Wednesday Ratings: ‘Good Guys’ Starts Slow

New Bradley Whitford dramedy finishes third, but network insists its numbers will be fine for summer

“Idol” keeps dropping, but it still has plenty of pop to propel Fox to an easy ratings victory Wednesday.

Meanwhile, both new Fox hourlong dramedy “The Good Guys” and CBS celeb-reality special “I Get That a Lot” got beat at 8:30 by ABC comedy role player “The Middle” – which helped ABC come in second for the night.

Here are Wednesday’s ratings highlights and lowlights:

GOOD ENOUGH FOR SUMMER: Fox’s new cop dramedy “The Good Guys,” starring Bradley Whitford averaged a 1.5 rating/5 share in the all-important adults 18-49 demo during the 8 o’clock hour, which was good for third place. For their part, Fox officials say the show’s numbers should pick up a bit once it assumes its regular 9 o’clock summer timeslot. “Idol,” meanwhile, averaged a 5.9/16, down 11 percent from last Wednesday.

PLENTY OF ‘MIDDLE’ GROUND: ABC’s comedy block remained robusto Wednesday, with “Modern Family” (4.2/12) registering the night’s best key-demo performance for a scripted show. Meanwhile, following a repeat of itself, an original “The Middle” at 8:30 (2.5/8) scored its best numbers in three months.

MURDER BALL: NBC won the 10 o’clock battle o’ procedurals against CBS, with “Law & Order: SVU” (2.6/8) nipping “CSI: NY” (2.5/8). CBS easily beat out NBC for third place in the demo race, however.