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TV ratings: 500th 'American Idol' episode rises as top three perform
TV ratings: 500th 'American Idol' episode rises as top three perform

"American Idol" jumped in the ratings Wednesday night as the aging singing contest aired its 500th episode.  Performances from the top three contestants — Caleb Johnson, Alex Preston and Jena Irene — drew 8.77 million viewers overall and a rating of 2.1 among the key 18-to-49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  In the advertiser-desired demographic, "Idol" increased 24% from last week's low result, matching the number it posted three weeks ago. As Fox's only prime-time programming Wednesday, "Idol" gave the network a close second-place finish in the demo, coming in a tenth of a point behind CBS.  CBS benefited from the Season 9 finale of "Criminal Minds," which rose...

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