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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  • Hades

    There was a tweet from someone named Todd Aronauer posted on SpoilerTV not sure if this is the real deal or not, never heard of the guy. I guess we’ll know if its real or not soon enough.

  • AC75

    Looks like it’s on twitter that Supernatural has been renewed, but nothing official can be found so far.

  • disney rocks

    IF CBS does move Survivor, NCIS LA is the drama that should take its spot.

  • disney rocks

    Suburgatory is obviously ABC’s top new sitcom this season. ABC screwed up- it should have aired at 930. HE will never become anything.

  • Dillan

    The CW need to do the smart thing and move The LA Complex to Wednesdays. Including viewers from Tuesday, and viewers from Wednesdays, the show could score at least 0.4, maybe even a 0.5 in that time slot.

  • John West

    Idol judges have become doting fans of some of the contestants and bias is becoming obvious. Bring back Simon Cowell for some honesty please.

  • Lynn

    Darn! I was hoping that when I quit watching American Idol last year it would hurt their ratings!lol I can’t stand that show anymore!! I now watch Ghost Hunters on Wed night. True or not it is a lot more entertaining than AI.

  • Eric_Philly

    Drudge bump!

    Yay for LA Complex failing!

  • Networkman

    Criminal Minds is a beast! This show is in its 7th season and still manages a 3.0 demo. And it competes against American Idol and Modern Family. What more could CBS ask for from this show?

    Now everyone should understand that it is now all about the demos. I feel each network wants to win the hour in the demo. If this is the case then Don’t Trust the B. in Apt 23 performance is unacceptable. Not that it drops over 4 million viewers from Modern Family. But also it ruins the potential for ABC to at least come in second in the hour in the all important demo race. American Idol is first. Criminal Minds is good for CBS. But with Modern Family getting a 4.0 there is no reason for the network to not come in a solid second if there were a comedy getting at least a 3.2. ABC should want a comedy that is able to garner higher than the 3.0 that Criminal Minds received.

    If I were in charge, Cougar Town, Happy Endings and Apt. 23 would all be cancelled. They don’t have growing potential. They are not the right vehicles for the network. ABC should have placed Suburgatory after Modern Family.

  • Paul GC

    With America wasting its time on shlock like this, is it any wonder that an idiot like Hussein got elected President??? Not to mention all the other similarly anencaphaloids (look it up, bonehead) in positions of power all across the country. Just like the Roman Empire before the fall: keep the masses (asses) entertained with Bread & circuses (i.e., welfare & junk-TV), whilst you rob ’em blind, steal power, and just like that, you’ve lost your country.

    Wake up, America! Turn off the junk TV & start taking a good long look around! You’re losing the country right under your noses, and you don’t even know it yet! You’re too busy watching some idiot on a televised amateur-night to even see what’s going on right in your own backyard!

  • frank

    Your 10 pm numbers are way off, ABC missing blew away CBS program by plenty

    Get your numbers in order

  • DW

    i could see where ABC starts DWTS results @ 8 happy /B @ 9 and private practice @ 10 for tuesday nights. that it happens , who knows but it sounds good.

  • Rebecca

    Didn’t read all the comments yet so I don’t know if someone already pointed this out, but The Middle should be higher than Betty White’s OTR in the time slot chart (it rated higher). Below Survivor.

  • Person of Interest

    i hope revenge goes up and gets renewed soon its ABC’s best drama

  • John

    Survivor’s in a lull because the men are idiots and are getting wiped out. I expect next week’s episode to rank higher.

  • Sandro

    @Paul GC what are you referring to?

  • Gwen

    @SteveO and @AC75 it makes perfect sense. Its so interesting and I can’t believe I didn’t understand ha but Thank you both for replying and explaining. Appreciate it !

  • Bob

    NBC would be thrilled to get the viewers that Harry’s Law gets. Rock Center is a disaster. Harry’s Law is doing great viewer wise. Rock Center doesn’t get demo or viewers. Harry’s Law is the number one watched show on NBC. And you think it is a terrible rating????? HA!!!

  • Allie F.

    Speaks volumes about the intelligence level of America!

  • Julia

    I can’t believe it! Revenge is such a good show, it keeps getting better. The ratings have to rise

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