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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  • Dennis

    Happy Endings is a lock for renewal now I think! :)

    “The curse of Pennies birthday strikes again”

  • little_big_man

    ABC should just order more MF episodes in order to not have so much episodes airing without lead-in (Happy Endings, Apt. 23, and to a lesser extent also Revenge). The Office for example had often 25-28 episodes per season in recent years.

    I mean comedies are only filming half as much per season anyway compared to dramas, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to even do 25-30 episodes a year…it would still be much less in terms of running time than a 22 episode drama series.

  • Common Anomaly

    @ Jeff R.

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

    This time last year, CT had a 2.1 versus a 2.4 for Breaking In.

  • Nicolas

    Well of course a 2.0 rating in its third episode is not good for Don’t trust the b—- in apartment 23, BUT this 2.0 is definitely better than what Happy Endings got out of Modern Family Repeats. I’d still say that it’s likely to be renewed. I love the show :)

    Weirdly low ratings for Revenge though… I was sure it was not that dependent on this Wednesday comedy block

  • rob60990

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

    Neither could Happy Endings which has been airing after Modern Family all season. ;)

  • Steven Leitner

    You see, this is what happens when Modern Family is in repeats but the 9:30 show is a new episode. You expect it to go low.

  • Raykov

    Well, I am fairly happy for Apt 23 – No Modern Family and still 2.0. At this point we will probably see it next year :]

  • JJ

    So the best episode of Revenge gets the lowest rating. Figures.

  • Jeff R

    Correct. I just saw that Common Anomaly. Still, CT was able to improve from its lead-in and it had just recently come off a nine week hiatus.

  • MoHasanie

    I think this is the first time, Revenge has had the same ratings in both half hours. That shows that it was great.

  • alexjones

    ouch for revenge, while it’ll probably be renewed this year, i’m not so sure about next year.

  • edward

    The LA Complex my new favorite show it was really amazing last night!!

  • Chris

    Apt. 23 is clearly lead-in dependent, and has no strong following of its own. And there’s no reason it should have. It’s just not a very good or funny show.

  • Rebecca

    I hope Betty White stays healthy and in good shape for many years to come, and that NBC and TVLand don’t work her too hard. Enjoying both her shows. BFF and A23 were good last night, too, although I don’t think A23 was as good quality-wise as its previous two episodes. Looking forward to a new TBBT, RoE and all the NBC comedies tonight.

  • P&B

    Criminal Minds repeat was up by 0.1 compared to last week :)

  • PJM

    It should be interesting to see what ABC does with Apartment 23, Happy Endings, and Cougar Town. The ratings were 2.0, 1.7, and 1.5 respectively for their most recent episodes, all of them out of repeats (CT running after a repeat of Last Man Standing.)

  • enes

    ABC did this to herself with all that hiatus for Revenge, do to hell ABC ! And CW ANTM is not worth it anymore better pick up two new dramas for next fall and The L.A Complex just trash !

  • Dennis

    Just got exited when I seen Community and Parks and Rec on the schedule to the side :)
    In other news, as of today I am giving up Awake and Touch

  • H5O Fan

    Great episode of Revenge, but those numbers are getting scary. I don’t blame ABC, as a fan of the show I didn’t need a new MF to watch it, I just did. If anything is killing Revenge, it’s fans who stopped watching it. As far as Apt 23, following repeats didn’t make me change channels after 15 minutes before Revenge.

  • John A

    Ringer was boring for first half its season and Revenge was more exciting. I think Ringer got better in its final episode and Revenge is doing the oppisite. Maybe all these brekas they do make me lose interest in Revenge.

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