Fox dominated Wednesday night's TV ratings with "American Idol," which drew an average of 12.4 million viewers and a rating of 3.8 among the key 18-49 age group, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
With the advertiser-coveted young-adult viewers, the veteran singing contest was down just 5% from last week's episode and was easily the highest-rated show of the night. Fox's average 18-49 number of 3.8 more than doubled the closest competing broadcaster.
That's partly due to the lack of original episodes of some of the usually high-rated shows, including ABC's "Modern Family" and CBS' "Criminal Minds" and "CSI." CBS' only original was the "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials" compilation, which brought in 9.5 million viewers and a rating of 1.9 in 18-49, representing a slight decrease from a year ago.
Repeat episodes of "The Middle" and "Modern Family" didn't help ABC's other comedies. Following the "The Middle" rerun, "Suburgatory" garnered a 1.5 in the key demographic, down 17% from last week, and "Super Fun Night" scored its lowest-ever rating (1.3) after the "Modern Family" encore. ABC's bright spot for the night was "Nashville," which grew 7% to a 1.5.
On NBC, "Revolution" fell 13% from last week to a 1.3, but "Law & Order: SVU" and the new "Chicago PD" both improved. With a 1.9 in 18-49, "SVU" increased 6% from a week ago, and the "Chicago Fire" spinoff rose 6% to a 1.7. "Chicago PD" has risen in two of the first three telecasts after the series debuted.