Of Course FOX won the night with an hour of  American Idol. It’s 6.5 adults 18-49 rating was up 10% versus last week.

The premiere of Happy Town on ABC were  bad, but probably only as bad as any reasonable person would’ve imagined, including the executives at ABC.  You know, the same people who cut the order to 8 episodes and kept it off the schedule for almost the entire season. Not even ABC could’ve been surprised it would be its lowest-rated premiere of the season.

Why put it on at all?   Perhaps they figured “C’mon, it can’t do much worse than Ugly Betty or Eastwick!”    At least for one week, they were correct (though Eastwick premiered with a 3.0 before sinking)  The 1.7 adults 18-49 rating was better than the 1.4 Ugly Betty pulled with its last new episode.  But, that was the premiere and the typical trend with any premiere is the ratings for the second episode go down.  The half hourly trend was also not its friend either, dropping from a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating in the first half hour to a 1.6 the second half hour.   

Earlier in the night on ABC Modern Family scored a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating, which is sure to cheer ABC up at least a little.  It was up 11% from its last new episode. Cougar Town pulled a 2.8 with adults 18-49, up 12% from its last new episode.

The last night before May Sweeps officially begin tonight saw CBS entirely in repeats, but with a twist, a repeat of Two and a Half Men at 8:30p up against a new episode of  The Middle on ABC.   The new episode of  The Middle won easily with a 2.4  adults 18-49 rating vs. a 1.8 for the repeat of Two and a Half Men.  It is interesting to note that while Two and a Half Men repeats very well in its normal Monday timeslot,  it won’t score those ratings with a repeat if they just stick it anywhere.

Against a repeat on CBS and Happy Town,  a new Law & Order: SVU had a 2.9 rating with adults 18-49, up from last week’s 2.7 when it ran against repeats on both ABC and CBS.

Over on the CW, America’s Next Top Model had its most-watched episode in more than a month (since St. Patrick’s Day) with nearly 3.3 million viewers.  While TV gossip blogs are talking about a second season of High Society set in the Hamptons,  the CW has not picked the show up for a second season…at least not yet.

Based on last night’s ratings it seems much more likely that Tinsley Mortimer and cast are behind that rumor than the CW.

Nielsen overnight ratings for Wednesday, April 28, 2010:

Late night data info is below the primetime data.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX Lie To Me (R) 1.7/5 5.28
ABC The Middle  (R) 1.5/5 5.32
NBC Minute to Win It (R) 1.5/5 5.23
CBS New Adventures of Old Christine (R) 1.4/5 5.28
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.4/5 3.27
8:30 ABC The Middle 2.4/7 7.11
CBS Two and a Half Men (R) 1.8/5 6.34
9:00 FOX American Idol 6.5/17 19.39
ABC Modern Family 4.1/11 9.82
CBS Criminal Minds (R) 2.1/6 8.81
NBC Mercy 1.4/4 4.96
CW Fly Girls 0.4/1 1.03
9:30 ABC Cougar Town 2.8/7 6.45
CW High Society 0.4/1 0.91
10:00 NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2.9/8 9.37
ABC Happy Town (Premiere) 1.7/5 5.23
CBS CSI: NY (R) 1.6/5 7.729

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

via NBC ratings notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.5/9 in metered-market households) out-delivered CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.6/7) and ABC’s combination of “Nightline (2.9/7) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.4/5) in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (1.4/6) ranked #1 among the major networks in the time period over “Late Show” (0.8/4), “Nightline” (1.0/4) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.5/3).
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.5/5 in metered-market households) topped CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/5 with an encore telecast).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.7/5 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3 with an encore telecast).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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