Ratings: CSI and Whitney Are Only Gainers as Wednesday Serves Up Many Lows

Man, all of those Valentine’s dates must have run well into overtime, because on the heels of depressed Tuesday viewership, Wednesday’s primetime TV line-up suffered multiple season and series lows.

In fact, only NBC’s Whitney (with 4.5 million total viewers and a 1.6 rating, up 10 and 7 percent) and Elisabeth Shue’s CSI debut (11.1 mil/2.7, up 2 and 8 percent) enjoyed gains. Everyone else? Down, down hard or, best case scenario, flat versus a week ago.

Of the night’s big events, the premiere of Survivor: One World (10.7 mil/3.0) was down 6 percent in the demo versus the reality competition’s year-ago season opener, while Revenge’s buzzy Fire & Ice ball (7.6 mil/2.4) dipped a tenth in the demo to tie the freshman sudser’s all-time low.

Going hour by hour….

8 pm | American Idol‘s two-hour outing held steady week-to-week with 18.6 million total viewers and a 6.0 rating. ABC’s sitcombo of The Middle (8.05 mil/2.5) and Suburgatory (6.9 mil/2.4) both were at season lows. Leading out of Whitney, NBC’s Chelsea (3.5 mil/1.4) slipped a few percentage points, while One Tree Hill was steady at 1.36 mil/0.7.

9 pm | Criminal Minds (11.9 mil/3.0) was down 10 percent to a season low, while ABC’s Modern Family (11.2 mil/4.7) and Happy Endings (5.8 mil/2.5) each dropped 15 percent. NBC’s Rock Center (3 mil/0.8) cratered some 27 percent.

10 pm | CSI dominated, followed by Revenge and SVU (5.85 mil/1.7, down 10 and 15 percent to a series low).

What were you watching this Wednesday?