Ratings: ‘American Idol’ climbs; ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ rises in new timeslot; ‘Code Black,’ ‘American Crime’ fall

American Idol -By most accounts it turned out to be a quiet Wednesday insofar as TV ratings go. There were no sweeping changes across any network, but we do at least have a few numbers that we want to make you aware of as of right now.

The winners – How about “American Idol” for not losing anyone going into Hollywood Week? The 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic was a tick up from last week, which is great news as we get further into the competition. We don’t think that the show can really do an about-face at this point in the final season and stay on the air for another year, but we wouldn’t be shocked if they find a way to extend into May (the original plan before changing it) if the numbers stay good.

Also worth nothing is that “Hell’s Kitchen” (1.4) performed better on Wednesday than it did on Friday nights. Go figure. “Arrow” was steady at a 1.1, and in our book for this show staying above a 1.0 is something that always should be celebrated.

The losers – There’s nothing that went completely into the abyss, but “American Crime” (0.9) is looking more and more like one of those great shows that will eventually end just because it cannot convince people to watch. As for “Code Black” (1.3), it doesn’t have the same reputation with critics, and therefore it probably needs its numbers to stay steady the rest of the season. It’s done for the most part a better job of that than the majority of the other new shows on the schedule this year.

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