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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  • Robsten_Fan

    Poor for Survivor… :(

  • Lonesome Rhodes

    As a big Cougar Town and Happy Endings booster, I’ve been rooting against Apt. 23, but last night’s episode was very dark and very, very funny

  • Petar

    When CSI is back Revenge will look really bad!

  • MattM

    Don’t trust the B was fairly steady. Good deal. When your low is a 4.0 (MF) you’re doing pretty good.

  • Natalia

    ” I didn’t really like the episode… It was a bit too slow.”

    I have seen so many people say that about Revenge. I, too, have found it to be slow now

  • sarah

    How comes 2.3 is good for revenge against CSI repeats but 2.1 is bad for Castle? I don’t see much difference

  • Ron

    Suburgatory dropping only a tenth following a middle repeat is quite good. Revenge basically returned the same, very steady loyal following at this point.

  • zerg


    ? last week CSI got 2.3

  • RyanCanada

    I hope Appt 23 Adjusts DOWN! still now bad for suburgatory no real lead in, Revenge is Great i dont understand why it isnt higher everyone i know watches it, its everyones guity pleasure.

  • Ron

    @ Petar, CSI doesn’t affect Revenge in any way.

  • Jake

    Will shows stop falling! its getting me really worried for all the shows airing, even the ones i dont watch.

  • One

    Wednesdays have become boring for television. Maybe that’s why there are no cable shows in the 10pm slot that can transcend mid 1s…

  • Mi

    @Sarah emm, maybe Castle has a better lead-in and still manages to do less?

  • SmG

    Looking at these NBC ratings, I think giving Parenthood an early season finale was really a good idea. It would be around 1.4-1.5 if it was on the air.

  • P&B

    Very good numbers for a Criminal Minds rerun, which went up in viewers at the half hour, which is rare for a rerun.

    Idol went down at the half hour
    Viewers: 17.10 million, A18-49: 4.9/13
    Viewers: 17.01 million, A18-49: 4.7/13

    Interesting that CSI did beat in viewers and tied in demo a new SVU.

  • Zed

    I think ABC will keep Apartment 23 after Modern Family next fall and revenge at 10. It’s really working for them and Apt 23 is really good quality wise and critics love it. I don’t think they’ll put a new family comedy there, these edgy comedies are great lead-ins for Revenge.

    I think Revenge will get higher ratings next year too, because it’s an awesome show so no way in hell it won’t get an Emmy Nomination this year. It helped Modern Family last year and the premiere got about a 6. So Fingers-crossed.

  • Meg


    You sort of have to wait until next week to say whether people are getting tired of Revenge, considering after an almost 2 month break the number of viewers didn’t drop at all.

  • rob60990

    Off their Rockers did better than most episodes of Whitney did in that timeslot. :D

  • Natalia

    I know a lot of people who said it was getting slow before the break though. It will get renewed but I’m willing to bet it won’t last beyond a seaosn 2. After the summer break, for a serialized show like this, it will come back low in the Fall. But that’s just my opinion

  • sarah

    @Mi, since when is DWTS a better lead in than Modern Family in the A18-49 demographic?

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