TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol' down, 'Survivor', 'Modern Family', 'CSI', 'The Middle' & 'Off Their Rockers' Hit Lows, 'Don't Trust the B' Rebounds

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May 3rd, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.6/13 2.6/7 2.4/7 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.1/10 1.4/4 1.9/6 0.9/3 1.3/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 16.3 10.116 7.065 5.202 3.370 0.952

American Idol  earned a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 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 and has now surpassed NBC’s The Voice as the #1 show of the season (6.2 vs. 6.1) – even including The Voice’s high rated post-Super Bowl premiere.

ABC's Wednesday night returned from repeats this week. The Middle earned a 2.0, down a tenth from its last original and a new season low. Suburgatory was flat with its last original's season low 2.0 18-49 rating. Modern Family earned to a 4.0 rating which is a season low and down a tenth from its last original's 4.1. Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23  was back up from last week's series low 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, gaining four-tenths to earn a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, but it was down two tenths from the last time it aired after an original Modern Family. Revenge was flat with last week's series/season low 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Survivor was down two-tenths to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, compared with last week's 2.7 and is a new series low. Criminal Minds returned from repeats to earn a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, even with its last original. CSI earned a 2.3, down a tenth from its last original and tying its series low

Betty White's Off Their Rockers earned a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating at 9PM and a 1.4 at 9:30, both down from last week's 1.7 18-49 rating and producing the series' lowest ratings to date. Rock Center with Brian Williams earned a 1.0, up a tenth from last week's 0.9 18-49 Rating. Law And Order: SVU earned a 1.8, up a tenth from last week's 1.7 18-49 rating.

On The CW, America's Next Top Model was the only new program on the CW and earned a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, compared with last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, May 2, 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 16.299
CBS Survivor: One World 2.5 8 9.205
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.3 4 5.008
ABC The Middle 2.0 7 6.605
CW The LA Complex -R 0.3 1 0.857
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.0 6 5.801
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.4 4 4.936
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 4.0 11 9.950
CBS Criminal Minds 3.0 8 11.400
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 1.0 3 4.185
CW America's Next Top Model 0.4 1 1.047
9:30PM ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 2.4 6 5.851
10:00PM CBS CSI 2.3 6 9.742
ABC Revenge 2.1 6 7.090
NBC Law and Order: SVU 1.8 5 6.450

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.1/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.4/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4. 
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.6/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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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  • Max

    Dang it at REVENGE.

    Many thought with ABC airing all originals this week, the number would improve, even a little. It seems that regardless of what is airing on ABC, the REVENGE audience will come but that audience is on the smaller side.

    I still don’t think renewal is as guaranteed as some others think. SCANDAL is doing similar numbers but is amazingly steady. That puts it on top of REVENGE. PRIVATE PRACTIVE and CASTLE are both ahead of REVENGE as well. The only show REVENGE has a leg up on is GCB but not even by much.

    Do you guys still stand by the opinion that the show is a lock for renewal now?

  • Bunny

    Apt 23 is going to be renewed

  • Ashley

    What happened to Top Model?? Wasn’t it the second highest rated show on the CW earlier this season, or did I dream that? LOL

  • Andy

    Survivor is so low now. Hope it can increase before the finale!

  • Dennis


    YES, revenge is a certain renewal

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  • Chris

    Apt. 23 has HORRIBLE retention out of MF.

    They will probably renew it, but it won’t get ratings like this without the MF lead-in, which ABC should use for a new comedy next season.

  • Steven Leitner

    Everything is going down every week, make it stop, please, make it stop!

  • John A

    LMAO at ANTM. How come no comedy can hold Modern Family lead in?

  • HB

    Uh oh.Revenge, please get adjusted up in the finals!

  • forg

    Still a 4.0 for MF and there’s a chance for an uptick. Hopefully The Middle & Suburgatory rises as well but still on the safe zone. OK for Apartment 23.

    Survivor! What happened this season?

  • MoHasanie

    Noooooo! Why can’t Revenge rise?!? I hope its adjusted up like last week.
    Stupid Apt 23 is dragging Revenge down.
    I also hope MF gets adjusted up. I prefer MF winning the week rather than TBBT.

  • RyanCanada

    How Does the LA Complex do better on its repeat day, versus yesterday? lol great show tho.

  • Holly

    Wow, Modern Family really is a tent pole for ABC. Everything else is 2.something, and it gets a 4.0. Everything else will still likely get renewed, but it’s obvious that the strength of this night (and of ABC comedies in general) rest solely on MF.

  • cw

    LA Complex getting more than a 1/3 more viewers than last night’s new episode. If we can just combine the two ratings, its the CW’s biggest hit this Spring, other than VD. JK. But I do think that it should have been held for the summer, it would have had a clearer field to compete with and could have done somewhat better. I think it may have a life next summer on the CW, especially if things do not start to turn around for them

  • Chris


    Revenge is an amazing show. It sort of reminds of the Cruel Intentions series of movies but less juvenile.

  • Bunny


    Retention doesn’t count and ABC adores Apt 23..the network spend way too much money in ads for it to be cancelled.

  • AO

    I just noticed that Rock Center‘s ratings aren’t too bad when compared to Harry’s Law.

  • Geordiegirl1967

    “What happened to Top Model?? Wasn’t it the second highest rated show on the CW earlier this season, or did I dream that?”

    No you didn’t. There have been 2 cycles this year. The post Xmas season (called The British Invasion) is WAY down on the pre Xmas season which was getting 0.7s. I don’t know what has happened. It is already renewed but they are having a big shake-up and have sacked some of the presenters.

  • RyanCanada

    i really want to hate Appartment23, but i cant last nights episode was too funny, but i still love Happy Endings much more.

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