‘American Idol’ delivers ‘apology,’ scores 25 million viewers

Ryan Seacrest teased that “American Idol” had a big apology about Steven Tyler’s “outrageous” behavior. Viewers didn’t seem to mind. The Fox singing contest drew 25.1 million viewers and overwhelmed everything else in broadcast television Wednesday night. Fox won the night with an average 17.2 million viewers, according to updated ratings released this afternoon. Fox easily won the 18-to-49 age grou; NBC was a distant second.

Two repeats of ABC’s “The Middle’ averaged 6.7 million. Paula Abdul was no match for her former show; her current “Live to Dance” on CBS died with 4.8 million viewers.

At 9, CBS offered a “Criminal Minds” rerun, which still pulled in 9.7 million. Fox’s “Human Target” scored with 9.2 million. ABC offered reruns of ‘Modern Family” (9.2 million) and “Cougar Town” (6.5 million).
At 10, Selleck was tops with those 11.3 million viewers on CBS. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” arrested 8.8 million for NBC and placed first with the 18-to-49 age group. In Orlando, “Idol” was the top show with nearly 276,000 viewers. The other most-watched shows were “Blue Bloods” with 185,100, “Human Target” with 152,300, “Modern Family” with 144,800 and “Criminal Minds” with 130,800.

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