idol' head-to-head Wednesday, 'Modern Family' drops

voice-ratings-may-8-13.JPGFast National ratings for Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A special episode of "The Voice" Wednesday night beat "American Idol" head-to-head in adults 18-49, although neither show put up very big numbers. "The Voice" had its lowest 18-49 rating of the season (not a big surprise, given that it wasn't its normal night), while "Idol's" first hour was low in both viewers and the demographic.

The second half of "Idol" improved some and helped carry FOX to a win for the night. All three of CBS' shows were up over last week, and the "Voice" lead-in helped "Law & Order: SVU" and "Chicago Fire" improve over last week. On the down side, "Modern Family" slid to a season low for ABC.

FOX averaged 10.8 million viewers and a 6.7 rating/11 share in households in primetime, beating out CBS (9.7 million, 6.1/10) by a little more than a million viewers. NBC (7.5 million, 5.0/8) took third. ABC was fourth with 6.1 million viewers and a 4.0/6, and The CW trailed with 2.3 million viewers and a 1.4/2.

FOX also led the 18-49 demographic with a 2.8 rating. CBS finished second with a 2.4, followed by NBC, 2.1, and ABC, 1.9. The CW posted a 0.9.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (9.5 million viewers, 6.0/10 households)
CBS: "Survivor: Caramoan" (9.3 million, 5.7/9)
NBC: "The Voice" (8.7 million, 5.6/9)
ABC: "The Middle" (6.7 million, 4.3/7)/"Family Tools" (4.4 million, 2.9/5)
The CW: "Arrow" (2.6 million, 1.6/3)

18-49 leader: "The Voice" (2.7)

9 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (12.2 million, 7.4/11)
CBS: "Criminal Minds" (9.9 million, 6.3/10)
ABC: "Modern Family" (8.8 million, 5.5/8)/"How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)" (6 million, 3.7/6)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (7 million, 4.8/7)
The CW: "Supernatural" (2.1 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (3.2)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI" (9.7 million, 6.3/10)
NBC: "Chicago Fire" (6.9 million, 4.6/7)
ABC: "Nashville" (5.4 million, 3.7/6)

18-49 leader: "CSI" (2.2)

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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