Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
“Survivor” was Wednesday night's top show overall, while “Modern Family” was the best among young viewers, but with “American Idol” posting week-to-week gains, FOX won the night in all measures.
With CBS and NBC mostly in repeats, the night was short on notables. “Suburgatory” retained most of its “Middle” lead-in, as “Mixology” squandered more than half of its “Modern Family” lead-in, but that's pretty much business as usual. And over on The CW, both “Arrow” and “The 100” were steady in the key demo, but down a hair overall.
On to the numbers…
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 2.1 rating for Wednesday night, tops in the key demographic. ABC was second with a 1.7 key demo rating, followed closely by CBS' 1.5 key demo rating. NBC's 1.0 key demo rating was fourth, with The CW averaging a 0.6 key demo rating.
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 8.87 million viewers and a 5.4 rating/9 share for Wednesday primetime, comfortably topping the 7.56 million viewers and 4.9/8 for CBS. ABC was third with 5.64 million viewers and a 3.6/6, ahead of the 4.14 million viewers and 2.9/5 for NBC. The CW averaged 2.06 million viewers and a 1.4/2 for the night.
[Univision averaged 2.94 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 for the night.]
8 p.m. – CBS won the 8 p.m. hour with 9.3 million viewers and a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 for “Survivor: Cagayan,” which was basically flat from last week. “American Idol” was up a little with 8.47 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo rating in second. ABC was third with “The Middle” (6.85 million and a 1.8 key demo) and “Suburgatory” (5.25 million and a 1.6 key demo). NBC's repeat of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” was fourth with 4.36 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating. On The CW, “Arrow” averaged 2.185 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating.
9 p.m. – “American Idol” led the 9 p.m. hour with 9.27 million viewers, but finished second with a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. ABC topped the hour in the key demo and was second overall with “Modern Family” (9.25 million and a 3.4 key demo) and “Mixology” (4.15 million and a 1.5 key demo). CBS' repeat of “Criminal Minds” was third with 6.38 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating, topping the 4.41 million viewers and 1.1 key demo rating for NBC's “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” The CW's “The 100” averaged 1.94 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating.
10 p.m. – CBS returned to first with 6.99 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 for a repeat of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” ABC's “Nashville: On the Record” special drew 4.17 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating. NBC's “Chicago PD” repeat was third with 3.66 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.