Wednesday Ratings for May 4: 'Idol' Retains Ratings Throne
Matt Click
Matt Click
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Last night, FOX ruled the night with its ratings behemoth, American Idol.

Even down 10% from last week, with a total of 22.79 million viewers, Idol is about as good as it gets for broadcast television ratings. And at an hour and-a-half runtime, there isn't much in the way of competition for the reality singing juggernaut. The top five performed last night, singing both contemporary hits and classics. Will Idol's ratings rise as the competitors dwindle? If history repeats itself, yes.

For those who missed Idol, don't worry. We've got you covered with our handy recap.

CBS' Survivor: Redemption Island (the only show ballsy enough to occupy Idol's timeslot) was down 6% this week, with 10.66 million viewers. That's a series low. After 22 seasons, is interest waning in this classic competition of outlasting, outwitting and outplaying? Granted, 10.66 million is no number to scoff at, but it's about as low a number as Survivor has ever seen. Ratings for the show have gradually fallen with each new season. How many more seasons does Survivor have in it?

For more Survivor, check out our recap of last night's episode.

FOX's Breaking In is gaining a bit of headway. It was up 6% from last week, with 7.25 million viewers. ABC's comedies fared decently, with The Middle and Better With You up a little (7.74 million and 5.5 million, respectively), and Modern Family maintaining solid numbers (9.64 million). However, Happy Endings was down 19% from last week, with just 3.32 million viewers. The new comedy will have to do better than that if it has any hopes of surviving its first season.

Can anything stand up to Idol, or will the show dominate the ratings for the foreseeable future? What does Survivor need to do to regain viewers? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: Nielsen

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