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.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Brian J: I know that Letterman came close to leaving CBS for ABC because of Dave’s less-than-cordial relationship with Les Moonves. That was patched up. ABC denied it because they would have had to cancel “Nightline.” I don’t know if Jimmy Kimmel was doing his show after Nightline.

    It’s possible that Dave may have been caught in the same situation as Conan. Letterman would never want to follow Leno again, so I don’t think he would ever consider working for NBC again, not after that last experience with John Angolia(sp?) who denied offering Letterman “The Tonight Show” just a year after they handed Carson’s chair to Leno. NBC had to offer Dave something before he signed with CBS because NBC had matching rights before Letterman could leave. CBS went one step further by adding the stipulation that they would guarantee him a show which aired BEFORE midnight. NBC wanted to keep Letterman even if at 12:35am.

    Conan, apparently, never had that stipulation but the redhead walked away from “Tonight” with $35 million for himself and $15 million for his staff.

  • Accor

    “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.”

    I think its possible for NBC to catch ABC the only program that’s in their way is Modern Family. The rest of the block is a bit vulnerable.

    It would’ve been interesting to see how things had layed out if Whitney had a few weeks before American Idol started its season.

    Lets see how things turn out this fall if NBC does in fact run with that block.

  • Brian J

    @Ralph Hann:

    I think you misread what I said. The supposed deal in the works–and, to be perfectly honest, it’s not clear how far this advanced; I just remember reading about it and then thinking about it again when the Leno experiment was proposed and failed–was that Letterman would come on during primetime four nights a week. In other words, he would have technically come before Leno–hours before, in fact–but considering it was primetime as opposed to late night, it would have almost been as if they were in separate worlds. I don’t think there was ever a possibility NBC would offer him the spot after Leno, because there was no way, as you said, he would take it.

    As far as him almost going to ABC, I had forgotten about that, but now that you mention it, I do remember it.

    “Conan, apparently, never had that stipulation but the redhead walked away from “Tonight” with $35 million for himself and $15 million for his staff.”

    Yeah, that’s one reason why I never felt all that bad for him. I mean, I like Conan a lot, but (a) it was not his show (in contrast, it IS Letterman’s show), (b), he got a butt load of money BEFORE he signed with TBS, and (c) it’s television, not life or death. I blame NBC for handling the situation so poorly as well.

    I mean, based on what they wanted to do with Letterman, and tried to do with Leno, why not do that with Conan? (Or rather, why DIDN’T they try to do it?) I’ve talked many, many times before about the need to experiment with the structure of the big four networks. Why not give Conan at least one or two nights per week, guaranteed–Monday and Friday, and perhaps even Wednesday? Run some shows in shorter bursts, for 15 to 20 weeks, and then, when they aren’t on, run another episode of Conan? He might not light the world on fire in total viewers, but if he were getting at least a 2.0 each night, given the relative cost of his show, it’d probably work. His style of comedy is goofy but not offensive, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him go even higher than that. And since he could easily film shows to go on dead weeks, when networks would be in repeats, that’d probably help their ratings. (How this would affect the bottom line of NBC, based on sweeps, is not clear, but that’s something that can be worked around, I think.) Given the fact that he would probably produce the same number of shows he does now, but spread out throughout the entire year, NBC might even be able to get regular season 18-49 results during the summer.

    The scheduling might be slightly erratic, but that’s okay.

  • Brian J


    “I think its possible for NBC to catch ABC the only program that’s in their way is Modern Family. The rest of the block is a bit vulnerable.

    It would’ve been interesting to see how things had layed out if Whitney had a few weeks before American Idol started its season.

    Lets see how things turn out this fall if NBC does in fact run with that block.”

    Unless it does what I say with “Bent” and sees its ratings grow a lot over the summer, I don’t want NBC to run comedies, unless they are VERY different from what ABC has to offer, anywhere on Wednesdays except 8:00 and 8:30, and even then, I would be skeptical. I think it should aggressively program on Friday nights, perhaps even trying to emulate ABC’s TGIF night from back when.

    ABC’s Wednesday night lineup is doing okay. Not great, except for perhaps “Modern Family,” but okay. “The Middle” is a shining example of a show that does somewhat decent, but gets renewed, and then continues to grow. It’s not clear exactly where the ratings will end up this season, but they grew nicely from the first to the second, and based on everything that’s happened so far this season, they should be up again. Are they huge, huge, huge? No, but they are growing, and that’s definitely something. It’s creating another solid hour for ABC, which is sorely needed. I don’t know if it’s better to leave “Suburgatory” there or to try another show, but whatever the case, it’s a good example of giving a show some time.

    My point in mentioning this is that other networks should take note and that, while kind of, sort of vulnerable now, it might be quite strong in a season or two and not, as some have said, ripe for a challenge by NBC.

  • Anon

    @ TJ

    I think I can speak of a boycott. Meloni I heard many fans say they would be happy with the failure of the series. They criticize without watching SVU. This season is excellent, the writing is fantastic. Meloni’s taste but for me he is an actor just right. Nothing exceptional. I dare say however that Benson had left SVU would be even worse off as the classification.

  • Nancy

    I have been an SVU and Benson and Stabler fan ever since the show began. I was not happy with the the episodes Mariska was not in in season 8 but everyone new she was going to have a baby and would be back. Unfortunately we got saddled with Danny Beck (Connie Nielson.) This was different. For once in a long time Meloni and Hargitay negotiated their contracts separately they had always done so together before. At first Hargitay was only going to be in 10 episodes when she re-signed for season 13. They wanted to give Meloni the same amount Hargitay was going to get for 10 episodes for a full season’s episodes. NBC would not budge. I’m still angry with NBC for letting Chris go, but I’m still a fan of the show. Do I like Season 13 better than Season 1-12, NO but Ice Tea, Belz, Floric, and Hargitay are still there and I liked Danny Pino when he was on Cold Case. The only new person I don’t like is Kelly Giddish. SVU has even brought back Alex Cabot (Stephanie March) and Casey Novack (Diane Neal) back to act as ADA for cases and of course Neil Eisenberg and Peter Herman are still around occasionally for the defense. Some of the judges remain and the ME is still Tamar Tunie (Melinda). I still miss Stabler, but I applaud them bringing in Harry Conick Jr, and Andre Braugher with recurring roles. So I’m still watching. I still miss Eliot and his family. but SVU is still better than alot of other stuff out there and I just don’t like mindless and vulgar comedies. Unfortunately the Office got a bit vulgar last night but usually I like the Office and Community. SVU Biggest Loser, The Voice Grim’ OK, and of course I miss Chuck. So SVU is one of the only things left I watch on NBC.

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