On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options
Hangin’ Out With Drew
Prime-Time Metered Market Wednesday Ratings:
Slam Dunk Victory for Fox
CW 1.0/ 2
Note: The year-ago Wednesday fell in the first week of the summer season (translation: repeats aplenty)
Fox: +191, CBS: +16, CW: +11, ABC: + 3, NBC: -54
American Idol (Fox), Criminal Minds (CBS), CSI: NY (CBS)
The season-finale of Fox’s American Idol stood well above the competition on the final night of both the traditional (September to May) TV season and May 2010 sweeps, with a 16.0 rating/25 share in the overnights and growth in every half-hour as follows:
Compared to the year-ago season-ender (15.3/25 on Wednesday, May 20, 2009), this is an increase of five percent. Congratulations, Lee DeWyze. While I understand shows do go on even after the principal cast members begin to depart, American Idol without Simon Cowell next season will be a very different show.
In more season-finale news, CBS’ Criminal Minds (#2: 8.8/13) and CSI: NY (#1: 7.9/13), which moves to Friday at 9 p.m. next fall (out of relocated Medium), were both successfully on the overnight map from 9-11 p.m. Earlier in the evening on CBS was a repeat of Undercover Boss at a second-place 4.5/ 8 at 8 p.m. — not bad for an encore telecast of a non-scripted series.
ABC populated the evening with theatrical Transformers, which finished a distant third overall for the evening with a 3.6/ 6 from 8-11 p.m. NBC aired back-to-back repeats of game show Minute to Win It (#4: 1.9/ 3 from 8-10 p.m.) and a repeat of Law & Order: SVU, which moves up one hour in the fall into the debuting Law & Order: Los Angeles.
Last, and very least were two repeat episodes of America’s Next Top Model on The CW at an average 1.0/ 2 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m.
As a reminder, here is what you will be seeing on the broadcast networks on Wednesday this fall (with new shows in caps and bolded):
9:30 p.m. Cougar Town
8:00 p.m.: Survivor: Nicaragua (new day)
9:00 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU (new time)
10:00 p.m. LOS & ORDER: LOS ANGELES
Source: Nielsen Media Research data (R = repeat)
-Dancing With the Stars Concludes on a High Note:
Based on the live plus same day ratings, ABC powerhouse Dancing With the Stars concluded on Tuesday with a season-high performance on the night in both total viewers (18.40 million) and adults 18-49 (3.9 rating/11 share) from 9-11 p.m. Comparably, this was ABC’s second-biggest audience overall in the two-hour block this season, with its best adult 18-49 rating since the expanded Lost season-opener on Feb. 2.
Here are the overall results by network for the night, which included American Idol from 8-9 p.m. on Fox:
Fox: 15.72 million, ABC: 15.40, CBS: 13.38, NBC: 8.65, CW: 640,000
Fox: 5.8 rating/16 share, NBC: 3.5/10, ABC: 3.1/ 9, CBS: 2.7/ 7, CW: 0.3/ 1