American Idol's first top 12 elimination helped Fox win an extremely weak Wednesday night permeated with repeats.
Idol drew 20.1 million viewers and was up 5 percent over the previous week's results show among adults 18 to 49. Its lead-in, Human Target (8 million viewers), was down a bit in the demo, but remained steady with its competition.
NBC took second place overall against CBS and ABC, which mostly aired repeats. Mercy (5.6 million viewers) was down in total viewers and in the demo, but Law & Order: SVU (9.5 million viewers) easily won the 10/9c timeslot.
CBS' only new show, Gary Unmarried, drew 5.9 million viewers, while its repeats of The New Adventures of Old Christine (5.5 million viewers), Criminal Minds (7.7 million viewers) and CSI: NY (7.5 million viewers) were good enough for third place.
ABC's season finale of Scrubs (3.4 million viewers) and a new episode of Ugly Betty (3.3 million viewers) were down 20 and 29 percent, respectively.
Taking advantage of ABC's lousy repeat numbers, the CW snuck into fourth place for the night with America's Next Top Model (3.8 million viewers) and High Society (1.2 million viewers), both of which were up against last week among women 18 to 34.