TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol' Lowest-Rated Finale Ever, 'Modern Family', 'SVU' & 'The Middle' See Finale Lows
|Adults 18-49: Rating/Share||6.1/18||2.6/7||2.0/6||1.5/4||1.4/4||0.4/1|
|Adults 18-34: Rating/Share||3.7/12||2.0/7||2.2/7||0.9/3||1.0/3||0.3/1|
|Total Viewers (million)||20.708||7.298||4.953||5.875||5.383||0.891|
FOX was the number one network among adults 18-49 and total viewers.
On FOX, American Idol‘s finale results show earned a 6.1 rating, which is down 32% from last year’s finale (which earned a 9.2/26, with 29 million viewers) and is the lowest-rated finale ever for the series. However, the finale was up from last week’s results show, which earned a 4.9 adults 18-49 rating.
On ABC, The Middle finale scored a 2.0, which is down 5% from last year’s finale but up a tenth from last week’s 1.9 among adults 18-49. Modern Family‘s finale also was up a tenth from last week, earning a 4.0, but was down 5% from last year’s finale. Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 was up considerably from last week’s series low 1.9 rating, earning a 2.5 rating for its season finale. The finale of Revenge earned a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, up four tenths from last week’s series low 2.0 rating.
On NBC, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers got a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down a tenth from last week’s 1.6 rating. At 10PM the finale of Law & Order SVU , which had a repeat of the show as a lead-in, earned a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating which was up from last week’s 1.7 rating but is the series’ lowest-rated finale ever.
On the CW, America’s Next top Model scored a 0.4 among adults 18-49, even with last week.
CBS was all repeats for the evening
Late-night results are below the primetime data.
Overnight ratings for Wednesday, May 23, 2012:
|Time||Net||Show||18-49 Rating||18-49 Share||Viewers Live+SD (million)|
|8:00PM||FOX||American Idol (8-10 PM)||6.1||18||20.708|
|CBS||The Big Bang Theory -R||1.5||5||5.587|
|NBC||Betty White’s Off Their Rockers||1.5||5||5.473|
|CW||America’s Next Top Model -R||0.3||1||0.895|
|8:30PM||ABC||Modern Family -R||2.0||6||6.034|
|NBC||Betty White’s Off Their Rockers -R||1.5||5||5.331|
|CBS||Two and a Half Men -R||1.2||4||4.413|
|9:00 PM||ABC||Modern Family||4.0||11||9.988|
|CBS||Criminal Minds -R||1.6||4||6.378|
|NBC||Law and Order: SVU -R||0.9||2||3.772|
|CW||America’s Next Top Model||0.4||1||0.917|
|9:30PM||ABC||Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23||2.5||7||5.743|
|NBC||Law and Order: SVU||1.9||5||6.976|
|CBS||Criminal Minds -R||1.6||4||6.246|
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,” 2.7/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.4/6; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.2/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.5/5.
- 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,” 0.5/3.
- At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).
- 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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