Ratings: Idol Girls Outdraw Boys, ABC Sitcoms Smiling, Revenge Flat, Top Model Down

American Idol‘s 12 female semifinalists outdrew their male counterparts, playing to a Wednesday night audience of 17 million (versus the boys’ 16.1 mil) while scoring a 4.9 demo rating. Week-over-week, Idol was up 6 percent in total viewers, yet down a smidgen in the demo.

Over on ABC, the news was generally good, with The Middle and Happy Endings enjoying double-digit surges from season lows, though Revenge matched its own lows. (I blame Ashley… just because.)

Michael Slezak’s American Idol Recap: Iron Ladies

Going hour-by-hour….

8 pm | Trailing Idol, Survivor inched up a bit to 10.6 mil and a 2.9. Leading out of The Middle (8.5 mil/2.6), Suburgatory (7.2 mil/2.4) saw gains of 7 and 4 percent. Both NBC’s Whitney (4.1 mil/1.5) and Chelsea (3.54 mil/1.3) were flat. One Tree Hill‘s big reveal was witnessed by 1.56 mil (up 9 percent) and dipped a tenth to a 0.7. Damn, The Actress Formerly Known as Joie Lenz can cry.

9 pm | Criminal Minds held steady with 12.5 mil/3.1, while Modern Family (11.7 mil/4.8) came closer than ever (within a tenth of a point) to matching Idol‘s demos. Happy Endings (6.2 mil/2.8) was up 14 and 17 percent, amassing its largest audience ever versus Idol. America’s Next Top Model‘s “British invasion” premiered to 1.3 mil and a 0.6, down more than 30 percent from the show’s fall opener.

10 pm | CSI led with 11.2 mil/2.6, down a few percentage points. Revenge (7.4 mil/2.4) shed a couple of viewers while steady in the demo. SVU (5.4 mil/1.6) dropped 10 percent in audience.