Ratings: CBS’ ‘Criminal Minds’ Out-Draws 9 p.m. ‘American Idol’ Hour For First Time Ever

Ratings: CBS' 'Criminal Minds' Out-Draws 9 p.m. 'American Idol' Hour For First Time Ever

ABC's “Super Fun Night” season finale hits new low against Olympics

While NBC's Winter Olympics coverage once again proved victorious, CBS hit a milestone of its own on Wednesday: In the 9 p.m. hour, “Criminal Minds” brought in more viewers than “American Idol” for the first time ever.

“Criminal Minds” pulled in 9.91 million viewers, the second hour of “Idol” got 9.84 million; the two shows have been facing off since “Minds” premiered during the 2005-2006 season.

Within the same block, at 9:30, ABC's “Super Fun Night” dropped 31 percent to a new low, with a 0.9 rating in the key demo. To be fair, not only did the show have stiff competition to contend with, it also had a rerun leading in.

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NBC was first in ratings with a 5.0 rating/15 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in viewers with an average of 20.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. The Olympics coverage was the only telecast on the network's schedule.

Fox was second in ratings with a 2.6/8 and in viewers with 9.9 million. A two-hour “Idol,” starting at 8 p.m., was the only show on its primetime schedule. “American Idol” dropped 24 percent from last week to a new Wednesday low.

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CBS was third in ratings with a 1.8/5 and in viewers with 8.4 million. Following a rerun, “Criminal Minds” at 9 earned a 2.4/7 and 9.9 million viewers. “CSI” at 10 received a 2.0/6 and 9.6 million viewers.

Univision was fourth in ratings with a 1.2/4 and in viewers with 3.1 million.

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ABC was fifth in ratings with a 0.8/2 and in total viewers with 2.9 million. Sandwiched in between reruns, the “Super Fun Night” season finale got a 0.9/3 and 2.7 million viewers.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and one million viewers.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in total viewers with 888,000, airing repeats.

  • Steve Gallegos

    Rumors are circulating that the remaining sponsors for Idol, Coke & Ford Motors will pull the plug on the show, just like AT&T did before season 13, for the lack of
    confidences with the Executive Producers way they handle the show from the
    start of season, judges, format of the show and poor TV ratings?

  • Kerry Kolsch

    This is another year where the producers do not have a clue. The core Idol audience did not want Lopez back. Notice that there is not a pretty blond, white girl left in the competition? Lopez dislikes them. They did not want any more of Randy either. Adam Lambert, as a judge and a performer, would have perked things up and he is not a know it all like Harry. Harry is correct about the lack of musical knowledge of most of the contestants, but comes across as a bully. I believe that the top 20 represents the fact that the racial discrimination lawsuit is still on the producer's minds. Who wants to watch such a manipulated show? The only good change this year is the limited voting.