Ratings: ‘Idol’ Maintains Rebound for Second Week, Wins Night for Fox

by | February 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM | American Idol, Are You There Chelsea?, General, Happy Endings, Law Order SVU, Modern Family, Ratings, RealityTV, Rock Center With Brian Williams, suburgatory, The Middle, TV News, Whitney

"American Idol." (Fox)

By Tim Kenneally

American Idol,” which stabilized last week after a period of declining ratings, stayed on an even keel Wednesday night and pushed Fox to an overall win for the night, according to preliminary numbers.

“American Idol,” on Fox at 8 p.m., had a modest boost over last Wednesday, grabbing the top ratings for the night with a 6.0 rating/17 share in the adults 18-49 demographic and 18.9 million total viewers (which was also the night’s largest viewership). Howie Mandel‘s “Mobbed” the following hour was also up slightly in the ratings from last week with a 3.0/8 in the demo, and rose 11 percent in total viewers, with 8.8 million. Overall the network took the night’s best numbers in the demo with an average 4.5/12, and took a win in total viewership, with an average 13.8 million total viewers.

ABC came in second in ratings for the night with an average 3.1/8 in the demo, and third in total viewers with an average 8.4 million. Its Wednesday night lineup returned from a three-week break, receiving either modest boosts or running flat. “The Middle” at 8 posted a 2.6/8 in the demo with 8.4 million total viewers, while “Suburgatory” at 8:30 posted a 2.5/7 with 7.2 million total viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 received a 5.5/14 in the demo and 12.8 million total viewers, making it second in ratings and third in viewers. “Happy Endings” received a 3.0/7 in the demo and 6.9 million total viewers. “Revenge” capped the night at 10 with a 2.5/7 and 7.5 million total viewers.

CBS came in third place, airing the special “CBS News: Person to Person” at 8, which received a 1.1/3 in the demo and 6 million total viewers. “Criminal Minds” at 9 posted a 3.4/9 in the demo and 13.6 million total viewers, while “CSI” at 10 took a 21 percent hit versus its last original two weeks ago, dropping to a 2.7/7 in the demo and 11.4 million total viewers.

NBC began its night with a couple of downs, but capped the night on a bright note with a resurgent “Law & Order: SVU.” At 8, “Whitney” was down 12 percent from last week with a 1.5/4 in the demo and 4 million total viewers, followed by “Are You There, Chelsea?” which was also down 12 percent with a 1.5/4 in the demo, taking 3.6 million total viewers. “Rock Center With Brian Williams” debuted in its new time period with a 1.1/3 in the demo and 5.2 million total viewers, while “Law & Order” at 10 grew 22 percent over its last original three weeks ago, posting its highest performance in the demo since Nov. 30 with a 2.2/6 and drawing 6.7 million total viewers.

NBC had highlighted the episode, which found Det. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) bonding with a young hostage-taker by talking with him about their similarly twisted fathers.