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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Network HH Rating/Share Viewers A18-49 Rating/Share
13.1/21 23.032M 7.2/19
5.8/9 9.067M 2.2/6
3.7/6 5.981M 2.2/6

3.7/6 5.032M 1.6/4
2.0/3 3.803M 1.5/4
1.1/2 1.519M 0.7/2

Complete ratings and breakdowns, including week-to-week comparisons and analysis, follows after the jump.

FOX finished in first place for the evening with an 13.1/21 household rating/share, 23.032 million viewers and a 7.2/19 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

11.1/17 HH rating/share [#1]
18.696M
viewers [#1]
5.8/16
A18-49 rating/share [#1]

  • 8:00 p.m.: American Idol (13.1/21 HH rating/share, 23.03M viewers, 7.2/19 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (8:00-9:31):

Households – 13.0/20 to 13.1/21 (+1%)
Viewers – 23.05M to 23.03M (-0%/-0.02M)
Adults 18-49 – 7.1/20 to 7.2/19 (+1%)

Last week’s numbers (Breaking In – 9:31-10:00):

Households – 4.0/6
Viewers – 6.95M
Adults 18-49 – 2.3/6

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 5.8/9 household rating/share and 9.067 million viewers, and was tied for second place among adults 18-49 with a 2.2/6 rating/share.

Last Week:

7.0/11 HH rating/share [#2]
10.867M
viewers [#2]
2.8/8
A18-49 rating/share [#2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Criminal Minds-REPEAT (4.1/7 HH rating/share, 6.32M viewers, 1.4/4 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Survivor: Redemption Island):

Households – 6.3/10
Viewers – 10.77M
Adults 18-49 – 3.1/9

  • 9:00 p.m.: The sixth season finale of Criminal Minds (7.8/12 HH rating/share, 12.53M viewers, 3.3/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 8.2/13 to 7.8/12 (-5%)
Viewers – 13.29M to 12.53M (-6%/-0.76M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.3/9 to 3.3/8 (nc)

Season finale comparison (5/26/2010 – season five finale):

Households – 8.2/13 to 7.8/12 (+8%)
Viewers – 12.97M to 12.53M (+1%/+0.18M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.1/9 to 3.3/8 (+3%)

  • 10:00 p.m.: Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (5.5/9 HH rating/share, 8.35M viewers, 2.0/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 6.0/10 to 5.5/9 (-8%)
Viewers – 9.30M to 8.35M (-10%/-0.95M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.1/6 to 2.0/5 (-5%)

ABC finished in a tie for third place for the evening with a 3.7/6 household rating/share, was alone in third among viewers with 5.981 million, but managed a second place tie among adults 18-49 with a 2.2/6 rating/share.

Last Week:

4.0/6 HH rating/share [#3]
6.183M
viewers [#3]
2.3/6
A18-49 rating/share [#3]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The Middle (4.5/8 HH rating/share, 7.66M viewers, 2.4/7 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 4.3/7 to 4.5/8 (+5%)
Viewers – 7.25M to 7.66M (+6%/+0.41M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.2/7 to 2.4/7 (+9%)

  • 8:30 p.m.: The Middle-REPEAT (3.6/6 HH rating/share, 5.89M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Better With Youseason one/series finale):

Households – 3.6/6
Viewers – 5.95M
Adults 18-49 – 2.0/6

  • 9:00 p.m.: Modern Family (6.0/9 HH rating/share, 10.08M viewers, 4.0/10 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 6.1/9 to 6.0/9 (-2%)
Viewers – 10.15M to 10.08M (-1%/-0.07M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.3/11 to 4.0/10 (-7%)

  • 9:30 (9:31) p.m.: Cougar Town (3.3/5 HH rating/share, 5.38M viewers, 2.0/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 3.7/6 to 3.3/5 (-11%)
Viewers – 6.02M to 5.38M (-11%/-0.64M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.3/6 to 2.0/5 (-13%)

  • 10:00 p.m.: Happy Endings (3.78M viewers, 1.6/4 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 2.7/4
Viewers – 4.18M to 3.78M (-10%/-0.40M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.7/4 to 1.6/4 (-6%)

  • 10:30 p.m.: Another episode of Happy Endings (3.10M viewers, 1.3/3 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 2.3/4
Viewers – 3.46M to 3.10M (-10%/-0.36M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.4/4 to 1.3/3 (-7%)

NBC followed in a tie for third place for the evening with a 3.7/6 household rating/share, but was fourth among both viewers (5.032 million) and adults 18-49 (1.6/4 rating/share).

Last Week:

3.1/5 HH rating/share [#4]
4.848M
viewers [#4]
1.4/4
A18-49 rating/share [#t4]

  • 8:00 p.m: Minute to Win It (2.1/3 HH rating/share, 3.47M viewers, 1.0/3 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 1.8/3 to 2.1/3 (+17%)
Viewers – 3.06M to 3.47M (+13%/+0.41M)
Adults 18-49 – 0.9/3 to 1.0/3 (+11%)

  • 9:00 p.m: Minute to Win It-REPEAT (1.7/3 HH rating/share, 2.90M viewers, 0.9/2 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (5.4/9 HH rating/share, 9.00M viewers, 2.8/7 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 5.2/9 to 5.4/9 (+4%)
Viewers – 8.10M to 9.00M (+11%/+0.90M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.4/7 to 2.8/7 (+17%)

UNI finished in fifth place for the evening with a 2.0/3 household rating/share, 3.803 million viewers and a 1.5/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

1.9/3 HH rating/share [#5]
3.543
viewers [#5] 
1.4/4
A18-49 rating/share [#t4]

  • 8:00 p.m: Teresa (1.0 A18-49 rating).
  • 9:00 p.m: Triunfo del Amor (1.7 A18-49 rating).
  • 10:00 p.m: Triunfo del Amor (1.5 A18-49 rating).

The CW followed in sixth place for the evening with a 1.1/2 household rating/share, 1.519 million viewers and a 0.7/2 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

1.1/2 HH rating/share [#6]
1.601M
viewers [#6]
0.7/2
A18-49 rating/share [#6]

  • 8:00 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model-REPEAT (0.8/1 HH rating/share, 1.21M viewers, 0.5/1 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: The season/cycle 16 finale of America’s Next Top Model (1.3/2 HH rating/share, 1.83M viewers, 0.8/2 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 1.4/2 to 1.3/2 (-7%)
Viewers – 2.03M to 1.83M (-10%/-0.20M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.0/3 to 0.8/2 (-20%)

Season finale comparison (5/12/2010 – season/cycle 14 finale):

Households – 2.4/4 to 1.3/2 (-46%)
Viewers – 3.77M to 1.83M (-52%/-1.94M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.7/5 to 0.8/2 (-53%)

Season finale comparison (12/1/2010 – season/cycle 15 finale):

Households – 2.1/4 to 1.3/2 (-38%)
Viewers – 3.36M to 1.83M (-46%/-1.53M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4 to 0.8/2 (-47%)

GO TO WEEKLY RATINGS PAGE

Notes: Network average numbers from the week prior are based on preliminary data. Comparisons 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 Wednesday, May 25, 2011. 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 weeks 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.

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