According to overnight ratings American Idol dipped but still commanded a hefty audience but nowhere near as high as it once pulled in. An average audience of 15.5 million viewers tuned in with an 18-49 rating of 5.4 – down from 5.5 for last week’s episode.
CBS at 8pm remembered the Greatest Commercial’s from the Super Bowl and that interested 9.8 million viewers with a 2.1 18-49 rating. ABC repeated The Middle which drew 5.5 million viewers with a 1.3 18-49 rating followed by alien sitcom The Neighbors which pulled in 5.2 million viewers and had a 1.6 18-49 rating. Whitney on NBC meanwhile had 3.5 million viewers with a 1.3 rating followed by Guys with Kids which could only manage to attract 2.9 million viewers giving it a 1.1 rating. Finally Stephen Amell drama Arrow on The CW had 3 million viewers with a 0.9 18-49 rating.
At 9pm ABC’s repeat of Modern Family pulled in 6.1 million viewers with a 2.1 rating followed by Suburgatory which was seen by 4.8 million viewers with a 1.8 rating. NBC’s veteran crime/legal drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit attracted 6.3 million viewers with a 1.7 18-49 rating while CBS’s repeat of Criminal Minds entertained 7.1 million viewers with a 1.6 rating. A crucial episode of Supernatural on The CW rounded off the hour with 2.2 million viewers and a 0.9 rating.
At 10pm NBC’s freshman drama Chicago Fire pulled in 7.2 million viewers giving it a 2.0 18-49 rating. Earlier this week the broadcaster announced it had ordered an additional episode of the fire-fighter’s first season.