Ratings: Fox Edges Out CBS, Finishes First in Key Demo

If numbers hold, “Survivor” will beat “Idol” in 18-49 and total viewers during the common hour for first time ever

Fox topped CBS on Wednesday to finish first in ratings, though the two networks swapped places in viewership.

Should the preliminary numbers hold up, “Survivor” will have beaten “American Idol” in the key demo and in audience size in their common hour for the first time ever. That said, CBS had preemptions and delays due to ACC and SEC basketball in the 8 p.m. hour; ratings for CBS are tentative and subject to change.

Fox was first in ratings with a 2.4 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in viewers with an average of 10.1 million. “Idol,” which began at 8 p.m., was the only show on the network’s schedule.

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CBS was second in ratings with a 2.3/7 and first in viewers with 10.2 million. “Survivor” at 8 earned a 2.5/8 and 9.9 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” at 9 received a 2.3/7 and 10.7 million viewers — the most eyeballs of the night. “CSI” at 10 got a 2.0/6 and 10 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.8/6 and in viewers with 5.9 million. “The Middle” at 8 had a 1.9/7 and 7.2 million viewers. “Suburgatory” at 8:30 tied a series low with a 1.4/5 and had 5.2 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 was the highest-rated show of the night, with a 3.3/10 and had 9.1 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 1.5/5 and in viewers with 5.6 million. “Revolution” at 8 had a 1.3/4 — tying a low — and 4.7 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” at 9 got a 1.6/5 and 6.3 million viewers. “Chicago PD” received a 1.6/5 and 5.8 million viewers.

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Univision was fifth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and 2.8 million viewers.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/1 and 1.2 million viewers.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in total viewers with 945,000. It aired reruns.