James Hibberd
May 12, 2011 AT 04:15 PM EDT

Steady as she goes: Fox’s American Idol delivered 22.4 million viewers and a 6.9 preliminary adults 18-49, winning Wednesday night in the ratings. Those numbers are up slightly from last week and steady with the same night last year. In general, Idol ratings this season have retained 95 percent of its strength compared to last season, despite (or because of?) all the changes on the show.

Dead Sitcom Walking Breaking In (7.6 million, 2.4) was flat. Yup, the cancelled Christian Slater comedy drew a bigger rating than Tuesday’s renewed Raising Hope, which is the double-edged sword of having an Idol lead-in — the reality hit sets you up to win but, darn it, you better win.

The CBS block was mostly on par this week: Survivor: Redemption Island (10.4 million, 3.0), Criminal Minds (13.1 million, 3.3) and Suspect Behavior (9.1 million, 2.1)

ABC’s comedy block made gains, including The Middle (7.2 million, 2.1) up 5 percent, Better With You (6 million, 1.9), which might squeak into another season with that number, up 19 percent, Modern Family (10.1 million, 4.2) up 8 percent, Cougar Town (6.1 million, 2.4) rising 9 percent, and a flat hour of Happy Endings (3.9 million, 1.6).

NBC aired Minute to Win It (3 million, 0.9) and Law & Order: SVU (8 million, 2.4), down 8 percent.

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