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

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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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  • Dillan

    Idol to be at X Factor levels next week?

    That’s pretty good for Nashville.

  • Remote Patrolled

    Idol learning the harsh lessons of being too complacent. Seriously the themes this year – Beatles Week, Motown Week, Classic Rock Week – are just ridiculous. The same old songs, the same old themes. Terrible producing.

  • Hubert R. Wentland

    Good for Patents and pretty well for suburgatory, two surprises.

  • Just Desserts

    Suburgatory = The Neighbors. :-I

  • Luiz

    American Idol is almost equal with The X-Floptor.

  • forg

    MF back in 4s! Last week was really weird with that steep drop. Middle back to 2.0. Solid for How to Live but it’s on par with how Apt 23 and HE premiered with MF lead in so let’s see how it will hold up, I think it’s a good fit

  • Ben

    Chicago Fire will be renewed. It’s one of NBC’s highest rated dramas.

    Chicago Fire is still doing good. It went up against a new episode of CSI.

  • Adrian

    What happened to SPN? Damn
    I hadn’t noticed how old Arrow skews. No wonder it’s sub-1.0 already.

  • Cyrax86

    Poor Suburgatory, but The Neighbors is not looking half as bad now.

    Embarrassing for Idol and astonishing for the new sitcom. I thought my 2.5 prediction was already way too generous…

  • Dante

    Half hours show Nashville with a 1.8 and 1.6 and Chicago Fire with a 1.6 for both halves.

  • Nia


    I hope it’ll get adjusted up, at least. Was Supernatural pre-empted somewhere?
    I would think that people would be pleased at the movement of the myth-arc.

  • JR35

    Huge jump for Modern Family.

  • Fred

    I watched Modern Family , How To Live With Your Parents and Nashville. last night. I still have to catch up with the Middle.

    What a fantastic night of entertainment.

  • r0ckmypants

    How to Live was terribly unfunny. I’m glad it did well and that it gave Nashville a bit of a boost, but I don’t see it maintaining anywhere near those numbers.

    Chicago Fire in last place at 10… NBC can’t actually be considering a spin-off with those numbers.

  • Charmed

    Half hours?

  • Gabe


    Lolz. You said Flop-Factor instead of X-Factor. You’re so funny and original.

  • DiegoC

    adjust up, htlwyp(ftroyl)!!! :D

  • Just Desserts


    The Neighbors did get a 3 on its first episode.

  • CookyMonzta

    Jesus #$@&! That is TOO big a drop from last week! That’s definitely going to be adjusted up to 3.1/9 and 11.7 million, which is still a HUGE drop from the 3.2/9 and 12.3 million last week.

    I thought the ratings drop for Idol would be on its way to to bottoming out right now (top 8 or top 7), but apparently I underestimated this avalanche.

    Tomorrow we could very well see a 2.6/8 and anywhere from 10.3 to 10.9 million. If the slide continues, we might see this show draw 2.5 or less in the demo and 9.99 million or less before the championship. What are the chances that the finale could end up drawing at least 25% fewer viewers than the premiere for the first time in its history (in this case, 13.45 million)?

  • BigBrotherFan

    yes! yes! yes! Nashville
    Beating Chicago Fire THANK THE LORD!
    CSI and CF hurt eachother and thats better for NASHVILLE :)

    Subergatory doing on PAR with that awful ALIEN show LMAO CANCEL, PLEASE!
    Survivor is soooooooo boring this season

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