Ratings: Bent Out of Shape in Debut, Even As Whitney and Chelsea Rise; Criminal Minds Pops

Well this is most unfortunate. NBC’s Bent debuted on Wednesday night to just 2.8 million total viewers while scoring a 1.0 demo rating. A second helping of the charming comedy delivered 2.4 mil and a 0.9.

For comparison’s sake, NBC’s Whitney premiered to 6.7 mil and a 3.2, while Are You There, Chelsea? drew 6.4 mil/2.3. Even Free Agents [shudder] — which like Bent aired on a Wednesday — broke 6 million viewers while netting a 2.1 rating.

Leading off the night for NBC, Whitney (4.2 mil/1.6) was up 14 percent in the demo week-to-week, while Chelsea (3.5 mil/1.4) saw a 27 percent surge.

Elsewhere on the night….

* American Idol of course dominated with 16.6 million total viewers and a 4.9 rating, down 10 percent from last week’s sing-off.

* Over on CBS, both Survivor (10.2 mil/2.7) and CSI (11.22 mil/2.5) were down 10 percent in the demo, but Criminal Minds (11.9 mil/3.2) surged 14 percent.

* Leading out of a Modern Family repeat, Happy Endings (4.1 mil/1.8) dropped a good 20 percent.

* One Tree Hill, with 1.45 mil and a 0.7, dipped a tenth in the demo. Top Model rose 20 percent to 1.3 mil/0.6.