Fox, which ran "Idol" throughout the night, took first place in the advertiser-cherished 18-49 demographic and total viewers with an average 5.0 rating/14 share in the demo and 17.2 million total viewers.
Coming in second in ratings and total viewers with an average 2.1/6 in the demo and 8.3 million, CBS mostly ran repeats. The exception was "Survivor" at 8, which was flat in the demo compared to last week with a 2.8/9. It had 9.6 million total viewers.
ABC took third place in ratings and total viewers with an average 1.3/4 and 4.3 million. It aired mostly reruns except for "Happy Endings" at 9:30, which ticked up 6 percent in the demo from last week's season low with a 1.9/5, and 4.2 million total viewers.
NBC ran fourth, with an average 1.0/3 in the demo and 3.1 million total viewers. Facing competition from "Idol" and "Survivor," the "Whitney" finale at 8 and "Are You There," Chelsea" finale at 8:30 suffered slight declines. "Whitney" posted a 1.5/5 in the demo, down 6 percent from last week, with 4.2 million total viewers. "Chelsea" was down 14 percent in the demo with a 1.2/4, and 4.2 million total viewers.
Back-to-back episodes of "Bent" followed, with the 9 p.m. airing dipping 10 percent from last week's premiere with a 0.9/3 in the demo and 2.6 million total viewers. The follow-up episode posted a 0.8/2 in the demo and 2.4 million total viewers. "Rock Center With Brian Williams" at 10, meanwhile, climbed 14 percent climb in the demo to a still-paltry 0.8/2 and 3.3 million total viewers.
(Editing by Chris Michaud)