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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  • rob60990

    You know guys, I think I owe you all an apology. It must be very tiring to put up with all my nonsense and random hate spewing. I mean, that comparison I made between Suburgatory and Happy Endings earlier? Apples and oranges. I mean, it falls apart the second you think about it.

    Just wanna say I hope Community does really good tonight! I don’t like it, but I now have the common decency to shut up about things I don’t like. Also, pigs now fly and Bent is getting renewed!

  • r0ckmypants

    *Comedies = pilots (in my last comment)

  • MoHasanie


    The pilot was aired after a 1 hour episode of MF. I think that episode of MF which got a 6.1, was the biggest lead in ABC gave to a new show this year.

  • RPW

    “no way in hell [Revenge] won’t get an Emmy Nomination this year”

    Over Boardwalk, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Homeland and Mad Men? Not likely.

  • eridapo


    Even without DWTS, Castle still gets a 2.1

  • kyle

    I know we all been talking about NBC and Brian Williams but COME ON!! What does Williams have on NBC to force this show to still be on the air? I like Williams but his show has got to go.

  • Rebecca

    BFF is alright – it has some laughs – but I don’t see it going beyond its scheduled episodes. I still liked Bent more.

    While ABC isn’t good at most of their scheduling, I don’t think they’ll ever put The Middle on later than 8:30…of all the comedies they currently air on Wednesdays, it’s the most family friendly so it comes on early.

    Next week I think the only new episode amongst the comedies is Apt 23 (haven’t checked Suburgatory, but if Middle and MF are on, they’re reruns).

  • sarah

    @Mi the retencionist excuse. I seem to recall Castle doing even better than its own lead in before the bachelor this season. Revenge should have an audience on their own by now

  • Mi

    @MoHasanie I’m talking about this week’s episodes, and not about the pilot. If we want to talk the pilot, let’s compare pilots and not this week’s Castle vs. Revenge’s pilot.

  • John A

    CSI repeat gained 1 tenth while Revenge lost 2 tenths in half hour. Kinda bad for revenge

  • One

    On the SVU issues, the reason why it’s dropped so hard is because they basically removed half its soul w/ Chris Meloni. I was still trying to watch for the first month of the season, but Wednesday nights only felt complete once I went back to CSI (which found a little something w/ Ted Danson).

  • CookyMonzta

    4.7/13 and 16.5M…Idol will probably be readjusted to 4.4 and 17.0M. If they draw fewer than 18M the next 2 Wednesdays, its overall average Wednesday draw will drop below 20 million. If it continues right up until the championship, and NCIS does not draw fewer than 17.5M for the rest of the season, NCIS could very well catch Idol’s Wednesday draw.

    I don’t need to tell you how fast their Thursday average will drop, with their viewership now having sunk to under 15 million and possibly under 14 million. With both days combined for Idol, NCIS is now #2.

  • Mi

    @sarah lmao, that sounds funny when Castle would fall lower than PP on another day..

  • Steven Leitner

    Everything has been at lows, lately.

  • Chuck_T

    Rock Center is a terrible lead in! It should be on Saturday night or something where it doesn’t matter.

  • Tessa

    Happy for Revenge. I loved the episode last night. So many twists and turns. And the cast looked great. Hopefully the show will be renewed, which is likely because I can’t imagine ABC being able to launch anything else more successful in that time slot.

    PS. Am I the only one who raises their eyebrows at an NBC show getting the same numbers on a Wednesday night that a CW show gets in the same time slot on a Friday?

  • Rebecca

    I’m still hopeful for CT but I think it really hurt them (in reaching syndication) when their episode order for this season was cut down to 15. To still have to do 29 more episodes, it’s too much for just one more season – it would need two more seasons (with one being very short). Unless they get 2 more 15-episode seasons, making 30 more episodes. Someone said yesterday that 2 episodes of CT have been scheduled for May 29th but I don’t know if they’re the remaining 2 of the 15 or if they’re #12 and #13 rescheduled (if that makes sense). Futoncritic still just shows them airing through May 15th with 2 episodes on that night.

  • eridapo

    With whatever is happening this spring, I don’t see any 10PM show on any network cracking a 3.0 by their season finale. The only that has a shot is H50, but even with the NCIS:LA tie-in it wont go above a 2.8.

  • SteveO

    The headline and text make it sound like Revenge did horrible, even though it held up very very well after such a long hiatus, and didn’t decline much like most shows this season.

  • Petar


    Two sitcoms really killing idol!

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