By James Hibberd
Updated March 31, 2011 at 05:12 PM EDT
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Dreary Wednesday in the ratings with nearly every major show slipping a bit. Fox’s American Idol (23.6 million viewers, 7.5 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) ruled once again overall.

CBS was a distant second place with Survivor (10.6 million, 2.9) and Criminal Minds (12.9 million, 3.4) down 6%, but Suspect Behavior (9.3 million, 2.3) perked up 5%.

ABC and NBC tied for third place. ABC ran repeats and series-low editions of Mr. Sunshine (4.1 million, 1.4) and Off the Map (4.2 million, 1.3). NBC had Minute to Win It (3.9 million, 1.1) and Law & Order: SVU (8.3 million, 2.4). SVU featured some high-powered guest casting with Jeremy Irons and Elizabeth Mitchell plus won the 10 p.m. hour.

The CW aired soft-rated episodes of America’s Next Top Model (2.1 million, 0.9) and Shedding for the Wedding (1 million, 0.4).

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