Of course Fox dominated the night as a two hour installment of American Idol scored a 7.2 adults 18-49 rating. That’s up a tenth from last week’s 90 minute telecast.

ABC’s The Middle was up 9% to a 2.4 rating, its best in over 3 months, but the rest of ABC’s lineup was down versus last week with Modern Family down 7% to a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating, Cougar Town down 13% to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating and Happy Endings down 6% & 7% to 1.6 and 1.3 adults 18-49 ratings for its respective airings.

Criminal Minds was up 6% in its season finale, but the now canceled Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior slipped to a series low 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC ran a new Minute to Win It and an repeat (1.0, and .9 adults 18-49 ratings respectively), but at 10pm Law & Order: SVU won out vs. the competition with a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, up 17% versus last week.

The season finale of CW’s America’s Next Top Model scored a 0.8  adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for May 18, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 6.7/20 21.71
ABC The Middle 2.4/7 7.66
CBS Criminal Minds (R) 1.4/4 6.32
NBC Minute to Win It 1.0/3 3.47
CW America’s Next Top Model (R) 0.5/1 1.21
8:30 ABC The Middle (R) 1.8/5 5.89
9:00 FOX American Idol 7.7/19 24.36
ABC Modern Family 4.0/10 10.08
CBS Criminal Minds (Season Finale) 3.3/8 12.53
NBC Minute to Win It (R) 0.9/2 2.90
CW America’s Next Top Model (Season Finale) 0.8/2 1.83
9:30 ABC Cougar Town 2.0/5 5.38
10:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU (Season Finale) 2.8/7 8.725
CBS Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 2.0/5 8.35
ABC Happy Endings 1.6/4 3.78
10:30 ABC Happy Endings 1.3/3 3.10

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

• In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 3.0/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.7/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.0/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.2/4.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.7/3; “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) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/3).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated. Starting with data for Mon 3/28/11, all program ratings will now include multiple viewings of a telecast on a DVR. Previously only the first viewing was counted. HUT/PUT will now consist of Live TV viewing and DVR playback at time of play. Previously, HUT/PUT consisted of live viewing and DVR playback credited to time of live telecast.

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