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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Network HH Rating/Share Viewers A18-49 Rating/Share
15.1/24 28.160M 8.9/25
4.4/7 6.658M 1.7/5
3.9/6 6.325M 2.3/6

2.7/4 4.203M 1.2/3
2.0/3 3.821M 1.5/4
0.7/1 1.047M 0.4/1

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

FOX finished in first place for the evening with a 15.1/24 household rating/share, 28.160 million viewers and a 8.9/25 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

13.1/21 HH rating/share [#1]
23.032M
viewers [#1]
7.2/19
A18-49 rating/share [#1]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The 10th season finale of American Idol (15.7/24 HH rating/share, 29.29M viewers, 9.2/26 A18-49 rating/share). Updated with post-primetime data (8:00-10:07 p.m.). Also, the announcement of the winner (from 10:00-10:07) was viewed by 38.6M viewers).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 13.3/21 to 15.7/24 (+18%)
Viewers – 23.56M to 29.29M (+24%/+5.73M)
Adults 18-49 – 7.4/20 to 9.2/26 (+24%)

Season finale comparison (5/26/2010 – 8:00-10:07 – season nine finale):

Households – 13.5/23 to 15.7/24 (+16%)
Viewers – 24.22M to 29.29M (+21%/+5.07M)
Adults 18-49 – 8.2/24 to 9.2/26 (+12%)

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 4.4/7 household rating/share and 6.658 million viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 with a 1.7/5 rating/share.

Last Week:

5.8/9 HH rating/share [#2]
9.067M
viewers [#2]
2.2/6
A18-49 rating/share [#t2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The Big Bang Theory-REPEAT (5.81M viewers, 1.5/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 8:30 p.m.: The Big Bang Theory-REPEAT (6.20M viewers, 1.7/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: Criminal Minds-REPEAT (4.5/7 HH rating/share, 6.45M viewers, 1.6/4 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Criminal Mindsseason six finale):

Households – 7.9/12
Viewers – 12.84M
Adults 18-49 – 3.3/8

  • 10:00 p.m.: The season one/series finale of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (5.2/8 HH rating/share, 7.52M viewers, 2.0/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 5.5/9 to 5.2/8 (-6%)
Viewers – 8.46M to 7.52M (-11%/-0.94M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.0/5 to 2.0/5 (nc)

ABC finished in third place for the evening with a 3.9/6 household rating/share and 6.325 million viewers, but managed a second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 2.3/6 rating/share.

Last Week:

3.7/6 HH rating/share [#t3]
5.981M
viewers [#3]
2.2/6
A18-49 rating/share [#t2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The second season finale of The Middle (4.5/6 HH rating/share, 7.43M viewers, 2.2/7 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 4.5/8 to 4.5/6 (nc)
Viewers – 7.68M to 7.43M (-3%/-0.25M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.4/8 to 2.2/7 (-8%)

Season finale comparison (5/19/2010 – 8:30-9:00 – season one finale):

Households – 4.7/8 to 4.5/6 (-4%)
Viewers – 7.56M to 7.43M (-2%/-0.13M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.5/8 to 2.2/7 (-12%)

  • 8:30 p.m.: Modern Family-REPEAT (3.7/6 HH rating/share, 6.05M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: The second season finale of Modern Family (6.2/10 HH rating/share, 10.22M viewers, 4.1/11 A18-49 rating/share).

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

Households – 6.1/9 to 6.2/10 (+2%)
Viewers – 10.15M to 10.22M (+1%/+0.07M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.3/11 to 4.1/11 (-5%)

Season finale comparison (5/19/2010 – 9:00-9:30 – season one finale):

Households – 6.2/10 to 6.2/10 (nc)
Viewers – 10.14M to 10.22M (+1%/+0.08M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.2/12 to 4.1/11 (-2%)

  • 9:30 (9:31) p.m.: The one-hour second season finale of Cougar Town (3.2/5 HH rating/share, 5.10M viewers, 2.0/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (9:31-10:00):

Households – 3.2/5 to 3.2/5 (nc)
Viewers – 5.23M to 5.10M (-3%/-0.13M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.0/5 to 2.0/5 (nc)

Season finale comparison (5/19/2010 – 9:30-10:01 – season one finale):

Households – 4.0/6 to 3.2/5 (-20%)
Viewers – 6.14M to 5.10M (-17%/-1.04M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.8/8 to 2.0/5 (-29%)

  • 10:30 p.m.: The season one finale of Happy Endings (2.6/4 HH rating/share, 4.06M viewers, 1.7/4 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (10:30-11:00):

Households – 2.1/3 to 2.6/4 (+24%)
Viewers – 3.10M to 4.06M (+31%/+0.96M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.3/3 to 1.7/4 (+31%)

Last week’s numbers (Happy Endings – 10:00-10:30):

Households – 2.5/4
Viewers – 3.70M
Adults 18-49 – 1.5/4

NBC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 2.7/4 household rating/share and 4.203 million viewers, but was fifth among adults 18-49 with a 1.2/3 rating/share.

Last Week:

3.7/6 HH rating/share [#t3]
5.032M
viewers [#4]
1.6/4
A18-49 rating/share [#4]

  • 8:00 p.m: Minute to Win It-REPEAT (2.3/4 HH rating/share, 3.44M viewers, 1.0/3 A18-49 rating/share).

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

Households – 2.1/3
Viewers – 3.49M
Adults 18-49 – 1.1/3

  • 9:00 p.m: Minute to Win It-REPEAT (2.2/3 HH rating/share, 3.59M viewers, 1.1/3 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m: Law & Order: Los Angeles (3.8/6 HH rating/share, 5.58M viewers, 1.4/3 A18-49 rating/share).

Episode-to-episode numbers (Mon, 5/23/2011):

Households – 3.9/6 to 3.8/6 (-3%)
Viewers – 5.91M to 5.58M (-6%/-0.33M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.3/3 to 1.4/3 (+8%)

Last week’s numbers (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit):

Households – 5.5/9
Viewers – 8.98M
Adults 18-49 – 2.9/7

UNI finished in fifth place for the evening with a 2.0/3 household rating/share and 3.821 million viewers, but managed a fourth place finish among adults 18-49 with a 1.5/4 rating/share.

Last Week:

2.0/3 HH rating/share [#5]
3.803
viewers [#5] 
1.5/4
A18-49 rating/share [#5]

  • 8:00 p.m: Teresa (1.5 A18-49 rating).
  • 9:00 p.m: Triunfo del Amor (1.6 A18-49 rating).
  • 10:00 p.m: Triunfo del Amor (1.4 A18-49 rating).

The CW followed in sixth place for the evening with a 0.7/1 household rating/share, 1.047 million viewers and a 0.4/1 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

1.1/2 HH rating/share [#6]
1.519M
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, 1.08M viewers, 0.4/1 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model-REPEAT (0.7/1 HH rating/share, 1.02M viewers, 0.4/1 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (America’s Next Top Modelseason/cycle 16 finale):

Households – 1.3/2
Viewers – 1.81M
Adults 18-49 – 0.9/2

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, June 1, 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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