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[04/21/11 - 08:48 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Top Model," "Happy Endings" Take Dives In New Homes
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for wednesday, april 20, 2011)

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

FOX (18.23 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1) took last night by wide margins thanks to new episodes of "American Idol" (21.79 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.8, #1) and "Breaking In" (7.55 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4).

ABC (6.10 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) and CBS (8.82 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) then split the silver as the latter offered up a new "Survivor: Redemption Island" (10.50 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3) - its lowest-rated regular telecast ever - followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (8.76 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) and "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" (7.19 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9).

The Alphabet then served up its mix of "The Middle" (6.79 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T7) - tied as its season low, "Better With You" (5.25 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T10), "Modern Family" (9.83 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.7, #2) - season low for a regular telecast, "Cougar Town" (6.27 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Happy Endings" (4.65 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T7) and another "Happy Endings" (3.84 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T10).

Next up was NBC (3.66 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) with a new "Minute to Win It" (3.14 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) - its series low - and repeats of "Minute to Win It" (3.00 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.83 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #12).

And finally, repeat of "America's Next Top Model" (1.19 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16) led into a relocated "America's Next Top Model" (1.58 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15) on The CW (1.38 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Better With You (6.70%), Cougar Town (4.30% vs. 4/18/11), Survivor: Redemption Island (3.40%), The Middle (0.00%), Modern Family (-2.60%), American Idol (-4.20%), Breaking In (-10.70%), Minute to Win It (-20.00%), America's Next Top Model (-30.00%), Happy Endings #2 (-30.40%), Happy Endings #1 (-33.30%).

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," 2.6/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; 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," 0.8/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 with an encore 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 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (4/21/10):

FOX (18.40 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1) overshadowed the competition on Wednesday thanks to a special two-hour edition of "American Idol" (18.40 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1).

A distant silver then went to NBC (6.34 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) with the return of "Mercy" (5.01 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T14) followed by a repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.26 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) and a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (8.74 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

Next up was CBS (6.76 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) with a new "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (5.29 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8), the season finale of "Accidentally on Purpose" (5.33 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) and repeats of "Criminal Minds" (8.07 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and "CSI: NY" (6.89 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.33 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) offered up its all-repeat lineup of "The Middle" (4.44 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9), another "The Middle" (4.84 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6), "Modern Family" (5.49 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), another "Modern Family" (4.95 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4), "Cougar Town" (3.17 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #13) and another "Cougar Town" (3.09 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "America's Next Top Model" (2.96 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9), "Fly Girls" (0.97 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16) and "High Society" (0.89 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16) on The CW (1.94 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the evening.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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