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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  • Rebecca

    @BitterRingerFan beat me to it – The Office is a NEW episode tonight, not a rerun. Zap2it has it wrong while TVGuide has it right. It’ll be a rerun next week.

    Enjoyed Middle, MF and HTL. And Psych – last four minutes of its episode were very important.


    All I will says about idol for having a weak season damn candice glover gave a performance that gave me chills up and down my spine. She has an amazing amazing voice and is absolutely incredible.

  • r0ckmypants

    @CrimTV – I agree. But I highly doubt that if How to Live is renewed it will keep its post-Modern Family slot. So like Don’t Trust the B, it would undoubtedly be moved and crash without its lead-in.

  • Freddy Arrow


    “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.”

    Glad to see that Ultima’s around to tilt at windmills. I also don’t understand people’s shock at the networks airing repeats.

    Personally, I’d prefer networks show repeats for 6 weeks from late November thru the new year and again for 6 weeks from March thru mid April. However, I have no idea what that would mean in terms of overall ratings health for their shows.

  • rgxx

    CSI – STILL STRONG – great episode – and next week another rerun…blah!

  • CrimTV


    Why should ABC move How to Live away from the post-MF slot next season, if they’ll just do the same this season, premiere a show after it that’s underwhelming, then in mid-season April premiere another show that they will move to another slot to die?

  • AA

    OMG Nashville. It’s been going up for the past two weeks. Season 2 is for sure.

  • omabin

    I think it may be not such a bad idea for CBS to timeshare TAR and Survivor on Sundays. Survivor’s average, while not bad by any means, is also not spectacular for CBS standards. It is averaging a 2.5, which is just 2 or 3 tenths above CBS’s strongest 10 pm performers (H50, CSI and Elementary) and is doing significantly worse than the earlier midweek dramas (NCIS, NCIS LA, Criminal Minds and Person of Interest). Besides, there are no dramas except for Arrow airing in the slot and with Idol signifiantly weaker, NBC non existent and ABC in a not spectacular, albeit stable, hour, means the slot is good for a drama!

    I would move POI and Intelligence to this night, slide CM to 10pm and CSI to anchor Fridays. Thursday should be 2 hour of comedies.

  • omabin


    I don’t want them to do it. But they are almost certain to do so, unfortunately.

  • JacobYates

    @Bill or whoever else can answer
    Will the Neighbors be cancelled if How to Live… continues to do well?

  • Bella Bellini

    Great repeat for Hannibal! Hopefully more people watch the second episode tonight.

  • SarahL

    My fears for The Neighbors grows as How To Live With Your Parents holds it ratings well.

  • Jay Raskin

    The “up” label for “American Idol” is a little bit misleading. At 3.2/9, it is the second lowest rated Wednesday in the show’s history. Last week was the lowest at 3.1/9. Out of 453 broadcasts, this was the 7th lowest rating in the demo. All 7 have come in the past month. In total viewers (11.99 million), this was the second lowest in the past 11 years, only beating last week’s low (11.76) by 230,000.
    To see how badly American Idol is doing compared to last year, compare this show to the April 11, 2012 performance show. It had a 4.7/14 demo and 16.81 million. It has shed about 30% of its audience in both ratings from last year.

  • omabin

    Is it just me or has ABC decided to not promote its shows anymore? I can’t find any promos for Grey’s, OUAT or Revenge on the internet and now Nashville fans (I don’t watch that one) are complaining about the same! I can only find a promo for Scandal. Also Castle and BoP but those air next week so it would be even crazier not to air promos for them. They are insane.

  • Ted Craig

    I don’t think How to Live… has anything to do with the fate of The Neighbors, for those asking. Neighbors was unlikely to return on Wednesdays if it does return at all.

  • r0ckmypants

    @CrimTV – Because it’s what they do? ABC even launched The Neighbors out of Modern Family for a week, just to get eyes on it and hopefully establish an audience that will move with the show. That didn’t happen with Don’t Trust the B. Because How to Live is on the same trajectory, I’m predicting it wouldn’t happen with that either.

    But of course ABC is going to use its most-watched show to launch something new and potentially find its next success story. How to Live shouldn’t continue in the slot because it’s doing fine but not well enough that ABC wouldn’t want to try something else. Obviously just about anything they debut there can do about the same numbers, so why not try for something that could possibly do better?

  • MichaelChickless

    @omabin “I would move POI and Intelligence to this night”


  • Billy


    Everyone thinks every sitcom will benefit from syndication just because TBBT exploded from it. The truth of the matter is most sitcoms see no bump from syndication. TBBT is a special show and a special case. Rules of Engagement, 30 Rock and How I Met Your Mother all went into syndication recently and saw no bump. Syndication means nothing for ratings except for very rare cases.

  • Ultima

    @Jay Raskin
    The “up” label for “American Idol” is a little bit misleading.

    No, it’s not. American Idol had a higher rating this week than it did last week. That’s what “up” means.

    It’s not a year-to-year comparision, it’s a week-to-week comparison.

  • Gary A

    A few comments:

    First, when saying Arrow and SPN repeat well, can we add the disclaimer -“for the CW”?

    Second, I wish some people would be more understanding of what some others post and not just go off on their own rant. Case in point for Wednesdays posts – the apparent random and nonsensical scheduling of repeats by some networks. Yes, the networks need to schedule 24 new shows over a 36 week period and that does cause some oddities but what I got from some of those complaining about it was not that the networks have to schedule repeats ( we know they do ) but how in the spring it’s 2 new shows then 2 repeats a new show then another two repeats before the final four weeks. I think it’s more that was the gist of their comment and not why do networks schedule so many repeats.
    I apologize to the poster for not remembering their name but kudos to that intelligent idea – running 6 weeks of repeats in the winter ( Dec & Jan ) and again late March – April. I think that would work out nicely but the networks would neevr do anything so intelligent in their programming and still wonder why their numbers drop every spring.

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