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

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

  • Ginger

    NBC just needs to get The Rock Center off it’s schedule. It’s viewer repellant. Why not encore Smash or the previous week’s Law & Order SVU, or maybe Community and another one of it’s Thursdays night comedies at 8pm. Anything to stop the viewer erosion.

  • forg

    “Modern Family has really fallen from grace. Obviously its still doing really well, but its far from the ratings beast it was just a few months ago”

    Considering American Idol is even struggling to get 5s these days and how awful ratings are across the board, I don’t see it as a “fall from grace”, the ratings climate is just off this spring that it’s hard to maintain fall ratings.

  • steve sanders

    My girlfriend made me watch b- in 23,horrible show.

  • Networkman

    @DisneyRocks, lol. I love your schedule. Those old shows would most likely do better. .9 demo for BFF is just embrassing.

  • chicago_animal

    The B in 23 was really bad. The woman was too over the top in the show. Plus, I’m tired of shows with NY references. Who gives a damn that this takes place in NY.

  • SJ


    Happy Endings features Chicago references, Body of Proof Philly references, Once Upon a Time references Maine and Boston all the time… it’s not just a New York thing. All shows reference the cities/states they’re set in. It’s extremely normal.

    Apartment 23 isn’t for everyone. The same people who like Happy Endings will like it, but as its Modern Family-less ratings prove, there aren’t a whole lot of us.

  • Nick

    NBC Wednesdays really suck.
    Here’s what they should do next year:

    Sun- (spring)
    (7) reruns
    Who Do You Think You Are?
    Celebrity Apprentice

    Fear Factor/Voice
    new drama

    Biggest Loser (final season)
    Harry’s Law/Voice
    new drama (that attracts older viewers)

    Off Their Rockers
    Parks and Rec
    new comedy

    30 Rock
    New comedy

    Who’s Still Standing?

    Rock Center
    Latest Burn-off

  • Ultima

    Here’s what they should do next year

    Only two new dramas and two new sitcoms? NBC is struggling, they have to debut more new shows, not just double down on what they have – especially considering they have a larger than normal audience for fall promotions with the Olympics.

    Also, you have Harry’s Law, but not Parenthood? And what is the point of intentionally old-skewing dramas and why would you mix that with the young-skewing Voice results show?

  • Bumfuzzled

    Stupidist group on Survivor ever. Do they pre-screen and do a test for idiots? This group makes the 3 Stooges look like nuclear engineers.

  • Bert

    Don’t forget Parenthood. It is one of the better performing shows on NBC and it is really a quality show with a great cast and outstanding writing.

  • pete5125

    Playboy Club NBC ordered 13 episodes agreed to pay 1 million an episode or so then took it off the schedule unless they make a deal to pick up episodes of another show from the same production company then they are on the hook to give the production company the money agreed upon whether they air 3 or all 13.

    That said The Playboy Club not only got bad ratings but was a PR nightmare so their is zero incentive to burn off the remaining episodes.

    Free Agents on the other hand, could get a summer burn off just because it would be something new to air this summer in one of their several sitcom slots…and no bad PR to go with it.

    Rock Center, I am surprised every week to see it return, I know Wed. is tough and they have nothing else to air, but I would but SVU reruns make the slot for the next couple of weeks, the only thing stopping this so far has been NBC’s crazy announcement no reruns from February to June outside of 9 hours

    but that is just awful, SVU or OFFICE reruns are the only thing they can put their and save face, unless they have some Fear Factor left over

  • Nancy

    I think much of the reason they don’t have Belz on the show more is Belz own preference. He lives in France much of the time, and likes to be on SVU but he doesn’t want the hassle of being in most of the scenes in most of the shows. I got this idea I got from some of the books he’ written “I’m not a cop” “I’m not a Psychic” In both books it mentions his limited filming schedule for the show and how he enjoys doing other things at other times.
    They need to get CSI and SVU on at other times there is an intersection of the audience there. I know when SVU isn’t on I’ve been watching CSI and before CSI moved to be on at the same time as SVU I was watching CSI on Thursdays most of the time. I also miss Dr. Huang and Eliot. Danny Pino is doing a great job, but nothing replaces Eliot Stabler. I’m so glad Munch and Fin and Cragen are still there. as for Kelli Giddish. She’s finally growing on me a little, but I really wouldn’t miss her if she was gone.

  • scifi

    No thursday ratings?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @scifi: preliminary Thursday ratings have been posted for over 2 hours. You might want to try clearing your cache if you don’t see them on the home page, but you can get them here:


  • Nick

    I forgot about Parenthood simply because the season has already ended and it is not currently on the schedule. Here are the changes.

    Sun (spring)-
    (7) Who’s Still Standing
    New drama 2 (new time)
    Fear Factor (1 hr)
    Celebrity Apprentice (1 hr, expands to 2 hr in April)

    Mon (fall)-
    Harry’s Law
    New drama (that has older viewers)1
    new drama 2

    Mon (spring)-
    Parenthood (new time)

    TBL/ new drama 5
    new drama 3

    Whitney/new comedy
    new comedy

    30 Rock
    new comedy

    new drama 4

    Rock Center
    Latest Burn-off

    Dateline (Sun)
    Fashion Star
    Who do you Think You Are? (now summer series)

    2 comedies
    1 mid-season comedy
    4 dramas
    1 mid-season drama

    Voice and TBL have 1 cycle.
    WDYTYA? can replace failing new drama in spring.

  • kasaja

    I will quit the business if NBC airs Harry’s Law on Thursday @9p. Seriously, Thursday is the biggest night for the movie studios and I don’t think any of them except Universal (because they have to) are going to be putting up the big bucks to air on a show that delivers an audience made up entirely of 50+ people. Come on Water Cooler your better than that.

    Nick I don’t think a whole lot of your schedule. Smash will die if it plays after anything other than The Voice. I think NBC might be forced to bring back The Voice in the Fall to protect what looks to be a very shaky schedule. I like Harry’s law but i’m 50+. don’t see it starting off a night. Your Thursday night schedule is death. Outside of the aging Office I don’t see a 2 rating in front of any other show. That just goes to show how much damage Jeff Zuker did to NBC, Bob Greenblatt has a tough job ahead of him.

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