CBS’ Criminal Minds marked a milestone in style on Wednesday night, as its 200th episode drew 12.8 million total viewers — up 23 percent from its previous fresh episode to deliver the crime drama’s largest audience since May 2012 — and surged 27 percent in the demo to match its season high rating of 2.8.
Leading out of that, CSI enjoyed its second largest audience of the season (11 mil) while rising 25 percent in the demo, to a time slot-leading 2.0.
Leading Wednesday in both measures was Fox’s American Idol, which with 13.3 million viewers and a 3.9 rating saw its first week-to-week uptick of the season, rising 5 percent and one tenth. (Last season, Idol didn’t enjoy a week-to-week gain until April.)
Over on ABC, The Middle (8.7 mil/2.2) added some eyeballs but dipped a tenth in the demo, Suburgatory (6.2/1.7) rose two tenths, Modern Family (10 mil/3.5) inched up one tenth and the antepenultimate Super Fun Night (5 mil/1.6) drew its best audience since Dec. 12 while rising 23 percent in the demo (versus last week’s repeat-impaired outing). Nashville (5.1 mil/1.3) slipped two tenths.
Leading out of some Olympics pre-something, NBC’s SVU (6.4 mil/1.8) was down 16 and 10 percent, while Chicago PD (6.1 mil/1.7) slipped 12 percent in audience/was flat in the demo.
The CW’s Arrow (2.75 mil/1.0) dipped 8 percent and a tenth, while Tomorrow People (1.38 mil/0.5) dropped 21 and 29 percent.