urx unit loader TV ratings: 'American Idol' Top 40 dips Wednesday while 'Modern Family' and 'Survivor' rise
american-idol-feb-20-ratings.JPGFast National ratings for Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

The first performances of the Top 40 on “American Idol” gave the show a few more viewers than last week, but its adults 18-49 rating fell a little Wednesday. FOX still led the night by a good margin.

Elsewhere, “Modern Family” was up a little over last week, as was “Survivor: Caramoan,” which improved on its low premiere in the 18-49 demographic. “Law & Order: SVU” also improved for NBC, but Katie Couric’s Oscar special on ABC wasn’t much of a draw.

FOX averaged 14.2 million viewers and an 8.5 rating/13 share in households in primetime, leading CBS (10.4 million, 6.5/10) by 4 million viewers. ABC (6.8 million, 4.3/7) came in third. NBC took fourth with 5.1 million viewers and a 3.4/5. The CW was fifth with 2.7 million viewers and a 1.6/2.

“Idol” scored a 4.1 rating for FOX in the 18-49 demographic, down a bit from last week’s 4.3. CBS grabbed second with a 2.5, beating ABC’s 2.1. NBC scored a 1.5 in the demo and The CW a 0.9.

]]>8 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” (13.8 million viewers, 8.3/13 households)
CBS: “Survivor: Caramoan” (9.45 million, 5.7/9)
ABC: “The Middle” (8.2 million, 5.0/8)/”The Neighbors” (6.3 million, 3.8/6)
The CW: “Arrow” (3.1 million, 1.9/3)
“Whitney” (3.25 million, 2.2/4)/”Guys With Kids” (3 million, 2.1/3) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (4.0) 9 p.m. FOX: “American Idol” (14.6 million, 8.7/13)
CBS: “Criminal Minds” (10.7 million, 6.9/10)
ABC: “Modern Family” (10.6 million, 6.1/9)/”Suburgatory” (5.9 million, 3.6/5)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” (5.7 million, 3.9/6)
The CW: “Supernatural” (2.2 million, 1.3/2) 18-49 leader: “American Idol” (4.2) 10 p.m. CBS: “CSI” (10.5 million, 6.9/11)
NBC: “Chicago Fire” (6.4 million, 4.1/7)
ABC: Special – “Mad About Oscar with Katie Couric” (5 million, 3.5/6) 18-49 leader: “CSI” (2.3)

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