TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Idol' down, 'Don't Trust the B', 'Revenge', 'Survivor' Hit Series Lows

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April 26th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.6/13 1.9/5 1.8/5 1.5/4 1.2/4 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.0/10 1.0/3 1.4/5 1.5/5 0.8/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 16.482 7.935 5.635 3.714 4.818 0.908

American Idol  earned a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating, shedding two-tenths from last Wednesday's 4.8. However, Idol still easily lead a FOX win for adults 18-49 ratings and total viewership on the night.

ABC was all repeats until 9:30. With no new lead in, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 earned only a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, down six-tenths compared with last week's 2.6. Revenge earned a 2. 0, to a new series low and down three-tenths from last week's series/season low 2.3 adults 18-49 rating

Survivor was down two tenths, earning a 2.6 compared with last week's 2.8 season low-tied adults 18-49 rating, and was the only new program on CBS.

Betty White: Off Their Rockers was even with last week's 1.6 rating. Best Friends Forever was also flat  with last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Rock Center with Brian Williams earned a 0.9, up three tenths from last week's 0.6. Law and Order: SVU was even with last week's 1.6.

At 9pm, America's Next Top Model was the only new program on the CW and earned a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, April 25, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10 PM) 4.6 13 16.482
CBS Survivor: One World 2.6 8 9.528
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.6 5 5.811
ABC The Middle -R 1.3 4 4.946
CW The LA Complex -R 0.3 1 0.721
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 1.4 4 4.496
NBC Best Friends Forever 0.8 2 2.716
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family -R 2.2 6 5.828
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.8 5 7.631
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 0.9 2 3.787
CW America's Next Top Model 0.5 1 1.096
9:30PM ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 2.0 5 4.885
10:00PM ABC Revenge 2.0 6 6.826
NBC Law and Order: SVU 1.6 4 6.402
CBS CSI -R 1.5 4 6.647

via NBC press note:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.4/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/5 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/4 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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  • Max

    Damn. That’s unfortunate for Revenge.

    Should we be worrying about renewal chances now?

    I understand the night was weaker because of repeats (especially Modern Family ) which led to a considerably lower Apt.23 but still… down to a 2.0 is really worrysome.

    You guys think perhaps this is why ABC has not officially renewed the show yet?

  • Jeremy

    At least Apt. 23 didn’t go below 2.0. It will rise one Modern Family comes back next week that’s for sure.

  • edward

    The LA Complex was really good and Apt. 23 was also really good to bad it was down!

  • r0ckmypants

    A repeat of The LA Complex got the same rating as the premiere?

    A hideous night all around…

  • Kyle

    I would not worry for Revenge. Apt and Revenge did fairly well considering everything was repeats.

  • Jenny

    @Max don’t worrry Revenge is fine. Abc hasn’t “officially” renewed a lot of shows yet.

  • rob60990

    “Should we be worrying about renewal chances now?”

    No. Let’s see what happens next week.

  • HB

    Oh Revenge. :( Last night episode was so good!

  • Sid

    Revenge is no break out hit like Once Upon a Time. If anything it’s a good performer at best,but nothing more than that.

  • Max

    Actually, LA Complex tied the demo for the premiere but had more viewers. That’s so odd. So, folks didn’t care to see the premiere but more tuned in for a repeat. Wow.

    And damn at Betty White. That show is really steady and surprisingly doing well for NBC in the lead spot.

  • SJ

    Congratulations, ABC. The best episodes of Revenge and Apartment 23 were left to fend for themselves last night. That is really some top notch scheduling. Idiots!

  • RyanCanada

    well that looks good for LA Complex, more viewers then yesterday! im happy with that. and wow @ ANTM that show has really gone down hill

  • Dennis

    SVU has more viewers than last week!

  • Aerilyn

    Is there like a curse or something? Why is it that when a show airs one of their best episodes, ratings go down for that episode!?

    It’s slightly depressing, but really annoying.

    Apt. 23 and Revenge were really good last night and they go down. Of course some of that is due to blame on ABC’s bad scheduling, but still…

  • John A

    Cant say im shocked revenge dropped. Last week was very boring. It has lost its appeal to me.

  • Bee

    damn it. oh well. at least they’re both still above a 2.0. hoping for a recovery next week! figuring out where to schedule revenge next season is gonna be a tricky one for ABC.

  • Michael

    Look how badly ABC falls apart when Modern Family is on break.

    Lol, CW is already labeling “LA Complex” a new hit series in the new promos.

  • zerg

    revenge still safe..but 2.0 isn’t great…hope that next week recover

    Ap23…another fail show lead depending

  • SJ


    Don’t be ridiculous. Revenge is ABC’s #1 10pm drama.

  • Airnmatt

    The repeat of The L.A. Complex had the same demo but MORE VIEWERS than the premiere on Tuesday night! WTH? Maybe CW should move it to Wednesdays at 8PM.

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