'American Idol' ratings up slightly: Good sign?

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Fox’s American Idol ratings actually notched an increase this week — is that a sign the show’s new judging panel is working?

Last night’s telecast rose a tenth of a point among adults 18-49 for the start of the Hollywood rounds compared to last Wednesday’s show. After premiering last season, Idol dropped in the ratings for 13 weeks straight. So seeing some uptick at this point gives Fox a reason to think the show could be stabilizing earlier than usual.

Also: CBS’ Criminal Minds was up 27 percent from its last original and CSI was up 25 percent. ABC’s comedies were largely on par, though Nashville dropped to tie its season low. NBC’s crime dramas were steady. The CW’s Tomorrow People tied its low. Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW 18-49  TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 8-10P AM IDOL- 3.9 13,288
ABC 8:00P MIDDLE- 2.2 8,669
8:30P SUBURGATRY- 1.7 6,222
9:00P MODRN FMLY- 3.5 10,010
9:30P SUPER-NGHT- 1.6 4,978
10-11P NASHVILLE- 1.3 5,113
CBS 8-9P CRMNL-8SP- RS 1.5 8,270
9-10P CRIMNL MND- 2.8 12,810
10-11P CSI- 2.0 11,023
NBC 8-9P HOW-OLYMPN- S 1.1 4,433
9-10P LAW&O:SVU- 1.8 6,355
10-11P CHICAGO PD- 1.7 6,129
CW 8-9P ARROW- 1.0 2,753
9-10P TOMORRW PPL- 0.5 1,373
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