By James Hibberd
Updated April 11, 2013 at 04:26 PM EDT
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Modern Family

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Is it over? Can Fox peek out from behind their fingers now? Is it safe to look at Nielsen’s morning emails yet?

Fox’s American Idol may be finally leveling off in the ratings. After weeks of sharp and alarming and consistent declines — Idol was almost tied by ABC’s Scandal! — the last two episodes of the reality veteran have not dropped. In fact, both episodes went up slightly from the previous week. Last Thursday’s hour inched up 4 percent. And now last night’s two-hour Wednesday edition climbed 7 percent. Maybe season 12 finally found its bottom.

If so, not a moment too soon. Wednesday’s Idol had 12 million viewers and a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating in the demo. Modern Family (10.2 million, 3.8 rating) easily beat it and Criminal Minds (11.3 million, 3.0) was in the ballpark.

During tonight’s Idol results show, the reality competition will try something new. Fox will put a small box on the screen showing behind-the-scenes footage of the competition during the commercial breaks — thus hoping to hold your attention while sponsors like Ford, Coke and AT&T pitch their wares. TV advertisers are now so desperate for your attention that they’ll settle for having half of it. (And why not? It’s how advertising everywhere else works — from billboards to online banner ads.)

Meanwhile, the second week of ABC’s laboriously titled new sitcom How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) experienced a ratings drop. The Sarah Chalke comedy fell 14 percent for its second episode to 7.3 million viewers and a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49. For a show airing after Modern Family the performance by HTLWYPFTROYL is getting kind of soft.

Also last night: CBS crime dramas were up slightly. NBC’s Hannibal pilot encore picked up some additional sampling and retained nearly all of its SVU repeat lead-in. Click below for the full chart.

Full Chart:

ADULT DEMO RANK

ADULTS 18-49 RATING

TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)

FOX

8-10P

AMERICAN IDOL

#2

3.2

11,988

ABC

8:00P

MIDDLE

#7

2.0

7,424

8:30P

SUBURGATRY

#9

1.7

5,555

9:00P

MODERN FAMILY

#1

3.8

10,221

9:30P

HTLWYPFTROYL

#4

2.5

7,311

10-11P

NASHVILLE

#8

1.8

6,005

CBS

8-9P

SURVIVOR

#5t

2.4

9,145

9-10P

CRIMINAL

#3

3.0

11,288

10-11P

CSI

#5t

2.4

10,933

NBC

8-9P

DATELINE

#10

1.2

5,257

9-10P

LAW&O

R

#11

1.0

3,999

10-11P

HANNBAL

RS

#12

0.9

3,099

CW

8-9P

ARROW

R

#13t

0.4

1,564

9-10P

SUPRNATURAL

R

#13t

0.4

1,194

Episode Recaps

Modern Family

Parents just don’t understand… and neither do kids or spouses in this hit ensemble comedy

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  • Wednesdays at 09:00 PM
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