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On the second night of its three-night live round American Idol (3.7/10) saw a surprising flameout by contestant Charlie Askew over criticism from the judges. Besides the profound dismay from judge Nicki Minaj over Askew’s performance, the two-hour show also saw Idol continue its weekly Wednesday ratings slide. While a final numbers adjustment is likely, last night’s Idol slipped 3% in fast nationals from its February 28 show to hit a new in-season Wednesday result. That’s the fourth week in a row for the show to hit such a low and the worst Wednesday performances since Idol’s first season in summer 2002. Also down in total viewership with 12.7 million from last week’s 13.1 million, last night’s Idol was up 9% in fast nationals from Tuesday’s broadcast. With Idol as the most watched show of the night, Fox won Wednesday in total viewers and among Adults 18-49. Survivor: Caramoan(2.5/7) saw »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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