Primetime Ratings: 'Idol' and 'Breaking In' Down, Fox Still Wins Wednesday

'Criminal Minds' duo down, SVU' first at 10 p.m.

Fox finished first
in the ratings race Wednesday night with an overall 5.4 rating/15 share in the
18-49 demo, according to Nielsen overnight numbers. The 90-minute edition of American
was down 7% from last week with a 6.4 during the 8-9:30 p.m. slot. Breaking In followed with a 2.5,
down a tenth.

CBS took second
place with a 2.8/7. Survivor: Redemption Island was even with another
3.0. Criminal Minds was down 9% from its last new airing to a 3.2 and Criminal
Minds: Suspect Behavior
fell 15% to a 2.2.

ABC placed third
with a 2.1/6. The Middle (2.0) and Better With You (1.6) were
both up slightly, while Modern Family was flat with its last original at
3.8. CougarTownwas up a tenth to a 2.2.
A back-to-back airing of new episodes of Happy Endings netted the
network a 1.7 and 1.4 respectively. The former down 19% from last week, and the
latter another 18% drop.

NBC finished with
a 1.5/4. Minute To Win It was flat from its last original with a 1.0 and
Law and Order: SVU returned 4% higher with
a 3.2, winning the 10 p.m. hour (but second in total viewers).

The CW rounded out
the evening with a 0.7/2. After a repeat of America's Next Top Model, a
new airing netted a 0.9, down a tenth.