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Ratings: 'Idol' dominates the night

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Fox’s American Idol was far and away the most popular show of the night, according to preliminary overnight ratings. The Orlando auditions episode earned a whopping 26.8 million viewers. Meanwhile, the network’s new action series, Human Target, airing on a special night, earned a solid 10.4 million eyes. Elsewhere, CBS’ Criminal Minds and CSI: NY both drew their typical strong numbers with 15.4 million and 13.9 million, respectively.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8pm American Idol (Fox)

The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)

Mercy (NBC)

Modern Family (ABC)

Life Unexpected (The CW)

26.8

6.5

5.9

5.1 (repeat)

1.7 (repeat)

8:30pm Gary Unmarried (CBS)

The Middle (ABC)

6.2

4.7 (repeat)

9pm Criminal Minds (CBS)

Human Target (Fox)

Modern Family (ABC)

Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

Gossip Girl (The CW)

15.4

10.4

9.8

5.6 (repeat)

0.9 (repeat)

9:30pm Cougar Town (ABC) 7.5
10pm CSI: NY (CBS)

The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

Ugly Betty (ABC)

13.9

4.6

4.6

Source: Nielsen

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