Wednesday Ratings for May 18: 'Idol' Rises as Finale Encroaches
Wednesday Ratings for May 18: 'Idol' Rises as Finale Encroaches
Matt Click
Matt Click
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Last night, FOX's American Idol rose even further, up slightly from last week, and is sure to soar even higher for the season finale next week. With many of Wednesday's big shows out for the summer, Idol had little to no competition going into last night's two-hour singing extravaganza.

On last night's episode, the final three competitors sang three songs a piece -- one chosen by coach Jimmy Iovine, one chosen by the judges and one chosen by the contestants themselves. The episode absolutely dominated ratings, with 24.36 million viewers. Going into the results show tonight, it's anyone's game. Be sure and check BuddyTV tonight for our recap of Idol, and find out who's surviving into the final episodes of the season!

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And if you missed last night's Idol, check out our handy recap.

ABC's comedies stayed consistent over last week. The Middle had 7.66 million viewers, while Modern Family had 10.08 million viewers). Happy Endings is still performing pretty poorly, with only 3.78 million viewers last night.

On CBS, the Criminal Minds season finale was up 6%, with 12.53 million viewers. However, Criminal Minds' not-as-successful cousin (y'know, the one who shows up the reunion in the van he also lives in), Suspect Behavior, hit a series low last night, with 8.35 million viewers. The show has already been cancelled for next season.

NBC's Law and Order: SVU season finale was up 17% from last week, with 8.99 million viewers.

And on the CW, the America's Next Top Model season finale had 1.83 million viewers.

Read our recap of Top Model here!

Source: Nielsen

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