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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  • phil

    An hour of a poor rated show is worse than an half hour of a poor rated show.

  • Bad Wolf


    Maybe Revenge will maintain its current level on Sundays… maybe not. Also, unless The Good Wife suddenly falls to CW levels (which is very unlikely), CBS won’t regret keeping it around since they want a 4th reason so the show can be sold to syndication. And everything points to season 4 being the final season anyway.
    Next season, competition changes for The Good Wife : the still potent Desperate Housewives will be gone, the replacement being Revenge, which is currently weaker than Desperate Housewives. Anything can happen !

  • Max

    Oh. Interesting numbers for REVENGE.

    Are we still going to call it a hit ABC? Are we still going to call it somewhat of a hit ABC? Hmm.

  • Liz


    look what you get for canceling GCB when it was rating higher than this junk lol


  • Tony

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


    You are joking right?????

  • Milan

    I guess Revenge did bad because last week’s episode was just boring as hell

  • DW

    revenge getting close to hitting the good wife numbers. yeah. :)

  • Statix

    Revenge started so strong, but it has become so predictable. This week’s episode for instance… Emily and Jack kiss, and Ashley just happens to be standing outside in the dark on the porch looking inside and sees it.

    Or Daniel waits for his mother to leave the room before he calls his dad to tell her she caved under his threat, while Victoria is of course still standing outside behind the door listening to what Daniel is saying.

    I don’t even have anything to hide and I already check outside the door if I have to make a personal call…

  • Mark Wilkins

    Good for Criminal Minds, hope it and SVU adjust up in the finals. The only two programs worth watching last night along with MF.

  • Ram510

    YES Suburgatory is down! Suburgatory will NOT make it to a season 3.

    As for Revenge, it’s sad to see it down, but I’m a little concerned that this is what they chose to fill the DH time slot. It will probably still get a little bit higher ratings than TGW. Too bad Fox’s cartoon will win that time slot

  • MoHasanie

    Well, it had 100% retention from its lead in. No 10pm show on ABC has 100% retention from its lead in.

  • P&B

    great numbers for Criminal Minds which had its best episode since ‘100’! CM sure don’t need a lead in! when people are all crying to give their show a lead in CM gets great numbers despite having reruns of CBS weakest comedies! To reprise a term use here by some people, yes Criminal Minds IS a beast!

    Oh and CM will be the #1 show at 10pm!

  • daniel

    Revenge just fall because of the CM finale that have 3.7 and 3.8 at 10 pm

  • salim

    am actually happy that revenge got 2.0 cos i was worried it was guna drop to 1.9 or 1.8 becuase of criminal minds hope it will get adjusted up. as for modern family wow from 4.4 to 3.9

  • Mike J

    Modern Family will loose me to Supernatural

  • Ram510

    Funny how nobody is complaining about Apt 23 getting a 2.0 when last season Cougar Town got the same rating and it bashed.

  • Leonard

    @ P&B: It’s been a while since CM had an episode quite that good. I usually get side-tracked during their episodes but this one was so intense it had me going the whole episode. I’m not sure which procedural is the best right now but its gotta be between Blue Bloods, CM, and NCIS.

  • Max


    That’s not really anything to be proud of considering the lead-in has pretty bad numbers itself when you consider what that show is leading out FROM.

    SCANDAL will defeat REVENGE tonight and probably by a good margin.

  • Jon

    Apt. 23 is awful and won’t get any better in the Fall. They shouldn’t have renewed it. HE did better there after MF, which helped Revenge.

  • Bad Wolf

    SVU and a bunch of NBC shows are likely to fall to Harry’s Law levels next season, I wonder what will happen then ?

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