For the second week in a row, ABC's Modern Family posted significant gains, despite going head-to-head with ratings powerhouse American Idol.
Modern Family drew 10.1 million viewers, an increase of 8 percent from last week, and tied its season high in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. Its lead-in, The Middle (8.2 million), was also up, improving 11 percent to reach a series high. Faltering against Idol, Cougar Town shed more than 3 million of Family's viewers and fell sharply in the 18-to-49 demo.
Fox, of course, won the night, anchored by Idol (25 million viewers), which was up 4 percent from last week, when it debuted in the 9/8c Wednesday timeslot. Human Target also settled into its new slot this week, drawing 8.9 million viewers and improving a notch in the demo.
CBS placed second overall for the night, as The New Adventures of Old Christine (8.3 million viewers) and Gary Unmarried (7.7 million viewers) jumped up 21 and 26 percent, respectively. Criminal Minds (14.6 million viewers) remained steady against Idol.
CSI: NY was the big winner at 10/9c, drawing 13.7 million viewers. The show also improved 6 percent in the demo, despite competing with a Law & Order: SVU repeat (6 million viewers) that performed 18 percent higher than The Jay Leno Show's average. Ugly Betty pulled in 4.7 million viewers and improved 21 percent from last week.
Elsewhere, NBC's Mercy (6.5 million viewers) was up 13 percent at 8/7c, and a Life Unexpected repeat at the same time drew 1.6 million viewers for the CW.