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American Idol fell half a ratings point with adults 18-49 to a 4.9 rating between 8-10p, but with ABC in repeats, Fox still easily won the night.

CBS’s Survivor fell three tenths from last week to a series low (excluding recaps) 2.7 adults 18-49 rating, but with ABC in repeats, Criminal Minds bounced back four tenths to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. But CSI was down three tenths from last week to a season low 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC repeats helped NBC’s Whitney and Chelsea up two tenths and three tenths to 1.6 and 1.4 adults 18-49 ratings respectively. But that didn’t help Bent which premiered dismally with a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating – even worse than last year’s premiere of The Paul Reiser Show. It was NBC’s lowest-rated in season comedy premiere ever. It’s time period premiere at 9:30 drew a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC was all repeats except for Happy Endings which fell 25% to a season low 1.8 adults 18-49 rating without a new Modern Family ahead of it.

CW’s One Tree Hill was down a tenth with adults 18-49 versus last week, but America’s Next Top Model rose a tenth.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, March 21, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 4.5/14 15.52
CBS Survivor 2.7/8 10.20
NBC Whitney 1.6/5 4.22
ABC The Middle (R) 1.2/4 4.91
CW One Tree Hill 0.7/2 1.45
8:30 NBC Are You There, Chelsea? 1.4/4 3.49
ABC Suburgatory (R) 1.3/4 4.43
9:00 FOX American Idol 5.3/14 17.59
CBS Criminal Minds 3.2/8 11.90
ABC Modern Family (R) 2.0/6 5.64
NBC Bent (Premiere) 1.0/3 2.82
CW America’s Next Top Model 0.6/2 1.28
9:30 ABC Happy Endings 1.8/5 4.12
NBC Bent 0.9/2 2.42
10:00 CBS CSI 2.5/7 11.22
ABC Missing (R) 1.3/3 5.03
NBC Rock Center with Brian Williams 0.7/2 2.99

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,” 2.7/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.6/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.9/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.3/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; “Late Show,” 0.6/3; “Nightline,” 0.8/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market household) beat 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 18-4) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 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.
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