For the fourth straight week, American Idol brought FOX the victory in all measures.
Speaking of which, AI dropped yet again (this time by 16%), but still easily bested everything else. ABC's full comedy block returned after a week off, and saw mixed results. The Middle fell by 8%, while The Neighbors and Suburgatory both rose by double digits. Perpetual ratings winner Modern Family took a rare tumble, hitting a season demo low of 3.8, although that is still a number most scripted series would kill for.
CBS had a pretty bad night, with Criminal Minds falling back to its previous season low, and hour one of a CSI/CSI: NY cross-over dropping 8%. To be fair though, the latter still won its timeslot, although you would think a crossover would lead to increased viewership, not less.
NBC comedies Whitney and Guys With Kids continue life near 1.0, and I'd seriously doubt either returns next year. Last night's SVU featured much-hyped guest star Mike Tyson, making it a big blow that the show fell 12% from last week's normal episode. Chicago Fire also fell double digits. It's pretty bad that NBC seems to consider CF one of its biggest hits of the new season, but that just shows how bad things are for the Peacock. In the Seinfeld/Friends era, a show hovering below a 2.0 would have gotten laughed off the schedule almost immediately.
Thankfully for the CW, Arrow rebounded after last week's series low, rising 11%. The ever dependable Supernatural stuck with its near constant 0.9 demo.
Key: Broadcast Network - Show Name - 18-49 Rating - 18-49 Share - Total Viewers In Millions
FOX - American Idol (N) - 4.6 - 13 - 14.18
ABC - The Middle (N) - 2.3 - 7 - 8.41
CBS - Person Of Interest (R) - 1.2 - 4 - 7.26
NBC - Whitney (N) - 1.2 - 4 - 3.53
CW - Arrow (N) - 1.0 - 3 - 2.95
ABC - The Neighbors (N) - 1.8 - 5 - 6.33
NBC - Guys With Kids (N) - 1.2 - 3 - 3.19
ABC - Modern Family (N) - 3.8 - 10 - 10.14
CBS - Criminal Minds (N) - 2.7 - 7 - 11.83
NBC - Law & Order: SVU (N) - 1.5 - 4 - 5.19
CW - Supernatural (N) - 0.9 - 2 - 2.22
ABC - Suburgatory (N) - 2.1 - 5 - 5.88
CBS - CSI (N) - 2.4 - 7 - 10.93
NBC - Chicago Fire (N) - 1.8 - 5 - 6.52
ABC - Nashville (N) - 1.7 - 5 - 5.25
Source: Nielsen Media Research