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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  • Chris

    @Bunny–obviously they were going for a younger audience, but that’s increasingly a hopeless task for the networks in general. Cable can always be edgier, funnier, and more focused on target audiences. The inherent disadvantages of the networks are too great. They can’t emulate cable, and they shouldn’t try. They should, however, fire a lot of their development people.

  • salim

    pretty sad that modern family is the foundation of abc on wednesday night without it their shows tend to wither

  • Fred


    Overrated by whom?

    Certainly not with viewers. Revenge lured less than 7 mil last night.

  • Bunny

    ABC’s new fave baby “Apt 23″ is not going anywhere ..they spend way too much money on ads,billboards and trailers in the movie theaters to throw it all away..

    Cougar town was supposed to be paired with Apt 23 on Tuesdays but instead let it die alone and ABC also burned off Happy Endings new eps for weeks and killed the ratings so they can write up how Apt 23 did better in their press released..

    Apt 23 will be renewed just like how NBC renewed Smash

  • gustavo

    I said this last week:Apart 23 isn’t doing so good:less tha 35% comparing with MF:Now with MF on a rerun,we can see the real potencial of Apart 23.

  • Dillan

    More people watched the repeat of The LA Complex? And it didn’t even have a lead in? Very strange. Hope this small increase in total viewers means more people will watch it next Tuesday.

  • Anita

    The 2 month break hurt Revenge. The scheduling killed all its momentum it had been building.

  • MoHasanie


    MF is the certainly the strongest show of the night and on ABC, but The Middle and Suburgatory peform quite well in the fall, both reaching low to mid 3’s which is good.

  • kara

    Apt 23 slip was called last week cause all its lead ins were repeats. Let’s see what it does next week. A 2.0 is still good.

  • damien

    looks like the ptc didnt need to waste its breath on apt 23….people saw it last week and went “bleh” and moved on…

  • Mi

    Disappointing for Revenge, but it’s still the #1 show of ABC at 10PM and no other ABC show at 10PM could get 2.0 without a good lead in. I hope more casual fans turn in next week.
    As for whether it gets a season 3 or not, I think that depends on where the storyline goes. I hope they can take it to directions that would be interesting enough to continue it for more seasons.

  • Brian

    Revenge is Stupid… Don’t Trust The B..even worse!
    Not surprised they are falling..and look at those Horrible numbers for millions of viewers! HAHAHA sooo Lame!

  • tvfreak

    Poor, poor Apartment 23. Even that wonderful mess isn’t immune to the destructive effects of the lack of a new Modern Family lead-in.

    As for Revenge…is it ever going to get back the viewers it lost with its two-month hiatus? Probably not. But ABC could still bring it back by invoking the Fringe Rule: A show with declining ratings stays on the schedule because it has enough of a rabid, devoted fanbase that will follow it wherever it goes.


  • Brian J

    I don’t think “Revenge” is in any trouble. It didn’t light the world on fire last night, but it was solid, particularly relative to the rest of the schedule which was mostly in repeats. I don’t see ABC cancelling it. If anything, it may be moved, perhaps paired with “GCB” or one of the many soaps ABC might order next season.

  • Flame

    Looks like Bi-yatch is exactly on track of what Happy Endings does with repeat lead-ins…

  • rob60990

    Revenge is not going to have a new cast in its 2nd season. That would be ridiculous.

  • IsraelCD

    @Psycho Bob -IA With You ! RINGER, REVENGE and NIKITA are the best DRAMA Shows !

  • Demo Player

    NBC’s schedule for this fall should look like this on Wednesdays.

    8:00p Off Their Rockers
    8:30p Table for Three
    9:00p Whitney
    9:30p Chelsea
    10:00p Chicago Fire or Bad Girls

  • Sarah

    Wow, Private Practice beat Revenge by .2 of a point. The show is still safe though. Apt 23 isn’t looking so good.

  • Sarah

    I love Revenge but it will be a 2 season show. Unless ABC has a lot of dramas flop next season.

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