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[04/25/13 - 08:27 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Coasts to Victory Behind "American Idol"
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for wednesday, april 24, 2013)

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

FOX (12.184 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to another two-hour "American Idol" (12.184 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1).

CBS (7.791 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then took home the silver with a new "Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites" (9.829 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (5.950 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (7.595 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

Next up was NBC (5.607 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with fresh installments of "Dateline NBC" (5.534 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.220 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3) plus a repeat of "Chicago Fire" (4.068 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.213 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (4.731 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10), "Modern Family" (4.370 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8), another "Modern Family" (5.303 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), a new "How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)" (4.805 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and a repeat "Nashville" (3.035 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (3.052 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "Supernatural" (2.422 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) on The CW (2.737 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.8 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 1.1 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Supernatural (vs. 4/3/13)
+12.50% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 4/3/13)
+11.11% - Arrow (vs. 4/3/13)
+8.33% - Dateline NBC
3.85% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
-3.03% - American Idol
-25.00% - How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+233.33% - Arrow (vs. The L.A. Complex (Repeat))
+100.00% - Supernatural (vs. America's Next Top Model)
+100.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Rock Center With Brian Williams)
+8.33% - Dateline NBC (vs. Betty White's Off Their Rockers/Best Friends Forever)
+3.85% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
-25.00% - How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) (vs. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23)
-30.43% - 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," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

* From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 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 (4/25/12):

FOX (16.48 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) had no trouble holding onto the top spot on Wednesday with a new two-hour "American Idol" (16.48 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1).

CBS (7.94 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then claimed a distant second place with a new "Survivor: One World" (9.53 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) - its series low, excluding clip shows and Thanksgiving - followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (7.63 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (6.65 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9).

Next up was ABC (5.64 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with repeats of "The Middle" (4.95 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11), "Suburgatory" (4.50 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10) and "Modern Family" (5.83 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) plus new episodes of "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" (4.89 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4) and "Revenge" (6.83 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4) - a series low.

Meanwhile, NBC (4.82 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up its mix of "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" (5.81 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7), "Best Friends Forever" (2.72 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13), "Rock Center With Brian Williams" (3.79 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.40 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) - matching its series low.

And finally, a rebroadcast of "The L.A. Complex" (0.72 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.10 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) on The CW (0.91 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Complex" posted a 0.4 rating while "Top Model" delivered a 0.6 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+28.57% - Rock Center With Brian Williams
+6.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-2.13% - American Idol
-3.70% - Survivor: One World
-5.88% - Betty White's Off Their Rockers
-11.11% - Best Friends Forever
-13.04% - Revenge
-16.67% - America's Next Top Model
-23.08% - Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Betty White's Off Their Rockers (vs. Inside the Royal Wedding)
+5.26% - Revenge (vs. Happy Endings (10:00)/Modern Family (Repeat))
-4.76% - Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (vs. Cougar Town)
-13.33% - Survivor: One World
-21.10% - American Idol (vs. American Idol 10/Breaking In)
-23.81% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. The Voice (Repeat))
-33.33% - Best Friends Forever (vs. Inside the Royal Wedding)
-50.00% - America's Next Top Model
-57.14% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. The Voice (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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.4/8; 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," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.

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" (1.1/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/5 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).

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

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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