Did Remodeled, which was supposed to bridge the two seasons of America’s Next Top Model, curse Top Model‘s slot, did it bring a modeling shows overload on the CW, do American viewers not care about aspiring British models or Top Model is just nearing the end? Whatever the reason is, last night’s season premiere of America’s Next Top Model (0.6/1 in adults 18-49, 1.3 million viewers), which features American and British contestants, was down sharply from last year’s spring debut, by 45% in 18-49 for what appears to be the franchise’s lowest-rated opener. It was even down from its lead-in, One Tree Hill (0.7/2. 1.6 million).
Mo major changes at the major networks. Fox’s American Idol (4.9/12, 17 million) slipped another 4% from last week but with a two-hour show, it still put Fox in the driver’s seat with a comfortable nightly win in adults 18-49 and total viewers. ABC’s lineup posted gains. The Middle (2.6/8) was up 18% from last week, Suburgatory (2.4/6) up 4% and Happy Endings (2.8/7) up 17% (Happy Endings tends to be adjusted down in the finals but the ratings uptick will still be meaningful.) Modern Family (4.8/12) was up a tenth from its fast national last week and is expected to inch up in the finals again. This will be Modern Family‘s closest finish against American Idol to date. Revenge (2.4/6) was flat.
CBS’ Survivor (2.9/8) was up 4%, Criminal Minds (3.1/8) was flat, while CSI (2.6/7) was down 10% after 2 consecutive weeks of ratings growth with new leading lady Elisabeth Shue. CSI still won the 10 PM hour in 18-49 and total viewers. NBC’s comedies Whitney (1.5/4) and Are You There, Chelsea? (1.3/4) were flat, while Rock Center With Brian Williams (0.7/5) went up a tenth from last week’s series low. Veteran Law & Order: SVU (1.6/4) didn’t take advantage of CSI‘ ratings drop or the uptick in its lead-in, flat with last week’s series low. However, at a 1.6, it still ranked as NBC’s highest-rated program of the night…
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