TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Survivor' Starts Lower, 'American Idol' Leads Fox Win Surrounded By Competition's Ratings Lows

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February 16th, 2012

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American Idol  had a 6.0 adults 18-49 rating and if past history is a guide, will likely be adjusted up a tenth in the final national numbers. That compares to a 6.1 adults 18-49 rating for last Wednesday's one hour episode.

Fox easily topped the adults 18-49 ratings and total viewership on the night, as NBC's Wednesday woes continued. NBC was beaten again among adults 18-49 by Univision, and more than doubled by CBS and ABC.

ABC''s The Middle had a season low matching 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth vs. a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating last week. Suburgatory fell to a series low 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.6 rating last week. Modern Family had a season low 4.7 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 5.5 rating last week. Modern Family fans may want to check out its city by city relative ratingsHappy Endings drew a season low 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating last week. Revenge's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating tied a series low, down a tenth vs. last week's 2.5 rating. Note: All season/series lows do not include the pre-Thanksgiving episodes which ABC designated as "specials".

The season premiere of Survivor: One World had a franchise low premiere 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 6% vs. the 3.2 rating for the Spring 2011 premiere of Survivor: Redemption Island. With Survivor in front of it, Criminal Minds hit a season low 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 9% vs. a 3.3 rating last week. CSI bucked the CBS/ABC downdraft, rising to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.5 rating last week.

Whitney drew a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, up 7% vs. a 1.5 rating last week. Are You There Chelsea? fell to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.5 rating last week. Rock Center With Brian Williams had a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.1 rating last week. Law & Order: SVU hit a series low 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.0 rating last week.

One Tree Hill drew a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, even vs. a 0.7 rating last week. Limping towards its end, Remodeled had a series low 0.2 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 0.3 rating last week.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, February 15, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10p) 6.0 16 18.63
CBS Survivor: One World (premiere) 3.0 8 10.70
ABC The Middle 2.5 7 8.05
NBC Whitney 1.6 5 4.46
CW One Tree Hill 0.7 2 1.36
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.4 6 6.93
NBC Are You There, Chelsea? 1.4 4 3.49
9:00PM ABC Modern Family 4.7 12 11.22
CBS Criminal Minds 3.0 7 11.90
NBC Rock Center 0.8 2 3.05
CW Remodeled 0.2 1 0.50
9:30PM ABC Happy Endings 2.5 6 5.75
10:00PM CBS CSI 2.7 7 11.06
ABC Revenge 2.4 6 7.60
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.7 4 5.85

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," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.4/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.7/4; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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

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