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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, May 16, 2007

FOX expectedly wins the evening. Weak finale numbers for NBC shows, strong finale for The CW’s America’s Next Top Model, though its lead-out (One Tree Hill) performed poorly in terms of retention.

Fox finished in first place for the evening with a 11.5/19 household rating, 19.04 million total viewers and a 7.0/20 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • Households – 11.7/19 rating [#1]
    • Viewers – 19.22 million [#1]
    • Adults 18-49 – 7.0/19 rating [#1]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Bones (6.7/11 HH rating, 10.71M viewers, 3.4/11 A18-49).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 6.5/11 to 6.7/11
      • Viewers – 10.23M to 10.71M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.3/11 to 3.4/11
  • 9:00 p.m.: American Idol (16.2/25 HH rating, 27.37M viewers, 10.5/27 A18-49).
    • Week-to-week numbers (vs. 8:00-10:00 p.m.):
      • Households – 16.9/26 to 16.2/25
      • Viewers – 28.20M to 27.37M
      • Adults 18-49 – 10.8/28 to 10.5/27

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 8.6/14 household rating, 13.42 million viewers and a 3.7/10 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • Households - 7.3/12 rating [#2]
    • Viewers - 11.16 million [#2]
    • Adults 18-49 – 3.1/9 rating [#2]
  • 8:00 p.m.: Price is Right Million Dollar Spectacular (9.0/15 HH rating, 14.08M viewers, 3.5/11 A18-49 rating).
    • Last week’s numbers (Jericho – series finale):
      • Households – 5.2/9
      • Viewers – 7.72M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.1/7
  • 9:00 p.m.: The season two finale of Criminal Minds (8.4/13 HH rating, 13.29M viewers, 3.8/10 A18-49 rating).
    • Season finale comparison (5/10/2006):
      • Households – 8.4/12 to 8.4/13
      • Viewers – 12.67M to 13.29M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/9 to 3.8/10
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 8.3/13 to 8.4/13
      • Viewers – 12.92M to 13.29M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.5/9 to 3.8/10
  • 10:00 p.m.: The season three finale of CSI: NY (8.5/14 HH rating, 12.90M viewers, 3.9/10 A18-49 rating).
    • Season finale comparison (5/17/2006):
      • Households – 8.6/14 to 8.5/14
      • Viewers – 13.23M to 12.90M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.5/11 to 3.9/10
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 8.4/14 to 8.5/14
      • Viewers – 12.83M to 12.90M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.7/10 to 3.9/10

ABC finished in third place for the evening with a 4.4/7 household rating, 7.04 million viewers and a 2.9/8 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • Households – 4.7/8 rating [#3]
    • Viewers – 7.54 million [#3]
    • A18-49 – 3.1/9 rating [#3]
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: The season six finale of According to Jim (3.7/6 HH rating, 5.47M viewers, 1.9/6 A18-49 rating) was followed by Notes From the Underbelly (3.2/5 HH rating, 4.54M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating).
    • Season finale comparison (According to Jim – 5/2/2006):
      • Households – 3.2/5 to 3.7/6
      • Viewers – 4.54M to 5.47M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4 to 1.9/6
    • Week-to-week numbers (According to Jim):
      • Households – 4.1/7 to 3.7/6
      • Viewers – 6.35M to 5.47M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/8 to 1.9/8
    • Week-to-week numbers (Notes From the Underbelly):
      • Households – 3.7/6 to 3.2/5
      • Viewers – 5.70M to 4.54M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.3/7 to 1.8/5
  • 9:00 & 9:30 p.m.: A repeat of According to Jim (3.0/5 HH rating, 4.60M viewers, 1.9/3 A18-49 rating) was followed by another new episode of Notes from the Underbelly (2.8/4 HH rating, 4.46M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating).
    • Last week’s numbers (According to Jim-REPEAT – 8:30 p.m.):
      • Households – 2.9/5
      • Viewers – 4.55M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.9/5
    • Last weeks numbers (George Lopez-REPEAT – 8:30 p.m.):
      • Households – 2.7/5
      • Viewers – 4.42M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.9/5
  • 10:00 p.m.: Lost (7.2/12 HH rating, 12.09M viewers, 5.1/13 A18-49 rating).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 7.3/12 to 7.2/12
      • Viewers – 12.11M to 12.09M
      • Adults 18-49 – 5.0/13 to 5.1/13

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.1/7 household rating and 6.21 million viewers, but had to settle for a fourth place tie among adults 18-49 with a 2.0/6 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • Households – 4.2/7 rating [#4]
    • Viewers – 6.17 million [#4]
    • A18-49 – 2.1/6 rating [#4]
  • 8:00 p.m.: The season (or possible series) finale of Thank God You’re Here (3.0/5 HH rating, 4.65M viewers, 1.9/6 A18-49 rating).
    • Season premiere to finale comparison (4/9/2007):
      • Households -5.0/8 to 3.0/5
      • Viewers – 8.18M to 4.65M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.6/9 to 1.9/6
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.5/6 to 3.0/5
      • Viewers – 5.27M to 4.65M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.1/7 to 1.9/6
  • 9:00 p.m.: The sixth season, and series, finale of Crossing Jordan (4.2/7 HH rating, 6.40M viewers, 1.7/4 A18-49 rating).
    • Season finale comparison (5/7/2006):
      • Households – 7.1/11 to 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 10.66M to 6.40M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.2/7 to 1.7/4
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.7/6 to 4.2/7
      • Viewers – 5.34M to 6.40M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4 to 1.7/4
  • 10:00 p.m.: The third season finale of Medium (5.2/9 HH rating, 7.79M viewers, 2.6/7 A18-49 rating).
    • Season finale comparison (5/22/2006):
      • Households – 6.8/11 to 5.1/8
      • Viewers – 10.04M to 7.58M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.8/9 to 2.6/7
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.3/9 to 5.1/8
      • Viewers – 7.91M to 7.58M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/7 to 2.6/7

The CW finished in fifth place with a 3.0/5 household rating and 4.51 million viewers, but thanks to a very strong performance by ‘Model’ finished tied for fourth place for the evening in the demo with a 2.0/6 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • Households – 2.7/4 rating [#5]
    • Viewers – 3.93 million [#5]
    • Adults 18-49 – 1.9/6 rating [#5]
  • 8:00 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model (4.1/7 HH rating, 6.31M viewers, 2.9/9 A18-49 rating).
    • Season finale comparison (Season 6 – 5/17/2006):
      • Households – 3.9/6 to 4.1/7
      • Viewers – 5.86M to 6.31M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.8/8 to 2.9/9
    • Season finale comparison (Season 7 – 12/6/2006):
      • Households – 4.2/7 to 4.1/7
      • Viewers – 6.19M to 6.31M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.0/9 to 2.9/9
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 3.5/6 to 4.1/7
      • Viewers – 4.92M to 6.31M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.4/8 to 2.9/9
  • 9:00 p.m.: One Tree Hill (1.8/3 HH rating, 2.71M viewers, 1.1/3 A18-49 rating).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 1.9/3 to 1.8/3
      • Viewers – 2.95M to 2.71M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.4/4 to 1.1/3

Note: Comparison’s from the week prior (or episode-to-episode, etc.) are based on final nationals. Ratings for the current day are based on fast nationals, unless otherwise noted. The final rating for episodes that aired this evening will be reported the following week. So for example, the final rating for tonights episode of “American Idol” will be reported in next weeks report for Wednesday, May 23, 2007.

Also keep in mind that because these are fast national ratings, numbers may increase or decrease when the final nationals are released.

Source: Fast/Final National Ratings Data from Nielsen Media Research and PIFeedback