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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  • Ron

    @ John, Revenge has dropped at the half hour every episode.

  • calka

    I really hope Apartment 23 stays strong, because it’s very funny and entertaining. :)

  • James

    @Mi, have Castle ever aired any other day than Monday? Not, it hasn’t. So you’ve no idea. The fact is that every other show at 10pm, other than H50 is struggling to stay over 2. I guess that over 2 doesn’t look so bad now

  • One @ rob60990

    Is that sarcasm or did your snark-free doppleganger burst forth from your brain and take control of your blood-spattered keyboard? Either way…[frowns deeply]

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Everything has been at lows, lately.”

    It’s Spring, it’s broadcast TV, that’s the way it’s worked for a very long time.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “The headline and text make it sound like Revenge did horrible”

    Fan bias.

    Why didn’t you make the same comment about all the other shows in the headline?

  • HT

    Revenge – the wait was too long. I’ve been in Europe for 33 days, came back and still had to wait a week for a new episode. Not good for a serialized drams. Just sayin’….to all those networks peeps, listen instead of getting defensive. This show seriously has been spread too thin. In NZ and Australia it is consistantly winning the week because it’s shown weekly without gaps or re-runs.

  • eridapo


    The worst rated Castle episode is 1.9. This rating was achieved twice, and both times it happen on the first week of December with no lead-in to speak of.

  • bilborges

    Survivor last week was adjusted up to a 2.8, wasn’t?

  • John A

    2.3 is good for Revenge but still i think it should do better with all the buzz it gets.

  • rob60990

    @One, you can’t possibly think that’s me. It’s the fake. ;)

  • RyanCanada

    i like cougar down, but is it really going to get renewed? 29 episodes unitll syndication? thats is more then a full season, that’s likely not going to happen, but again i could be wrong.

    i just hope Happen Endings gets renewed, that show is so damn GOOD! the cast has great chemistry.

  • Danielle

    Interesting that SVU grew 0.3 at the half. (I typically don’t look at the half-hours, so I have no idea if that’s at all unusual … it just jumped out at me.

  • Samunto

    I still don’t understand why NBC is still holding on to ‘Rock Center’. Even Harry’s Law would master a 1.2 and 8mil viewers there.

    I think NBC will keep it’s Wednesday comedy block which with ratings of around 1.6 (BFF doesn’t count) is same as Thursdays at 8. If as rumoured The Voice does come back in the fall and maintains fall launches, i see it moving Tuesdays/Wed because i don’t think X Factor will beat it.

    Good for Revenge.
    Apt 23 is doing ‘Happy Endings’ numbers.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Survivor last week was adjusted up to a 2.8, wasn’t?”

    No, it was adjusted up to a 2.7.

  • DW

    there are factors working for rock center. it’s going to curve older so a 1.5 isn’t so bad , it’s cheap to produce. i’m sure they’re not selling ads for mt. dew and taco bell but ads that would normally show on the nightly news. and also , that’s been a tough time slot for years now. you have three big shows at that time. put rock center on , your not hurting anything.

  • eridapo

    Can we just say that on average this spring is about a two to four tenths of a point lower than last spring.

  • DW

    oops meant against and i meant 0.7. was thinking a 1.5 about something else.

  • toadytoady

    Hey Bill and Bob, check this out. Its hilarious.
    Captain has his very own version of the cancellation bear in a photo on his desk this week in SVU.
    That showrunner certainly has a sense of humor!!!!
    I love it!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “there are factors working for rock center. it’s going to curve older so a 1.5 isn’t so bad “

    When has Rock Center gotten a 1.5?

    It certainly is cheap, and Brian Williams is an icon at NBC who presumably gets a LOT of slack, but its ratings are flat out terrible.

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