Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Idol', 'Modern Family', & 'SVU' Adjusted Up, 'Apt 23' Adjusted Down

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May 24th, 2012



American Idol was adjusted up three tenths, Modern Family and Law and Order: SVU were each adjusted up a tenth, and 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 23, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10 PM) 6.4 18 21.490
ABC The Middle 2.0 7 6.520
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 1.6 5 5.630
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers 1.5 5 5.390
CW America's Next Top Model -R 0.3 1 0.740
8:30PM ABC Modern Family -R 2.1 6 6.000
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers -R 1.5 5 5.280
CBS Two and a Half Men -R 1.2 4 4.380
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 4.1 11 10.070
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.6 4 6.410
NBC Law and Order: SVU -R 0.9 2 3.660
CW America's Next Top Model 0.4 1 0.830
9:30PM ABC Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23 2.4 6 5.600
10:00PM ABC Revenge 2.4 6 7.850
NBC Law and Order: SVU 2.0 5 7.160
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.6 4 6.250

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

  • 5678

    wow ANTM

  • Bunny


    I think Apt 23 will do better than HE and might get the additional 9 eps and a renewal.

    HE has a difficult task of competing with the very popular New Girl and NCIS: LA and also bringing in a new audience from DWTS who are more older-skewing and female dominated..

  • Jack

    SVU up!! :) :)

  • j

    HA at the people last week predicting that Revenge would be below 2 because they were bitter that Revenge gets so much more press than Scandal whose #’s are thanks to a Grey’s Anatomy lead-in. Revenge grew from its lead-in, won its timeslot, AND beat Scandal’s finale.

    Also the episode was incredibly exciting/emotional and did a great job of setting up S2.

  • Ron

    I’m still not sure why they haven’t tried the Middle after MF at least once to give it some added exposure and see if the retention might be better than HE/Apt. 23. I realize they don’t want to mess with their 8pm anchor but they really need to try some different shows in the post MF slot.

  • j

    Also…so did Walking Dead officially have the #2 finale of the season in 18-49, after only Idol?

    That’s pretty incredible for AMC.

  • Nick

    Why do ‘Scandal’ and ‘Revenge’ seem to be in constant competition :o? They’re both decent hits for ABC at 10pm which is why they both received renewals… can’t fans just be happy with that :p?

  • CookyMonzta

    At one Idol board (specifically, Idolforums.com), they call it the wrath/curse of the WGWGs (white guys with guitars). There has been a WGWG in a championship in each of the last 8 seasons (including the seasons when instruments were not permitted — Bo Bice, Taylor Hicks and Blake Lewis), and 6 of them have won, including the last 5. The predictability of the final outcome, regardless how strong or weak the female contenders are, has plenty to do with how fast the ratings have dropped; and after this season, we might see a show post an 18-49 rating in the high-2s, with as few as 12 million total viewers.

    6.4 is way below what we’ve come to expect of Idol, especially when last season they posted a 9.2 in the finale. The expectations of the other shows are not as high, especially in the 18-49 demo. consider the Cosby Show, #1 for 5 straight seasons. Then in its 7th year it dropped to #5, and that was the first sign of trouble, as is the case with Idol today. The next year, it was drawing below 15th-20th in the ratings (ending at #18). Clearly, they had run out of gas, and it was time to hang it up.

    If Idol drops to #7, #8, #9 or #10 next year or the year after, or even out of the top 10, they’d best hang it up. Better for them to go out as a top-10 show than to tarnish its legacy by trying to continue as little more than a novelty.

  • toadytoady

    Good news for SVU. This means SVU Finale beat Smash Finale,despite fact its a 13year old show.

    Smash got 1.8 key demo and 5.9million viewers.
    SVU got 2.0 key demo and 7.1 million viewers.

    That has to worry NBC about Smash.

  • danny94

    so glad revenge went up, such a great show i really havent been this addicted to as show since desperate housewives early days

  • disney rocks

    @Ron, yeah The Middle should get a test run post-MF

    Heres what I’d do-

    Sept 19-

    8-9== The Middle PREMIERE
    8:30-9= The Nighbors PREMiErE
    9-9:30= Modern Family PREMIERE
    9:30-10= The Neighbors EPISODE
    10-10:30= HE PREMIERE
    10:30-11= 23 EPISODE

    Sept 26-

    8-8:30= The Middle EPISODE
    8:30-9= The Nighbors EPISODE
    9-9:30= Modern Family EPISODE
    9:30-10= The Middle EPISODE
    10-10:30= HE EPISODE
    10:30-11= 23 EPISODE

    Oct 3-

    8-8:30= The Middle EPISODE
    8:30-9= THE Neigbors EPISODE
    9-9:30= Modern Family EPISODE
    9:30-10= Suburgatory PREMIERE
    10-10:30= HE EPISODE
    10:30-11= 23 EPISODE

    Nashville to Tuesday at 9.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    ‘Revenge’ season finale: Creator Mike Kelley answers burning questions!

    This is what I like to hear from a producer:

    ” But I find that in telling the story of Revenge, that any time I try to stretch out story, it feels false. It doesn’t feel like the show.”

    And this:

    “You have to continue to expand into season 2, we need a larger palette. We don’t want to get repetitive. We need new discoveries and new sinister twists and new villains. So we definitely knew that there was going to be a larger thing at play.”

    And this:

    “Something that served us very well in season 1 was flashing forward to a very dramatic event and telling our audience how we got there. The audience trusts us to tell a satisfying story without dragging it out for 100 years. So I think you can expect that we’ll answer a lot of questions up front and we’ll pose a lot of new ones as to where we’re headed, and you can expect a Fire and Ice-level event that we’re headed to in the opening of season 2. That’s my plan for now. I reserve the right to change my mind.”

    REALLY look forward to season 2. Don’t fire this guy – he gets it!

  • SteveA

    @Nick No. Fans just cant be happy. Unfortunately, certain fans of both shows pit these two ABC shows against each other. Why? I don’t know. GA’s lead-in, racist people not liking a black female lead, blah blah blah blah blah. I could partially understand if they were pitting them against other networks’ shows.

    I love Scandal. I don’t bash Revenge, mainly because I have never seen it. But the maturity on this site can skew very young. As the in 2-5 demo. So it will continue until one or both of these shows is cancelled.

  • s0303

    cooky monzta…yes, idol ratings are lower, but all the shows are…it is still the top rated show on television, so it’s not going anywhere for a few years yet…

  • mattlsax

    Way to go American Idol!!! Eleven seasons in and still on top of the charts!! Not too shabby for a seasoned show! :)

  • were123

    SVU finally breaks 2s! NBC must be very happy, how many shows has gotten 2s lately? Early Smash, The Office and The Voice

  • totowolf

    I’m soooo glad to see the SVU numbers up. The 13th Season was amazing, but I know there was a lot of drop off because of all the changes. Since the Season ended on a high note, hopefully, it will draw viewers back…to say nothing of the cliffhanger!!

  • Anne Carol

    SVU impressive. The series went through problems. Lost their primary male leadership but still shows that it is strong. This year the stories were wonderful and the cast worked harmoniously. The next season promises.

  • CookyMonzta


    NCIS is the exception to the rule. They’ve been on TV for 9 seasons and their ratings have had an enormous net INCREASE over the past 4 seasons. That is why it is now #2, behind NBC Sunday Night Football. The average of Idol’s Wednesday/Thursday shows puts Idol at #3.

    So long as Idol stays in the top 10, it will most likely continue. If it finishes any season below #10 (or comes to a point where the following season will see it drop out of the top 10), I’d rather that they hang it up, rather than tarnish its legend and continue as little more than a novelty or footnote.

  • The End


    Put it this way, if TVBythenumbers is still around in 2015 you’l be coming here looking for the ratings for the latest Walking Dead episode, that’s how well it did.

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