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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  • SteveO

    Let’s all take a deep breath… May sweeps are starting today, so nothing to worry about with Revenge. ABC will have consistent new episodes for the next 4 weeks of all its shows. Apt 23 will likely tick up, as will Revenge.

  • SF


    “I hope Revenge gets adjusted up and the final four episodes are stronger. Damn you ABC and your constant repeats”

    Exactly!! Glad so many people feel the same as I do. ABC has a special show on their hands and they are almost blowing it!!

  • MoHasanie

    I wonder how Revenge will do for its finale, since the Idol finale is on the same night… :O. I’m guessing, it will be lucky to get a 2.0, especially cause Apt 23 loses most of MF’s lead in.

  • Fennerbender

    Apt 23 1st show was ok, second was better and the third has been the best so far. Too bad it had to premeire in one of the lousiest spring seasons in memory. Its done so-so and about on par with Happy Endings so I hope it will get a second season with a better Fall line-up spot to see if it can grow.

  • bluejays

    @SJ – I agree. ABC seem determined to keep messing up their best shows. I mean Revenge is a good show, it started out strong and their crappy scheduling has definitely hurt it I would argue.

  • Oliver

    I find it a bit odd they put Apt 23 after a rerun of Modern Family after its 3rd episode.

  • Chuck_T

    Another reasonable showing by Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.

  • Ram510

    So now The B is down to Cougar Town levels last season, what ever will ABC do. I don’t think Apt 23 is all that great, it’s just ok. It better than Suburgatory (which I feel should be cancelled, but whatever) but not to the levels of Cougar Town, Happy Endings, Modern Family, The Middle.

    The B is ok but I think she has a Lady GaGa effect where she’s shocking now, but later people will be desensitize to her madness. And the blonde girl is just annoying. James Van Der Beek is surprisingly the best part of the show

    I it comes back next season it won’t have the post Modern Family spot so I wonder what they’ll do with it. But if it doesn’t come back I won’t miss it

  • HB

    Wont the AI finale be for 2 hrs? :S (I don’t watch AI)

  • Guy

    Damn you ABC and your erratic scheduling. Last night should have been all new all night but you insist of 1.5hrs of repeats before 2 new shows. Revenge was so great last night. Lets hope next week it goes back up.

  • John A

    Revenge dropped with no competition too. CBS repeat so well. Easily beat NBC originals.

  • S.

    The last 3 results for Happy Endings were 1.8, 1.9, 1.7. Also after MF repeats. Apt 23 only outing without an original lead-in did 2.0. Happy Ending is looking as the likely candidate to be next season’s Cougar Town.

  • OMG

    I guess 2.0 is the current core, with the extra 0.3-0.5 from casual viewers from Modern Family viewers? I guess I cannot be too upset, even though I am, since there comes a time where a show has to stand on its own. Today’s test for Revenge is disappointing, but a strong lead-in should never be taken for granted. If anything, tonight’s ratings show the fans that tune in because they want to watch Revenge and Revenge only.

  • MattM

    Not a bad number for Apt 23 at all considering everything was in rerun. Kept about 90% of Modern Family’s audience.

  • Tessa

    NBC’s Best Friends Forever at 0.8? So why is everyone mocking the CW?

    Didn’t catch Revenge last night. I’m hoping it can pick itself up toward the end. Last week was a bit jumbled. Maybe that’s why fewer people watched this week, that and of course the lack of new MF.

  • zerg


    Idol don’t finish at 10 pm??

    Ap23 tot.viewers lower than The middle and suburgatory repeats

  • Michael

    Tessa, there’s actually quite a few shows on NBC that are below a 1.0 in the demo.

  • Liz


    NBC’s Best Friends Forever at 0.8? So why is everyone mocking the CW?

    Because .8 is still higher than every show but one on the CW? And really, who says we can’t mock both?

  • CookyMonzta

    @HB: If Idol sticks to its usual format, the finale will be 2 hours and 7 minutes. Whether it can outdraw the FIRST season’s viewership (22.8 million) is another story. Right now, I’d bet all my horse money that this year’s finale will be a new all-time low, and if a male contender wins again (which will be 5 straight), next year’s competition will tank hard.

  • HB


    Thanks :)

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