ABC’s Ugly Betty series finale finished with a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating up 29% from last week, while Fox’s Human Target wrapped its season with a season low 1.9 rating tumbling 14% from last week. Not a good sign. Could it have been Human Target’s series finale too?

American Idol was down a tenth in the adults 18-49 ratings from last Wednesday to a 6.6 rating, but adjustment in the final ratings may move it up to flat.

While the finale of Ugly Betty posted a nice increase vs. last week, the rest of ABC’s lineup was all over the map. The Middle was up 10% (vs. last original on 3/31) to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, while Modern Family was down 8% to a 3.6 rating (vs. 3/31).  Cougar Town was also down 8% vs. 3/31 to a 2.4 rating.

On CBS, New Adventures of Old Christine was up 6% from last week to a 1.7 rating, and Accidentally On Purpose was flat with a 1.9 rating. AoP is certainly not making a strong case for renewal with its Wednesday ratings. Criminal Minds fell 8% from last week to a 3.2 rating matching its season low for an original episode, and CSI:NY was up 8% to a 2.6 rating.

The CW’s America’s Next Top Model hit a season low for adults 18-49 with a 1.2 rating, in the CW target women 18-34 demo it scored a 2.0 rating, winning the hour, but I have no historical comparisons ready for that demo. Both Fly Girls and High Society registering typical, and nearly invisible, 0.4 adults 18-49 ratings.

Via NBC press blurb:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.0/8 in metered-market households) out-delivered CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (2.4/6 with an encore telecast) and ABC’s “Nightline (2.9/7) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.5/5) in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (0.9/4) ranked #1 among the major networks in the time period over “Late Show” (0.7/3 an encore telecast), “Nightline” (1.0/4) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.5/3).
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) topped CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Thank you to Julia for putting the ratings into the table.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX Human Target (season finale) 1.8 6 6.550
CBS New Adventures of Old Christine 1.7 6 6.288
NBC Minute To Win It (repeat) 1.7 6 5.412
ABC Modern Family (repeat) 1.6 6 5.234
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.1 4 2.722
8:30 ABC The Middle 2.2 7 6.707
FOX Human Target (season finale) 2.1 7 7.789
NBC Minute To Win It (repeat) 2.1 7 6.333
CBS Accidentally On Purpose 1.9 6 6.052
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.2 4 2.956
9:00 FOX American Idol 6.1 17 19.162
ABC Modern Family 3.6 10 8.809
CBS Criminal Minds 3.2 9 12.020
NBC Law & Order: SVU (repeat) 1.2 3 4.167
CW Fly Girls 0.4 1 0.944
9:30 FOX American Idol 7.2 20 22.024
CBS Criminal Minds 3.3 9 12.454
ABC Cougar Town 2.4 7 5.819
NBC Law & Order: SVU (repeat) 1.3 4 4.467
CW High Society 0.4 1 0.861
10:00 CBS CSI: NY 2.6 8 10.911
NBC Law & Order: SVU (repeat) 1.7 5 5.479
ABC Ugly Betty (series finale) 1.7 5 5.339
10:30 CBS CSI: NY 2.6 8 10.742
NBC Law & Order: SVU (repeat) 1.9 6 5.722
ABC Ugly Betty (series finale) 1.8 5 5.528

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