Yes, it’s April Fools day, but no, a repeat of The New Adventures of Old Christine still didn’t beat American Idol.  Neither did any other show on last night.

With Idol on, and averaging a 6.5 ratings with adults 18-49 and and 19.96 million viewers, of course Fox won another Wednesday.  That was down 10% or so with adults 18-49 from last week, however, look for Idol’s numbers to go up in the finals due to  over three minutes of overrun past 10pm.

Earlier in the night Human Target posted a 2.3 rating with adults 18-49, up versus last week.  But last week it was against a new episode of Survivor: Heroes and Villains rather than Repeats of  The New Adventures of Old Christine and Accidentally on Purpose.

At 8:30pm The Middle scored a 1.9 with adults 18-49, down nearly 25% from last week’s 2.5 rating.  I guess It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown wasn’t a good lead-in for it.  On the other had, Modern Family was up a tick to a 3.8 rating with adults 18-49 versus last week’s 3.7.

CBS was totally in repeat mode last night, and NBC was repeats for two of it’s three hours. But a repeat of Minute to Win It significantly outperformed last week’s episode of Mercy.  Look for more ‘death of scripted content” comments!  Oh joy.

At 10pm a new episode of Law & Order: SVU led NBC to victory with a 2.9 rating for adults 18-49 and nearly 10 million viewers.

Update: here’s some info on the CW shows via the CW:


  • TOP MODEL ranked first in its time period in W18-34 (2.4/9) and A18-34 (1.5/6, tie) and was second in W18-49 (2.2/7).  Women 18-49 were up +0.2 versus last week while all other demo breaks were flat.  The total audience (3.2mil) was up +200K versus last week.
  • FLY GIRLS was up +0.2 versus last week in W18-34 (1.0/3) and up a tenth in A18-34 (0.6/2).  Retention out of ANTM was still below 45%.
  • HIGH SOCIETY was up +0.2 versus last week in A18-34 (0.5/1) and W18-34 (0.7/2).

Late night:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.6/9 in metered-market households) out-delivered CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.5/6) and ABC’s “Nightline (2.7/6) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.3/4) in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (1.3/6) ranked #1 among the major networks in the time period over “Late Show” (0.7/3), “Nightline” (1.0/4) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.5/3).


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Human Target 2.3/8 8.18
NBC Minute to Win It (R) 1.8/6 6.29
ABC It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (R) 1.4/5 4.95
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.4/5 3.22
CBS New Adventures of Old Christine (R) 1.3/5 4.92
8:30 ABC The Middle 1.9/6 6.21
CBS Accidentally on Purpose (R) 1.4/4 4.36
9:00 FOX American Idol 6.5/18 19.96
ABC Modern Family 3.8/11 9.34
CBS Criminal Minds (R) 1.8/5 7.86
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (R) 1.4/4 5.57
CW Fly Girls 0.5/1 1.17
9:30 ABC Cougar Town 2.6/7 5.99
CW High Society 0.3/1 0.86
10:00 NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2.9/8 9.96
CBS CSI: NY (R) 1.7/5 7.23
ABC Ugly Betty 1.4/4 4.06

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