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[04/18/13 - 08:26 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "American Idol" Tops Its Mostly Repeat Competition
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for wednesday, april 17, 2013)

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

FOX (12.449 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to a new two-hour "American Idol" (12.449 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (7.746 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) with a new "Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites" (9.819 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (7.115 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5) and "Elementary" (6.304 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Next up was ABC (4.844 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with a new "Suburgatory" (5.363 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) followed by the season finale of "Suburgatory" (5.453 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5), a repeat of "Modern Family" (6.379 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3), a new "How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)" (6.015 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3) and a repeat of "Nashville" (2.927 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.410 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up its mix of "Dateline NBC" (5.060 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) plus repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.498 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) and "Chicago Fire" (3.672 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "Arrow" (1.655 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "Supernatural" (1.553 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) on The CW (1.604 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #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 0.6 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+8.33% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
+3.12% - American Idol
0.00% - Suburgatory
0.00% - Dateline NBC
-20.00% - How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+15.38% - Suburgatory - 8:00 (vs. The Middle (Repeat))
-3.70% - Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
-7.69% - Dateline NBC (vs. Betty White's Off Their Rockers/Best Friends Forever)
-15.00% - Suburgatory - 8:30
-23.08% - How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) (vs. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23)
-29.79% - 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 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/6.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/4.

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 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 with an encore) trailed CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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 (4/18/12):

FOX (16.47 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with another two-hour "American Idol" (16.47 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1).

ABC (7.04 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then claimed a distant second place with a repeat of "The Middle" (4.66 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11) followed by new episodes of "Suburgatory" (5.76 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6) - a series low, "Modern Family" (10.07 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.0, #2) - a season low, "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" (6.59 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4) and the return of "Revenge" (7.58 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5) - its series low (excluding Thanksgiving episode).

Next up was CBS (7.87 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with a new "Survivor: One World" (9.38 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) - tied as a series low, excluding specials - plus repeats of "Criminal Minds" (7.49 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (6.74 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.42 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) continued its struggles with its original mix of "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" (6.21 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7), "Best Friends Forever" (3.15 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12), "Rock Center With Brian Williams" (2.87 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.72 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9) - a series low.

And finally, a repeat of "America's Next Top Model" (1.14 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.35 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) over on The CW (1.25 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Top Model" delivered a 0.5 rating at 8:00/7:00c and a 0.9 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - America's Next Top Model
+16.67% - Rock Center With Brian Williams
+6.25% - Betty White's Off Their Rockers
+3.85% - Survivor: One World
0.00% - Best Friends Forever
-2.44% - Modern Family
-4.08% - American Idol
-4.17% - Revenge (vs. 2/29/12)
-4.76% - Suburgatory
-6.25% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-10.34% - Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+112.50% - Betty White's Off Their Rockers (vs. Minute to Win It)
+35.29% - Revenge (vs. Happy Endings (10:00)/Happy Endings (10:30))
+25.00% - Suburgatory (vs. Better With You)
+12.50% - Best Friends Forever (vs. Minute to Win It)
+8.33% - Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (vs. Cougar Town)
+8.11% - Modern Family
+7.14% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
-10.00% - Survivor: One World
-12.50% - Rock Center With Brian Williams (vs. Minute to Win It (Repeat))
-14.29% - America's Next Top Model
-17.98% - American Idol (vs. American Idol 10/Breaking In)

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 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.9/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market household with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore 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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