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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  • MichaelChickless

    Great episode of Criminal Minds last night!

  • Melanie P.

    @Reader, I agree about the bed hopping on Nashville. I don’t mind seeing a little romance, but it gets to be too much after a while.

  • Melanie P.

    It would have been better to see Nashville get at least a 2.0 after it had such a huge lead in with How to Live. I still enjoyed Chicago Fire though.

  • Mi

    Arrow probably won’t make it to season five because the CW probably won’t get their contracts extended and the entire network will probably finish its run.

    For those who claimed this episode was boring, I don’t want to know what you were smoking. This episode was damn good as were the ones before it.

  • Michael Z

    Has anyone ever done a cost per hour analysis / cost per viewer for the Titanic-esque “American Idol?”

  • Maya

    Thank you Laina you have absolutly right about everything!

    I don’t understand this they ruined the mythology nonsense, first of all are you seriously upset ’cause they changed hell? I’m mean SERIOUSLY?? the never ending hell line was hideous and lack of imagination, but they never said “this is the new hell were got ridde of the other” did not occur to you that it was only a different part in the never ending hell?? I mean no one was supposed to know that Bobby was in hell, maybe he was in different place, like another level of Hell like in Dante’s.

    “It was too easy in and out of hell/purgatory” well Crowley always said purgatory was adjacent to hell, and I think that the Grim reaper knowing a secret way in hell makes a lot of sense, I mean his job is to take the souls where belong in the after life, and It was easy get out of purgatory thanks to Benny’s sacrifice.

    About Arrow, Stephen Amell is a pretty good actor, but Katie Cassidy is not doing well there, don’t know why ’cause I don’t believe she is a bad actress, I loved her as Ruby I was angry when she left, and I know that many liked her too.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Bill, Robert, or Sarah:
    I know that the Big Bang Theory is the #1 comedy, but what is second?
    I know it’s between Modern Family and Two and a Half Men. Modern Family has been between a 3.2 and a 5.4 this season. Two and a Half Men has been between a 3.3 and a 4.5. I’m sure Modern Family wins with Live+7 but do you know live ratings?

  • jake

    Arrow is fairly stable, it may grow to 1.0
    How to Live will be a fad..
    Just like Happy Endings and Apt 23, enjoy while you can..

  • Mickey


    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 spent 7 years listening to other fans complain about Kripke, Sera and everybody and everything else while I was quite happy with it all. Fans will always complain about something. You just complained about the two previous seasons.

    And if every fan who had something to complain about stopped watching, the ratings would’ve gone down the toilet and the show would’ve been cancelled years ago. If you still enjoy watching it, then you should be thankful people keep watching in spite of their complaints. It kept the show on the air.

    By the same token, it could be said: “If you don’t like what you read on the internet, then stop reading it instead of complaining about it.”

    BTW, I did stop watching Supernatural. It’s just a shame the two ratings I care most about, Arrow and Chicago Fire, are on the same night as Supernatural. Most of the time I resist getting pulled into discussions of Supernatural. Not today though. You think you’re just sharing something you read that’s relevant to what a poster said, and next thing you know you’ve been sucked into an argument.

    I think from now on I’ll just check the ratings and skip the comments. Take my own advice and stop reading the internet.

  • T

    No Chicago Fire. :( Good for Modern Family.

  • Carl

    @Mickey, I hope you will keep commenting, whether you watch or not. I think there’s enough good in the show to keep watching, but even if you don’t want to start back up, you should still talk about the show.

  • Mi

    I still watch SPN but unlike the previous seasons, I less enjoy it and watch more out of habit. They became way too repititive and I’m tired of the endless angst. Once and Arrow are now my top two shows with POI, PLL, and Grimm behind. SPN is only six in my list now.

  • Restless

    @ Mickey
    I just wanted to mention that Carver wrote so many episodes of Being Human in season 1 (along with his wife) because they budgeted poorly and ran out of money. They screwed the pooch and had to write the episodes themselves, not necessarily that they wanted to. He talked about it on the Nerdist Writers Panel #18 (which you can listen to online, but not gonna link cause I think that’s still broken? The same one where he mentioned Supernatural didn’t have a writers room, writers got assigned storylines and then it was sink or swim. Both situations the other panelists didn’t seem to approve of.)

    So anyway, can’t compare the number of episodes written for Being Human season 1 and Supernatural. Totally different circumstances. Supernatural already has their writers, contracts, and other production stuff; I’m sure behind the scenes is quite a bit different on an old show where the only difference is a show runner compared to starting a new production like Being Human that doesn’t already have everything in place. Plus Being Human US does borrow some storylines from the original UK version. They have a blueprint and shorter seasons; not so with Supernatural. At least maybe Carver’s not mismanaging the budget again! :P But can’t really say he’s not putting the effort in just because he’s not written a few more episodes. We don’t know even half the story.

    Though personally I wish he’d written a few more too, because I quite liked Being Human season 1 and most of Carver’s Supernatural episodes.

    I watched Being Human before Supernatural, so I am a late comer Castiel and Carver fan. Although I don’t think Cas has gotten that great a storyline this season, and I think the first half of this season was better, so we obviously have pretty different opinions.

    I haven’t watched Arrow but I liked Katie Cassidy in Supernatural as well. Also liked Lauren Cohan (Bela) and am thrilled to see her in Walking Dead as one of the (sadly very few) badass women. Supernatural made a big mistake in losing them, in my opinion.

  • Sol

    I loved Katie Cassidy’s Ruby on SPN, but she was definitely miscast in Arrow. Her performance is the reason I stopped watching.

    Go SPN! Having Benny back was great. That episode totally ruined the show’s mythology, but I stopped caring after S5. Hopefully ratings will be up a bit next week. :)

  • Sam

    I really want suburgatory to get a 3rd season. It is a good show! Its funny and very clever. C’MON PEOPLE GIVE IT A CHANCE! pleaseee

  • Mi

    @Sol Laurel’s characterization has improved in the recent episodes and I actually like Katie in this role now. I only wish she didn’t use too much botox and was able to still move her forehead..

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