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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  • IsraelCD

    SO RATINGS on CW are like this:

    Gossip Girl : 0.6 (This Week)1.0 Million
    Hart Of Dixie : 0.6 (This Week)1.1 Million
    90210 : 0.6 (This Week)1.0 Million
    RINGER : 0.5 (Last Episode)1.2 Million
    L.A. Complex : 0.3 (This Week) 0.589
    AMERICAN NEXT TOP MODEL : 0.4 (This Week)1.0 Million
    Vampire Diaries : 1.1 (Last Week)2.1 Million
    Secret Circle : 0.5 (Last Week)1.1 Million
    Supernatural : 0.6 (Last Week) 1.2 Million
    Nikita : 0.4 (Last Week) 1.1 Million

    OMFG ! it’s gonna be taugh to know which one is a goner !

  • Ben Thompson

    Modern Family is the only thing keeping this comedy block together. Don’t Trust The B is doing what HE did in that slot. Sadly, Revenge didn’t go up, even with the great episode.

  • Common Anomaly

    @ Bunny

    “Happy Endings is the odd man out..Abc burned off new eps surrounded by repeats and their ratings sink to a new low”

    Cougar Town is the odd man out..ABC is burning off the last two episodes of Cougar Town after sweeps on May 29. Cougar Town is ABC’s six best comedy in the demo in the last two days and is the ninth ranked ABC comedy this 2011-2012 season behind Man Up and Work It in the demo.

  • Overdamoon

    Dang! ABC needs to move Revenge to another night to get DWTS as a lead-in.

    @Max, all those 10pm shows you mentioned have better lead-ins than a 2.4 comedy.

  • HT

    If ABC cancel revenge it’s their own fault – it was stretched too thin. As an avid fan, I’d forgotten chunks of the plot when it came back 3 weeks ago after a 6 week hiatus. Network tv can’t pull this crap anymore – their audiences are fragile and they no longer have the upper hand. Bill, what are the average numbers today compared to 10 yrs ago?

  • Ram510

    Apt 23 really isn’t that special, it’s just ok as far as quality

  • Hades

    The CW should have moved The Secret Circle to Tuesday or Wednesday and aired LA Complex behind TVD to give it the best shot possible. If it had sone well they would have had a cheap show available for next seasons shedule and could have cancelled another one of their failing shows. Thats not to say it would have done any better than it is currently but if it had sone as well as the rest of the pack it probably could have pushed one of the bubble shows out.

  • John A

    I wonder if ABC aired a repeat of modern family after an original how it would do? I bet the same as APT 23 or Happy Endings.

  • Tony

    Hmmm need a new show to watch

    Has Missing been any good since its nearly over?

  • Andrew

    On ANTM:
    “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.”

    I know what happened! The pre-XMAS cycle was a horrible ‘All Stars’ edition where the show reached new lows in cheesyness and Tyra-antics, and crowned the show’s worst and most undeserving winner in 17 years. Plus, the silly drama surrounding the ousted constestant turned off a lot of viewers. This is the first cycle I haven’t watched since the beginning, and I think I’m out for good.

  • John A

    And CW should dump LA complex and air ANTM repeat at 8pm.

  • Hades


    No SPN was 0.7 and 1.6+ million viewers last week.

  • MarcJames87

    W18-34 Ratings for Wednesday on THE CW

    ANTM – 0.6
    LA COMPLEX 0.4

    For the week so far –

    GG – 1.3
    HART OF DIXIE – 1.1
    90210 – 1.0
    ANTM – 0.6
    LA COMPLEX – 0.4

  • HB


    Just correcting. Supernatural got adjusted up to 0.7 :D

  • Kris

    @ Max – No, Revenge is still very likely to be renewed. Wednesday at 10 has been a DEAD SLOT for ABC for years, and Revenge has been the best rating show in that slot since Lost. Revenge consistently pulls 1st or 2nd place. It’s a keeper.

  • MoHasanie

    @John A

    Well, TBBT repeats get 3.0+ after an original episode. And we know MF repeats usually get 1.8 to low 2’s, so I’d expect MF repeat after an original to get high 2’s.

  • IsraelCD

    @Hades @HB -SORRY, MY BAD ! YOU’RE RIGHT !

    Supernatural Last Week got 0.7 !

  • Mickey 1.0

    @Geordiegirl @RyanCanada @the cw @HB @Clarke

    I think the LA Complex gets higher ratings on its repeat because it’s not really a repeat. It’s not like Tuesday 9 pm is its regular scheduled time and its regular viewers always watch it there and the network just happened to rerun an episode on Wednesday. From the start, they aired it on both nights, so people have picked whichever suits them best. I have always watched it on Wednesdays, that’s its regular timeslot for me because I prefer it. I don’t treat it like a repeat.

    Seeing as these are certainly different people watching both nights, it does make you think it would’ve gotten much higher ratings if they had only aired it on Wednesdays after OTH ended its run, as was originally intended before Ringer tanked and they burned off its episodes early. It could easily be at 0.6 and 1.4 million.

    If they pick up the second season and run it in the summer instead of during the Spring Slump against tough competition, in one timeslot instead of two, and concurrently with the episodes airing in Canada so people don’t watch it online before it airs on the CW, then it might stand a much better chance.

    But Pedowitz indicated in an interview that the ratings didn’t matter much. It sounded like he was using the L.A. Complex to open the way for edgier programming and summer programming. Plus it’s a bought series from Canada so it will be costing them very little.

    And wow is it ever edgier than stuff you normally see on the CW. Even toned down a bit from the original Canadian version. I was pretty surprised.

  • Gary

    Why doesn’t ABC put Revenge at 9:30pm and then a comedy at 10:30pm to give it the Modern Family lead in. I know that is sort of unorthodox but could be worth a shot. In Australia our hour shows are on the 1/2 hour so why not give it a shot?

  • Mayorofsmpleton

    How is Scandal “on top of revenge” purely because it’s steady? I don’t watch either but with over 15 episodes the series low is a 2.1. Scandal is steady at 2.0 with a healthier lead in. Revenge has an edge. It’s a lock. Scandal could go either way.

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