TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol' Tops Night, 'Criminal Minds' Rises, 'Modern Family', 'Suburgatory' & 'Revenge' Hit Lows

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May 17th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.8/14 2.7/8 2.3/6 1.5/4 1.3/4 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.2/11 1.6/5 1.8/6 1.5/5 1.0/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 17.29 10.39 6.62 3.76 4.53 0.95


FOX was the number one network among adults 18-49 and total viewers.

On FOX, American Idol earned a 4.8 adults 18-49 rating, up 7% from last week's 4.5.

On ABC, The Middle scored a1.9 among adults 18-49,even with last week. The season finale of Suburgatory got a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 14% from last week's 2.1 for a series low. Modern Family earned a 3.9  adults 18-49 rating, udown from last week's 4.4 for a season low. Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 scored a 2.0 in adults 18-49, down from last week's 2.3 and matching its series low. Revenge earned a 2.0  adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 2.2 for a series low.

On CBS, the two hour Criminal Minds season finale scored a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating up from last week's 2.9 and growing 6% over the 3.3 last year's one hour season finale earned.It was the show's highest rated episode among adults 18-49 since January 25, 2012.

On NBC, Betty White's Off Their Rockers got a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating at 8PM, compared to last week's 1.5 and a 1.5 at 8:30PM, versus last week's 1.4 At 10PM Law & Order SVU , which had a repeat of the show as a lead-in, earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating down from last week's 1.8.

On the CW, America's Next top Model scored a 0.5 among adults 18-49 versus last week's 0.4.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, May 16, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 4.8/14 17.29
ABC The Middle 1.9/6 6.49
NBC Betty's White's Off Their Rockers 1.4/5 5.11
CBS Mike & Molly - R 1.1/4 4.46
CW America's Next Top Model - R 0.4/1 0.80
8:30 ABC Suburgatory (season finale) 1.8/6 5.42
NBC Betty's White's Off Their Rockers 1.5/5 5.40
CBS Rules of Engagement - R 1.1/3 4.02
9:00 ABC Modern Family 3.9/11 9.30
CBS Criminal Minds (9-11PM) (season finale) 3.5/10 13.47
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 0.8/2 2.84
CW America's Next Top Model 0.5/1 1.10
9:30 ABC Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 2.0/5 4.84
10:00 ABC Revenge 2.0/5 6.85
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.7/5 5.50


via NBC press note:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/8; 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,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) tied 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" (0.4/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 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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  • Just

    LOL @ Modern Family will loose viewers to Supernatural

    people can be so delusional sometimes

  • bluejays

    Way to go Criminal Minds! Excellent rating.

    Revenge better pick up next year.

  • Ultima

    Modern Family – One of the dull comedies on Television. Can’t wait for it loose viewers to Supernatural next season

    The delusion is strong with this one.

  • Justin

    Thank god Revenge is moving to Sundays. WTF Modern Family?!?!

  • OMG

    I knew Revenge would drop against CM finale. I knew it, when TVLine posts TV worth watching on Wednesday, and many posters wrote Criminal Minds and Revenge. Of course, they will watch the 2 hour season finale first, and last week’s dull episode didn’t help either. I didn’t know CM and Revenge has overlaps. Oh well, Revenge is never a type of show that last many seasons. I cannot envision it as more than a one-season show, storywise, even though I like it. Weird thing is with Revenge, it seems that the weaker episodes seem to get higher ratings than the better ones.

  • MattM

    Of course Idol’s gonna do better, their in the final 3.

    And to the people saying Apt 23 is gonna be canceled next season, don’t forget it’s paired with Happy Endings, if anything gets canned it’s gonna be HE. Apt 23 has actually done decent when MF was in reruns.

  • Jay

    Truthfully, I think Revenge needs to rethink their series structure. I really feel like they lost momentum after the mid-to-end-of-season cliffhanger. The ‘fallout’ episodes have been a bit underwhelming…

  • rob60990

    What the hell happened to ABC last night? Suburgatory had its best episode since the beginning of the season. It should have dropped that low when the show was crap a while ago.

  • Ultima

    Hmm…who else thinks that even with 2.0?s Revenge will still beat The Good Wife next year? I wish it would happen, then CBS would really regret keeping that one around.

    CBS will only regret renewing The Good Wife if it can’t find a syndication buyer for it.

  • Just

    I mean what is 4

  • Jason

    Criminal Minds had a real good amazing finale. ANd it didn’t even end in a cliffhanger. I loved the ending that they had, and that they didn’t have Prentiss go the first way that she did.

  • Bunny

    There’s been reports predicting that ABC will be fourth place soon..

  • Joss

    LOL MF below 4… not good

  • Jack

    realy great finale of Criminal Minds. Same rating how NCIS yesterday.

  • Just

    oops didn’t mean to post it ^ lol

  • RON

    loved revenge last night. very emotionable when jack lost his dog. i was even teary eyed. season finale next week,cant wait to see what happens to grayson family. will emily get some REVENGE next week?

  • Wildlife

    Its funny because people are seeing the light on Revenge moving to Sundays now. ABC knows what their doing.

    Can’t wait to see Chicago Fire beat Nashville this fall.

    The CW is going to be a problem for networks this fall with Arrow and Supernatural.

    Guys with Kids might beat Suburgatory.

    Apt. 23 needs to get cancelled!

  • rob60990

    Whats shocking to me about Revenge is that more people watched last weeks all flashback episode which was boring.

  • MattM


    It had nothing to do with quality, I agree the ABC comedies were excellent last night. People just wanted to see the final three on AI more. Even I tuned in for a bit, and can’t stand that show now.

  • Ultima

    Everyone is so afraid of Idol they don’t bother to put up a fight with shows that could actually make this night interesting.

    Huh? CBS programs reality opposite Idol with Survivor, their #2 drama in Criminal Minds and their #1 comedy in Big Bang Theory.

    ABC has their top two hour comedy block up against Idol and is even programming against the finale.

    NBC, well, doesn’t have anything.

    Go back to 2005 or 2006 and see what it looks like when networks really punted against Idol. We’re talking about stuff like Dateline Tuesday and AFHV repeats…

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