Ratings: Idol Darkens Mr. Sunshine's Day

The forecast called for Mr. Sunshine to take a beating this Wednesday, hampered as it was by the double whammy of a having a Modern Family repeat lead-in and facing off against the hardest-hitting half-hour of American Idol‘s Top 13 performance show.

As a result of that imperfect storm, ABC’s freshman sitcom Smurfed 32 percent of its audience (dropping to 4.8 million viewers) and fell 25 percent in the 18-49 demo, to a series low 1.8).

That in turn set a wobbly table for bubble show Off The Map, which placed third in the 10 o’clock hour with 4.3 million viewers (down 14 percent) and a 1.4 rating (down 20 percent).

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Elsewhere this Wednesday:

* The aforementioned Idol sing-off averaged 24.24 million total viewers and an 8.0 rating, improving on its week-ago tallies. Compared to the same night a year ago, Idol matched its demos and increased total viewership by 6 percent. Not too shabby, dawg.

* In the 8 o’clock hour, Survivor (10.94 mil/3.2) saw little movement while Top Model showed off double-digit gains (delivering 2.33 million viewers and a 1.1 rating).

* At 9 pm, The CW’s Shedding for the Wedding (1.03 mil/0.5!) shed another 10 percent, keeping its weekly ratings summary easy to write.

* Opposite an SVU repeat and ABC’s folding Map yet leading out of an Idol-impaired repeat, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (9.06 million viewers/2.2 rating) was down some 12 percent.

What was your Wednesday viewing pleasure?