By Lynette Rice
Updated January 23, 2014 at 05:12 PM EST
Credit: Michael Becker/Fox

Though initially dogged by Ratings are Down! headlines, American Idol kept up the good fight Wednesday and still did what it does best — beat the competition. The third night of the talent show earned a 4.0 rating in adults 18-49, according to Nielsen.

The show also ruled in viewers (13.2 million) and the obvious demos like teens (2.5), despite enduring a 13% drop from last week’s premiere in 18-49. For what it’s worth, Fox expects its 18-49 performance to jump at least 20% to a 5.0, once folks start playing back those DVRs. (Make sure to fast-forward to the chick who started her audition with an accent, then lost it, then STILL got to go to Hollywood. An outrage!)

ABC came in second with a nifty 2.0 rating, with all of its comedies showing gains from last week. The Middle was up 22% to 2.2; Suburgatory, up 13% to a 1.8;

  • Modern Family up 9% to a 3.5;

Super Fun Night, up 13% to a 1.7; and Nashville, up 8% to a 1.4.

NBC came in third with a 1.7, and also boasted gains across the board. Revolution was up 15% to a 1.5; Law & Order: SVU, up 29% to a 1.8; and Chicago P.D., up 7% to a 1.6. CBS finished fourth with a pair of repeat comedies, followed by Criminal Minds (2.2) and CSI (1.6).