Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Modern Family', 'American Idol' & 'Survivor' Adjusted Up

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April 4th, 2013


American Idol, Survivor, and Modern Family were each adjusted up a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Wednesday broadcast ratings.

Want to know why adjustments occur to the preliminary ratings? Read this.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Wednesday, April 2, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.1/9 11.76
CBS Survivor 2.5/7 9.25
ABC The Middle 2.0/6 7.22
NBC Dateline NBC 1.4/4 5.88
CW Arrow 0.9/3 2.92
8:30 ABC Suburgatory 1.8/5 5.83
9:00 ABC Modern Family (9-9:31PM) 4.2/11 10.88
CBS Criminal Minds 2.8/7 10.79
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.6/4 6.34
CW Supernatural 0.8/2 1.90
9:30 ABC How To Live With Your Parents -Series Premiere 2.9/8 8.44
10:00 CBS CSI 2.1/6 9.89
ABC Nashville 1.7/5 5.54
NBC Chicago Fire 1.6/4 6.37




Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Bob


    The problem with the Voice is that they can’t get anybody to buy their CDs, go to their concerts, hire them for Oscar Winning Movies, etc. The Voice is only 3 years old and really has not done anything outside of airing the show.

  • Potato

    If we’re talking about sitcoms airing out of order, community has been a mess this year. Their first day of classes was episode 1, their second day of classes was episode 4

  • Alex

    Do you have any clue as to why ABC airs episodes of comedies out of order?

    Reasons can vary.

    As mentioned occasionally seasons are aired out of order because specific episodes are made for Valentines Day or other holidays/special occasions and not airing those on the right day or during the right week looks incredibly odd. In this instance the shift around in episode order tends to happen because of unexpected pre-emptions usually a network and production are able to plan far enough ahead to know when the Christmas episode for example should be in the season.

    Specifically in the case of shows like Happy Endings, Apt. 23 and I believe How To Live With Your Parents… ABC is airing episodes out of order to make the most of the run. The episodes being picked are deemed to be the strongest episodes of the run and therefore have the best chance of attracting and keeping an audience from week-to-week. When a show has a short run or will be airing out of sync with the rest of its block that’s in theory a good method to use while airing it. A better method is to not air it out of sync with the rest of the block but that’s another story.

  • Alex

    The problem with the Voice is that they can’t get anybody to buy their CDs, go to their concerts, hire them for Oscar Winning Movies, etc. The Voice is only 3 years old and really has not done anything outside of airing the show.

    Is that a bad thing?

    People keep bringing up this argument that The Voice hasn’t created stars and eventually that’ll mean the audience will get bored of it but is that really how it works? American Idol has created stars but that hasn’t stopped the audience getting bored of it. I don’t think people watched American Idol because it created (or creates) stars and I don’t think they watch The Voice for that reason. They watch because they find it entertaining. When they stop finding it entertaining they’ll stop watching. I’d also point out that American Idol had a bit of a leg up in regards to creating stars in that it was really the only show of its kind for a long time. Or at least the only show of its kind having major success. Executives across the entertainment industry seized on it as source of talent but that fad has largely worn off now.

    Also from what I’ve seen of this season the emphasis from The Voice’s production is less about finding the next megastar recording artist and more about finding the winner of The Voice and which coach will be their mentor. NBC seem to have set the whole thing up as a much more self contained competition series than Idol has ever been. Perhaps that’s a direct reaction to the less than stellar sales figures of previous winners but its not a bad route to take.

  • Glue

    I thought that The X Factor had one chance left but seeing the drops in American Idol too, I think that XF is safe (unless it drops). FOX should really think about next year and how the ratings will fare.

  • GARY

    Glad to see Nashville was “country strong.”

  • marcos

    I remember Samantha Who was aired out of other too. it was a mess


    American Idol has no been good this year. Simple as that. Contestants & judges have no chemistry. That is one factor in the drop. As an IDOL fan, it prob wont be as good ‘the show in general’ as The Voice will be this season. That being said I watched Season 1 fully, and bits of seasons 2/3, and IDOL was definatly better as a show in general. Contestants on The Voice generally arnt as good, and u don’t really get to know them. The Voice comes off as a show attracts casual viewers thay will watch if theirs nothing else on TV. The fact that they basically ignore their winners is a turn off for me btw.

  • Tessa

    What makes me worried about Supernatural is that perhaps the whole trial storyline isn’t as interesting to the viewers as the writers/producers thought it would be. They made a huge mistake making it the task of only one brother instead of having them both engaged in them. This way Dean only gets to stand on the sideline watching/worrying while Sam has to do all the impossible tasks without help. And since he doesn’t have help yet has to do them anyway everything he does comes off as too easy and rushed.

    Also the pacing is badly off. They added such a complicated mythology yet they aren’t willing to take a break from their numerous, wasteful standalone episodes to tell their damn story. As Mae said, last night’s episode should’ve been split into two or more. We should’ve had both Sam and Dean figure out a believable way to go into Hell/Purgatory to perform the trial. Instead we were treated to LARPing and pet love stories and Golems and child hunters while the main arc of the show was put on the back burner.

  • Tony

    The both shows (Arrow and Supernatural) were an amazing last night..i was hoping to adjusted up both of them.. :(

  • Samunto

    Idol was alone in the market when it launched. Explains why Kelly Clarkson still is the most successful of them all.

    At the end of the day, it’s about the ratings and if people want to watch. It’s entertainment. After that, comes the credibility and that’s probably why NBC last season pushed Cassadeeeeeeeee pope so much as she looked like she could sell.

    And it’s very normal for a show in it’s 12th year to decline especially if there’s similar/viable competition in the mix. Of all the shows, The Voice is the most different as to what people have become used to for 12yrs!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Mae: I disagree about the Supernatural episode. I think the pace was just right. They moved things along without a lot of exposition or long angsty conversations between the guys. As a result I think next week’s episode will tick up.

  • tim_m

    Can’t wait to see how slaughtered AI gets tonight against the big bang theory and two and a half men. If it can only get 3.1 against medium competition its gonna get killed worse tonight.

  • Mark

    I doubt The Voice will even make it to a 12th season so props to Idol. It has the best format too. You really get to know the contestants and connect with them. The problem with The X Factor and The Voice is that they focus too much on the judges. And the coaches take a little too much credit for the performances even though they weren’t the ones up their singing and dancing. If they got rid of Mariah on Idol, the judging panel would be perfect????

  • Mark

    Didn’t mean to put the question marks! I meant to put exclamation points!!!!!

  • Tessa


    When people say the episode was rushed we don’t mean we want exposition or long angsty conversations. We mean something that doesn’t make their own mythology look ridiculous. We mean people shouldn’t walk in purgatory for 5 minutes, find the door to Hell which coincidentally opens to the very dungeon their friend is locked in. We mean there’s no reason the door to said friend’s cell should be unlocked, or there wouldn’t be fire breathing demons guarding it around the clock. Had they spent a few more episodes on this storyline we could’ve had tense moments of Crowley and his minions chasing Sam and Bobby across Hell and Purgatory. We would’ve had Benny having to search a little more for the two of them, make deals and run into more trouble instead of illogically landing in the same spot as they. We would’ve had everything make a little more sense so that it didn’t seem so silly.

    I still hope you’re right though. I won’t object to the show having an uptick. Too bad it won’t be next week but April 24.

  • Jayzel

    Nobody is “bashing” American Idiol. We are just looking at reality and stating the truth, realitiphobe. American Idol is dead. I one to one and a half year, NOONE will be looking at its ratings…

  • Flame

    @FuneralDinner, who wrote on Page 1: “Hopefully HTLWYP can keep up the high numbers since ABC intend airing all the episodes out of order, like they did with Apt 23.”

    -> They did the same with Happy Endings, two episodes in S1 just did not make sense as they were meant to be episodes 2 and 3 and they played in in 11th and 12th. Also, the penultimate S1 episode of Malibu Country had the feel like it was meant to air much earlier.

  • coolioni

    Last nights ep of SPN was a great one in my book.
    It us a shame that it happened to be on of the lowest rated eps of this season.
    I dud also think that the episode should have been cut in 2.

    It was really nice seeing BObby again.

    I was wondering how they were going to do it being that he had already died last season plus they burned his bones and possessions.

    It still was very entertaining.

    It was very once to see (Amanda Tapping) Niaomi get as much screen time as she did.

    I wonder what the backstory between her and Crowley is?

    They definatly had some sort of relationship in the past
    So is the show going on break again.

    I noticed there were no preview for next week. So I guess the show may be on break again? Anyone know?

  • poweranimals

    At least Arrow was back above Supernatural this week.

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