Ratings: ‘The Middle,’ ‘CSI’ Jump; Fox Wins Night With ‘Idol’

"American Idol" dips slightly in key demo but grows in total viewers

Last Updated: February 21, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

ABC's "The Middle" and CBS's "CSI" jumped in the ratings Wednesday night, while Fox's "American Idol" took the night's best numbers to push Fox to an overall win for the night, according to preliminary numbers.

"American Idol," which filled Fox's primetime slate, was down slightly in the key 18-49 demographic with a 4.1 rating/11 share, but was up slightly in total viewers with 14.2 million. It was the best performance by both measures for the night.

CBS took second place in ratings and total viewers with a 2.5/7 and 10.2 million. "Survivor" at 8 p.m. inched up from last week's premiere for a 2.5/7 and took 9.4 million total viewers, while "Criminal Minds" the following hour took a 2.7/7 with 10.7 million total viewers. "CSI" at 10 rebounded from last week's series low, climbing 21 percent to a 2.3/7 and drawing 10.5 million total viewers.

ABC took third in ratings and total viewers with a 2.1/5 and 6.8 million. "The Middle" at 8 jumped 16 percent from last week, posting a 2.2/7 and grabbing 8.2 million total viewers, while the freshman comedy "The Neighbors" at 8:30 also climbed, growing 16 percent for a 1.9/5. It drew 6.3 million total viewers. "Modern Family" at 9 inched up to a 3.9/10 and had 10.6 million total viewers, while "Suburgatory" at 9:30 posted a 2.0/5 with 5.9 million total viewers. The special "20/20: Mad About Oscar" at 10 had a 1.3/4 with 5 million total viewers.

Univision took fourth in ratings and fifth in total viewers with a 1.6/5 and 3.9 million.

NBC came in fifth place in ratings and fourth in total viewers with a 1.5/4 and 5 million. "Whitney" at 8 dipped to tie a series low of 1.1/3 and had 3.3 million total viewers, while "Guys With Kids" at 8:30 grew 10 percent to a 1.1/3 and took 3 million total viewers. "Law & Order: SVU" was up 13 percent for a 1.7/4 and received 5.7 million total viewers, and "Chicago Fire" the following hour remained even with last week with a 1.9/5 and had 6.4 million total viewers.