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TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol' Leads Fox Win; 'Better With You,' 'Survivor' Hit Lows; 'Happy Endings,' 'Breaking In' Rise

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April 28th, 2011


Scoreboard FOX CBS NBC ABC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.8/16 2.3/6 1.8/5 1.8/5 1.5/4 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.2/13 1.4/4 1.5/4 1.5/4 1.5/5 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 18.151 9.160 5.768 5.212 3.703 1.757

With American Idol, Fox easily won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers. American Idol's 6.9 rating was down 3% from last week, but the recent typical final adjustments are likely to increase that. At 9:30pm, Breaking In was up a tenth of a point vs. last week to a 2.6 rating.

The only new episode on CBS Wednesday, Survivor: Redemption Island scored a series original low 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last week.

On ABC, Better With You's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating was down a tenth from last week tieing a series low. Cougar Town's 2.1 rating was down 9% from last week. While Happy Endings recovered sharply from last week, up 17% to a 2.1 rating.

A repeat of The Voice premiere episode for NBC delivered a surprisingly strong 2.1 adults 18-49 rating from 9-11pm. That will beat plenty of NBC original episodes this week. Earlier in the evening, the special Inside the Royal Wedding wasn't so regal, drawing just a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW at 9pm, America's Next Top Model drew a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, even with its last regular episode 2 weeks ago.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for April 27, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX American Idol 10 6.2 19 19.78
CBS SURVIVOR:  REDEMPTION ISLAND 3.1 10 11.04
ABC THE MIDDLE - R 1.4 4 5.19
NBC INSIDE THE ROYAL WEDDING 1.2 4 5.14
CW AMERICA'S NEXT TOP - R 0.4 1 1.14
8:30 FOX American Idol 10 7.1 20 22.38
CBS SURVIVOR:  REDEMPTION ISLAND 3.0 8 10.71
ABC Better With You 1.5 4 4.82
NBC INSIDE THE ROYAL WEDDING 1.2 3 5.29
CW AMERICA'S NEXT TOP - R 0.5 1 1.25
9:00 FOX AMERICAN IDOL 10 7.3 19 22.85
ABC Modern Family - R 2.0 5 6.02
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.8 5 8.38
NBC The Voice - R 1.7 4 4.80
CW AMERICA'S Next Top Model 0.9 2 1.97
9:30 FOX BREAKING IN 2.6 6 7.61
CBS Criminal Minds - R 2.3 6 9.90
NBC The Voice - R 2.3 6 6.49
ABC Cougar Town 2.1 5 5.61
CW AMERICA'S Next Top Model 1.2 3 2.68
10:00 NBC The Voice - R 2.3 6 6.48
ABC Happy Endings 2.1 5 5.22
CBS Criminal MindsSuspect Behavior - R 1.7 4 7.47
10:30 NBC THE VOICE - R 2.3 6 6.42
CBS Criminal MindsSuspect Behavior - R 1.7 4 7.47
ABC Modern Family - R 1.7 4 4.42

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via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 0.9/4; 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 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2 with an encore).

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

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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated. Starting with data for Mon 3/28/11, all program ratings will now include multiple viewings of a telecast on a DVR. Previously only the first viewing was counted. HUT/PUT will now consist of Live TV viewing and DVR playback at time of play. Previously, HUT/PUT consisted of live viewing and DVR playback credited to time of live telecast.

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