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TV Ratings: ‘SVU’ is Wednesday’s most-watched show, but ABC, CBS lead night

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

CBS saw across-the-board declines, but “Survivor” and “Criminal Minds” still helped the network rule Wednesday overall, while an up week for “The Middle” contributed to ABC's slim victory among young viewers.

Wednesday's positives included strong numbers for a “Chicago PD”/”Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” crossover on NBC and a small demo bounceback for  “American Idol” after last week's ugly numbers.

It was, in fact, a rare week with “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as Wednesday's most-watched show.

Along with CBS' drops, Wednesday also saw a double-digit dip for “Arrow” on The CW.

Let's get to the numbers…

Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 1.9 rating for Wednesday night, tops in the key demographic. CBS was second with a 1.7 key demo rating, followed closely by FOX's 1.6 key demo rating and the 1.5 key demo rating for NBC. The CW averaged a 0.8 key demo rating for the night. 

Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 8.31 million viewers and a 5.2 rating/9 share for the Wednesday lead. FOX averaged 7.32 million viewers and a 4.5/8, compared to the 7.29 million viewers and 4.8/5 for NBC. ABC was third with 6.25 million viewers and a 4.0/7 for the night. The CW's 2.125 million viewers and 1.4/2 were good for fifth.

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