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Ratings: ‘American Idol’ Hits Another Flat Note, Stays at Series Demo Low

Fox singing competition does manage to tick up in total viewers

Fox’s “American Idol” added some viewers this week, but the singing competition stayed at a series low in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic. Even a temper tantrum thrown by contestant Quentin Alexander and squashed by host Harry Connick Jr. (pictured above) couldn’t provide immediate relief from the show’s current ratings doldrums.

CBS finished first outright last night, despite lead show “Survivor” dipping 12 percent versus the prior Wednesday.

The CW’s lineup rose double digits, though the network only managed a fifth-place demo tie with NBC; the latter network ran all reruns.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.9 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Survivor” at 8 p.m. earned a night-high 2.2/8 and had 9.4 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” at 9 got a 2.0/6 and primetime-best 10.2 million viewers. “CSI: Cyber” and 10 received a 1.5/5 and 8.1 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.7/6 and third in viewers with 5.9 million. “The Middle” at 8 posted a 1.9/7 and 7.4 million viewers. “The Goldbergs” at 8:30 had a 2.1/7 and 6.9 million viewers. Following a rerun, another “Goldbergs” got a 1.9/6 and 5.7 million viewers. “Nashville” at 10 received a 1.2/4 and 4.6 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 1.4/5 and second in viewers with 7.5 million. “Idol” was the only show on the schedule.

Univision was fourth in ratings with a 0.9/3 and fifth in viewers with 2.5 million.

NBC and CW tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.8/3. NBC was fourth in total viewers with 4.2 million; CW was sixth with 2.1 million.

For CW, “Arrow” at 8 posted a 0.9/3 and 2.4 million viewers. “Supernatural” at 9 had a 0.7/2 and 1.8 million viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.3 million.