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TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'American Idol', 'Big Bang Theory' Top Week 32 Viewing

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May 1st, 2012

 

 

American Idol was once gain the highest rated program with adults 18-49 for the week ending April 29. The Big Bang Theory was the week's highest rated scripted program in adults 18-49.

Person Of Interest was the most-watched scripted program of the week among total viewers.

Primetime Broadcast Adults 18-49 Viewers for the week ending April 29, 2012:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000)
1 American Idol-WEDNESDAY FOX 4.8 6090
2 Big Bang Theory, THE CBS 4.1 5259
3 American Idol-THURSDAY FOX 4.0 5157
4 VOICE NBC 3.8 4878
5 VOICE:RESULTS SHOW NBC 3.4 4287
6 GREY'S ANATOMY ABC 3.3 4222
7 Dancing with the Stars ABC 3.2 4028
8 Once Upon A Time ABC 3.0 3811
9 Family Guy FOX 2.8 3630
10 SURVIVOR: ONE WORLD CBS 2.7 3449
11 Glee FOX 2.7 3443
12 New Girl FOX 2.6 3381
13 Desperate Housewives ABC 2.5 3205
14 Rules of Engagement CBS 2.5 3156
15 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 2.4 3132
16 Person Of Interest CBS 2.4 3095
17 Simpsons FOX 2.3 2960
18 Amazing Race 20 CBS 2.3 2950
19 HOUSE FOX 2.3 2910
20 Biggest Loser 13 NBC 2.2 2876
21 BONES FOX 2.2 2805
22 Private Practice ABC 2.2 2804
23 Modern Family R ABC 2.2 2792
24 Mentalist, THE CBS 2.2 2777
25 OFFICE NBC 2.1 2718

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Primetime Broadcast Total Viewership for the week:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (LIVE+SD) (000)  HH RATING (LIVE+SD) HH SHARE (LIVE+SD)
1 Dancing with the Stars ABC 17620 11.3 17
2 American Idol-WEDNESDAY FOX 16867 10.2 16
3 American Idol-THURSDAY FOX 14871 9.1 15
4 DANCING W/STARS RESULTS ABC 14541 9.5 14
5 Person Of Interest CBS 12727 7.8 12
6 Big Bang Theory, THE CBS 12648 7.8 13
7 NCIS R CBS 12414 8.1 13
8 Mentalist, THE CBS 12030 7.5 13
9 20/20 SP EDITION-4/23(S) S ABC 10680 7.1 11
10 Blue Bloods CBS 10467 6.6 12
11 VOICE NBC 10314 6.0 9
12 60 Minutes CBS 10010 6.5 12
13 Good Wife, THE CBS 9970 6.6 10
14 SURVIVOR: ONE WORLD CBS 9811 5.9 10
15 NCIS: LOS ANGELES R CBS 9655 6.4 10
16 GREY'S ANATOMY ABC 9454 6.4 10
17 Once Upon A Time ABC 9198 5.4 9
18 CSI: NY CBS 9126 5.9 10
19 VOICE:RESULTS SHOW NBC 8933 5.4 8
20 Amazing Race 20 CBS 8596 5.2 8
21 Rules of Engagement CBS 8173 4.9 8
22 Private Practice ABC 8129 5.8 9
23 Desperate Housewives ABC 8023 5.3 8
24 Unforgettable R CBS 7792 5.3 9
25 Hawaii Five-0 R CBS 7696 5.1 8

 

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.  All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.

 
  • Jason

    I don’t understand it. The highest rating for any network show is only about 17 million viewers. Has cable put a dent in the big 4 networks? Some point down the line they will just have to make more diverse, intellingent programming or they’ll just be a bunch of sore losers.

  • Tony ^_^

    Hmm… I wonder why the HH rating isn’t used instead? When I look into ratings of past shows, the Household Rating is what I usually see for a show instead of A18-49. I know that it has to do with advertising, but isn’t it better to expand beyond the 18-49 range and include everyone? And the HH rating makes ratings look better. Lol… xD

    But just a thought I had… ^^^

  • Nickelodeon_•Rocks•

    Um, just wondering but where are the top 25 cable ratings
    ?? They’re usually posted earlier than this.

  • Bee

    LMAO. wowow those ratings are awful? a modern family repeat made the top 25?

  • Jon23812

    @Bee, don’t look at the first list, look at the second list.

  • JR

    Tony- back when I followed ratings religiously (mid 80s-mid 90s or so), the HH rating was the be-all-end-all in terms of what was reported in the media. In the late 80s/early 90s, media started reporting estimated overall viewership, as well. The 18-49 demo supposedly always has been a factor in series’ fate, but I’m not sure when Nielsen started releasing that info regularly, and, in turn, leaving the media to report on those numbers.

    Despite its slip in the ratings, DWTS still is performing well enough 7th and 15th in the demo). Ratings in general are not looking all that hot.

    Yay for OIUAT’s adjustment to a 3.0.

  • Carol

    Nice for POI.

  • Ultima

    @Jason
    I don’t understand it. The highest rating for any network show is only about 17 million viewers. Has cable put a dent in the big 4 networks?

    Yes, but it’s nothing new. Broadcast viewership has been declining for 30 years due to cable.

    Some point down the line they will just have to make more diverse, intellingent programming or they’ll just be a bunch of sore losers.

    Wow, you really don’t understand TV.

  • Cath

    Also…a lot of those shows were repeats. The Thursday through Sunday shows were new because of May sweeps and these days people have to search to figure out which shows are new and which are repeats. At least you know reality shows are new. Cable and recording flexibility and iTunes/Netflix provide more viewing options for people. You make your own schedule.

  • sanjo

    WOW SURVIVOR top 10 that is amazing 2.7 rating is not huge but still is great compared to all these new shows

  • Traywana

    Haha. No Castle in the top 25, not even on the old people list. Pathetic. Cancel it now plaese.

  • LCullen

    Do the ratings take into a account DVR viewers?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Do the ratings take into a account DVR viewers?”

    All the ratings you see on our site include DVR viewing until 3am the day after airdate (Live + Same Day DVR viewing).

    Except for our weekly DVR viewing posts, which include Live + 7 Day DVR viewing.

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