american-idol-ratings-may-9.JPGFast National ratings for Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Final Four on “American Idol” didn’t pull in quite as big an audience as the Top Five did last week, but FOX still won Wednesday’s ratings by a wide margin. “Modern Family” and the season finale of “CSI” both improved on last week’s numbers, and “Revenge’s” flashback episode was up a tick in adults 18-49.

FOX grabbed 16.1 million viewers and a 9.8 rating/16 share in households, beating second-place CBS (10.6 million, 6.6/11) by more than 5 million viewers. ABC (7.1 million, 4.6/7) took third. NBC came in fourth with 4.95 million viewers and a 3.3/5. The CW finished with just under a million viewers and a 0.7/1.

FOX also dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 4.4 rating, down slightly from last week’s 4.6. CBS was the best of the rest with a 2.7, followed by ABC’s 2.5 NBC averaged 1.3 in the demo and The CW 0.4.

]]>8 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” (14.9 million viewers, 9.1/15 households)
CBS: “Survivor: One World” (9.7 million, 5.9/10)
ABC: “The Middle” (6.6 million, 4.3/7)/”Suburgatory” (6 million, 3.9/6)
NBC: “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” – two episodes (5.5 million, 3.5/6)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” rerun (920,000, 0.6/1) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (4.0) 9 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” (17.25 million, 10.4/16)
“Criminal Minds” (11.5 million, 7.3/11)
ABC: “Modern Family” (10.4 million, 6.4/10)/”Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23″ (6 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (3.65 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” (1.05 million, 0.7/1) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (4.8) 10 p.m. CBS: “CSI” season finale (10.6 million, 6.7/11)
ABC: “Revenge” (7 million, 4.7/8)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” (5.7 million, 4.0/7) 18-49 leader: “CSI” (2.4)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable