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'Idol' rules Wednesday ratings, 'Happy Endings' slips

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Who won Wednesday night in the ratings? Do you need to ask?

Fox’s American Idol (21.8 million viewers, 6.8 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) took the crown once again, though slipped 7 percent this week, followed by another adventure of new comedy Breaking In (7.5 million, 2.5), which fell a tenth.

ABC’s newest sitcom Happy Endings (4.6 million, 1.8) is heading for a tragic conclusion if its ratings stay on this course: The show dropped 36 percent at 10 p.m. from last week’s 9:30 p.m. premiere. Now, some of that is to be expected since the show changed time periods and didn’t enjoy a direct lead-in from the night’s highest-rated scripted show Modern Family (9.8 million, 3.7). But it also dropped notably from 9:30 p.m.’s Cougar Town (6.3 million, 2.4). A second Happy episode (3.8 million, 1.6) aired at 10 p.m., while a steady The Middle (6.8 million, 1.8) and Better With You (5.2 million, 1.6) started the night (Better With You, btw, bucked the overall downward trend last night and rose 7 percent).

Despite airing two hours of repeats, CBS tied ABC for second place, helped by an almost steady Survivor (10.5 million, 3.0). NBC had repeats and a series-low Minute to Lose Your Time Period Win It (3.1 million, 0.8). CW had repeats and a clip show.

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