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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Network HH Rating/Share Viewers A18-49 Rating/Share
7.0/12 11.72M 3.7/11
6.7/11 10.52M 2.6/8
4.2/7 6.59M 2.5/7

4.0/7 6.11M 1.8/5
0.9/2 1.35M 0.6/2

Complete ratings and breakdown’s, including week-to-week comparisons, etc., follows after the jump.

FOX finished in first place for the evening with a 7.0/12 household rating/share, 11.72 million viewers and a 3.7/11 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

7.2/12 HH rating/share [#1]
12.12M
viewers [#1]
3.9/11
A18-49 rating/share [#1]

  • 8:00 p.m.: A special preview/series premiere of The Good Guys (3.3/6 HH rating/share, 4.98M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: American Idol (results) (10.8/17 HH rating/share, 18.46M viewers, 5.9/16 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (9:00-10:00):

Households – 11.2/18 to 10.8/17 (-4%)
Viewers – 19.57M to 18.46M (-6%/-1.11M)
Adults 18-49 – 6.6/17 to 5.9/16 (-11%)

Episode-to-episode numbers (American Idol (competition) – TUES; 5/18/2010 – 8:00-9:00):

Households – 10.5/17 to 10.8/17 (+3%)
Viewers – 18.68M to 18.46M (-1%/-0.22M)
Adults 18-49 – 6.7/19 to 5.9/16 (-12%)

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 6.7/11 household rating/share, 10.52 million viewers and a 2.6/8 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

6.6/11 HH rating/share [#2]
10.39M
viewers [#2]
2.6/8
A18-49 rating/share [#2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: I Get That A Lot (4.5/8 HH rating/share, 7.18M viewers, 2.0/7 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (The New Adventures of Old Christine – 8:00-8:30 – season five/potential series finale):

Households – 4.5/8
Viewers – 6.89M
Adults 18-49 – 1.8/6

  • 9:00 p.m.: Criminal Minds (8.3/13 HH rating/share, 13.06M viewers, 3.3/9 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 8.2/13 to 8.3/13 (+1%)
Viewers – 13.07M to 13.06M (-0%/-0.01M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.4/9 to 3.3/9 (-3%)

  • 10:00 p.m.: CSI: NY (7.3/13 HH rating/share, 11.31M viewers, 2.5/7 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 7.4/13 to 7.3/13 (-1%)
Viewers – 11.36M to 11.31M (-0%/-0.05M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.5/7 to 2.5/7 (n/c)

ABC finished in third place for the evening with a 4.2/7 household rating/share, 6.59 million viewers and a 2.5/7 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

3.8/6 HH rating/share [#4]
5.97M
viewers [#4]
2.0/6
A18-49 rating/share [#4]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The Middle-REPEAT (3.5/6 HH rating/share, 5.33M viewers, 1.4/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 8:30 p.m.: The first season finale of The Middle (4.7/8 HH rating/share, 7.55M viewers, 2.5/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 4.6/8 to 4.7/8 (+2%)
Viewers – 7.49M to 7.55M (+1%/+0.06M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.4/7 to 2.5/8 (+4%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: The first season finale of Modern Family (6.1/10 HH rating/share, 10.01M viewers, 4.2/12 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 6.2/10 to 6.1/10 (-2%)
Viewers – 10.34M to 10.01M (-3%/-0.33M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.3/12 to 4.2/12 (-2%)

  • 9:30 p.m.: The first season finale of Cougar Town (4.0/6 HH rating/share, 6.16M viewers, 2.8/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (9:30-10:01):

Households – 3.9/6 to 4.0/6 (+3%)
Viewers – 6.23M to 6.16M (-1%/-0.07M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.7/7 to 2.8/8 (+4%)

  • 10:00 p.m.: Primetime: What Would You Do? (3.5/6 HH rating/share, 5.25M viewers, 2.0/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Happy Town – 10:01-11:00):

Households – 2.1/4
Viewers – 3.04M
Adults 18-49 – 1.1/3

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.0/7 household rating/share, 6.11 million viewers and a 1.8/5 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

4.1/7 HH rating/share [#3]
6.44M
viewers [#3]
2.2/6
A18-49 rating/share [#3]

  • 8:00 p.m: Minute to Win It-REPEAT (3.4/6 HH rating/share, 5.48M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Minute to Win It):

Households – 4.0/7
Viewers – 6.86M
Adults 18-49 – 2.2/7

  • 9:00 p.m: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit-REPEAT (2.9/5 HH rating/share, 4.22M viewers, 1.2/3 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Mercyseason one/potential series finale):

Households – 2.7/4
Viewers – 4.01M
Adults 18-49 – 1.1/3

  • 10:00 p.m: The 11th season finale of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (5.8/10 HH rating/share, 8.61M viewers, 2.6/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Season finale comparison (season 10 finale – 6/2/2009):

Households – 7.7/13 to 5.8/10 (-25%)
Viewers – 11.56M to 8.61M (-25.5%/-2.95M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.5/10 to 2.6/8 (-26%)

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 5.7/10 to 5.8/10 (+2%)
Viewers – 8.57M to 8.61M (+0.5%/+0.04M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.8/8 to 2.6/8 (-7%)

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 0.9/2 household rating/share, 1.35 million viewers and a 0.6/2 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

2.4/4 HH rating/share [#5]
3.75M
viewers [#5]
1.7/5
A18-49 rating/share [#5]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The special America’s Next Top Model: Behind the Scenes (1.4/2 HH rating/share, 2.03M viewers, 0.9/3 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (14th season/cycle finale):

Households – 2.4/4
Viewers – 3.77M
Adults 18-49 – 1.7/5

  • 9:00 p.m.: One Tree Hill-REPEAT (0.5/1 HH rating/share, 682,000 viewers, 0.3/1 A18-49 rating/share).

GO TO WEEKLY RATINGS PAGE

Notes: Network average numbers from the week prior are based on preliminary data. Comparison’s from the week prior (or episode-to-episode, etc.) on specific shows are based on final national data. Ratings for the current day are based on preliminary data. (Expect all three scenarios to be the case at all times, unless otherwise noted). The final numbers for first-run episodes that aired this evening will be reported the following week. So for example, the final numbers for tonight’s episode of “American Idol” will be reported in next weeks report for Tuesday, May 26, 2010. Also keep in mind that because these are preliminary numbers, when the finals are released there may be noticeable changes.

And lastly, there may be some errors in the data due to rounding/human error. I’ll do my best to limit those mistakes and correct them in time for the next week’s report.

Source: The Nielsen Company | Ratings information on this page consists of Preliminary and/or Final National numbers which include both Live viewing and DVR playback for the Same Day (defined as Live + Same Day or 3am-3am viewing). | Daily ratings figures can be found at PI Feedback, Zap2It and TV by the Numbers.