The second week of Survivor‘s 26th season saw fewer people in the competition but more people watching. Wednesday’s one-hour Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites (2.5/7) bopped up 4% from last week’s two-hour premiere. While small, that slight rise is up from the series’ lowest–rated premiere ever February 13. About 9.45 million viewers watched the show last night, up from the 8.96 million who watched last week. American Idol (4.1/11), meanwhile, saw a dip last night: As the show went into sudden-death mode in Las Vegas, it also was down 5% from last week. In the first of a four-show run, 10 songs were belted out in two hours, and half of the female contestants were sent home by the end. Actual viewership was up 6% from February 13 with 14.24 million watching. Idol was easily the most-watched show of the night, ahead of its nearest rival Criminal Minds by almost 3.5 million viewers. Fox topped Wednesday in total viewers and in the adults 18-49 demo.
After running a repeat of The Big Bang Theory last week, CBS had the new Criminal Minds (2.7/8) following Survivor. Pulling in 10.74 million viewers, the procedural slipped 4% from its last original two weeks back. Up from last week’s series low, CSI (2.3/7) surged back with a 21% rise.
On ABC, there were some rises as well Wednesday night. The Middle (2.2/7) was up 16% from last week and The Neighbors (1.9/5) rose 12%. The third most watched show of the night with 10.57 million viewers and the night’s top scripted show across all demos, Modern Family (3.9/10) was up 3% from its February 13 show, while Suburgatory (2.0/5) slipped 5%. ABC ended the night with a Katie Couric-hosted Made About Oscar 20/20 (1.3/4) special in the lead-up to Sunday’s big show on the network.
Whitney (1.1/3) started NBC’s primetime, down 8% from its February 13 show. After last week’s season low, Guys With Kids (1.1/3) took an upward turn, gaining 10% from its February 13 episode. Law & Order: SVU (1.7/4) also rose last night, up 13% from last week, while Chicago Fire (1.9/5) was even with its February 13 airing; the freshman bested its October debut for a seventh week in a row.
The CW’s Arrow (0.9/3) fell 18% from last week and Supernatural (2.0/5) was down 10%.