Wednesday Final Ratings: 'American Idol', 'SVU', 'Survivor', 'Modern Family' Adjusted Up; 'Off Their Rockers, 'Best Friends Forever', 'Rock Center' Adjusted Down

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April 19th, 2012


Law & Order: SVU, American Idol, Survivor: One World, and Modern Family were each adjusted up a tenth while Rock Center, Off Their Rockers, Best Friends Forever were adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus Wednesday's preliminary ratings.  

Broadcast final ratings for Wednesday, April 18, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10 PM) 4.8 14 16.890
CBS Survivor: One World 2.8 9 9.960
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.6 5 5.980
ABC The Middle -R 1.3 4 4.600
CW America's Next Top Model -R 0.4 1 0.930
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.0 6 5.690
NBC Best Friends Forever 0.8 2 2.830
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 4.1 11 10.210
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.7 5 7.400
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 0.6 2 2.550
CW America's Next Top Model 0.6 2 1.310
9:30PM ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 2.6 7 6.430
10:00PM ABC Revenge 2.3 6 7.770
NBC Law and Order: SVU 1.6 4 5.950
CBS CSI -R 1.5 5 6.730

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “wait, if Suburgatory is getting these kinds of ratings, then isn’t that good for The River, which got similar ratings?”

    You’re confused.

    The River got better than a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating precisely once, for its premiere. The best it could do after the premiere was a 1.7, and it finished with a 1.4.

    It’s 100% dead.

  • Jenny

    Good for Apt 23(Not adjusting down) I was on twitter the other day, and so many people were saying it was hilarious. It feels like it’s catching a lot of people off guard, but I’m little worried to see how it will do next week without the modern family lead-in. I wonder if it will stay above a 2.0.

  • JohnnyRico

    Suburgatory with a rerun as lead in still does much better then ABCs Tuesday comedies. I am glad to see the show doing well in the ratings and critically as well turning what looked like a fish out water type show with paper thin stereotypes into a great ensemble show.

  • Russell

    I think if NBC could commit to a comedy block full of multi-cams on Wednesdays they can overtake ABC in 2-3 years. I can’t believe how catchable Suburgatory was without a new episode of The Middle.

  • Justin121

    By network:

    CBS: 1 hit drama 1 hit comedy = 2. No other successes, overall strong

    ABC 2 hit dramas + 3 successful comedies = 5. Overall stable

    FOX: 1 hit comedy + 1 successful drama = 2. Overall big decline

    NBC: 1 semi-successful comedy 1 semi-successful drama + 1 Friday hit. Overall big decline

  • ber

    @Justin121, I think calling Touch a sucessful drama is a long shot. More like a so-so performer. To me, it does as well for Fox as GCB or Scandal do for ABC

  • Justin121

    Breakout hits of the season:

    2 Broke Girls
    Once Upon A Time
    Person of Interest
    New Girl

    CBS and ABC dminate . New Girl could be downgraded by the end of the season.

    Other successful first-year series that I wouldn’t neccesarly call “breakout”:

    Last Man Standing

    (ABC and NBC)

    Still early to classify:

    The B in Apt 23

    FOXcould still squeeze in in the B-list and ABC could take the lion’s share there.

    Ranking based on several factors includig absolute ratings, relative-to-network ratings, length of program, number of episodes aired, where and how fast they stabilized, timeslot, playback ratings, genre, and buzz.

    Note it was the year of female sitcoms:

    2 Broke Girls CBS
    The B in Apt. 23 ABC
    New Girl FOX
    Whitney NBC

  • Justin121


    So far, Touch hasn’t dropped below a 2.3. Only Glee and New Girl beat that and only by a tenth or a few tenths. For FOX, that’s a success.

    Of course, it hasn’t shown that it has stopped dropping yet, either. That’s why I it’s not on either list in my second post. But a 2.0 or even 1.8 will keep it as a success on FOX.

    Even then, it will be doing on FOX better than GCB or Scandal are doing on ABC, by the way. It would be only behind 3 shows and only by a few tenths while GCB and Scandal would be behind close to 10 shows on ABC, most of which are easily 5 tenths to 2 full points higher.

  • Justin121

    ABC is doing a lot better than FOX in scrpited programming.

    That’s why I can’t accept that FOX is #1 and ABC is #4 in the “official” rankings.

    No way.

    I’m not a fanboy I know CBS is #1, ABC is #2 and FOX #3 (with a significant gap) in scripted prgramming.

    But a 10-hour schedule filled with singing contests, sports, and cartoons will do that, I guess.

  • Chris

    I kept hearing Apt. 23 improved a lot in the second ep, but I sure didn’t see it. Not one chuckle. It’s nowhere near the level of 2 Broke Girls, which certainly has a ton of flaws, but it’s never dull. Count me out on this one.

  • Mi

    Personally, I love POI, OUAT and Revenge, but if I had to choose the best one from them I’d choose OUAT.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @728Huey: My suggestion of NBC hiring Bill O’Reilly for a nightly strip show in prime-time was just for comparison purposes and was not to be taken too seriously. “I” wouldn’t want Bill to flee to the left-wing network.

    If you read my entire post, you would see that I had brought up the failed Leno Prime-Time Experience. The NBC affiliate stations demanded that Leno be moved or fired. I thought that the network would have given Jay a little more time. But, stations make most of their money from local news, and Leno was a sh–ty lead-in.

    But, Keith Olbermann???? NBC fired him and now he’s warring with Current TV management. He’s too unstable to be on a network any more.

    And, as far as NBC, if they wanted to hire O’Reilly for prime-time on the broadcast network, Bill’s politics wouldn’t be a problem. Think of the money O’Reilly would bring in. And, with a minimal amount of money for production, it would be more cost-effective than a scripted series, reality show or whathaveyou.

  • Brian J


    “why have NBC’s viewers drop so much over the last couple of years, damn can not even watch any shows on there cause you think thay might get the boot.”

    I think there’s definitely something to that. Granted, some shows probably don’t deserve to go on, but the ones that do still don’t, either. The network seems determined to make a bunch of short-sighted decisions, rather than invest for the long-term. A good example of that is leaving “Parenthood” off the air for the summer, instead of putting on “America’s Got Talent” in front of it, or even running it by itself. The show comes back in the fall with no momentum and little support from the rest of NBC’s schedule, and what happens? Just what we’d expect: it falls even further. It’s a vicious cycle that continues and threatens to destroy the entire schedule.

    No doubt that turning around the network isn’t easy, but does the network really feel that a bunch of short-term reality shows are going to do the trick? They can certainly be valuable and helpful, but they should be used in wise ways to build for the long-term, not give an artificial high for the short-term.

  • Captain

    Revenge boring? I’ve heard it called a lot of things but boring isn’t one of them.

  • Brian J


    “I know the Leno five-night-a-week experiment failed to work. I think that NBC would have stayed with Leno a little longer, but the NBC affiliates wanted Leno’s head on a block for being a bad lead-in to the ‘late local news.'”

    A lot of people forget this, but back around 2002-2003, when Dave Letterman’s contract was up with CBS, there was a story about how Jeff Zucker considered trying to steal him, or even made very serious overtures to him, to bring him to NBC to do his show every night except Thursdays at 8:00. This would essentially be like the Leno experiment, but earlier, and only four nights a week. It would also deprive CBS of its late night star, although it’s not as if they wouldn’t try to find someone else to take his place.

    I remember the move being hailed as “all sort of genius” by at least one television writer. I’m not sure about that, but it’s certainly interesting. Might it have worked? Who knows? It was certainly a different television landscape back then, and perhaps it would have started off big but faltered as the years went on.

  • Brian J

    “I think if NBC could commit to a comedy block full of multi-cams on Wednesdays they can overtake ABC in 2-3 years. I can’t believe how catchable Suburgatory was without a new episode of The Middle.”

    Oddly enough, wasn’t “Up All Night” doing almost as well, by itself, as ABC’s lineup (besides “Modern Family,” I mean) on Wednesdays? Granted, that was in the first half of the season, so who knows what it would be doing now?

    But yeah, nothing would surprise me at this point. I could be alone in this opinion, but I think viewers are still there and just need to be drawn to the screen. If NBC could find one show that was at least decent and pair it with similar shows, it could happen. That’s one reason why I kind of wanted “Bent” renewed for 13 episodes to go on after “America’s Got Talent” this summer. Perhaps it could develop a stable audience and then continue on in the fall. It’s worth a shot, at least…or so I think.

  • Petar

    Jack Russell said:
    POI, OUAT and Revenge are my favorite three new shows

    @Jack Russell
    Well they are 3 best shows so good choice! Only other good shows from this season are 2BG and NG but they are sitcoms! I think in the end ratings will be this way!

    1 2 BG
    2 NG
    3 POI
    4 Once
    5 Revenge

  • TJ

    Boycotting, I am not sure. I just haven’t felt motivated to watch since he left. Nothing against Benson because I didn’t watch the one season she was gone either.

  • gregg

    once upon a time is 20 times better than POI. people should give OUAT a chance, its a beautiful show with excellent sets and designs. the actors are fantastic.

  • Petar

    Breakout hits of the season:

    2 Broke Girls
    Once Upon A Time
    Person of Interest
    New Girl


    True! But sitcoms rulezzzzzz the season! ABC even that hate it can’t admit that is only network now that can creat successful serilized drama!

    But i think Revenge and once will has fringe problems ahead! Very litle serilized shows have long life like hits, i mean at least 3-4 seasons! But they are all ABC shows in last 10 years – LOST, Greys, DH!

    procedurals – NCIS, CSI, POI, H5O in fact all CBS dramas are procedurals here are with really huge advantage! Once if you miss 2-3 ep and is over! While for cop shows is not that big deal! Not at all!

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