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


    Thanks Alex. I was about to write the something similar,, but you said it better. Back in the days of people having 4 channels, I think there was a better argument for using repeats in this way. In this day in age, I really question if it makes sense for so many shows to spread out 6 months of episodes unevenly over 9 months. People who care will check and follow. But casual viewers may just tune out.

  • r0ckmypants

    @CrimTV – We don’t know that. If they find a new comedy that’s compatible AND well done, it could do better.

    @sara smith – Because the demographic rating is more important than total viewers, and Nashville is almost a half point higher that Body of Proof.

  • Cougar Town Forever


    I have a couple friends in advertising, and this model of paying is under pressure. Too many people are watching TV on DVR’s and skipping adds, or they are watching cable. I agree that this is how it’s been done, but it’s questionable how much it makes sense now, and things will certainly change over the next 10 to 20 years ( as they already have to an extent).

  • PurpleDrazi

    @Gary A
    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.

    As much as I love that idea, you know that as soon as networks started doing that people would complain about the long breaks hurting their shows (a la The Event, V, FlashForward, etc…)

  • Cougar Town Forever


    That’s actually what the walking dead is doing now. People certainly do complain, but they also watch. Overall, it’s worked out pretty well for them.

  • Connie

    see! this is what happens when u air Nashville on a continuous and regular basis! you will gain viewers and the ratings will slowing rise! Good for them!

  • Alex

    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.

    A clear pattern of originals and repeats and scheduling around sweeps aren’t mutually exclusive concepts.

  • bluejoni

    What an excellent Survivor episode last night !!! It’s turning out to be a great season !!

  • Holly


    A clear pattern of originals and repeats and scheduling around sweeps aren’t mutually exclusive concepts.

    True, but I think we may be missing something here. Do repeats get lower ratings during longer hiatuses than in mixed scheduling? Repeat ratings may not have much affect on renewal/cancel decisions, but they do matter to the bottom line.

  • Chris


    You think Surburgatory is helping ABC’s comedy block? Are you blind? It’s pulling the same numbers as the The Neighbors.

  • Ultima

    @Cougar Town Forever
    I have a couple friends in advertising, and this model of paying is under pressure.

    Right, which is why you have CBS, FOX and Univision threatening to stop over the air broadcasts in response to Aereo. It’s also why the networks have changed their revenue models in response to the changing landscape. This has little to do with the scheduling discussion at hand, however.

    I agree that this is how it’s been done, but it’s questionable how much it makes sense now, and things will certainly change over the next 10 to 20 years

    It makes sense now. The local affiliates are still dependant upon sweeps months. Until that changes, the networks will not change their scheduling patterns.

  • BigBrotherFan

    ABC should cancel Subugatory! It’s such a ratings loser!

  • PurpleDrazi

    @Cougar Town Forever

    I’m not saying it wouldn’t work. I’m just saying people would complain about it just as much (if not more) as they do about the eratic scheduling of repeats.

  • Ted Craig

    One issue with spring repeats I think many of us forget is this is the only time of year with a major holiday that floats. That probably creates some issues for the timing of reruns.

  • Barbie


    Actually, I think How To Live With Your Parents helped Nashville, while no Chicago Fire helped CSI.

  • Ultima

    the eratic scheduling of repeats

    Except that the repeat scheduling isn’t eratic. Just because it seems random to some people doesn’t mean that it is.

  • Cougar Town Forever


    I wasn’t disagreeing. I was actually mentioned walking dead to support your point.

  • KarenM

    If Hannibal doesn’t improve its numbers tonight NBC’s not going to give it a second season.

  • KarenM

    If Hannibal can’t beat a crap show like Nashville it’s in trouble. I so wish cable would’ve picked it up.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “If Hannibal doesn’t improve its numbers tonight NBC’s not going to give it a second season.”

    Complete nonsense.

    I won’t guess the ratings, but a show getting a 1.6 rating is a guaranteed renewal on NBC.

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