Fox’ Idol Gives Back ruled Wednesday night. The 2+ hour charity special/Idol result show drew a 5.7 rating/16 among adults 18-49 and 18.4 million viewers overall. That is 16% down in the demo from the most recent Idol Gives Back in 2008 but up 3% in total viewers. (Fox expects the numbers to rise in the final Nielsens).
The other networks stayed mostly out of the way with repeats. Only 3 bubble shows aired originals in the 8-9 PM hour on the Big Four nets, all hitting series low in the 18-49 demo: CBS’ The New Adventures of Old Christine (1.5/5) and Accidentally On Purpose (1.6/5) and NBC’s Mercy (1.2/4) . The CW’s America’s Next Top Model was up from last week and finished 2nd to Idol in adults 18-34.