Wednesday Final Ratings:'American Idol', 'Criminal Minds', 'Off Their Rockers' Adjusted Up; 'Don't Trust the B' Adjusted Down

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May 17th, 2012



American Idol, Criminal Minds and Betty White's Off Their Rockers at 8:30PM were each adjusted up a tenth while Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23  was adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus Wednesday's preliminary ratings

Broadcast final ratings for Wednesday, May 16, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 4.9/14 17.68
ABC The Middle 1.9/6 6.53
NBC Betty's White's Off Their Rockers 1.4/5 5.18
CBS Mike & Molly - R 1.1/4 4.35
CW America's Next Top Model - R 0.4/1 0.76
8:30 ABC Suburgatory (season finale) 1.8/6 5.35
NBC Betty's White's Off Their Rockers 1.6/5 5.52
CBS Rules of Engagement - R 1.1/3 3.93
9:00 ABC Modern Family 3.9/11 9.36
CBS Criminal Minds (9-11PM) (season finale) 3.6/10 13.68
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 0.8/2 2.86
CW America's Next Top Model 0.5/1 1.16
9:30 ABC Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 1.9/5 4.73
10:00 ABC Revenge 2.0/6 6.90
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.7/5 5.56

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Ultima

    ABC NEEDS NEEDS to air repeats of happy endings and apartment 23 this summer

    They’re on the schedule starting Wednesday 30 May. Happy Endings at 9:30, Bitch in 23 at 10:00, a second MF repeat at 10:30.

    I expect one of the two will move to the open Tuesday 9:30 in July after the NBA Finals are over, and they’ll be in their fall timeslots by late August.

  • Petar

    abc sitcoms now look bad. imagine how will look in tuesday.

  • j

    Well, Revenge also grew from its lead-in, and Modern Family was down a good bit too. It also was at least in the 2s.

  • June

    Next season, I’m rooting for ABC’s Nashville and CBS’s CSI:, I want Dick Wolf’s crappy show blown off of NBC.

    And somebody might say this is Fax Excuse Bingo, but Dick Wolf gets to do things over at NBC that other people don’t and it really pisses me off.

    He’s gets special treatment on these none-Law & Order pilots and they flop. Deadline, Conviction, Dragnet to name a few. Dick Wolf only knows how to write dramatic police investigation into courtroom dramas, nothing else and not one or the other. I’m not going to waste my time with CHICAGO FIRE and WHEN (not if) it flops, I’ll be the first to hop on the “I told you so” buses.

  • carla

    Criminal Minds was monumental. I watched Revenge just because I’m addicted.

    But I am really looking forward to seeing the POI finale tonight. It will rock hard. I expect Grey’s to do well, but don’t really care what it does any more.

  • DW

    this is the reason why H E and B23 will do well together on tuesday. they fit together. also i’ll play fan excuse bingo and say the last 30 of AI dropped B23 ratings.

  • June

    I meant Fax! So the auto trigger wouldn’t happen. Fan E*cuse Bingo.

  • Bunny


    Thanks :)

  • June


    Bill Gorman needs to answer this for me for reals:

    Why the hell does NBC insist on pushing Law & Order: SVU BACK to 9PM/8c when they’ve even said in THEIR PROMOS SVU belongs at 10PM/9c?! Check this out:

  • MoHasanie

    The only way Nashville can succeed is if, its pilot is highly promoted, it gets a MF lead in for the premiere, and its pilot is amazing. Otherwise, with a lead in from a show like “Neighbors”, expect Nashville to be cancelled.

  • Petar


    i think that Nashville will be new abc revenge. but will see.

  • Ram510

    YEAH The B adjusted down!!!! Too bad Suburgatory didn’t adjust down too

  • NYCJoe

    Major props to Revenge for being able to BUILD at 10p. Not as high as I would like it, but hey if the ratings rise at 10p that is not a bad thing.

    LOVE Revenge!

  • Ram510

    Yeah I don’t see Nashville making it either hardly anyone has talked about it

  • Rodolfo

    People stop putting revenge to record and watch it at 10pm, c`mon this show should have like 10 million people watching seriously!!!!!!

  • Bookworm

    I feel sorry for Apt.23; it does have Modern Family lead in and I know how people are here with lead in and making cases for/against show based on them.

    With that, all of you who are going for a 4.5 for Grey is a little…shocking. I don’t know why I am aiming for a 3.9 or maybe a 4.0; I’m not sure though. It could go either way. Best of luck to Grey, Scandal and the others tonight. I already got the popcorn ready!! :)

  • Mike


    Your comparing apples to oranges or even apples to the shape of a triangle

    How does that promo have to relate at all from at least a year ago to the time change this fall… I dont understand your thinking on that at all.. i actually shouldnt have even answered

  • really

    It’s because of the NBA play-offs and American idol DVRs most shows r getting low ratings

  • Bette

    Revenge was very exciting last night,can hardly wait till next week to see what happened. Also the Middle is “always” funny, I love that show.

  • Mark Wilkins

    Criminal Minds adjusted up, thats great news. The only two programs worth any time Wednesday were CM and SVU.

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