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'Breaking In' gets a post-'Idol' high

April 7, 2011 |  1:09 pm

It seems midseason comedy shows can get by with a little help from their friends.

“American Idol” was once again the ratings victor Wednesday night with 22.5 million viewers. The 90-minute show with a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame theme averaged a 7.1 rating in the ages 18 to 49 demographic, down slightly from last Wednesday’s two-hour epsiode.

But it was still more than enough to help lead-in Fox’s newest series, “Breaking In.” The Christian Slater-helmed comedy premiered with a solid 9.8 million; it far surpassed another post-"Idol" premiere, “Traffic Light,” which drew in just under 5 million viewers with its February debut. But can “Breaking In” continue to retain the "Idol" viewer retention?

Fox took the night with an average of 19.3 million viewers. CBS nabbed second place at 11.1 million (6.8/11) with the help of  “Criminal Minds” (13.9 million), “Survivor: Redemption Island” (10.5 million) and “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” (8.9 million). Rounding things out were NBC at 5.0 million, ABC at 4.4 million and the CW at 1.3 million.

— Yvonne Villarreal