To no one’s surprise, American Idol took the ratings crown on Wednesday night with Part 2 of its season premiere. The last half hour of the 90-minute audition installment surged to 29 million viewers. ABC’s Modern Family took a hit in total viewers from last week, but it was still above its season average in adults 18-49, the Alphabet was quick to note — also adding that Cougar Town held 97 percent of its Modern Family lead-in in that demo. Ugly Betty, in its second Wednesday at 10 p.m. airing, was also down in total viewers and again failed to defeat The Jay Leno Show. However, it matched last week’s season-high 18-49 numbers.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

8 p.m.

American Idol (Fox)


8:30 p.m.

The Middle (ABC)


9 p.m.

Criminal Minds (CBS)


9:30 p.m.

The Simpsons (Fox)

8.1 (repeat)

10 p.m.



Source: Nielsen Media Research

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