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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  • 1mars

    @Bunny Have you seen New Girl’s ratings lately? I’ve decided I like Bitch better than New Girl, the adorkable is just getting old. At least it’s fun to see a real star making fun of himself.

  • Jenny

    I think the problem with “Survivor: One World” is that there is no one to like besides Kim. So far she is one of the best Survivor players in history next to Boston Rob (the best player in the history of Survivor).

    Most of the women are stupid (Kat), dumb, or just plain mean (Alicia).

    As bad as the women are, the men are 100 times worse. The men won immunity as a team, and then voted to give up immunity and voted out one of the men, when it was the men vs. women tribes. WOW. And the men had Colby. The men on this show are beyond stupid.
    I think a couple bloggers put it best when they wrote: “disgusting we all felt watching Colton … issues of ignorance, entitlement, and racism.” “All the players lost all my respect when none spoke out against Colton’s hatred and harassment of others. I think a lot of people could not watch any more of Colton and Alicia hatred.”

    This has to be the worst cast of players in the history of Survivor.

    I could go on forever but there is no one to watch besides Kim.
    It will be fun to watch Kim in a Survivor all stars. ! I think she will do great.

  • Cebes

    Huh? Is the viewing public really that stupid?

  • Matto

    wow… MF is 2 funny 2 be getting 4’s… even though its still a monster at 9.9M with a 4.0 lol :)…

    thats also the same case with Revenge… Revenge is 2 good 2 be getting a damn 2.1 and 7.1M! Revenge is a MUCH better drama than NCIS and The Good Wife and other cheap, crappy, and simple CBS procedurals… CBS has like 10 drama pilots and about 8 of them are procerdurals… smh

    Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal are also amazing shows who dont deserve the ratings they get — How are NCIS and NCIS: LA the top rated dramas, and Greys Anatomy averages under 10M and the last Scandal only got 6.9M??? Shonda Rhimes is a very talented person, more talented than Don Bellisario, whose dramas to dont get what they should… Bellisario is one person who came up with a clever procedural for CBS, which has blossomed into “THE #1 DRAMA” (dont ask me how).

    Dont Trust The B—- is a very hilarious and clever sigle-cammer, I hate to admit it. It is a very random funny show, which only has James Van Der Beek as the only “name” actor. I have to say it does NOT pair well with Modern Family, as its very raunchy and paycable feel… I personally think that if ABC goes with a new, revived TGIF block next season, they wont have to cancel any of their current comedies so :) I also think that ABC might move OUAT 2 Fridays @ 10 after all the family comedies, as it would probably be a good move.

  • Jenny

    I think the viewing public is really smart. And that is why they make the decisions they make

  • Tony

    Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 was HILARIOUS last night. Best episode so far, and it has quickly gained a spot on my Top 5 comedies on TV right now!

    Revenge was amazing! Such a good episode. Moved a lot along and it’s setting up for a shocking season finale! Can’t wait. Whoever dropped the show… YOU ARE MISSING OUT ON A LOT. AND IT’S AMAZING!

  • AC75


    Glad to be of service! And don’t worry, you’re not the first or last to question the ratings system.

  • Tony

    moving Once Upon a Time to Fridays at 10?? Are you delusional?

  • DW

    well to be fair the 18-49 year olds must be smart. look at the ratings. their not watching. :)

  • CV

    Idol #1 and proves why this country elected a man-child like Obama.

  • Fred


    ABC will never move their #1 new drama to low rated Friday. OUAT is doing very well on Sunday. The big question is if Fridays will remain unscripted or if ABC will move some family sitcoms there. Unscripted shows are much cheaper, so less risk. We will soon see.


    No wonder we have an arrogant kenyan-muslim and all his belligerent communists buddies running the country selling us out to the highest bidder.

  • Voroozo

    LA Complex from next week on only airs on Tuesdays. This was the CW plan all along, but will be interesting to see if they tweak the schedule given the slightly better performance on Wednesday.

  • SK

    New writers please. Get out of the gutter and away from cheap and insulting humor that is not even close to being funny. Take a break from the gay darling characters, sex obsessed teenagers, dissecting bodies, swaggering old broads who have suddenly lost all of their couth, stupid “dad” themes and see if you can come up wit something else. Dare you.

  • AC75


    What show(s) are you talking about?

  • Guido

    My family and I started watching Voice. We were into it until the fat black dude ran his Liberal/Progressive/Socialist mouth off at the White House. We have since went back to American Idol.

  • Guido

    We don’t like the fat black dude on Voice so we are back to idol. The fat black dude on Voice has a hard core potty mouth.

  • thgirbla

    Not that they counted ME, but I have NEVER watched ANY of the Reality Series on T.V. and Cable !!!
    It’s scripted, rehearsed, edited heavily, and the farthest thing from Reality that one could imagine !!!
    NEVER HAVE, and NEVER WILL watch them !!!

  • Dorrel Rozman

    I’m 72; and, I love “American Idol. Joshua all the way. I’m afraid Philip is going home tonight…too much of the same thing.

  • Mikey M

    So did people abandon Revenge since it was on hiatus for so long

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