TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Idol' Slides; 'The Middle', 'Criminal Minds', 'CSI' See Lows, 'Modern Family', 'Off Thier Rockers' and 'Suburgatory' Rise

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.4/12 2.7/7 2.5/7 1.6/4 1.3/4 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.9/9 1.5/5 2.0/7 1.6/5 1.0/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 16.100 10.602 7.110 3.853 4.941 0.985

American Idol  earned a 4.4 18-49 rating, shedding three-tenths from last Wednesday’s 4.7. However, Idol still easily lead a FOX win for adults 18-49 ratings and total viewership on the night.

On ABC, The Middle earned a season-low 1.9, down a tenth from last week’s 2.0. Suburgatory drew a 2.1, up a tenth from last week’s 2.0 18-49 rating. Modern Family was up two tenths from last week’s 4.1 to earn a 4.3. Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23  was even with last week’s 2.3 . Revenge was up a tenth to a 2.2  vs. last week’s 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Survivor was up a tenth, earning a 2.7  adults 18-49 rating, compared with last week’s 2.6. Criminal Minds fell to a new series low, earning only a 2.8 18-49 rating, and sliding two tenths from last week’s 3.0. CSI fell to a new season finale low with a 2.4, up from last week’s 2.3 Adults 18-49 rating.

Betty White’s Off Their Rockers earned a 1.5  adults 18-49 rating at 9PM and a 1.6  at 9:30, both up from last week’s 1.3 and 1.4. Rock Center with Brian Williams earned a 0.8, down two tenths from last week’s 1.0 18-49 Rating. Law And Order: SVU earned a 1.7, down two tenths from last week’s 1.9 18-49 rating.

On The CW, America’s Next Top Model was the only new program and earned a 0.4 ,  down a tenth from last week’s 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, May 9, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10 PM) 4.4 12 16.100
CBS Survivor: One World 2.7 8 9.715
ABC The Middle 1.9 6 6.560
NBC Betty White’s Off Their Rockers 1.5 5 5.577
CW America’s Next Top Model -R 0.3 1 0.920
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.1 6 5.987
NBC Betty White’s Off Their Rockers 1.6 5 5.396
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 4.3 12 10.383
CBS Criminal Minds 2.8 8 11.500
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 0.8 2 3.645
CW America’s Next Top Model 0.4 1 1.050
9:30PM ABC Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 2.3 6 7.118
10:00PM CBS CSI 2.4 7 10.602
ABC Revenge 2.2 6 6.967
NBC Law and Order: SVU 1.7 5 5.720

via NBC press note:

In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.7/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.5/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.2/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.6/5. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; “Late Show,” 0.6/3; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/5).  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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