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Ratings: 'American Idol', 'Human Target' swap timeslots, take dips

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American Idol was still Wednesday’s top show, but trading timeslots with Human Target threw the ratings juggernaut off its mark: At 9 p.m., Idol was down nearly 5 million viewers from last week, when it aired an hour earlier. Human Target also took a slide, dropping more than 2 million viewers from its last airing in its later slot. Target, was, however, up against CBS’ Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2010 special, which outperformed the Eye’s usual offerings in the 8 p.m. hour, The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8 p.m. Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2010 (CBS)

Human Target (Fox)

Mercy (NBC)

Modern Family (ABC)

Life Unexpected (The CW)

11.2

7.8

6.3

6.8 (repeat)

1.4 (repeat)

8:30 p.m. The Middle (ABC) 7.3
9 p.m. American Idol (Fox)

Criminal Minds (CBS)

Modern Family (ABC)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)

Gossip Girl (The CW)

20.8

14.8

9.1

4.1 (repeat)

.5 (repeat)

9:30 p.m. Cougar Town (ABC) 6.2
10 p.m. CSI: NY (CBS)

The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

Ugly Betty (ABC)

14.2 (repeat)

4.2

4.1

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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