Of course Fox easily won the night as American Idol averaged a 7.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 23.5 million viewers.  ‘Idol’ was up 1% from last week with adults 18-49, but down 8% versus last year’s comparable episode. But with 10% year/year declines being the recent norm, Fox can still say “Simon who?”

Even with a repeat Criminal Minds, CBS was second for the night in adults 18-49, but Survivor dipped 6% at 8pm to a series low (excluding specials) 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. At 10pm, without an original lead-in, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior was down 12% to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, tying its season/series low.

ABC’s The Middle dipped 13% versus its last original on March 2 to a season low 2.0 adults 18-49  rating.  Modern Family was up 2% versus its last original on March 2 to a 4.3 adults 18-49 rating. With a fresh Modern Family as its lead-in, Mr. Sunshine was up 22% from last week to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.  Off the Map was up 15% to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC’s Minute to Win It gained 20% vs. last week to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.  At 10pm, a new Law & Order: SVU was up 8% versus its last original to a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, bettering Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior by 18%.

CW’s America’s Next Top Model was up 11% to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating and up 21% with CW’s target women 18-34 to a 1.7 rating. Shedding for the Wedding was steady with a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, March 23, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 7.1/21 21.75
CBS Survivor: Redemption Island 3.0/9 10.75
ABC The Middle 2.0/6 7.26
NBC Minute to Win It 1.2/4 4.21
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.0/3 2.15
8:30 ABC The Middle (R) 1.7/5 5.81
9:00 FOX American Idol 8.2/22 25.20
ABC Modern Family 4.3/12 10.80
CBS Criminal Minds (R) 2.1/6 8.70
NBC Law & Order: SVU (R) 1.1/3 3.99
CW Shedding for the Wedding 0.4/1 0.97
9:30 ABC Mr. Sunshine 2.2/6 5.91
10:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.6/7 8.68
CBS Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 2.2/6 8.86
ABC Off the Map 1.5/4 4.49


Via NBC press notes:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

• In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 3.4/8; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.5/6; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.4/8; 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,” 1.1/5; “Late Show,” 0.7/3; “Nightline,” 1.1/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/2.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/5 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/3 with an encore).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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