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[05/02/13 - 08:37 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "American Idol" Still Keeps FOX in Front
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for wednesday, may 1, 2013)

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

FOX (11.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with another two-hour "American Idol" (11.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2).

The silver then went to CBS (9.447 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) with originals from "Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites" (9.065 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3), "Criminal Minds" (9.966 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.310 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7).

Next up was ABC (6.570 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) with a new "The Middle" (7.274 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6), the debut of "Family Tools" (5.766 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T11) and fresh installments from "Modern Family" (9.535 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1), "How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)" (6.248 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T3) and "Nashville" (5.299 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.881 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) offered up a special "The Voice" (5.574 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #10) followed by new episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.718 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T11) and "Chicago Fire" (6.351 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T8).

And finally, The CW (2.462 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Arrow" (2.805 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13) and "Supernatural" (2.118 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.6 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 0.8 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+46.67% - How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)
+6.25% - Chicago Fire
0.00% - The Middle
-5.56% - Nashville
-7.89% - Modern Family
-10.00% - Arrow
-10.00% - Supernatural
-12.50% - American Idol
-14.81% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
-16.67% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-23.33% - Criminal Minds
-25.00% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+200.00% - Arrow (vs. The L.A. Complex (Repeat))
+125.00% - Supernatural (vs. America's Next Top Model)
+50.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Rock Center With Brian Williams)
+18.52% - The Voice (vs. Betty White's Off Their Rockers/Betty White's Off Their Rockers)
0.00% - The Middle
-5.56% - Chicago Fire (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
-8.00% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
-8.33% - How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) (vs. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23)
-12.50% - Modern Family
-19.05% - Nashville (vs. Revenge)
-21.74% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
-23.33% - Criminal Minds
-25.00% - Family Tools (vs. Suburgatory)
-39.13% - 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," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "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 1.2/4 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" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) tied 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 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/2 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 (5/2/12):

FOX (16.30 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) as usual was the network to beat on Wednesday with another two-hour "American Idol" (16.30 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1).

Claiming the silver then was CBS (10.12 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) with new episodes of "Survivor: One World" (9.21 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4) - its series low (excluding specials), "Criminal Minds" (11.40 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.74 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6) - tied as its series low.

Next up was ABC (7.07 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) and its all-original lineup of "The Middle" (6.61 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T8) - its season low, "Suburgatory" (5.80 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T8) - tied as its series low, "Modern Family" (9.95 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.0, #2) - its season low, "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" (5.85 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5) and "Revenge" (7.09 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #7) - tied as its series low.

Meanwhile, NBC (5.20 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) offered up a new "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" (5.01 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12) - its lowest rating to date, a second "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" (4.94 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11) plus "Rock Center With Brian Williams" (4.19 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.45 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #10).

And finally, an encore of "The L.A. Complex" (0.86 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) led into a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.05 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) on The CW (0.95 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5). 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):
+20.00% - Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
+12.50% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+11.11% - Rock Center With Brian Williams
+5.00% - Revenge
0.00% - American Idol
0.00% - Modern Family (vs. 4/18/12)
0.00% - Criminal Minds (vs. 4/11/12)
0.00% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (vs. 4/11/12)
0.00% - Suburgatory (vs. 4/18/12)
-3.85% - Survivor: One World
-4.76% - The Middle (vs. 4/11/12)
-18.75% - Betty White's Off Their Rockers
-20.00% - America's Next Top Model

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+40.00% - Betty White's Off Their Rockers - 8:30 (vs. Minute to Win It)
+35.48% - Revenge (vs. Happy Endings (10:00)/Happy Endings (10:30))
+30.00% - Betty White's Off Their Rockers - 8:00 (vs. Minute to Win It)
+25.00% - Suburgatory (vs. Better With You)
+9.09% - Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (vs. Cougar Town)
+5.26% - Modern Family
+4.55% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (vs. Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior)
0.00% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. Minute to Win It (Repeat))
0.00% - The Middle
-6.25% - Criminal Minds
-15.29% - American Idol (vs. American Idol 10/Breaking In)
-16.67% - Survivor: One World
-28.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-55.56% - America's Next Top Model

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," 3.1/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.4/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.6/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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