FOX won the night, but American Idol was down ~10% in adults 18-49 from last week and dropped below 19 million viewers.  The special premiere of summer show Good Guys drew a 1.5 rating with adults 18-49 — tied with a repeat of Minute To Win It on NBC, and only 0.1 better than a repeat of Lie To Me in the time slot last week.

CBS came in second for the night on the strength of Criminal Minds at 9pm.  CSI: NY, which will move to Fridays in the fall, trailed Law & Order: SVU by a tenth of an adults 18-49 ratings point at 10pm, but had nearly 3 million more viewers.   A special airing of  I Get That A Lot scored a 2.0 rating with adults 18-49, down significantly from the 2.9 it averaged when it last aired on January 7, 2010.

The ABC comedy block held up nicely week over week with both The Middle and Cougar Town being up slightly while Modern Family was even with last week’s preliminary numbers.

Nielsen overnight ratings for Wednesday, May 19, 2010:

Late night data is below the primetime results

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS I Get That a Lot 2.0/7 7.18
NBC Minute to Win It (R) 1.5/5 5.48
FOX Good Guys (Premiere) 1.5/5 4.98
ABC The Middle  (R) 1.4/5 5.33
CW America’s Next Top Model 0.9/3 2.03
8:30 ABC The Middle 2.5/8 7.55
9:00 FOX American Idol 5.9/16 18.46
ABC Modern Family 4.2/12 10.01
CBS Criminal Minds 3.3/9 13.06
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (R) 1.2/3 4.22
CW One Tree Hill (R) 0.3/1 0.68
9:30 ABC Cougar Town 2.8/8 6.16
10:00 NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2.6/8 8.61
CBS CSI: NY 2.5/7 11.31
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 2.0/6 5.25

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night (via NBC press note):

  • In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 3.4/9; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.8/7; and ABC’s “Nightline,” 3.0/7; 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,” 1.1/5; “Late Show,” 0.8/4; “Nightline,” 1.1/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.6/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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