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.

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  • MoHasanie

    That sucks for Revenge. Last night’s episode was excellent.
    Apt 23 couldn’t even grow from a repeat of MF. ABC can do so much better with that MF lead in.

  • Jeff R

    This time last year, CT had a 2.1 out of a MF 2.0 repeat.

  • KevinSW

    LMAO you know what is sooo funny….the LA Complex had MORE viewers in it’s repeat….than the premiere LOL!!!

  • eridapo


    Revenge 2.0/2.0
    LO:SVU 1.5/1.7
    Survivor 2.4/2.8
    AI 4.0/4.7/4.8/5.0
    Next Model .5/.5

  • Sid

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

    I thought it was just me. It’s starting to bore me as well; I’ve yet to see last nights episode.

  • CookyMonzta

    Top Model is done. In the opinions of many, bad move it was for Tyra to wage her bloodbath on 3 of her crew. Soon it will draw fewer than a million viewers (unless it already sank that low). I’d say it has 2 or 3 more cycles left, and by the end of 2013, Berkshire will pull the plug and force it to find another production company or syndicator and go to cable.

  • SoundableObject

    Apt23 still did as well as Happy Endings did there with no lead-in.

  • John A

    so repeat of Modern family did better than new APT 23 LOL

  • mantin

    I wouldn’t worry, either, considering that previous death-slot (Wednesday 10pm), I think ABC should be happy with ANYTHING around 2.0.

  • max

    Can’t wait for new episode of POI tonight! :)

  • FringeFan

    I’m really a big fan of “Revenge”. I hope that this doesn’t hurt it’s chances of renewal & I hope the same for “Apt. 23″ because they both are pretty decent shows.

  • Max


    If you were disappointed in last week’s Revenge, be sure to catch last night’s. It was a whole lot better. The entire hour was exciting and advanced the plot in a number of ways. Best episode in quite a while, IMO.

  • rob60990

    “This time last year, CT had a 2.1 out of a MF 2.0 repeat.”

    It wasn’t against American Idol and Apartment 23 has only had 2 episodes after Modern Family so Cougar Town still looks worse. :D

  • SteveO

    Apt 23 and Revenge will both rebound going in to May sweeps. No worries at all!

  • Jeff R

    CT also faced an Idol that was 2.5 points higher in the 9:30 half hour last year.

  • Sid


    What do you want them to say? “New Flop Series”?

    Even CBS is still labeling TGW and Unforgettable as “Hit Dramas” and we both know that’s far from true.

  • Ben Thompson

    ABC could not even schedule if their lives depended on it.

  • eridapo


    ABC scheduling 101.. How can you screw up a show with bad sheduling

  • MoHasanie


    Yeah, I too found last week’s episode of Revenge boring and quite slow, but last night was a very good episode.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    I thought that repeat had a chance for the first broadcast adults 18-49 goose egg (0.0) we’ve ever seen, but no!

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