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TV ratings: CBS' 'Criminal Minds' beats Fox's 'American Idol'

TV ratings: CBS' 'Criminal Minds' beats Fox's 'American Idol'

FBI agents scored a victory over wannabe pop stars in Wednesday night's ratings, according to early numbers from Nielsen. 

The CBS procedural drama "Criminal Minds" averaged 10.4-million viewers and a rating of 2.5 among the key 18-to-49-year-old audience, marking the first time the show has beaten Fox's "American Idol" in the key demographic in their common hour. 

The demo rating for Wednesday's new episode of "Criminal Minds" was up 14% from its last original outing two weeks ago, while "Idol" fell slightly from last week to a 2.1. In 18-to-49, a ratings point equals about 1.3-million viewers. 

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