- It's mostly been a year of ~10% declines year-to-year for American Idol, but finale night was very good to the show. It grabbed over 60% of the broadcast eyeballs and was up 12% from last year. It was Idol's second-highest rating of the season, the first time since 2005 that the finale ranked that highly among the season's eps.
- The ABC comedy finales were down year-to-year, but most of the drops weren't awful considering last year's finales weren't up against the last week of Idol. Cougar Town's one-hour finale took the only huge year-to-year drop. And Happy Endings had its best 10:30 result yet.
|The Middle (R)||1.9||5||+6%||-14%||-8%||12.0||+15%||14||+23%||3/20|
|The Big Bang Theory (oR)||1.3||4||n/a||n/a||n/a||12.6||n/a||9||n/a||n/a|
|The Big Bang Theory (oR)||1.6||4||n/a||+23%||n/a||12.3||n/a||12||n/a||n/a|
|Criminal Minds (R)||1.4||4||+0%||-13%||+14%||13.7||+23%||9||-27%||10/11|
|Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior||1.8||5||-10%||+29%||-58%||5.5||-27%||25||-24%||13/13|
|Minute to Win It (R)||0.8||2||-11%||n/a||n/a||13.1||-11%||6||-17%||5/6|
|Minute to Win It (R)||1.0||2||+25%||+25%||+0%||14.1||+8%||7||+7%||3/7|
|Law & Order: Los Angeles||1.3||3||+0%||+30%||-38%||6.4||-22%||18||-26%||11/16|
|American Idol Th||9.2||26||+46%||n/a||n/a||5.3||-20%||63||+34%||1/19|
|America's Next Top Model (R)||0.4||1||-20%||n/a||n/a||13.5||+13%||3||-17%||5/6|
|America's Next Top Model (R)||0.4||1||+0%||+0%||+0%||14.7||+9%||3||-14%||5/7|
|Slot||Min HUT||Calc HUT||Max HUT|
This evening compared to last year
KEY (much more detail at What? and Why? page)
A18-49 - Percentage of US TV-owning adults 18-49 watching the program.
Share - Percentage of US TV-watching adults 18-49 watching the program.
Last - Percent difference from previous episode.
Lead - Percent difference from lead-in program.
LeLa - Percent difference between lead-in and previous episode's lead-in.
Comp - Total rating of other broadcast programs in the same timeslot. 10:00 programming multiplied by 1.75 to attempt a level playing field.
CoLa - Percent difference between competition and previous episode's competition.
bcShr - Percentage of US national big-5 broadcast TV-watching adults 18-49 watching the program. 10:00 programming multiplied by two-thirds to attempt a level playing field.
Avg - Percent difference from show's previous demo average this season.
Rank - Rank among show's episodes to date this season.
Min HUT/Max HUT - Smallest/largest percentage of TV-owning adults 18-49 that could be watching any TV in the timeslot.
Calc HUT - Estimate of the percentage of TV-owning adults 18-49 watching any TV in the timeslot.
(R) = Regular-night repeat. These are ranked/averaged as if they were separate shows.
(oR) = Other-night repeat. These are not ranked/averaged in any way.
Stats in blue are less accurate due to lack of access to half-hour breakdowns.
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