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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  • Cougar Town Forever

    @Ultima (and others)

    As much as I don’t appreciate everyone assuming that I am an idiot, it’s not that I don’t understand the concept of repeats. You do understand that there is no law that says networks need to order 24 episodes and then spread them out over 36 weeks. TV has been heading away from that model. Cable generally has shorter seasons that run straight through. I don’t have to wonder every week if Game of Thrones is new or not. It is, and I’m watching. Reality shows generally don’t take a break either, or only take a week off for special circumstances.

    Or you can look at The Walking Dead, which spread out 16 episodes over 7 months. It didn’t run 3 weeks on then 2 weeks off, etc. It ran the first half of the season, took 2 months off, then ran the other half. My comment with ABC is that, for casual fans, it is hard to predict when a new episode is going to air, which serves as a deterent to people from watching the show. In ABC’s case, they’ve made things worse by mixing repeats of MF and the Middle with new episodes of their other shows which they are trying to grow.

  • Oliver

    Slightly below average week 2 drop for HTLWYP(FTROYL). Strong retention of approx 65%.

    The problem, as ever, is that ABC has too many middling sitcoms and not enough schedule space.

    I’m not writing this off, but ABC has some tough comedy decisions to make this upfronts.

  • Freddy Arrow


    “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.”

    I don’t know when it went into syndication, but How I Met Your Mother got a sizeable ratings bump in season 4 and again in season 7.

  • Ultima

    @Gary A
    still wonder why their numbers drop every spring

    No one wonders why they drop. The weather is nicer and the sun is out later. It has absolutely nothing to do with scheduling.

  • Rich

    NBC should never have cancelled “Who Do You Think You Are?”. It was doing quite well despite its competition at the time and was doing far better than what’s in that time slot now. Just sayin’.

  • m k sims

    If the networks cancel every show that has ups and downs in ratings, there will be nothing left to watch. I hope ABC leaves the better shows on for a second season. Especially rooting for Malibu Country.

  • Shane

    How come tonight on the guide on the side there it doesn’t say Office is new but it is. It says it right on their website and Roseanne is on it tonight hopefully people on here notice that and don’t just assume since it doesn’t show New that it’s a repeat tonight :O. I usually just go by this site so i’m glad i checked it out i hope other’s do as well, please fix this for everyone!

  • Ultima

    @Cougar Town Forever
    TV has been heading away from that model.

    For cable and reality shows, yes. For what we were talking about, no. Broadcast scripted shows have been scheduled pretty much the same way for decades.

    In ABC’s case, they’ve made things worse by mixing repeats of MF and the Middle with new episodes of their other shows which they are trying to grow.

    Which is exactly what they’ve done for decades.

    My comment with ABC is that, for casual fans, it is hard to predict when a new episode is going to air, which serves as a deterent to people from watching the show

    If it’s an established show and you’re a fan, you spend ten seconds looking up if it’s new. If it’s a new show, it’s going to be new every single week. Problem solved.

  • Nick

    @Shane For some reason zap2it has been messed up lately. I have no reason why they would label it as a repeat, especially when Roseanne is guest-starring. They’ve been messging up the scheduling with Celebrity Apprentice too.

  • Alex

    Which is exactly what they’ve done for decades.

    Which is true the problem is the television landscape has dramatically changed over the course of those decades and scheduling habits haven’t. It was all well and good to have this kind of sporadic and often seemingly random on again off again scheduling when broadcast had a monopoly (or near monopoly) on viewers but that’s no longer the case. Its much harder to get eyeballs onto a show now than its ever been so there’s a very reasonable argument to be made that networks should have a better and more easily followed pattern of originals and repeats.

    Of course the flipside to all this is that when a broadcast network does make the effort to keep to a clear cycle of original episodes fans still moan. The clear example here being Revolution. NBC made the clear distinction that they were going to have two blocks of original episodes separated by a couple of months and there was no shortage of people declaring death for the show.

  • Bee

    YAY NASHVILLE! keep rising! especially awesome since the rest of ABC was down. i hope it can hit a 2.0 again before season’s end. but WTF!?!?! NO PROMO!? here we go back to 1.6-1.7 again just when progress was starting to be made again.

    how to live held up well.

  • Alex

    On this whole ‘Nashville had no promo’ thing – are people just assuming that everyone is going to forget the show exists because ABC didn’t air a promo for it? When is the next original episode by the way, isn’t it in repeats next week?

  • BigBrotherFan

    I am thrilled with NASHVILLE being up and steady. To all the haters out there who likely haven’t seen it good luck coming up with great performances that Booth, Britten and Haydan all displayed last night. The show actually moves at a rather fast pace if you think of it and it is such an amazing show. I think the only problem that maybe turning people off are are GUNNAR AND SCARLET both these characters need to be written out! I hope they only exist for the rest of the season to give us a decent intro to Chris Carmacks new character. This is quality TV.

    Survivor, well, Survivor just sucks this season. There is no real stand out Villian just a bunch of morons like Philip and Malcom not to meantioned Reynold and Andrea. I guess I’m rooting for Eddie and Brenda this season, but all the fans are lame and the favorites where next exactly FAVORITES so to speak.

  • Chris

    @Oliver I disagree with that. Have you seen ABC’s comedy pilot descriptions? They’re for the most part terrible. They shouldn’t have tough decisions at all with the comedies this year.

  • sara smith

    So Body of Proof had over 2 million more viewers then Nashville so why do you put down BOP so much week after week?

  • jane

    in what way is 0.9 good for a repeat of Hannibal when a repeat of SVU does better at 1.0 in repeat,and thats an old show? What would Chicago Fire usually get in repeat. i think SVU is still the best repeating show on NBC.

  • CrimTV


    Nothing is gonna do that much better than HTLWYP anyway

  • Alecia


    ABC only seems to be capable of promoting a few of their shows at a time. I didn’t pay much attention to their sitcoms but on the drama side, in the beginning of the season it was all about Revenge, OUAT and Nashville then Scandal exploded followed by all the mid season promos for Red Widow and OUAT again. Maybe it’s for budgetary reasons or something else.

  • Ultima

    Which is true the problem is the television landscape has dramatically changed over the course of those decades and scheduling habits haven’t

    Because nothing important has changed. As long as the local affiliates are dependant upon sweeps ratings for pricing their advertisements, the networks will continue to program around Nielsen’s sweeps schedule.

    That means fall premieres in late September with mostly originals through November sweeps as well as four weeks of original programming in February and, for the most part, May.

    Where to air the rest of the episodes for a full season show? They don’t want to punt in early December because that is the biggest shopping season of the year. They don’t want to punt in January, because viewership is higher during the winter. They don’t want to burn all of their episodes during December and January, otherwise they’ll have two months of repeats in the spring.

    Furthermore, they want to air repeats. It costs the same to produce an hour of a scripted program no matter if you are it once or three times. Unlike cable, which doesn’t fill up a full primetime schedule with original programming, broadcast networks need to make room for repeats.

  • Antonio


    The reason why SVU is going to have a better rating for a repeat is BECAUSE it is an old show. More people know about it, therefore more people will be willing to watch a repeat of it. It is also only .1 above Hannibal, which is very good for Hannibal. Hannibal is a brand new show and it achieved a 0.9 at repeat, where as SVU, which has been on the air for going on 14 years, only had .1 higher. I’d say that that is a good feat for a show which is only one week old. If anything, that is a terrible number for an SVU repeat.

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