TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'Modern Family,' 'Survivor,' 'Suburgatory,' 'Revenge' At Lows; As Fox Tops Night

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April 19th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.7/13 2.4/7 2.0/6 1.5/4 1.2/3 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.0/10 2.0/6 1.1/3 1.5/5 0.9/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 16.467 7.039 7.868 3.588 4.423 1.245

American Idol was down 6% vs. last Wednesday to an in-season series low (pending final adjustments) 4.7 adults 18-49 rating, but still easily lead a FOX win for adults 18-49 ratings and total viewership on the night.

Suburgatory ticked down a tenth to a series low 2.0 adults 18-49 rating vs. last week's 2.1. Modern Family dropped to a season low 4.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 5% last week's 4.2 adults 18-49 rating. The second episode of Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 drew a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 10% compared with last week's premiere rating of 2.9, not bad for a second episode decline. The PTC campaign/fundraising PR vs. the show didn't seem to do any damage, and may have helped. After six weeks since a regular new episode, Revenge earned a series/season low for a regular episode 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth vs. a 2.4 rating in its last new episode in early March.

Survivor was even with last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating which tied its regular episode series low, and was the only new program on CBS.

Betty White: Off Their Rockers was up a tenth to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating vs. last week's 1.6 ratings. Best Friends Forever was even with last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Rock Center with Brian Williams earned a 0.7, up two tenths compared with last week's 0.5. Law and Order: SVU fell to a new series at 1.5 adults 18-49 rating vs. last week's 1.7.

At 9pm, America's Next Top Model was the only new program on the CW and earned a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth vs. last week's 0.5

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, April 18, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10p) 4.7 13 16.467
CBS Survivor: One World 2.7 8 9.382
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.7 5 6.209
ABC The Middle -R 1.3 4 4.655
CW America's Next Top Model -R 0.4 1 1.138
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.0 6 5.755
NBC Best Friends Forever 0.9 3 3.151
9:00PM ABC Modern Family 4.0 11 10.066
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.7 5 7.486
NBC Rock Center 0.7 2 2.870
CW America's Next Top Model 0.6 2 1.351
9:30PM ABC Don't Trust The B---- In Apt. 23 2.6 7 6.593
10:00PM ABC Revenge 2.3 6 7.583
CBS CSI -R 1.5 4 6.737
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.5 4 5.719

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," 2.5/7 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.9/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market household with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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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  • Marzel

    good for revenge!

  • SteveO

    Revenge held up very very well!

    Apt 23 did pretty well too!

  • Cody

    I really hope these numbers turn around in the Fall

  • Brian

    It’s great that Revenge won its time slot. C’mon ABC, renew it now along with OUAT :)

  • Mi

    Not too bad for Revenge, but I wish it were higher.
    I hope it gets adjusted up.

  • rob60990

    Not bad for Suburgatory. At least it can stand on its own unlike Happy Endings. Considering the very long break, it could have been worse for Revenge.

  • Benoit

    Good return for Revenge after a LONG wait :)

  • Liz

    All things considered, ABC has to be happy with how Revenge held up.

  • Gaius Bolling

    I’m a big fan of Revenge but does anyone feel with all the buzz this show gets that the ratings should be higher? I mean i know ABC hasn’t had a hit in this time slot in a long time but i swear so many people i know love this show but when i see the numbers it always seems like the numbers don’t match the hype

  • Ben Thompson

    Great for Revenge. Not so good for Suburgatory, which barely held on to a 2.

    Surpised Betty’s doing alright for NBC. But a huge ouch at SVU.

  • chrisss

    Suburgatory held up without a new Middle as its lead in and Revenge held up after the hiatus. ABC must be happy

  • KS

    I hope Supernatural gets 0.8 this week. All the CW originals aired so far, are up by a tenth – GG, ANTM, HoD

  • HB

    Good for Revenge. Considering it had been gone for long hiatus. 2.3 is very good.Hopefully both Revenge and Modern Family get adjusted up!

  • Number Cruncher

    ANTM was preempted in Chicago until 11:30 for a Cubs baseball game.

  • Mi

    lol at American Idol, its half hours are 4.2/5.0/4.9/4.7, at least some people did the right thing and changed the channel ;)

  • Lonesome Rhodes

    Berman has the Revenge half-hours as 2.4/2.2

  • were123

    Revenge did just fine considering how long it kept us waiting, however I was hoping for a 2.5, still 2.3 is acceptable

  • MoHasanie

    Good for Revenge. I was expecting a 2.1, so it did better than I thought. I didn’t really like the episode… It was a bit too slow.
    Suburgatory held up quite well. I guess I was wrong about it being lead in dependent.
    Apt 23 fell, but the MF fell by the same amount. Both shows are not compatible.

  • Natalia

    Revenge won’t last beyond season 2, people are getting tired of the show now anyway. After the summer break, people will forget the show completely.

  • Overdamoon

    Apt 23 did NOT do well, losing 1.4 to its lead-in.

    Revenge was so tasty last night. Let’s hope it gets adjusted up.

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