TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol' & 'CSI' Up, 'Modern Family' & 'How To Live With Your Parents' Slide + 'Survivor' Ties Low

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April 11th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.2/9 2.6/7 2.3/6 1.6/5 1.0/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.2/7 1.5/5 1.7/6 1.5/5 0.7/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 11.988 10.455 7.087 3.842 4.119 1.379


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

On FOX, American Idol  earned a 3.2, up a tenth from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Survivor earned a series low-tying 2.4, down a tenth from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds garnered a 3.0, up two tenths from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49. CSI notched a 2.4, up three tenths from last week's 2.1 among adults 18-49.

On ABC, The Middle was even with last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Suburgatory scored a 1.7, down a tenth from last week's 1.8 18-49 rating. Modern Family garnered a 3.8, down four tenths from last week's 4.2 among adults 18-49. How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) notched a 2.5, also down four tenths from last week's premiere 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville earned a 1.8, up a tenth from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Dateline garnered a 1.2, down two tenths from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Wednesday, April 10, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.2 9 11.98
CBS Survivor: Caramoan 2.4 8 9.15
ABC The Middle 2.0 6 7.42
NBC Dateline NBC 1.2 4 5.26
CW Arrow -R 0.4 1 1.56
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory 1.7 5 5.55
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 3.8 10 10.22
CBS Criminal Minds 3.0 8 11.29
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 1.0 3 3.99
CW Supernatural -R 0.4 1 1.19
9:30PM ABC How to Live With Your Parents 2.5 7 7.31
10:00PM CBS CSI 2.4 7 10.93
ABC Nashville 1.8 5 6.01
NBC Hannibal -R 0.9 3 3.10

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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/8; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.
  • 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," 0.7/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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" (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • Fred

    I enjoyed the Dionne Warwick classics performed by the Idol female contestants.

  • J-albaadani

    Arrow and SPN repeated pretty good. I watch Arrow and BATB and it’s so much better than Arrow story wise. BATB deserves its ratings to be as high or higher than Arrow’s.

  • RyanCanada

    was an extremly boring night of tv, i think modern family is dying down, wasnt it up there in the 5’s demo with big bang last year?

  • eridapo

    All the ratings are in line with past week performances, so nothing really stands out. Suburgatory has been showing weakness since January and could be an indication that people are no longer interested. HTLWY is still too early to see where this series will settle, but if it stays above a 2.2 ABC can consider that a win.

  • Ron

    I’m sure Survivor will end up at a 2.5 like it usually does. How to live held up pretty well. Certainly better than anything thats aired in that slot in a long time.

  • John A

    Hannibal will be down of course. The only show to go up from its premiere this season was The Following.

  • The Old Woman

    Hopefully all the folks who watched Hannibal on Wednesday tune in for tonight’s show.

  • Dillan

    That’s still pretty good for How To Live With Your Parents.

  • Cougar Town Forever

    I have to admit, I am pretty impressed by HTLWYP’s numbers. I don’t take premier numbers too seriously, but that it pretty good for week 2. If it can have numbers like that for another week, I think it is a lock for renewal.

    Suburgatory on the other hand is looking kind of concerning. It’s pulling in numbers similar to the Neighbors at 8:30 (a little worse actually). I think this is a combination of creative challenges for the show, as well as the questionable decision to move it from 9:30 to 8:30. I really feel that all of ABC’s tinkering is hurting the numbers for all of its shows. I feel like I never know what’s going to be on, when it will be on, or if it will be new.

  • Billy

    How To Live held up pretty well for a second airing. The true test will come next week when it airs after a MF repeat.

  • Ram510

    Suburgatory is a dud. If ABC has strong pilots this season they should just cancel shows like Suburgatory, Neighbors and Malibu Country (obviously HE is already gone). It may be time to take a leap of faith and they have too many comedies

  • Owen

    Survivor does this dance every week.
    Preliminary ratings: down a tenth to tie its series low.
    Final ratings: adjusted up a tenth.

    Prediction for next week?
    Preliminary ratings: down a tenth to tie its series low.
    Final ratings: adjusted up a tenth.

  • Mark

    Everyone in my family thinks Nicki is great. She really know what she’s talking about. Mariah rambles on and you never really know what she is saying. She is by far the worst judge in history of idol! Worse than Ellen.

  • Ron

    no Ryan, MF typically falls into the low 4s/high 3s this time of year. But for the season yes it is down overall. no 6’s this year and only in the 5’s a few times

  • A very true TV fan 1986

    Here’s what I think ABC should do:

    1. Put Nashville on Mondays after Dancing With The Stars
    2. Move Castle to Tuesdays
    3. Put Revenge back to its old timeslot on Wednesdays

    That would make me happy if ABC did all that.

  • iMember

    I think ABC will renew Suburgatory.

    Also, can we talk about how ABC didn’t air a promo for the next episode of Nashville (May 1st)? WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO THEMSELVES!?

  • bjssp


    What’s really odd is that How was held until midseason/the end of the season, given the star power. I know some reviews have been tough, but still.

    ABC is just as chaotic, if not more so, than NBC with its scheduling. The big difference is that it seems to premiere its shows, whereas at least this season, NBC cancelled some of them before they aired.

    (On a related now, when if ever will Save Me on NBC premiere? Are they still filming the show?)

  • Cougar Town Forever

    @ Billy

    MF is a repeat again next week? Sheesh, gotta love ABC. They have had, what, three week of new episodes? And now we are back to repeats? And this while they are trying to build a new show? ABC is killing itself.

  • r0ckmypants

    Don’t Trust the B got a 2.6 in its second week, and that was coming out of a season low for Modern Family. Obviously Modern Family is down significantly from last year, but still… we see how things turned out for The B.

  • Zach

    MF was down and so was HTLWYP so makes sense. Idol was up — rare :P.

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