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American Idol was down 11% — six tenths of an adults 18-49 rating point to a 4.7 rating, but Fox still dominated the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers.  Note that last week’s Wednesday ‘Idol” was adjusted up three tenths in the final national numbers.

Criminal Minds was down two tenths from its last original to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating but CSI was up three tenths vs. its last original to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Earlier in the night Survivor was down two tenths to a series low (excluding clips shows) 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

The official time period premiere of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers drew a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, but the premiere of Best Friends Forever lost a third of it and pulled only a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating (tying a repeat of Suburgatory). Bent quietly faded away with 0.9 and 0.7 adults 18-49 ratings in its final two episodes.   “Off Their Rockers” was down 31% from its special January preview that drew a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC was all repeats except for Happy Endings which was down three tenths from last week (when ABC was also all repeats other than Happy Endings) in its season finale to a season low 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

CW’s One Tree Hill bid adieu with a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating in its two hour series finale. For OTH fans, here are some additional notes via the CW:

Last night’s special two-hour series finale of One Tree Hill (8-10 pm) gave The CW its highest rated Wednesday night among W18-34 (1.4/4) in more than a year (since 2/23/11), and matched season high Wednesday night ratings in A18-34 (0.9/3), A18-49 (0.8/2) and W18-49 (1.1/3).

It was The CW’s best Wednesday night in A18-34 since premiere week (9/14/11), and best A18-49 and W18-49 ratings since 12/7/11.

Versus this week last year, last night was up 50% in A18-34 (0.9/3), 40% in W18-34 (1.4/4) and 33% in A18-49 (0.8/2).

Week to week, last night was up 29% in A18-34, 27% in W18-34 and 14% in A18-49.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, April 4, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 4.3/13 15.25
CBS Survivor 2.7/8 10.11
NBC Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (Time Period Premiere) 1.8/6 7.21
ABC The Middle (R) 1.0/3 3.75
CW One Tree Hill (8-10p) Series Finale 0.8/2 1.37
8:30 NBC Best Friends Forever (Series Premiere) 1.2/3 3.89
ABC Suburgatory (R) 1.2/3 3.63
9:00 FOX American Idol 5.1/14 18.06
CBS Criminal Minds 3.0/8 11.23
ABC Modern Family (R) 1.8/5 4.89
NBC Bent 0.9/2 2.44
9:30 ABC Happy Endings (Season Finale) 1.6/4 3.70
NBC Bent (Season Finale) 0.7/2 2.03
10:00 CBS CSI 2.9/8 11.92
ABC Missing (R) 1.0/3 3.55
NBC Rock Center with Brian Williams 0.8/2 2.97

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,” 2.5/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.5/6; and ABC’s combo of “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,” 0.7/4; “Late Show,” 0.7/3; “Nightline,” 0.8/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/5 in metered-market household) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.2/4).  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 0.8/4 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.
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