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

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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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  • sally

    i watch Criminal Minds and CSI on wed. but watch cable more than network

  • Tori

    How to Live will definitely fall mightily next week. Someone mentioned this was a better fit with Modern Family because it’s not too young (like Apt. 23 or Happy Endings) or too weird (like Suburgatory) and I disagree. It may appear to be a good fit but the reality of it wasn’t. Modern Family is more clever with their comedy and makes it watchable for all ages, with many things alluded to or left just barely being said, whereas How to Live was talking plainly about orgies and orgasms last night. Wouldn’t exactly call that regular family entertainment. The show was much better than I was expecting, but given that I had supremely low expectations, not a ringing endorsement. Great seeing Sarah and Elizabeth though, just don’t think it’s enough to save this show that seems like it should have a better overall plot.

  • Chris

    I don’t know why everyone thinks How To Live performed so well last night. It didn’t do any better than Happy Endings and Apt.23 did. It’ll fall and fall hard.

  • Marc

    Suburgatory did a bit better than The Neighbors in that slot it seems. If Parents stays a 2+ we might have our new fall lineup, with Neighbors axed.

  • Mickey


    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.

    Well, it tied Arrow because Arrow dropped, not because Supernatural rose. So I don’t think we can give Carver credit for Arrow dropping. ;)

    Not taking away from the fact many fans do like Carver’s work (as I’ve said, these things are subjective, and everyone is welcome to their subjective opinion) I really think the great majority of new fans came in because they were hooked by the previous seven seasons on Netflix and TNT. I ran into a lot of new fans who were catching up on Netflix and TNT, but I have yet to run into a single fan who started watching in season 8. I did run into a few who saw the s7 episode with Felicia Day and then started the whole series. But on the whole I think it’s unusual for new fans to jump into a series in season 7 or 8. It’s conceivable some checked it out to see Amanda Tapping, like some did for Felicia Day, and then liked what they saw and stayed, but I haven’t personally met any. There may also be some who left because they were unhappy with Sera’s work, Cas fans in particular, who came back when Carver took over, but I also haven’t come across any.

    Maybe if I start watching again, I’ll see the parts that gelled, as a lot of people have said it got better after Christmas. But in the first half anyway, the parts that were dragging it down were all I could see. I’ll have to give it another try.

    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.

    As I said earlier, Kripke had written them into a corner with his fake five-year plan. (In fact, he said in an interview on Revolution he would never make the same mistake again of assuming he would get no more than five seasons and not having a plan on how to keep it going beyond that.)

    Season 6 and 7 certainly didn’t have as epic and as cohesive a mytharc as the first 5 seasons, but I’m not sure how much of that was Sera’s fault, or her just playing the hand she was left with the best she could. But she was a rookie showrunner at the time, so perhaps a more experienced one could’ve played that bad hand better than she did.

    I certainly appreciated the themes of Film Noir and Butch and Sundance though, in s6 and s7 respectively. (And it amuses me some fans are saying thank God we have a man running the show again and Sera is no longer getting her girly bits all over Supernatural, when she chose quite “masculine” themes, and Carver tends more towards soap opera.)

    I think she chose seasonal themes rather than multi-season mytharcs because the show had been moved to Fridays, which is where shows are sent to die, and for all she knew she was only going to get a season to tell a story. (Carver has the advantage of knowing, barring any calamities, he has until season 10 to tell a story, and he has said he has plans until then.)

    Oops, we’ve gotten away from the topic of ratings. I’m gonna blame that on the internet too. ;) Nice talking with ya.

  • Lt. Severide

    @ bjssp

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

    It’s bringing the lineup down it will probably get replaced by NCIS: LA next season and move to Sundays with Amazing Race.

  • bjssp

    @Diane L:

    I don’t watch either The Voice or Idol, and I realize this is a subjective thing anyway, but my impression is that TV comes across as much more fun and enjoyable show for whatever reason, whereas Idol is…well, if not more of a chore and/or full of itself, something close to it? The economy is still struggling and people have lots of problems; why would they want to watch something like that?

  • Maya


    The only reason you believed last night Supernatural was a clunker is because it was Sam facing the second trial, and don’t care what you said or think for me it was one of the best episodes of the season.

  • Lt. Severide

    @ Chris

    “I don’t know why everyone thinks How To Live performed so well last night. It didn’t do any better than Happy Endings and Apt.23 did. It’ll fall and fall hard.”

    I personally never take premiere ratings too seriously especially now in days, Neighbors started out this high as well I think a little higher and we know what happen to that show right? Modern Family is also not going to stay up like this the rest of the season and Parents will probably slip below what HE, Apt. 23, and Suburgatory was doing in that slot long-term.

  • leonardo

    Supernatural.. wow.

  • Kavyn

    Despite enjoying How to Live, the pilot episode seemed very “pilot 101″. I think they need some time to get into the groove so I’ll give it a couple of episodes before I have an opinion on it.

  • alffan

    If I were CBS, I’d make sure the contracts with the Criminal Minds actors get done. With those kinds of numbers, the price keeps going up. That is one of the most underrated shows on TV and the quality is still strong. It had the second largest viewership of the night at 10.68 million and a darn good 18-49 at a 2.8

  • Just Desserts


    Wishful thinking. :-)

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Arrow was pretty good this week. No Thea, which helped. I’m beginning to see Stephen Amell as a better actor than I initially thought. When the character is stressed rather than being the “robotic superhero” who’s always ahead, he manages to bring it to some degree. The comedy aspects of the island experience also reflect that. I like the addition of Celina Jade to the island, although I would still like to know more about who is behind the group on the island. Seth Gabel was really good as “The Count” again.

    Supernatural was pretty good this week. They got on with the trials, brought back Benny and resolved him, and gave some nice screen time to both Mark Sheppard and Amanda Tapping. No “monster of the week”. No long minutes of angst between the brothers, so the pace was good. I expect it to rebound a bit in the ratings next week.

  • Laina

    Blech. I’m so sick of the SPN fandom and I’m a member of it. If you don’t like what JC is doing with the show then don’t watch and be done with it. I don’t need to hear the complaining.

    I’m not 100% happy with S8 but overall I personally think it’s been much better than the previous two seasons. What a disappointment that it’s down in ratings this week though. I thought last nights episode was good, especially the scenes with Benny and Kevin in them. Sure they messed a bit with the show’s mythology but the show is in its 8th season and no show in its 8th season is going to have the writing it had in its early seasons (especially on the CW). Still, I’m pleased with this season overall.

    Also, for those arguing about Katie Cassidy. I personally liked her a lot in S3 of Supernatural. I think she was better than some of the other female actors that have appeared on the show since then.

  • Josh

    YAY Nashville, I really hope you adjust up higher. Good to see it climb up in the ratings…..beating Chicago Fire :-)

  • David

    @Just Desserts

    How exactly is that wishful thinking? It would make sense to axe Neighbors if Parents holds up. I’m not saying it will, but if it ain’t broke why change it?

  • David

    Next season, instead of trying to launch another dud in their comedy block, provided of course Parents holds up, I think ABC should try this on Wednesday:

    8- The Middle
    8:30- Suburgatory
    9- Modern Family
    9:30- How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life
    10- New Drama or Revenge?

  • Jayzel

    American Idol = Timbeeeeeeerrrr!

    I should be a network exec. The very minute I heard of their plans to do The X Factor, I KNEW Idol would collapse. Greed and overkill, greed and overkill. They diluted their golden hen.

    They need to immediately cancel X Factor, bring back Paul and Simon, and shake up the format of Idol or Idol, nay the entire FOX network, is finished. They may even go before NBC. Idol and Factor take up too much real estate and will be impossible to replace so quickly.

  • Matt

    Wow… Modern Family up 9 tenths! GREAT debut for How To Live… Over 8 million and a 2.9, with a likely chance for being adj. up to a 3.0, very good. Also was up 1.5+ million from APT. 23. Also good cast (Sarah Chalke, Liz Perkins, Brad Garrett)

    Nashville won its hour?!?!

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