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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  • Richard Steven Hack

    And they’re not usually stupid, pointless surprises like the ones on Ringer…

  • Riff Rafferty

    Are they going to cancel SVU? It’s ratings keep on getting lower and lower every week. Really should when you can’t beat a repeat of the competition.

    Seems to me like they’re deliberately trying to finish it off with “Rock Center” (which had Madonna on last night and still did that). Mission accomplished.

    I think they ought to start having some discussions with Wolf and Leight that they’ll renew for 1 more year, and if the numbers drop again next season, that’s it. I know the show has a bad lead-in, but after 13 years you shouldn’t need Kathy Bates to help prop you up.

  • USAmerica1st

    Gaaa! A CSI re-run got 1.5? Not a good sign.

  • Californiadgd

    Survivor was very good!

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    @One Okay.

    Anyways, simple solution for SVU.

    Move it to Tuesday nights after The Voice. Problem solved.

  • W

    Apt. 23 did poorly for the show’s premiere!

  • W

    The ratings are all lower due to the competition coming from basketball games, baseball games, hockey playoffs on different networks during spring!

  • toadytoady

    You have to consider context, Riff.
    Wednesday night had season lows for a lot of shows. It was bad night for TV viewing generally.

    Also this week “Smash”, the so called hit show of NBC, only managed 1.9 key demo…and thats within its first year…..so all things considering SVU just follows the weekly trend. Its not getting low key demo in isolation.

    NBC still needs it.

    Are you sure its dogs,Bill? I only watched it once and it looked like a bear.Bear is better!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Apt. 23 did poorly for the show’s premiere!”

    Last night was not the premiere.

    “The ratings are all lower due to the competition coming from basketball games, baseball games, hockey playoffs on different networks during spring!”

    If only entertainment shows could air at a time of year when there were no sports being broadcast on television….

    Fan Excuse Bingo!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Are you sure its dogs,Bill? I only watched it once and it looked like a bear.Bear is better!”

    Got a screencap. It’s three little dogs, but I certainly wished it was a bear…

  • Ultima

    The ratings are all lower due to the competition coming from basketball games, baseball games, hockey playoffs on different networks during spring!

    There’s sports on all year and they have virtually no impact on entertainment ratings.

    Ratings are low because the sun is up longer and the weather is nicer.

    Apt. 23 did poorly for the show’s premiere!

    2.9, 2.6 is fine for a spring premiere. It shouldn’t have a problem getting a 13 episode renewal for next season.

  • L.O.V.E

    i’m confused why THE MIDDlE only repeat while everything on ABC is new?
    not so bad for revenge.

  • toadytoady

    maybe they can change it for the Finale!
    I like the idea of cancellation bear on that desk.

  • Debsafan

    I must have watched a different Revenge than everyone else, I couldn’t get into it. It was boring. Maybe it’s because it was off air for so long. May take me time to get back in the groove. I love the show, it was just not that good to me last night.

  • Rebecca

    If we find any good bear pictures should we email them to you? My kid has some bear books. ;-)

  • One @ Rebecca

    That’s how he gets all the rest of them. Like that one he used for Playboy Club…

  • gregg

    come on ABC, renew revenge and announce it today

  • DW

    MF is in a tougher time slot than TBBT. big bang has to go up against AI while MF is going up against both AI AND criminal minds. as much as i’m enjoying missing it isn’t lighting up the ratings neither is community.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “If we find any good bear pictures should we email them to you? My kid has some bear books.”

    Send ’em in!

  • Bob

    Thank God for Revenge. I have been worried all day…lol. I just got the chance to check now after being in a seminar all day. Man you really can’t go wrong with a 2.3 in today’s ratings period. It was a great episode last night and hope that the show maintains or does even better the next four weeks (I believe) which are all new.

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