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Wednesday Ratings: American Idol Overpowers ABC's Comedy Block - Featured

American Idol delivered another powerhouse win in the ratings Wednesday night, as nearly all its competition suffered ratings declines. Fox won the night overall as Idol's two-hour broadcast drew 23.5 million viewers, handily defeating all competitors among adults 18-to-49. Placing a distant second was CBS, whose The New Adventures of Old Christine (6 million viewers) and Gary Unmarried (6 million viewers) were down 26 percent and 17 percent in the demo, respectively. Criminal Minds (13.2 million) fell slightly, but CSI: NY (12.5 million viewers) was down 9 percent in the demo, most likely due to new competition from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit at 10/9c. Two hours of SVU, with special guest stars Kathy Griffin and Mischa Barton averaged 8.5 million viewers, helping to lift NBC to third place overall for the second night in a row. Mercy (6 million viewers) was down 11 percent in the demo going head-to-head against Idol. ABC's comedies also took a tumble. Leading out of a Modern Family repeat, The Middle pulled in 6 million viewers, and slid 28 percent in the demo from its last original episode. New episodes of Modern Family (8.8 million viewers) and Cougar Town (5.4 million viewers) declined 15 and 11 percent in the demo, respectively. Oprah's Oscar special pulled in only 4.4 million viewers, and was 19 percent off Ugly Betty 's average mark in that timeslot. Source Here

The 'American Idol' Top 20: Who's Going Home? - Featured

Abbey and I faced the same problem on American Idol this week: predicting who will be eliminated. In my case, it's always one definite and another complete toss-up. I guess you can blame that on the persisting averageness of this year's Top 20. Sure, the performances were better, but apart from the obvious frontrunners, everything is up in the air. So, again, two girls and two guys get the boot tonight, leaving the competition to the accompaniment of tonight's musical guest, Danny Gokey. The identities of those four kids are hard to figure out exactly, but we sure have our thoughts. Now, the weekly presentation of the beliefs of a small cross-segment of Idol fans, also known as BuddyTV users like you who answer our polls and play along with our Fantasy TV thingie. An even smaller cross-section? Abbey and I, your Idol experts. I mean, there's two of us and definitely more of you! To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now