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'American Idol' Falls To Another Ratings Low

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By Daniel Frankel, The Wrap

The hits keep coming to “American Idol.”

One night after the slumping Fox series scored its lowest ratings since 2002, it garnered its worst Wednesday-night regular-episode performance since that freshman season, as well.

But the ratings pain was felt far and wide, with ABC witnessing the cratering of its entire Wednesday-night lineup.

Here are the night’s ratings, er, highlights:

SLIPPIN’ AND SLIDIN’: “Idol” was down 6 percent from last Wednesday in the key adults 18-49 demographic, scoring a 6.3 rating/17 share in that benchmark, along with 19.1 million viewers. It's only recent Wednesday-night showing that was worse came for an "Idol Gives Back" installment earlier in the season. The performance, however, represented an uptick from Tuesday night, with total viewership increasing 9 percent. The key demo score gave Fox the win for the night in that money category.

WHO KNEW THE AVENUE WAS BOUND FOR THIS? ABC’s midseason hourlong “Happy Town” showed now bounce-back from its weak premiere last week, declining 29 percent to a 1.2/4 demo performance. It didn’t help that the network’s entire comedy block was in decline, with “The Middle” (down 8 percent to a 2.2/7), “Modern Family” (3.8/11, down 10 percent) and “Cougar Town” (down 14 percent to a 2.4/7) all slumping at the end of their freshman campaigns.

DID EVERYBODY JUST GO TO BED? “Happy Town” wasn’t a lone struggler at 10 p.m. Despite a 10 percent week-to-week decline, NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” won the time period in the key demo with a 2.6/8.

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