Ratings: CSI Up in Finale, Modern Family Nips at Idol's Heels, Criminal Minds Dips

CSI closed out its 12th season with a total audience of 10.6 million viewers while winning its hour with a 2.4 demo rating, notching week-to-week increases of 9 and 4 percent. (That said, a rival network notes it was the CBS crime drama’s lowest-rated finale to date, but ‘cmon – it’s a dozen years old!)

Elsewhere in the 10 o’clock hour, Revenge‘s flashback episode held steady in viewers (with 7 mil) and gained a tenth in the demo (rising to 2.2), while the newly renewed SVU dropped double digits to 5.7 mil/1.7.

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A few other notes….

* American Idol dipped a few percentage points this Wednesday yet of course still led the pack with 16.1 million total viewers and a 4.4 — though Modern Family (10.4 mil/4.3, up 5 percent) came its closest ever to matching the reality juggernaut’s demo rating.

* Survivor: One World‘s penultimate night drew 9.7 mil and a 2.7, up 3 percent and a tenth from last week’s low. Leading out of that, Criminal Minds (11.5 mil/2.8) dipped two tenths in the demo to match a series low.

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* The Middle (6.6 mil/1.9) dipped a tenth, Suburgatory (6 mil/2.1) gained a tenth, and Apartment 23 (5.8 mil/2.3) was flat. because I was curious: Happy Endings‘ most recent numbers out of a fresh Modern Family were 5.3 mil/2.4.