Last night we bid adieu to the regular broadcast schedule as we switch to Olympics mode for the next two and a half weeks, starting tonight, the first time Olympics games have started with primetime coverage the day before the opening ceremonies. Fox won pre-Olympics Wednesday with American Idol (3.9 in 18-49, 13.3 million viewers). Idol was up a tenth from last Wednesday, its first week-to-week gain this season. It came with the first episode of Hollywood Week, which was promoted during the Super Bowl and features some of the most extensive changes Idol producers are introducing this season.
On CBS, the 200th episode of Criminal Minds (2.8, 12.8 million) spiked +27% in 18-49 and +24 in total viewers from its last original two weeks ago. Criminal Minds, which drew its largest audience in almost two years, since May 16, 2012, also lifted CSI (2.0), up 25% from two weeks ago. On ABC, Suburgatory and Super Fun Night rebounded with original lead-ins vs. repeats last week but still stayed low, 1.7, up 13% from last week, and 1.6, up 23%, respectively. But after two weeks of gains, Nashville (1.3) was down 13% from last Wednesday to tie a series low. The Middle (2.2) returned down a tenth from its last original two wees ago, Modern Family (3.5) was up a tenth. Following an Olympics special (1.1) vs. Revolution last week, NBC’s Law & Order: SVU (1.8) saw its streak of two consecutive ratings increases snapped, down 10% from last Wednesday. Chicago PD (1.7) kept steady. On the CW, Arrow (1.0) was down a tenth from last week, The Tomorrow People (0.5) tied a series low, down 29% as its prospects become dimmer, especially in light of its pending move to Mondays.