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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  • tom

    MF back to season 1 numbers, and I don’t think syndication will help.

  • iMember

    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!?

    Also, another Modern Family repeat next week? They’re promoting a silly movie to air on April 21st more than they are promoting their own shows.

  • Potato

    Oh no! Modern family is only the top rated program of the night! It’s dying for sure! What… what are you people even saying?

  • Cougar Town Forever

    @ AVTTVF 1986

    While I am not sure about Nashville and Revenge, I have to disagree with you about Castle. It has very stable ratings and has always been on Monday nights. I would argue that one of ABC’s problems is that they are always shuffling their schedule. Let Castle stay on Monday and own the Monday 10pm slot. No reason to move it.

  • Seth

    STRONG for Idol. Still the top rated show on FOX.

  • Ted Craig

    For people wondering why How to Live… was held back until midseason, I’ve read that it was supposed to lead-off a Tuesday night comedy block that would have started in January, but HE and A23 tanked, ruining that plan. That may also be why shows like The Middle went a month without a new episode.

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    Why does The Office appear as a repeat tonight in the prime time schedule? it’s an original episode! They do that sometimes with other shows too, it’s annoying! I know you don’t control that though.

  • rob60990

    Well about time Idol showed some stability.

    Suburgatory is in no danger of being cancelled but i could see it getting moved to Tuesdays or midseason. The Neighbors is a dead show. Not a bad drop for HTLWYP. MF is a repeat the next 2 weeks so it could drop pretty steep.

    Strong rating for Criminal Minds but theres definitely some crossover between it and SVU.

  • Cougar Town Forever

    @Ted Craig

    Thanks. That would explain a lot of what’s going on.

  • MichaelChickless

    Go Criminal Minds! Nice! The episode was creepy, but good. (about par for the course)

    That’s awesome for CSI. It’s got some life left in it (so to speak).

    That’s an admirable showing for a repeat of Hannibal.

  • Watch TNA Tonight on SPIKE @ 8/7c

    Chicago Fire really does make a difference in that timeslot Nashville and CSI had their best ratings in a while.

    Suburgatory is right in line with Neighbors, one of them is going to die and its going to be Neighbors since Suburgatory has one year over it. HTLWYP might be in trouble as the weeks go by bigger bleedage this week.

  • bob

    I agree with you on Idol that the judges are what is destroying the show. For example, last night was the first time I watched this season and for most of the night, I was a bit bored. I was such a fan of the shows that I would obsess over it and be so upset if a favorite left and even if it was somebody I didn’t particularly cared for, you still felt a bit bad for the person. Now I could care less if anybody leaves and their doesn’t seem to have that emotion to the show anymore. I know it is stale and could revive itself but not to its glory days because people don’t watch TV like that anymore, but at least allow for it to leave in a respectable manner. It they don’t do anything dramatic next year than I seriously hope it leaves in 2014.

  • Alex

    Decent repeat number for Hannibal given that its up against repeats tonight NBC have reason to feel optimistic about episode two. We’ll what happens.

    Fox can breathe a sigh of relief. Idol seems to have stabilised and might even be starting to pick up a little bit of momentum.

    The ABC comedy block continued to be somewhat erratic. Modern Family has been all over the place as of late. Week two for How To Live With Your Parents… did OK. But we have to wait and see how the rest of the run pans out. Suburgatory isn’t looking especially healthy though. And I can’t quite work out how I feel about Nashville. In ABC’s position I’m not sure I’d renew it…

    The CBS dramas did well. Survivor perhaps showing its age now though. Although its numbers are still good.

  • Bri

    Yay at Criminal Minds beating both NCIS and NCIS:LA :)

  • David

    Bravo How To Live! Strong performance for ABC’s entire lineup except for Suburgatory. The show is worryingly low. It should be with the rest of the pack and pulled a 2.0 like the Middle but instead dropped 3 tenths which in turn causes a ripple effect on Modern Family which pulls a lower number then How To Live pulls a lower number. So with that said had Suburgatory earned a 2.0 I’m sure How To Live would of gone 1 or 2 tenths higher.

  • CrimTV


    Only because Apartment 23 was moved to death on Tuesdays, if it was kept on Wednesdays it would probably still be on air!

  • CrimTV


    Syndication will defiantly benefit from Syndication, you’ve seen Big Bang Theory!

  • Ultima

    @Cougar Town Forever
    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.

    Have you never watched TV before? Networks have scheduled like this in the spring for decades…

    Not sure why so many people have trouble grasping the implications of airing 24 episodes in a 36 week season. They are going to air repeats at some point, yet everyone is always surprised when they do.

  • Nick

    @bob I do believe the judges are the main problem, but it doesn’t help that it’s fairly predictable who will win, which has been the case for the past 4 or 5 years. Of course, that can’t be helped, but the judges are mostly to blame for that – they picked the contestants, and this year, they screwed up royally with the guys. And everyone knows that a cute guy with a good voice will keep the viewers (preteen and teen girls) watching.

    Still, there’s no excuse for Mariah’s rambling and Nicki’s aggressive attitude. Keith Urban is doing great, and Randi is as well.

  • Ultima

    Also, another Modern Family repeat next week?

    Shocking, I know. It’s almost as if there are more weeks to the season than episodes to air!

    They’re promoting a silly movie to air on April 21st more than they are promoting their own shows.

    They’re paying for it, why shouldn’t they be promoting it?

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