Ratings: ‘American Idol’ Hits Wednesday Low, but Still Wins Night for Fox

Ratings: 'American Idol' Hits Wednesday Low, but Still Wins Night for Fox

Matthias Vriens-McGrath / FOX

Few tune in to catch Jennifer Lopez saying the F-word

“American Idol” won the night for Fox in the ratings Wednesday despite hitting an all-time Wednesday low in the key demographic.

The episode, in which Jennifer Lopez let slip the F-word, scored a 2.1 rating/6 share in the 18-49 demo and averaged 9.1 million total viewers, making it the night's third highest-rated and third most-watched show. Even though it didn't win in the ratings or total viewers, its average over the two hours it occupied in primetime made Fox tops in both categories.

The Wednesday low for “Idol” was the second-lowest rating for the show overall: Last Thursday it scored a 1.9 rating that was eventually upgraded to a 2.0.

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ABC came in second in ratings with a 1.8/6 and third in total viewers with 6.1 million. “The Middle” at 8 p.m. scored a 1.9/6 and 7.1 million total viewers. “Suburgatory” at 8:30 had a 1.4/4 and 4.9 million. At 9, “Modern Family” was the night's highest-rated show with a 3.5/10 and had the second-most total viewers, 9.7 million. “Mixology” at 9:30 had a 1.7/5 and 4.9 million. At 1o, Nashville” had a 1.3/4 and 5.1 million. Both “Suburgatory” and “Nashville” tied series lows.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.7/5 and second in total viewers with 8.1 million. “Survivor” at 8 was the second highest-rated show with a 2.3/7 and the most watched with 9.8 million. It was followed by “Criminal Minds” and “CSI” reruns.

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Univision was fourth in ratings with a 1.2/4 and fifth in total viewers, averaging 3 million.

NBC and CW tied for fifth in the ratings, both with a lowly .8. (NBC had a 3 share, and CW a 2.) NBC was fourth in total viewers with 3.7 million, and CW sixth with 2.4 million.

The NBC special “Prince Harry's South Pole Heroes” at 8 had a 0.8/3 and 3.8 million total viewers. NBC ran reruns for the rest of primetime.

In its second week, CW's “100” at slipped to a .7/2 — down from its .9 premiere — and had 2.3 million total viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings and total viewers with a .4/1 and 1.2 million.


  • forg

    Modern Family (3.5) won in the demo and Survivor also beat it (2.3) so how did AI won the night?

  • Curious viewer

    An example of incomprehensible decision making killing tv:

    Suburgatory still getting same old rock bottom ratings nearly as low as Univision, and the geniuses at ABC not only renewed this tripe but decided giving the same creator yet another sure-to-fail insipid show after failure on top of failure was a sound decision? Even amongst a sea of failure, this stands out as exceptional fail. How are such decisions made – what is the thought process?

  • Ed Galo

    This is an example of why the show is a failure? Why did the producers even bring this women, she was a failure in her past 2 seasons with Idol, she doesn't gave a dam about the show, she in it for herself, and this was one of the example of her talents?