TV ratings: Final 'American Idol' performances up a bit, 'Modern Family' leads Wednesday in 18-49

american-idol-rtgs-may-15.JPGFast National ratings for Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The final performance show on "American Idol" this season improved a little on last week's numbers, but it wasn't the biggest show of the night among adults 18-49 -- the first time that's ever happened for either leg of an "Idol" finale.

"Idol" did, however, give a boost to "So You Think You Can Dance," which was up significantly over Tuesday's premiere. The night's top demographic honors went to ABC's "Modern Family," which also improved on last week's numbers. The season finale of "CSI" on CBS easily led the 10 p.m. hour in viewers and edged "Chicago Fire" for the demo lead as well. The season finales of "Arrow" and "Supernatural" both built on last week.

FOX averaged 9.3 million viewers and a 5.9 rating/10 share in households for the night, beating out CBS (7.9 million, 5.2/9) for the No. 1 spot. ABC (6.4 million, 4.1/7) edged NBC (6.3 million, 4.3/7) for third. The CW drew 2.5 million viewers and a 1.5/3.

FOX also led the 18-49 demo with a 2.6 rating. ABC, 2.0, narrowly beat CBS, 1.9, for second place. NBC scored a 1.6 in the demographic and The CW a 0.9.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX:
"American Idol" (11.6 million viewers, 7.2/12 households)
NBC: "Dateline" (5.8 million, 4.0/7)
ABC: "The Middle" (6.6 million, 4.1/7)/"Family Tools" (4.5 million, 2.9/5)
CBS: "2 Broke Girls" reruns - two episodes (3.9 million, 2.7/5)
The CW: "Arrow" season finale (2.65 million, 1.6/3)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (2.9)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Criminal Minds" (10.3 million, 6.6/10)
ABC: "Modern Family" (9.75 million, 5.9/9)/"How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)" (6.2 million, 4.0/6)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" (7.1 million, 4.5/7)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (6.35 million, 4.4/7)
The CW: "Supernatural" season finale (2.4 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: "Modern Family" (3.5)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI" season finale (9.6 million, 6.2/10)
NBC: "Chicago Fire" (6.9 million, 4.4/7)
ABC: "Nashville" (5.6 million, 3.8/6)

18-49 leader: "CSI" (2.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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