American Idol Wednesday summary from TV By the Numbers:

Led by American Idol’s 7.9 adults 18-49 rating, Fox dominated the night with adults 18-49, and won with total viewers too. That was down 4% from last Wednesday’s episode and down 12% versus a 9.0 adults 18-49 ratings for last year’s equivalent episode of the cycle on Tuesday, February 23 (also a two hour episode).

Half-hour breakdown after the jump.  If my math is right, Idol averaged 22.60 million viewers for the night.

8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Middle
Viewers: 8.07 million (#3), A18-49: 2.4/ 7 (#3)

CBS – Survivor: Redemption Island
Viewers: 10.79 million (#2), A18-49: 3.1/ 9 (#2)

NBC – Minute to Win It
Viewers: 3.80 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#5)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 20.01 million (#1), A18-49: 6.8/20 (#1)

CW – America’s Next Top Model (season premiere)
Viewers: 2.37 million (#5), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#4)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Better with You
Viewers: 5.85 million (#3), A18-49: 1.8/ 5 (#3)

CBS – Survivor: Redemption Island
Viewers: 11.53 million (#2), A18-49: 3.4/ 9 (#2)

NBC – Minute to Win It
Viewers: 4.01 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 24.04 million (#1), A18-49: 8.2/22 (#1)

CW – America’s Next Top Model (season premiere)
Viewers: 2.13 million (#5), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 10.34 million (#3), A18-49: 4.1/11 (#2)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 11.53 million (#2), A18-49: 3.3/ 8 (#3)

NBC – Minute to Win It
Viewers: 4.15 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 22.77 million (#1), A18-49: 8.0/21 (#1)

CW – Shedding for the Wedding (series premiere)
Viewers: 1.13 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Mr. Sunshine
Viewers: 6.46 million (#3), A18-49: 2.4/ 6 (#3)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 13.76 million (#2), A18-49: 3.4/ 9 (#2)

NBC – Minute to Win It
Viewers: 4.47 million (#4), A18-49: 1.3/ 3 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 23.59 million (#1), A18-49: 8.5/22 (#1)

CW – Shedding for the Wedding (series premiere)
Viewers: 1.19 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 1 (#5)

 
  • BootStar

    How long before they move the show back to Tuesday?

  • gangreen29

    How long before they move the show back to Tuesday?

    Never? Since it is dominating on Thursday nights which have much higher ad rates.

  • Valentin432

    The half hour breakdown is interesting. Last week it build up like this

    American Idol (Fox)
    8:00 p.m. – Viewers: 19.12 million (#1), A18-49: 6.6/20 (#1)
    8:30 p.m. – Viewers: 22.27 million (#1), A18-49: 7.8/22 (#1)
    9:00 p.m. – Viewers: 23.76 million (#1), A18-49: 8.4/22 (#1)
    9:30 p.m. – Viewers: 26.20 million (#1), A18-49: 9.6/25 (#1)

    Which is the normal pattern you’re used to see because more people watch TV at 9 pm than at 8.

    This week, the first hour was actually up from last week so that was great, but what exactly happened in the second hour?
    First I thought it was because of Modern Family, but last night’s episode was the lowest rated of the season. So maybee there’s some external reasons that I’m not quite grasping.

    ETA: Btw, those are still really good numbers and they have been stable for quite some time now.

  • gangreen29

    First I thought it was because of Modern Family, but last night’s episode was the lowest rated of the season. So maybee there’s some external reasons that I’m not quite grasping.

    I think it is the green mile effect. Last year the green mile episode only had 18 million viewers. The comparable Tuesday episode from last night’s show was the first night of the semifinals.

  • Hazehel

    This week, the first hour was actually up from last week so that was great, but what exactly happened in the second hour?

    I think it’s the replaying of the title sequence. When I was watching it my first thought was “Why are they ending the show so soon, wasn’t it supposed to be 2 hours?” thinking it’s the end credit. I suspect quite a few people thought it ended too, unaware that it’s a 2 hour show, and switched over to something else.

  • gangreen29

    Tonights ratings will be low, so everyone should just prepare for that. The green mile always gets lower ratings.

  • t2

    The green mile episode(s) are the most boring of the entire season. I know they like to drag it out for the drama, but it was much better when they just announced it group by group on the top 24 shows.

    American idol is still a goliath, but I don’t think switching the show to Tuesday and going up against NCIS would be a very good idea. Better to just dominate a new night.

  • Valentin432

    I think it is the green mile effect. Last year the green mile episode only had 18 million viewers. The comparable Tuesday episode from last night’s show was the first night of the semifinals.

    I think you’re right, but this begs the question, why would the producers think that a 3 hours green mile episode is a good idea?

  • Elliegrll

    but what exactly happened in the second hour?

    They had the anti climatic Green Mile, which is okay, but only when it is heavily mixed with performance clips, and not an unnecessary three hours long.

    How long before they move the show back to Tuesday?

    The ratings are great. They are showing normal year to year decline, and have been very stable. Someone should check and compare the retention from one episode to the next of this season in comparison to previous seasons. I think this season will have the highest rate of retention, or near the highest.

  • gangreen29

    I think you’re right, but this begs the question, why would the producers think that a 3 hours green mile episode is a good idea?

    I have no idea lol. They really should have left last night as all Vegas.

  • Elliegrll

    I think you’re right, but this begs the question, why would the producers think that a 3 hours green mile episode is a good idea?

    Lyndsey Parker had a plausible theory, she said that the producers didn’t want to cut Chris Medina in tonight’s episode, because that might have hurt the numbers for next week. She may be right, and it could be the reason why they decided to make the elimination be all about Jennifer, instead of focusing on Chris.

  • musicality

    I admit it. I changed the channel after 1/2 hour. It was so boring last night. I might not come back until the top 10 or so. This part of the show is mind numbingly boring.

  • Hazehel

    The green mile always gets lower ratings.

    I don’t think that’s really true. In Season 5 the last Hollywood episode (which I assume to be the Green Mile episode because I didn’t watch it, Green Mile I think started in Season 4) had more viewers. Although in subsequent years it generally had fewer viewers, some year do better than others. In season 8 it was practically unchanged from the previous night – 24.825 vs 24.951 million. Season 9 was the bad one 18.628 vs 23.922 million the previous night. I don’t think Season 9 is a good measure of anything really – there was a highly-rated Olympics on that night.

  • t2

    Lyndsey Parker had a plausible theory, she said that the producers didn’t want to cut Chris Medina in tonight’s episode, because that might have hurt the numbers for next week. She may be right, and it could be the reason why they decided to make the elimination be all about Jennifer, instead of focusing on Chris.

    And in a stroke of irony, IMO I think they cut Chris Medina because he was not getting the public backing they thought he should have with his level of backstory. They had the “green mile” episode just recently, right? I think they were waiting to see what kind of “buzz” some of the contestants received before putting them through to the top 24.

  • gangreen29

    I don’t think that’s really true. In Season 5 the last Hollywood episode (which I assume to be the Green Mile episode because I didn’t watch it, Green Mile I think started in Season 4) had more viewers. Although in subsequent years it generally had fewer viewers, some year do better than others. In season 8 it was practically unchanged from previous night – 24.825 vs 24.951 million. Season 9 was the bad one 18.628 vs 23.922 million the previous night. I don’t think Season 9 is a good measure of anything really.

    I’m pretty sure the season 5 episode was not just green mile but other hollywood stuff too. Also season 8 the green mile wednesday had declined 2 million viewers from the previous wednesday. It was the lowest rated Hollywood episode.

  • Hazehel

    . Also season 8 the green mile wednesday had declined 2 million viewers from the previous wednesday. It was the lowest rated Hollywood episode.

    That has nothing to do with it being the Green Mile. Ratings generally decline over the season, the last episode of of most stages of the competition (apart from the finale) are generally the lowest-rated ones. Therefore considering the pattern, Season 8 Green Mile did well. As I said, Season 9 cannot be taken as the normal, I think that Wednesday many Americans were expected to win gold in the Winter Olympics (or something, I can’t quite remember), and that episode of the Olympics was one of the highest-rated night of the Olympics.

  • tinawina

    The green mile is boring. I usually fast forward though most of it myself. And it is not usually a ratings highlight. The best it ever is is okay. So I have no expectations for tomorrow.

    Though maybe Medina getting the boot will build a little more suspense than usual and get people watching to see what happened to their favorites. But I doubt it. 2 hours of that is just too much to deal with.

    I really don’t expect anything standout ratings wise until Top 12/13 performance night. Until then, Idol should pretty much tread water.

  • gangreen29

    That has nothing to do with it being the Green Mile. Ratings generally decline over the season, the last episode of of most stages (apart from the finale) are the lowest-rated ones. Therefore considering the pattern, Season 8 Green Mile did well. As I said, Season 9 cannot be taken as the normal, I think that Wednesday many Americans were expected to win gold or something in the Winter Olympics or something like that, and that episode of the Olympics was one of the highest night of the Olympics.

    Exactly, the last stages of different rounds are always the lowest rated…The Green Mile is the lowest rated of the hollywood episodes almost always because it is the last stage. What exactly are you disagreeing with again since my point was that the Green Mile usually sees a dip in ratings? Also, if you are going to say the season 8 Green Mile did well you have to say the same about last night since a 4% week to week drop is better than what season 8 did.

  • Elliegrll

    I really don’t expect anything standout ratings wise until Top 12/13 performance night. Until then, Idol should pretty much tread water.

    Aren’t they going directly from a top 24 to a top 12/13? I thin next week’s performances are sudden death. It’s not totally fair to the contestants, but Nigel said that the semi final round bored him, and he’s probably right in that that round doesn’t make for very interesting television.

  • tinawina

    Aren’t they going directly from a top 24 to a top 12/13? I thin next week’s performances are sudden death.

    Yes, and that should make it more exciting and give people who have been watching all along a reason to tune in and vote for their favorites. But I do think there are a good number of people that are just kind of trained not to pay attention until top 12. If this group gets good buzz, I expect a mild uptick that week, barring any serious competition.

  • Hazehel

    The Green Mile is the lowest rated of the hollywood episodes almost always because it is the last stage

    I see that you changed “always” to “almost always”, so I assume you do know what I was disagreeing with. I said “generally”, and that is the true statement, because you will always find exceptions.

  • bmms

    Never? Since it is dominating on Thursday nights which have much higher ad rates.

    When the new season started I missed AI on Tuesdays but now I’m getting used to the Wednesday/Thursday lineup. I’m happy that the numbers for AI are decent. :-)

  • Elliegrll

    I think the original point that was being made about last night’s episode is that in comparison to last week, last night’s show lost viewers every half hour, while last week the show saw significant gains, especially at 9:30. One reason for this is that people may have decided to tune out when they saw that the last hour was going to be the Green Mile.

  • Hazehel

    I think the original point that was being made about last night’s episode is that in comparison to last week, last night’s show lost viewers every half hour,

    Not sure what you mean, but it gained viewers at 8.30, lost viewers at 9.00, gain viewers again at 9.30. The only really odd thing was the lost in viewers at 9.00, otherwise the pattern isn’t that different. People didn’t get bored watching the Green Mile that much, because it did gain viewers in the second half of the Green Mile hour, even though the increase wasn’t as big as last week.

    I think in general the season is looking good. People are interested, the ratings haven’t fallen off a cliff like many had predicted, it is in fact holding up better than some other years. Nigel Lythgoe/Steven Tyler/Jennifer Lopez have done a good job.

    I do however think that 3 hours of the Green Mile is too much.

  • Elliegrll

    Not sure what you mean, but it gained viewers at 8.30, lost viewers at 9.00, gain viewers again at 9.30.

    The show increased as usual at 8:30, as it has done in recent weeks for both the hour long and two hour shows, but unlike previous weeks, the show didn’t hold on to or show an increase in the number of viewers that they had at 8:30. The drop wasn’t big, but for what is probably the first time, there was a drop.

  • Valentin432

    Finals stayed around the same:
    American Idol (120 minutes)
    - 22.715 million viewers
    - 12.5/20 HH
    - 7.9/21 A18-49

  • Jae

    I can’t think of any reason to watch the show tonight. I mean two hours of just having people walk down that ramp and say you made it or you are going home? I think I am just going dvr it and skip to the end when they intro your top 24. Well maybe I kinda want to watch James Durbin break into tears when they announce that he made it. lol.

  • BootStar

    Never? Since it is dominating on Thursday nights which have much higher ad rates.

    Sorry, forgot to add the ;-) . It wasn’t a serious question, just wishful thinking on my part. I really miss the show on Tuesday nights!