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.

  • Joseph

    Number of viewers can matter , BUT , it matters more when the older audience is dominated by a highly desirable (wealthy or decision making) demo.

  • andré L.

    WOW at SVU.

  • Joss

    wow @ REVENGE greatest season finale ever.So emotional LOL

  • Layo

    hi guys. I am from Panama, and a huge fans of all these shows as you are. I dont understand this demographinc thingy- rating/share and then total viewers. Most of you base your comments on the rating/share, but I still dont get.


  • SarahL


    To learn more about the desirable viewer demographics, check out the FAQ: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/numbers-102/

  • Chris

    Apt 23 is going to drop below 2.0 with Happy Endings as a lead-in.

    Might still be renewable, given ABC’s low standards, but if they think they’ve got a hit here, they are in for a letdown. :)

  • Syre

    Revenge, Scandal and OUAT are my favorite new shows this season. So happy all three had great finale ratings and have been renewed.

  • Carol

    The Idol final chapter changed the day to be seen, in competition with Dancing with the Stars………..so lots of people had to choose… plus I almost missed it as I did not know about the changed dates.

  • dgh


    Its hard to understand a ratings system as screwed up and as pointless as Neilson’s but like everything that should be simple we some how seem to f it up.

    (just don’t let the people who run this site hear you talk bad about Neilson it will get their panties in a bunch faster than anything!)

  • Mikey

    @Greg actually you are wrong…can’t you read?

  • BJH

    Modern Family & Grey’s Anatomy tied in the demo for their finales (4.1/11), yet it was a difference of 1.4 million viewers (GA: 11.44; MF: 10.07).

  • CookyMonzta


    I wouldn’t be surprised if during the summer one of Idol’s sponsors tells Idol and Fox, “Either cut your premium in half, or we walk.” 3.9 and 4.0 in the 18-49 demo is not worth $500,000 when 6 years ago the show was drawing 3 times that much.

    Mark my words: Somebody’s gonna pull their sponsorship. God help Idol if it is one of their biggest fish who decides to bounce (though I doubt it).

  • st3ven

    I’m happy that Revenge got such good ratings. I can’t wait for Season 2 the finale was so shocking !!!

  • Chris Parker

    @Jenny, They should do a where are they now episode on VH1.. those “winners” have next to nothing for careers compared to winners like Kelly C, Carrie U and Chris D.

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