TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Modern Family' Rises, Strong Debut for 'How To Live With Your Parents', 'American Idol' Hits Low, 'Nashville' Up

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April 4th, 2013

How to Live With Your parents for the Rest of Your Life Pilot

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.0/9 2.4/7 2.3/7 1.7/5 1.5/4 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.2/7 1.4/5 1.8/6 1.5/5 1.0/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 11.484 9.860 7.181 3.866 6.126 2.408


FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49  and with total viewers.

On FOX, American Idol hit a new Wednesday low with a 3.0 down 6 percent from last week's Wednesday low 3.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Survivor tied its series low with a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating down 4 percent from last week’s 2.5. Criminal Minds garnered a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating down 7 percent from a 3.0 on March 20. CSI notched a 2.1 among adults 18-49 down 9 percent from a 2.3 on March 20.

On ABC, The Middle earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating up 11 percent from last week’s 1.8. Suburgatory scored a 18, down 5 percent.from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating at 9:30 but up 27 percent from The Neighbors 1.5 in the time period last week. Modern Family garnered a 4.1 among adults 18-49 up 28 percent from last week’s season low 3.2. The premiere of How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) notched a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, way up from Suburgatory’s average in the time period this season, but, less auspiciously, matching the premiere of Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 in the time period on April 11, 2012. Your predictions were too pessimistic. Nashville earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating up 13 percent from last week's 1.5.

On NBC, Dateline garnered a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 27 percent from its most recent telecast on Sunday, March 24 and earning NBC’s highest ratings in the time period in 12 weeks . Law & Order: SVU scored a 1.6 down 6 percent from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Chicago Fire earned a 1.6 down 6 percent from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating .

On the CW, Arrow earned a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, matching last week’s performance.   Supernatural scored a 0.8 down 20 percent from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.



Overnight ratings for Wednesday, April 3, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.0/9 11.48
CBS Survivor 2.4/7 9.14
ABC The Middle 2.0/6 7.17
NBC Dateline NBC 1.4/4 5.88
CW Arrow 0.9/3 2.84
8:30 ABC Suburgatory 1.8/5 5.79
9:00 ABC Modern Family 4.1/11 10.59
CBS Criminal Minds 2.8/7 10.68
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.6/4 6.24
CW Supernatural 0.8/2 1.98
9:30 ABC How To Live With Your Parents -Series Premiere 2.9/7 8.36
10:00 CBS CSI 2.1/6 9.76
ABC Nashville 1.7/5 5.59
NBC Chicago Fire 1.6/4 6.26

via press note:


In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

• In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.

• From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

• From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2 with an encore).

• At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

• It was the top Wednesday "Tonight Show" in nine weeks (since January 30, 2.9) and top Wednesday "Late Night" in three weeks (since March 13, 1.5). Both shows matched their highest Wednesday metered-market household ratings in 13 weeks (since January 2, 3.1 for "Tonight" and 1.6 for "Late Night").

• Versus the prior Wednesday, Jay was up 12 percent in metered-market households (2.9 vs. 2.6) and up 29 percent in 18-49 rating in the Local People Meters (0.9 vs. 0.7). Jimmy was up versus the prior Wednesday by 7 percent in households (1.5 vs. 1.4) and 20 percent in 18-49 (0.6 vs. 0.5).


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  • Zath

    @Skylar James

    Whatever deep down u know Im right. She will be recast soon enough just like she was in recast SPN. Once a mediocre actor always a mediocre actor.

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    I’m very surprised with HTLWYP (FTROYL)’s performance, i thought it was gonna flop, although it’s just the 1st episode so it might collapse from here. I secretly want it to fail cuz I can’t keep typing “HTLWYP (FTROYL)” it’s way too long!!! lol

  • Mickey


    I presented reasoned arguments backed up by facts. You are resorting to belittling me rather than backing up your opinion with facts. And if you can’t argue respectfully or factually, I am no longer going to discuss anything with you.

    I will close simply by saying: Kripke and Sera both worked exclusively on Supernatural while they were showrunners. Carver is writing and executive producing another show at the same time, a show he created and that will therefore be very close to his heart. No human being can be a showrunner while working on two shows at the same time without their focus being split. I read an article about how showrunning is so all-consuming and overwhelming, it’s a burn out job. Yet Carver is writing and executive producing another show at the same time. That’s the bottom line.

    And I’ve wasted too much time on this already. Funny how the internet has a way of sucking you into arguments you don’t want to have.

  • layla

    bobby came back and no one watched!!! nooo spn! gooo uppp!

  • Carl

    @Mickey, my issue with Gamble mostly stemmed from season 6, where major stories were started and then dropped (especially in the first half). I thought it was poor showrunning. Season 7 was better, in an overall arc, I guess.

    I do think the timeslot move helped a great deal but I think it’s also more than that, as the show has, in some weeks, tied Arrow (not counting the week where it beat Arrow as that was likely an anomaly). I think some parts of this season have really gelled and brought viewers in. Then you have other stuff that drags it down.

  • bjssp


    No, it’s not doing that badly, but I’m still kind of puzzled CBS chose that show over Person of Interest. The latter is more of a self-starter the way it’s growing and, had it benefitted from the post-Superbowl spot, would have given Elementary a boost. Two birds, one stone.

  • Lt. Severide

    Didn’t really like Parents at all, Neighbors started pretty high as well and look at where it landed.

    Survivor needs move and Idol needs big changes.

    10:00 p.m.

    ABC – Nashville
    Viewers: 5.80 million (#3), A18-49: 1.8/ 5 (#2)

    CBS – CSI
    Viewers: 9.83 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 6 (#1)

    NBC – Chicago Fire
    Viewers: 6.25 million (#2), A18-49: 1.6/ 4 (#3)


    10:30 p.m.

    ABC – Nashville
    Viewers: 5.38 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 4 (#2t)

    CBS – CSI
    Viewers: 9.70 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#1)

    NBC – Chicago Fire
    Viewers: 6.27 million (#2), A18-49: 1.6/ 4 (#2t)

    Chicago Fire still did pretty well, in the second half-hour Nashville did not beat CF it lost in viewership and tied in the demo. CF is still NBC’s scripted MVP. Chicago Fire has slipped a bit lately due to that horrible trash Duck Dynasty just like CSI. CSI still did really good with minimal bleedage behind Criminal Minds.

  • vcoolwater


    I have no problem with Kate Cassidy on Arrow. She actually has dedicated fan following on the intenet. It is really hard for to accept that people like her or that your opirnion is not the truth?

    As for Arrow, I not surprised that the rating have dropped. It has been one meh episode after another.

  • Alex

    I presented reasoned arguments backed up by facts…

    Your arguments haven’t been backed up by facts and that’s the point I’ve been repeatedly making. Using a fact (how many episodes someone has written) is not the same as having an argument backed up by facts. In truth you have absolutely no insight into the writing or creative process on Supernatural and as a result have absolutely no way of determining how hands on or not Carver has been in that process. As I pointed out using your logic and ‘facts’ we can apparently assert that Eric Kripke isn’t putting in any effort on Revolution. Or that Shonda Rhimes doesn’t care about Scandal since she’s only written one episode this season. The truth of the situation is that your unhappy with the creative direction of Supernatural this year and you’re speculating on why that might be.

    Carver is writing and executive producing another show at the same time…

    No he isn’t.

    Being Human US isn’t in production right now. There is no writing being done for Being Human US and there won’t have been for sometime now. The show started production on its current season in June it is not still in production on new episodes and I find it extremely unlikely it would have been beyond September/October to be honest. So yes there would be some overlap between Supernatural and Being Human but nowhere near the degree you’re suggesting. Also once again Carver didn’t create Being Human.

    No human being can be a showrunner while working on two shows at the same time without their focus being split.

    There’s a fairly substantial list of people that have done just that. Joss Whedon worked on both Buffy and Angel simultaneously. Shonda Rhimes currently works on both Grey’s and Scandal and at the start of the year was at the very least serving as an executive producer on Private Practice as well. Jason Katims had Friday Night Lights and Parenthood together. Chuck Lorre has Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly and The Big Bang Theory and is developing a new comedy for CBS. And I can continue to add names to this list if you’d like…?

  • Elijah

    I’m hoping Elementary can pull at least a 2.3 tonight.

  • networkman

    ABC should now really consider moving The Neighbors to Friday behind Last Man Standing. Nashville’s drop after How to Live with Your Parents is not good,tying Chicago Fire in the demo at 10:30pm and still not being able to garner more viewers than CF despite having a stronger lead in. I feel Revenge would of been able to garner at least 2.0

  • Mickey


    I meant to mention in my earlier post, the reason I had facts is not because I’m a bitchy fan, but because I took a couple of minutes to look them up on IMDB and epguides while writing my posts.

    As much as the internet is bad for sucking one into arguments, it is really good for quickly looking up facts.

    BTW, I didn’t read your last post above. I’m not going to let the internet suck me into any more arguments.

  • oktimeforplanc

    Just got done watching last nights episode of How to live with your parents and I was surprised by how funny it was. Looking forward to next weeks episode.

  • Christine

    I am sure Supernaturals drop is more attributal to last weeks filler episode. Last nights Supernatural was pretty good! Give it a shot if you haven’t seen it in awhile :)

  • Reader

    I wish I could be happier about Nashville, but I thought last night’s ep was one of the weakest so far. More music and less bed-hopping, that’s what I want! :-) Seriously, I know it’s not a kids’ show, and I know the characters have always had their issues, but now it’s just getting too steamy for me. Maybe I’m in the minority on this, but if it gets to keep going, I hope they tone it down.

  • JJA

    Even with all its flaws, Supernatural’s season 8 is far better than seasons 6 and 7.

    Season 7 was a disaster!! The leviathans were too cartoonish to be taken seriously. Also, what exactly was their ultimate goal? To eat humans? This is something right out of a B-move from the 1960s. The only bright spots were the return of Lucifer and the episode “Death’s Door.”

    Supernatural’s season 6 was much better, and it had some outstanding episodes in it too (such as “Weekend at Bobby’s,” “Unforgiven,” “The French Mistake” and “My Heart Will Go On”). Also, let’s not forget that season 6 had Balthazar in it.

    Sadly, I have to agree that season 6 never lived up to its potential, since they DID abruptly end storylines. The Campbells were killed-off too quickly, and the monster armies never amounted to anything.

  • bjssp

    @Lt. Severide:

    “Survivor needs move and Idol needs big changes.”

    Why? It’s usually second in its time slot, no? (Has it ever been first this season?) It’s also probably cheap to produce.

  • Robert

    Jeremy problem been he need’s a stronger team of writers to keep things going.
    Last few season been very unorganized with pacing in continuity. Jeremy probably spend most of the time correcting the mistakes they made, but it’s not enough. They need a change up.

  • Alan

    Surprising for HTLWYP, let’s see if it holds that audience.

  • Melissa

    @Petar Ivanov

    In the end of the season only CBS Elementary will be able to hit 2.0 + in 10 pm. Only watch.


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