TV Ratings: 'Idol' wins again, 'Mr. Sunshine' premieres high

james-durbin-american-idol.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011

"American Idol," though still the Wednesday winner by a long shot, slipped by over a million viewers from last week. CBS's "Criminal Minds," on the other hand, enjoyed a bump of almost 5 million viewers.

Notably, the "Live to Dance" finale aired, drawing in 4.8 million viewers which is consistent with its weekly ratings. The "Human Target" finale on FOX dipped after last week's episode.

Meanwhile, ABC's "Mr. Sunshine" debuted to fairly strong numbers despite not-so-great critical buzz. ABC touts it as its highest-rated mid-season premiere since March 2007.

FOX drew an average of 15.9 million viewers with a 8.8 rating/14 share in households. It was followed by CBS (10.5 million, 6.5/10), ABC (8.3 million, 5.1/8), and NBC (6.7 million, 4.0/6). The CW's reruns trailed with 1.2 million viewers and a 0.8/1 share.

In the 18-49 demo, FOX continued its Wednesday reign with a 5.3 rating. ABC had a 2.8, CBS a 2.3, NBC a 2.1, and The CW had a 0.4.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

FOX: "American Idol" (23.6 million, 12.9/20)
ABC: "The Middle" (8.8 million viewers, 5.3/8) / "Better With You" (6.7 million viewers, 4.2/6)
CBS: "Live to Dance" (4.8 million, 3.2/5)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (4.7 million, 2.8/4)
The CW: "Nikita" rerun (1.5 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: "American Idol" (8.3)

9 p.m.

CBS: "Criminal Minds" (14.3 million, 8.7/13)
ABC: "Modern Family" (13.1 million, 7.7/12) / "Mr. Sunshine" (10.5 million, 6.5/10)
FOX: "Human Target" finale (8.2 million, 4.7/7)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (7.3 million, 4.1/6)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" (998,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "Modern Family" (5.0)

10 p.m.

CBS: "Blue Bloods" (12.4 million, 7.7/13)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (8.0 million, 5.1/8)
ABC: "Off the Map" (5.5 million, 3.5/6)

18-49 leader: "Law & Order: SVU" (2.6)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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