'American Idol' leads, ABC comedies keep up laughs
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).