"So You Think You Can Dance" hoofs it to a 21 percent increase over Tuesday's season premiere as Fox takes night overall
Fox's "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" both had significant growth and pushed the network to an overall win Wednesday night, but ABC's "Modern Family" enjoyed a modest ratings climb that made it the night's top-rated program, according to preliminary numbers.
Fox took first place in both the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic with a 2.6 rating/8 share, and in total viewers with 9.3 million. The "American Idol" performance finale at 8 p.m. posted a 2.9/10 — up slightly from the 2.8/8 that last Wednesday's two-hour episode and a 16 percent jump from the common 8-9 p.m. hour that the two episodes shared.
"Idol" also grabbed 11.6 million total viewers, making it the night's most-watched episode. "So You Think You Can Dance" the following hour jumped 21 percent from Tuesday night's premiere for a 2.3/6 and 7.1 million total viewers.
ABC was second place in ratings and third in total viewers with a 2.0/6 and 6.4 million. "The Middle" at 8 grew slightly for a 1.9/7 with 6.6 million total viewers, while the recently canceled "Family Tools" ran even with last week for a 1.2/4 and 4.5 million total viewers. "Modern Family" at 9 inched up 6 percent for a 3.5/10 with 9.7 million total viewers, and "How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life") at 9:30 had a 2.0/5 with 6.2 million total viewers. "Nashville" at 10 jumped 13 percent from last week, posting a 1.8/5 and drawing 5.6 million total viewers.
CBS was third in ratings and second in total viewers with a 1.9/6 and 7.9 million viewers. Following two consecutive repeats of "2 Broke Girls," "Criminal Minds" at 9 ran even with last week for a 2.5/7 with 10.3 million total viewers, while the season finale of "CSI" dipped 9 percent from last week, drawing a 2.0/6 with 9.6 million total viewers.
NBC was fourth in ratings and total viewers with a 1.6/5 and 6.3 million. "Dateline" at 8 had a 1.3/4 and 5.8 million total viewers, while "Law & Order: SVU" the following hour slid 21 percent from last week for a 1.5/4 and 6.4 million total viewers. "Chicago Fire" at 10 bumped up to a 1.9/5 with 6.9 million total viewers.
At the CW, the season finale of "Arrow" was flat with last week's episode, tying a series low of 0.9/3 with 2.7 million total viewers, while the season finale of "Supernatural" the following hour dropped 10 percent from last week, also posting a 0.9/3 — a 29 percent boost from last year's finale — and drawing 2.4 million total viewers.