TV Ratings: ‘Voice’ special beats down ‘Idol,’ as ‘Survivor’ leads CBS Wednesday

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

A special Wednesday airing of “The Voice” took a massive bite out of FOX's “American Idol,” which stumbled to ugly numbers, but couldn't stop “Survivor” from carrying CBS to victory in the key measures.

On the more positive side of the ledger, that “Voice” airing helped give NBC's “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” a boost, though “Chicago PD” couldn't hang onto that momentum and dropped a hair.

And with “Modern Family” out for a week, ABC's comedy block posted some small declines as well.

On to the numbers…

Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.9 rating for Wednesday night, edging out NBC's 1.8 rating in the key demographic. ABC was third with a 1.6 key demo rating, followed by FOX's 1.4 key demo rating. The CW's repeats averaged a 0.3 key demo rating for Wednesday.

Overall, CBS had a little bit more wiggle room, averaging an estimated 9.24 million viewers and a 5.5 rating/9 share for Wednesday primetime. NBC was second with 7.87 million viewers and a 5.0/8 for the night. FOX's 6.52 million viewers and 4.2/7 and ABC's 3.7/6 and 5.805 million viewers followed. The CW averaged 1.08 million viewers and a 0.7/1 for the night.

8 p.m. – “Survivor: Worlds Apart” won the 8 p.m. hour with 9.58 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 for CBS, topping the 9.54 million viewers and 2.1 key demo rating for NBC's “The Voice.” ABC was third with “The Middle” (7.19 million and a 1.8 key demo) and “The Goldbergs” (6.46 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo). FOX's “American Idol” averaged only 5.99 million viewers and a 1.3 key demo rating (compared to 8 million and a 1.7 key demo for the comparable hour last week). The CW's “Arrow” repeat averaged 1.15 million viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.