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[04/11/13 - 08:30 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Holds Onto the Top Spot with "American Idol"
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for wednesday, april 10, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

FOX (11.988 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday with a new two-hour "American Idol" (11.988 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2).

CBS (10.455 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites" (9.145 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T5), "Criminal Minds" (11.288 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (10.933 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T5).

Next up was ABC (7.087 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (7.424 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7), "Suburgatory" (5.555 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9), "Modern Family" (10.221 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1), "How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)" (7.311 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4) and "Nashville" (6.005 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.119 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up a new "Dateline NBC" (5.258 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) followed by repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.000 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and "Hannibal" (3.099 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.564 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Supernatural" (1.194 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) on The CW (1.379 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.4 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 0.3 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
14.29% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
7.14% - Criminal Minds
6.67% - American Idol
5.88% - Nashville
0.00% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
0.00% - The Middle
-5.56% - Suburgatory
-7.32% - Modern Family
-13.79% - How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)
-14.29% - Dateline NBC

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+12.50% - Nashville (vs. Revenge: From the Beginning)
+4.35% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
0.00% - Criminal Minds
-4.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. Betty White's Off Their Rockers/Best Friends Forever)
-4.76% - The Middle
-7.32% - Modern Family
-7.69% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
-13.79% - How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) (vs. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23)
-19.05% - Suburgatory
-34.69% - 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," 2.8/8; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.7/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

* From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "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" (0.5/4 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 0.3/3 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 (4/11/12):

FOX (16.38 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with another two-hour edition of "American Idol" (16.38 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1).

CBS (10.40 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) then took home the silver with its original mix of "Survivor: One World" (9.63 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.6, #5) - its lowest original rating ever (excluding clip shows and Thanksgiving), "Criminal Minds" (11.77 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.80 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6) - tied for its lowest original rating ever.

Next up was ABC (6.92 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) with new episodes of "The Middle" (7.04 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T7) - tied for its season low, "Suburgatory" (6.11 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T7) - likewise tied for its season low - and "Modern Family" (10.25 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.1, #2) followed by the debut of "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" (6.98 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.9, #4) and the recap special "Revenge: From the Beginning" (5.57 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.24 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) was out of the hunt with its lineup of "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" (6.16 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9), "Best Friends Forever" (2.94 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12), "Rock Center With Brian Williams" (2.75 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.42 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9) - matching its lowest original rating ever.

And finally, an encore of "America's Next Top Model" (0.95 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) led into a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.03 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) on The CW (0.99 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Top Model" delivered a 0.6 rating at 8:00/7:00c and a 0.6 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+4.26% - American Idol
0.00% - Criminal Minds
0.00% - The Middle (vs. 3/14/12)
0.00% - Suburgatory (vs. 3/14/12)
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 2/29/12)
-3.70% - Survivor: One World
-6.82% - Modern Family (vs. 3/14/12)
-11.11% - Betty White's Off Their Rockers
-20.69% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
-25.00% - Best Friends Forever
-25.00% - Rock Center With Brian Williams
-28.57% - America's Next Top Model (vs. 3/28/12)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+60.00% - Betty White's Off Their Rockers (vs. Minute to Win It)
+40.00% - Suburgatory (vs. Better With You)
+16.67% - The Middle
+7.89% - Modern Family
+7.41% - Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (vs. Happy Endings (S))
+6.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
-8.00% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (vs. Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior)
-10.00% - Best Friends Forever (vs. Minute to Win It)
-10.34% - Survivor: One World
-11.76% - Criminal Minds
-16.67% - America's Next Top Model (vs. Shedding for the Wedding)
-18.74% - American Idol (vs. American Idol 10/Breaking In)
-21.95% - Revenge: From the Beginning (vs. Happy Endings (10:00)/Modern Family (Repeat))
-40.00% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. Minute to Win It (Repeat))

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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

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," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

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" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-4) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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