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Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Modern Family', 'CSI', 'American Idol', 'Survivor', 'Law & Order: SVU' Up; 'Rock Center' Down

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April 12th, 2012

 

Modern Family, American Idol, CSI, Survivor and Law & Order: SVU were each adjusted up a tenth while Rock Center was adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus Wednesday's preliminary ratings.  

Broadcast final ratings for Wednesday, April 11, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 5.0/14 16.81
CBS Survivor: One World 2.7/8 9.91
ABC The Middle 2.1/7 7.06
NBC Betty's White's Off Their Rockers 1.6/5 6.06
CW America's Next Top Model - R 0.4/1 0.87
8:30 ABC Suburgatory 2.1/6 6.04
NBC Best Friends Forever 0.9/2 2.78
9:00 ABC Modern Family 4.2/11 10.35
CBS Criminal Minds 3.0/8 11.81
NBC Rock Center 0.5/1 2.62
CW America's Next Top Model 0.5/1 1.08
9:30 ABC Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23  (Premiere) 2.9/7 6.91
10:00 CBS CSI 2.4/6 9.94
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.7/4 5.57
ABC Revenge: From the Beginning 1.6/4 5.60

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • Leondre

    Will Rock Center ever end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!jJ

  • Q

    Q: “NBC didn’t/won’t air the last few episodes of “The Playboy Club” but they keep airing “Rock Center” (and “Awake” and other shows) which has less viewers and lower ratings. Why?”

    mavsfan41: “Rock Center is a news program from their news division and it costs barely anything to air it. Those are expensive shows so they need the ratings in order to survive.”

    But they already filmed some episodes of “The Playboy Club” that never aired and the ratings were higher than some of the new shows that aired more episodes with lower ratings like Rock Center, Awake, The Firm, Prime Suspect, Chelsea, etc.

  • Leondre

    SVU gained on Rock Center 340%

  • SarahL

    @Spurer

    Harry’s Law draws too many viewers though. NBC should be getting shows that draw better in the demo but if their not going to be drawing viewership then there’s no point to find demo players.

    Uh? This makes no sense. NBC is a major network and has to have profitable programming. The only way for NBC to turn things around is for it to develop shows that get strong 18 to 49 demo, not stick with losers like Harry’s Law. Besides which TPTB at Harry’s Law. brought this on themselves. They had low 18 to 49 demos in season one and were lucky to be renewed. Instead of featuring its only two younger cast members or adding to them, TPTB dumped them in favor of adding older cast members. The results are even lower 18 to 49 demo.

  • Blackhawks 4 LIFE

    I think we all can agree that NBC needs to find a show that does equally well in the demos and viewers like the CBS shows do all the time but that’s easier said than done.

    I do like that Tuesday schedule with The Voice leading off in front of Downwardly Mobile and Lady Friends and putting a strong drama at 10pm. Maybe County, Chicago Fire, Bad Girls, can air there or returning drama SVU.

    On Wednesdays the lineup should be built around Whitney and Off Their Rockers.

  • Ultima

    @Q
    But they already filmed some episodes of “The Playboy Club” that never aired and the ratings were higher than some of the new shows that aired more episodes with lower ratings like Rock Center, Awake, The Firm, Prime Suspect, Chelsea, etc.

    Are you suggesting they put them on now? There’s no way that a show that has been off the air since October, that has been confirmed as canceled and that will receive absolutely no promotion is going to maintain the same ratings that it had. I doubt a new episode of Playboy Club would even beat Rock Center.

    Also, canceling and pulling a show which is failing is still the correct decision even if the replacement also fails.

  • Freddy Arrow

    @Q

    “But they already filmed some episodes of “The Playboy Club” that never aired and the ratings were higher than some of the new shows that aired more episodes with lower ratings like Rock Center, Awake, The Firm, Prime Suspect, Chelsea, etc.”

    But NBC didn’t pay for those episodes to be made, the production companies did (in this case 20th Century Fox, Imagine Entertainment and Playboy Enterprises). I’m not totally sure how it all works, and it probably depends somewhat on the particular deal for each show, but I don’t believe NBC needs to pay for any shows that they don’t air, so there’s no great incentive for them to burn off the episodes.

    As for why they show Rock Center rather than reruns of shows currently on the air, I assume its to keep Brian Williams and other people involved with the show happy, as others have said.

  • SJ

    @Q

    It’s simple. Back in the fall, they were able to afford themselves the luxury of canceling shows like Playboy Club or Free Agents because they still had something to replace them with. Now, just several weeks before the end of the season, everything that was to premiere this season already has and they don’t have anything to replace shows like The Firm, Awake etc. with.

    Re: Rock Center, I don’t care how cheap it is, NBC doesn’t need it burning a hole in their schedule and bringing their nightly – and weekly – schedule down. I don’t think we’ll be seeing it next season. If we do, then we’ll know one thing for sure: NBC really likes being in fourth place.

    The Harry’s Law discussion is just ridiculous at this point. The notion that a show that pulls a 1.0 rating, that is an out-of-house production starring an Academy Award winner and produced by a seasoned showrunner on a major broadcast network is in any way, shape or form sustainable, is laughable to say the least. I can’t imagine just how much money NBC lost on the 22 episodes that were produced for this season.

  • disney rocks

    NBC Wednesday schedule next week (4/18)-

    8- Betty White’s off there rockers
    8:30- The Cosby Show RERUN
    9- Friends RERUN
    9:30- Fraiser RERUN
    10- SVU

    (4/25)

    8- Betty White’s off there rockers
    8:30- Cheers RERUN
    9- E.R RERUN
    10- SVU

    (5/2)
    8- Betty White’s off there rockers
    8:30- The Fresh prince of bel-aire REUN
    9- Seinfeld RERUN
    9:30- Seinfeld REUN
    10- SVU

    (5/9)
    8- Betty White’s off there rockers
    8:30- Friends RERUN
    9- Cheers RERUN
    9- Seinfeld RERUN
    10- SVU

    (5/16)-
    8- Betty White’s off there rockers
    8:30- Mad about you RERUN
    9- Law and Order RERUN
    10- SVU

    (5/23)-
    8- The Cosby Show RERUN
    8:30- Friends RERUN
    9- Fraiser RERUN
    9:30- Seinfeld RERUN
    10- SVU

    (5/30)-
    8- Friends RERUN
    8:30- Friends RERUN
    9- E.R RERUN
    10- L.A Law RERUN

  • karin

    SVU needs cancel…..

  • Toucan

    Freddy Arrow

    I think networks pay for episodes they order whether they air or not. Playhouse Club kept filming after cancellation for the DVD. I don’t NBC paid for any of the post cancellation filming.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Clarke: >>> WOW. Rock Center has hit rock bottom <<< I LOVE IT! Wish I had said that. LOL.

  • Chris2

    I wish Disney Rocks that NBC could air those sitcoms again.

    Whitney vs. Modern Family would be interesting next season.

  • Ralph Hahn

    “Rock Center.” Now, the official home of the FBI’s Witness Protection Program.

  • disney rocks

    Change to 5/16 and 5/30 -
    (5/16)-
    8-9= 2 off there rockers episodes
    9-9:30= Cheers REUN
    9:30-10= Wings RERUN
    10-11= SVU

    (5/23)-
    8-9= 2 off there rockers episodes
    9-9:30= Friends RERUN

    (5/30)-
    8-8:30= Mad about you RERUN
    8:30-9= Friends RERUN
    9-10= E.R rerun
    10-11= E.R rerun

    9:30-10= Seinfeld RERUN
    10-11= SVU

  • SarahL

    NBC must be just riding out the season with Rock Center to meet its contractual obligation to Brian Williams. There is no chance it comes back next season, unless it is moved to Saturday night or some obscure time.

  • Ralph Hahn

    SarahL: Here’s what happened. NBC News had Brian Williams and Matt Lauer at the same conference table. The news prez asked both: “Who wants a one-hour primetime news hour and who wants a $25 million annual salary?”

    Matt had his hand up first.

  • CrimTV

    This may be a really random question but does anyone know what sort of range the ratings for The Tyra Show in it’s last season on The CW. All I wanna know is what kind of range (1-1.5 million etc). You’d be really helpful, thanks :)

  • Chris

    @DisneyRocks If it has Fresh Prince and Cosby on there, I’d watch NBC. But lets face it, it’s 2012 and NBC hasn’t a damn clue of what good programming looks like anymore. Pretty weird seeing as how it still has a lot of those shows in reruns in sydication

  • SVU: Fringe Division

    SVU up!!!!

    Rock Center is very low, but since it costs pennies to NBC, it’ll stay on the air.

    Loved The B in Apt 23, but Modern Family is starting to feel a little stale. the nest part about last night’s episode was Cam and Mitchell were gossiping about the lady’s husband (who might be gay). But the rest of it is little too Family for me, and I loved the show last season!!

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