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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  • John A

    ABC are doing well at 10pm each night with all shows at a 2.0 or more. Well except GCB which will probably be cancelled.

  • Steve

    Based upon the fact that Revenge has been the ONLY thing ABC has had in the Wed 10pm slot that hasn’t crashed and burned in the last half decade or so, + its strong fall ratings (wtf is up with this spring season??) I’d say its pretty much safe. If Private Practice has anything going against it right now, it’s that it is old aka more expensive. Back in the fall, Revenge was in the upper 2’s and hit 3 once or twice. Scandal hasn’t shown that it even has the potential to hit that. It has shown that it is steady… at getting lower, although acceptable ratings. With Grey’s as a lead in, it should be doing better.

  • Holly


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


  • Data

    The way Apartment rates they might as well cancel it and renew Cougar Town instead – at least that one is closer to syndication than Apartment will ever be since I don’t think ABC will place it on Wednesday’s again next season.

  • Cory


    Revenge is certain renewal. It’s been an amazingly consistent performer (Yes, I’m aware its dropped a couple tenths since returning, but every show on broadcast pretty much has).

    Anything over 2.0 at 10 pm on ABC is pretty much a lock for renewal. Add in the fact that Revenge has been on the air all season and is still steady. Scandal has only been a few weeks, and if it was on a full season, who knows how much it could have possibly fallen.

    ABC has to be happy with Revenge’s numbers, period. There were 2 flops in the time slot last year (Whole Truth, Off the map), not to mention shows that have tanked there the few years prior. Revenge is a consistent performer in the slot, and I can’t imagine a scenario where its not renewed. The question is whether ABC wants it to anchor a night at 9 next season (possibly Sunday), or leave it where it is. I say to leave it where it is since ABC has had such trouble in that slot.

  • Dilou004

    Revenge will be renew because Revenge air on Wednesday at 9/10c. And generally, ratings in Wednesday at 9/10c are not very good, that’s why Revenge is a good surprise this year.
    Missing, Scandal, Private Practice etc…, air in Tuesday and Thursday, who are the two days who collects the more ratings and they make the same ratings as Revenge. ;)

  • eridapo


    SurVivor 2.4/2.6
    CM 2.9/3.0
    CSI 2.4/2.3

    Revenge 2.2/2.0

    AI 4.3/4.5/4.7/4.9

    L&O:SVU 1.7/1.9

    Top Model .4/.4
    LA Complex (R) .3/.2

  • Valerie

    No wonder ANTM ratings sucks! This cycle is worse than All stars crap. End it already!

  • John A

    Shame Off their rockers dropped it was doing ok numbers for NBC other weeks. Still cheaper than community or 30 rock with simillar ratings.

  • Geordiegirl1967

    Does anyone else think it is REALLY odd that the repeat of LA Complex has better ratings than last nights original. Same thing happened last week.

    Last nights total audience was much higher at 850,000 compared to 570,000 the previous night. Both still got a 0.3 and still abysmal, but it must surely be different people watching – so that is a 0.6 and 1.4m if they had all watched on the same night. That would have put it up there in the rest of the CW pack. Very strange!

  • rob60990

    Revenge is definitely coming back. All ABC needs is a show that could hold more of Modern Family lead-in. Maybe a FAMILY comedy?

  • HB

    It is so weird that LA Complex Repeat gets the same demo but a bit higher number of viewers than its original airing.

  • Matt

    I dont understand how Revenge’s demo is so low. i know soooo many people my age (20) that watch it

  • Max

    A 2.2/2.0 on the half hours. I hope that means it keeps the 2.1 and doesn’t drop to a 2.0 in the finals.

    Gosh, I wish the show was doing at least a 2.3-2.4 That would be so much more satisfying. Last night’s episode was really strong, just like last week.

  • John A

    Funny that Revenge drops in half hour while SVU increases.

  • Jark


    Revenge gets a 2.1 out of a 2.4 (and indeed a 2.0 last week). Scandal gets a 2.0 out of a 3.0+ – Revenge is definitely the bigger ‘hit’. But both are totally locked down for Renewal unless Scandal’s ratings take a nosedive. Hopefully they won’t.

  • MoHasanie


    I don’t get how Scandal is on top of Revenge with lower ratings from a stronger lead in. If we look at the retention from the lead in, Revenge holds 88% of its lead in, whereas Scandal only retains 61% of its lead in. Even GCB has better retention out of DH than Scandal.
    Both PP and Revenge have the exact same lead in ratings, and this week, have the same ratings, unless Revenge is adjusted in the finals.

  • SteveO

    Revenge is a certain 100% renewal. No doubt in that. Strong, consistent performer for that time slot. Apt 23 looks to get renewed as well.

  • Clarke

    Does anyone else understand WHY the LA Complex gets better repeat numbers? Is the Tuesday 9pm slot really that cursed? I don’t get it…

    Meh ratings overall. CSI below 10m makes me sad (I know Total Viewers doesn’t matter but it still doesn’t look good).

    ABC should really consider reviving TGIF next season. Family friendly comedies like the The Middle, LMS and Malibu Country would fit together really well IMO.

  • Guy

    Are you kidding me? Revenge got 2.1? I thought it would get more with the lead up to the finale. Last night was great. Good to see Modern Family and Criminal Minds steady but i wish Revenge had a Modern Family lead in. I am sure it would do better because imo Apt 23 isn’t compatible with MF or Revenge if you ask me. Its a great show don’t get me wrong i am loving it but just incompatible if.

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