or


[05/24/12 - 08:35 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Idol" Wraps on Top, But Down Big from Last Year
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for wednesday, may 23, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

The two-hour season finale of "American Idol" (20.71 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.1, #1) not surprisingly put FOX (20.71 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.1, #1) on top for the final night of the 2011-12 season. Said broadcast however was down 31.46% from last year's finale among adults 18-49.

ABC (7.30 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) then claimed a distant second place with the season finale of "The Middle" (6.51 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T5), a repeat of "Modern Family" (6.03 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T5) and the respective finales of "Modern Family" (9.99 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.0, #2), "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" (5.74 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) and "Revenge" (7.76 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #4).

Next up was CBS (5.87 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with its all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.59 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10), "Two and a Half Men" (4.41 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #13), "Criminal Minds" (6.38 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8) and a second "Criminal Minds" (6.25 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.38 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) offered up the season finale of "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" (5.47 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10), repeats of "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" (5.33 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T10) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.77 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14) plus the season finale of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.98 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7).

And finally, a repeat of "America's Next Top Model" (0.86 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (0.92 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) on The CW (0.89 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening. Women 18-34 numbers will be available later today.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+45.24% - American Idol (vs. 5/17/12)
+25.00% - Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
+20.00% - Revenge
+11.76% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+7.14% - Betty White's Off Their Rockers
+5.26% - The Middle
+2.56% - Modern Family
-20.00% - America's Next Top Model

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Betty White's Off Their Rockers (vs. Minute to Win It (Repeat))
+35.71% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Law & Order: Los Angeles)
+29.73% - Revenge (vs. Cougar Town/Happy Endings (10:30))
+25.00% - Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (vs. Cougar Town)
0.00% - America's Next Top Model (vs. America's Next Top Model (Repeat))
-2.44% - Modern Family
-9.09% - The Middle
-31.46% - American Idol

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

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," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/8; 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," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "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) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

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.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/25/11):

FOX (28.16 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.9, #1) closed the 2010-11 season on top with the season finale of "American Idol" (28.16 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.9, #1). Compared with last year's finale, "Idol" was up 9% in the demo and up +17% in total viewers (versus final numbers).

ABC (6.33 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then won the battle for the leftovers with the season finale of "The Middle" (7.43 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), a repeat of "Modern Family" (6.05 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) and the respective season enders to "Modern Family" (10.22 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.1, #2), "Cougar Town" (5.10 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4) and "Happy Endings" (4.06 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7).

Next up was CBS (6.66 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.81 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10), another "The Big Bang Theory" (6.20 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7) and "Criminal Minds" (6.45 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9) alongside the de facto series finale of "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" (7.52 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.20 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up its mix of "Minute to Win It" (3.44 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13), another "Minute to Win It" (3.59 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) and a special "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (5.58 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11).

And finally, repeats of "America's Next Top Model" (1.08 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and another "America's Next Top Model" (1.02 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) on The CW (1.05 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): American Idol (43.50% vs. 5/19/11), Happy Endings (30.80%), Modern Family (2.50%), Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (0.00%), Cougar Town (0.00%), Law & Order: Los Angeles (0.00% vs. 5/23/11), Minute to Win It (0.00%), The Middle (-8.30%).

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

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," 1.5/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

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" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) 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 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





  [may 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





most recent ratings | view all posts
[01/23/18 - 09:32 AM]
"The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" Premieres to 5.5 Million Total Viewers
FX further spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 17.

[01/23/18 - 08:24 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Keeps Top Spot with "Bachelor," "Good Doctor"
The Alphabet leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-19.

[01/22/18 - 03:11 PM]
"Corporate" Is Highest-Rated Basic-Cable Prime Comedy Premiere of the 2017-18 Season Among Men 18-34
Comedy Central further spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 17.

[01/22/18 - 08:31 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Dominates with NFC Championship
The Eagles/Vikings blowout is not surprisingly down from last year's primetime championship on CBS.

[01/21/18 - 09:04 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: NBA Primetime Return Puts ABC on Top
The Alphabet wins the evening among adults 18-49.

[01/20/18 - 08:35 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Keeps Top Spot in Viewers, Demos
"MacGyver" and "Hawaii Five-0" lead the night in adults 18-49, while "Blue Bloods" is the most-watched program.

[01/19/18 - 08:13 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Holds Off Competition in Viewers, Demos
Plus: ABC and The CW's dramas return up from their fall finales.

[01/18/18 - 08:18 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "9-1-1" Edge Demo Race
The network's new drama helps lead the night among adults 18-49.

[01/17/18 - 08:13 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "This Is Us," "Ellen's Game of Games" Top Charts for NBC
The Peacock cruises to victory among adults 18-49 last night.

[01/16/18 - 06:20 PM]
"The Office" Marathon Delivers Big Gains for Comedy Central with Total-Day Rating Up 71% Against Year-Ago
Comedy Central spins the numbers for Monday, January 15.

[01/16/18 - 08:15 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "Bachelor," "Good Doctor" Top Charts for ABC
The Alphabet's duo helps lead the night in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[01/15/18 - 08:26 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Gets Huge Boost from NFL Overrun
The network's playoff coverage grows to more than 35 million viewers last night.

[01/14/18 - 08:27 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Rides NFL Playoffs to Victory
Divisional game between the Titans and Patriots easily wins the night in all categories.

[01/13/18 - 08:32 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Dramas Hold Onto Top Spot
Mainstay "Blue Bloods" is the night's most-watched program.

[01/12/18 - 09:04 AM]
2017 Marks BBC America's Most Watched Year Ever
BBC American further spins the numbers for the year to date.