For the first time ever within the regular TV season, Jimmy Kimmel topped Jay Leno among adults 18-49. This ratings win actually happened last week, but we’re just telling you now because Nielsen collects accurate late-night ratings via stagecoach or something and they take awhile to be released. Despite airing in a later time period, Kimmel edged out Leno by 4 percent last Thursday.
Anyway, back to our usual next-day focus. Wednesday night: CBS’ two-hour Criminal Minds finale blowout was not only up 21 percent from last week, but also improved upon the drama’s finale last year — a rare claim nowadays.
Minds delivered 13.5 million viewers and a 3.5 rating in the adult demo Wednesday evening. Yet it was Fox’s American Idol (17.3 million, 4.8) that won the night. This was Idol‘s Top 3 performance show, so we’re in the final lap here.
ABC’s lineup was soft, with flagship Modern Family (9.3 million, 3.9) down 11 percent to a season low. The Middle (6.5 million, 1.9), Suburgatory finale (5.4 million, 1.8), Don’t Trust the B— (4.8 million, 2.0) and Revenge (6.8 million, 2.0) were also weaker than usual.