TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol' Slips; 'Criminal Minds: SB' Rebounds; 'Survivor,' 'Mr. Sunshine,' 'Off The Map' Don't

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March 17th, 2011

Scoreboard FOX CBS Uni ABC NBC CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 7.4/21 3.1/9 1.7/5 1.5/4 1.1/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.3/18 1.8/6 1.8/6 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 22.182 11.537 4.294 4.721 3.917 1.520

Of course Fox topped the adults 18-49 ratings on Wednesday night, even as American Idol was down 9% vs. last Wednesday, it was also down 9% vs. the comparable episode last season. Univision beat both ABC and NBC, which had some repeats, in adults 18-49 on the night.

On CBS, Survivor hit another series low, dropping a tenth vs. last week to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. After a repeat week, Criminal Minds returned to a 3.6 rating, even with its last new episode two weeks ago. Buoyed by a new CM lead-in, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior rebounded, up 18% to a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC's Mr. Sunshine is stuck in the same low rated rut, tying last week's season/series low 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Off The Map, certain to be "off the schedule", was also even with last week's season/series low, with a 1.4 rating.

NBC's Minute To Win It fell a tenth of a point to a series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, America's Next Top Model continued its cycle of ratings woe, down 27% vs. last week, to a series low 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Shedding For The Wedding didn't shed any more viewers, holding at last week's season low 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, March 16, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX American Idol 10 6.3 20 19.281
ABC THE MIDDLE - R 1.2 4 4.893
NBC Minute To Win It 0.9 3 3.255
CW AMERICA'S Next Top Model 0.8 3 1.997
8:30 FOX American Idol 10 7.4 22 22.076
ABC THE MIDDLE - R 1.2 4 4.558
NBC Minute To Win It 0.9 3 3.249
CW AMERICA'S Next Top Model 0.9 3 2.025
9:00 FOX American Idol 10 7.7 22 23.261
CBS Criminal Minds 3.5 10 13.446
ABC Modern Family - R 2.2 6 5.819
NBC LAW & ORDER: SVU - R 0.8 2 3.011
9:30 FOX AMERICAN IDOL 10 8.2 22 24.110
CBS Criminal Minds 3.6 10 13.944
ABC Mr. Sunshine 1.8 5 4.591
NBC LAW & ORDER: SVU - R 1.0 3 3.545
10:00 CBS CRIMINAL MINDS:  Suspect Behavior 2.6 7 10.554
ABC Off The Map 1.5 4 4.373
NBC LAW & ORDER: SVU - R 1.3 4 4.850
10:30 CBS CRIMINAL MINDS:  Suspect Behavior 2.5 8 10.155
NBC LAW & ORDER: SVU - R 1.6 5 5.590
ABC Off The Map 1.2 4 4.092

Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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