Ratings: Only CSI, Happy Endings Gain in Demo; Idol Drops 16%; No Tree Hill Boost from the Chad

Happy Endings and CSI were the only programs to notch demo gains this Wednesday, while Chad Michael Murray’s Tree Hill homecoming failed to rouse the swan-songing CW sudser’s numbers.

Leading out of Modern Family (which was flat with 11.5 million total viewers and a 4.7 demo rating), Happy Endings drew 5.7 mil while scoring a 2.5, up a few percentage points week-to-week.

CSI dominated the 10 o’clock hour with 11.8 million total viewers and a 2.8 rating, good for gains of 6 and 8 percent.

Among the night’s conspicuous declines, American Idol‘s Top 24 Reveal: Part 1 drew 15.9 million total viewers and a 5.1 rating, down 16 percent versus last Wednesday. And while it’s becoming increasingly irrelevant to note Idol‘s year-over-year drops, the Fox hit was down some 30 percent from Season 10’s Top 24 christening.


8 pm | Survivor: One World (10.3 mil/2.8) dropped 10 percent in the demo to a new series low. ABC’s sitcombo of The Middle (7.5 mil/2.3) and Suburgatory (6.8 mil/2.3) each slipped to season lows. NBC’s Whitney (4.1 mil/1.5) was down 8 and 12 percent, while Chelsea (3.4 mil/1.3) dipped a tenth in the demo to a new low. One Tree Hill (1.37 mil/0.7) lost a handful of eyeballs and was down a tenth in the demo.

9 pm | Criminal Minds led the hour with 12.6 million total viewers (up 4 percent) and a 3.1 rating. Modern Family held steady at 11.5 mil/4.7. NBC’s Rock Center dropped 10 percent to 2.7 mil/0.6.

10 pm | Trailing far behind CSI, Law & Order: SVU (5.9 ml/1.6) dipped a tenth in the demo. 20/20‘s “Before They Were Famous” Oscars special only found 4.8 million people caring.

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  1. apor says:

    Other sites are reporting that most ABC shows achieve or tied season lows. Also Idol continues to fall.
    What is going this February?

  2. kevin says:

    Hope Happy Endings gets renewed for another season despite so-so ratings. NBC better cancel Whitney and Chelsea after both sitcoms are done for the season as does Rock Center with Brian Williams. :(

  3. Hal says:

    Modern Family and Happy Endings were particularly good last night

  4. Missed Revenge says:

    Serves ABC right.. Why did we need a 20/20 special during Revenge’s time slot for February sweeps? Couldn’t they have run that before they were stars garbage on I don’t know…SUNDAY?! Why not even Friday? Now we get 1 more week of Revenge before another 5 weeks of repeats. Because the show just HAS to end in May.
    All these networks keep using the same outdated scheduling. Don’t they realize people would rather the show debuts later with less repeats(like November) than September.. Can’t the networks use some common sense and order maybe 10 episode shows to fill in the gaps? I can tolerate a month break for the holidays because this 3 weeks on, 5 weeks off nonsense is so 1990s. That’s why people are flocking to cable tv.. NO Repeats. No breaks.. 10-13 episodes straight through, the way TV is meant to be. February/May sweeps.. Does anyone over 25 even know what that is anymore? So. So.. Outdated.

  5. melissa says:

    One Tree Hill was not shown in certain areas due to NCAA Basketball, but will be on Sunday. Wonder if that will make the ratings better.

  6. hru says:

    Hurrah for CSI. It is Really good this season and even though this site and most others don’t care for it, it continues to do very very well

  7. Magnum says:

    Yeah CSI is getting back slowly on its track from the crash(Fishburne) :P

  8. em says:

    Ouch for Idol. Drastic fall might continue with BBT tonight.

  9. Idol has to realize that not everyone wants to get their heart set on a contestant and have them treated like dirt. It was always just on that line, but last season JLo pushed it over the edge with her treatment of Haley.

  10. Jake says:

    Happy Endings and Modern Family were so both so great last night! i wish Happy Endings would get better ratings, hopefully it still gets another season.

  11. Nikki H. says:

    Last night’s One Tree Hill was one of the best episodes yet. It was great to see Lucas Scott again but there were some pretty great cliffhangers for the other characters. I can hardly wait until next week!

  12. melissa says:

    Does it even matter if One Tree Hill didn’t gain any viewers? It only has 7 epis left. The only people who are watching (me included) are the people who are seeing OTH through to the end. Just because Chad Michael Murray was on last night’s epi, it would NOT bring any old viewers back, as since Chad left the series, his career hasn’t exactly been stellar. Now, if it was Chad and Hilarie Burton coming back, that would be another story.

  13. The Squatch says:

    Apparently I am one of the paltry few (million) people who actually like Whitney. Though, admittedly, it’s mostly because I find the boyfriend character, and actor, funny.

  14. Julia says:

    maybe if Chad Michael Murray’s hair wasn’t so nasty, more people would have tuned in. nobody wants to see Lucas with that horrible hair. ick.

  15. dot says:

    How is modern family getting more ratings then happy endings what is wrong with people modern family stoped being funny after its frist season!

  16. Courtney says:

    Well, there numbers may have been down but I tuned into Law and Order SVU for the first time and I would consider myself a One Tree Hill Fan, but I think that the 8 p.m. timeslot is killing them. And honestly, that episode was amazing. Having Chad back was like a blast from the past.