“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.