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.

  • rob60990

    So Revenge never fell below a 2.0 its whole 1st season. I can think of another freshman show on ABC that did even with the number 1 drama as its lead-in. :D

  • harry

    So Greys anatomy had the best ratings with modern family for ABC. same numbers … with greys being on its 8th season. I wonder what will happen to ABC when it is out of new hits. at the moment the only shows that can get good ratings on their own are modern family , greys anatomy and once upon a time. rest shows are lead in dependent and at low 2s… really hope for abc to launch a new hit next year…

  • Revenge

    @ Harry Revenge is not dependent!

  • 728huey

    I knew Phillip was going to win once I heard his original song and compared it to Jessica’s. Whoever wrote the original song for Jessica must have been a hack, because she has a huge voice, yet she was given a crappy song to sing, and that song wouldn’t have been a hit for Beyonce or Rihanna, let alone an asipiring Idol contestant. Phillip’s song, on the other hand, was perfectly suited to his voice and vocal stylings.

    But as for the ratings, yes Idol took a huge hit this season, but for all the haters who want this show to go away, what do you plan to replace it with? You saw how nearly all the new dramas tanked (and I believe one was kept just to save face), and you saw how FOX’s current dramas fared (one is dropping, one just ended, and the other one ends next year). So I don’t Idol is going anywhere for now.

  • realityDan

    The reason there are more male winners than female on idol, is because 80% of the votes come from female voters. Lots of men watch idol, but men dont vote. Anyway idol’s ratings are still amazing, and when the other singing shows get the boot, idol’s ratigs will go up again, because it will be the only singing show left.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Lots of men watch idol”

    Far more women watch then men. For the finale show last night 1.8x as many women 18-49 watched as men 18-49.

  • mattfitz

    Jenny go back to your Obama Hating lie Zone on the cable news page!AI is still biggest show ALL RATINGS DOWN THIS CYCLE!!21million is Real good you of course probably hate the fact of its diversity in ethnicity gender and sexual orientation like most of the Haters of Idol and Gleeand Murdoch being the profiteer off the hate he stirs from one side against the other lol You of course will never see the irony of this or for that matter u are no doubt too deluded to see the truth!

  • OMG

    It is funny how Revenge is always prone to being adjusted down after Happy Endings, but more prone to being adjusted up after Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    I’m glad JLO is jumping ship, AI was affected by Xfactor, The Voice, now with The Voice having a fall edition, it’s only gonna fall even more, so JLO is obviously intelligent and won’t be back.

  • Mark Wilkins

    I’m glad SVU adjusted up, the season finale was great. That and MF were the only 2 shows worth watching last night.

  • Joseph

    I think that most of us would agree that Idol despite only having 2/3 of the 2011 audience bothering to watch this year has lots of life left in the franchise.
    The question is when will the advertisers balk at paying FOX a premium for 30 seconds spots when the audience is smaller then the top 3 Scripted shows.

  • Joseph

    BTW ,, @728huey
    If it were my choice and I had limited funds and the demo matched what I was trying to reach ,
    I would rather pay for a minute during MF & TBBT then a single 30 second spot each night during Idol.

  • Bette

    I loved the season finale of Revenge. It was better than my favoirte show Person Of Interests finale and I love that show. And as always the Middle was funny and glad it was renewed.
    It will be interesting this fall when Revenge is on a different night.

  • Tigs

    Revenge finale was one of the best I have ever seen for a television show. Once Upon A Time was also very good and a close second. If you havn’t seen any of these shows you can watch them on ABC website. Watch them from the beginning though or you won’t know what is going on.

  • klm

    Over 150 mil wacthed eurovision last night :D

  • Jenny

    Revenge has an audience for sure. I think it will be find on Sundays.

  • gem

    Will you Revenge fans plz shut up! Geeezzz ABC needs all the shows it can get in allowing the network to succeed. Revenge beats Scandal…revenge beats scandal I feel like I’m back in preschool with all this freaking nonsense!

  • Loni

    Revenge is going to do great next year in it’s new timeslot. I hope they are smart and have a “Here’s What you missed on Revenge” episode so that new viewers wont feel intimidated by missing the first season. This show has a lot of potential and gets tremendous buzz (well deserved, for it’s excellent writing).

  • Loni

    Also………Does anyone know if TOTAL VIEWERS make a difference at all to advertisers? For example, “Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23″ had the same Demo numbers as Revenge, but Revenge had 2 million more total viewers. Does it even matter? Does it at least give them non-tangible bragging rights for advertisers who are torn between the two?

  • Selena

    Revenge and Law & Order:SVU had great finales.

    Other great finales include: Criminal Minds, Person of Interest, Nikita, Desperate Housewives (I will miss you) and Smash

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