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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  • The Rookie

    @purpledazi I love that nickname, so you are part of Ivanova’s tribe then?

  • Cougar Town Forever


    I feel that we are arguing somewhat different points. I understand that networks stack their shows around sweeps time to maximize ratings at those periods. That will almost certainly raise a network’s relative ratings at those times. What I think some of us are arguing is that irregular scheduling hurts total viewership for a network. A show may still have its best ratings at sweeps time, but its total viewership for a season will be lower than if it had taken fewer breaks. That’s why cable companies generally avoid this 4 weeks on, 2 weeks off approach. This might also be why we are heading in the direction of a convergence of network and cable ratings.

    Let us also not forget, this discussion also started by talking about ABC, which has been particularly erratic with its scheduling this season. There have been times when they have literally made changes to the schedule on a week by week basis. Why did they start Suburgatory in October? Why did they have to then move it from 9:30 to 8:30? I know that the executives making these decisions have their reasons, but I guess that I am positing that the sum results after all these changes is less than if they made fewer changes.

  • jane

    Actually 1.0 is good for a repeat and quite usual for SVU,and SVU did get 1.2 for a repeat this season, which is more than any other show in repeat….so it does well for NBC.
    Chicago fire has yet to match that.

  • Chris

    They should really go ahead with the TGIF on Fridays. It doesn’t need to be for the whole season. It can be LMS and Malibu Country with Shark Tank for half the season and the other half can be LMS, The Neighbors, Malibu Country, and Suburgatory. ABC needs to get their heads out of their behinds and realize that they can reach broader demos with a lineup like that. Stop trying to turn Friday into old people night. There’s plenty firepower on both of those casts to reach younger demos hitting the family audience.

  • Chris

    The Middle has been unusually lower these past couple of weeks. 2.0 is alright but not the norm for The Middle. It’s usually around 2.3 or 2.4.

  • BigBrotherFan


    You are kidding right? “crap show” you do realize all the top critics and all critics across the Entertainment landscape have pretty much praised NASHVILLE! Give me a break!

  • r0ckmypants

    @KarenM – Hannibal’s premiere was lower than Nashville’s last new episode. What on Earth would make you think a REPEAT of that premiere would beat a new episode of Nashville?

  • jane

    yeah, Nashville got nominated for award shows. I noticed that.

  • chrisss

    @ Michael Z

    Why not? That’s what the site does, compare the ratings of an episode to the ratings of it’s previous episode.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Why is the TVBTN spin almost always positive for “American Idol” (if/when there’s an ounce of positive news)? “Up????” The show is still crashing and burning… down a whopping 20%+ from last year’s already disastrous free fall numbers. Yes, yes, I know: still a top-rated show, blah, blah, blah.

    But, seriously, “up” slightly from last week should not be the headline. Don’tcha think?”

    Do the crazy anti-fans notice we do the same kind of week to week change headlining with every show?

    We don’t focus on year/year show changes for a variety of reasons having to do primarily with production ease and reader interest.

  • DW

    what is TVBTN?. must be one of those bad CW shows. :)

  • omabin


    I am not blind, and I certainly don’t appreciate your tone. Although Suburgatory could certainly be doing better, it is doing better than the pathetic 1.5 pulled by the neighbours finale, which I think helps the overall flow of the night.

    We have had more than one example this season that the 8h30 player is of the utmost importance for a success of a 2 hour comedy block, as seen by the overall improvements on their respective blocks once partners and ben and kate were axed. While Suburgatory should be doing better, it is retaining 85% of the middle’s audience, which I think is a pretty good 8h30 retention.

  • MichaelChickless

    @DW “what is TVBTN?. must be one of those bad CW shows.”

    The Vampires By The Nikita?

  • Ultima

    @Cougar Town Forever
    Let us also not forget, this discussion also started by talking about ABC, which has been particularly erratic with its scheduling this season.

    I don’t see it that way. ABC’s schedule doesn’t seem random or erratic to me at all.

    Why did they start Suburgatory in October?

    Because networks try to avoid breaks for their new shows very early on, they want them airing every single week in an attempt to build an audience. There was a presidential debate the second Wednesday of the season, so ABC had to schedule their new programs around it.

    The first week, their aired The Neighbors after Modern Family to give it a better sampling. Because the debate doesn’t effect the 8pm hour, it could air for eight weeks straight before its first break.

    The third week, they aired two episodes of Modern Family so that Nashville would have a bigger lead-in for its premiere (which was pushed back due to the debate).

    Suburgatory was held back until the fourth week in order to help out the new shows (it needed no help itself, airing behind ABC’s stronger show).

    Why did they have to then move it from 9:30 to 8:30?

    Again, to help a new show. They wanted How to Live with your Parents to have the Modern Family lead-in.

    Even the weeks that The Middle and Modern Family are new and repeat make sense if you look at the full schedule.

    All new until repeats the night before Thanksgiving, then two more originals in the fall (Modern Family had to repeat once being the only half hour not preempted for holiday specials); then the holiday break; then originals for seven of the next eight weeks, off only the Wednesday before sweeps; then they had seven episodes left, four of which were for May sweeps. Obviously, they wanted originals for HTLWYP when it started and they seem to be avoiding off-on-off scheduling entirely, so the question was four weeks of repeats in March and only one in April, or three weeks of repeats in March and two in April (which is what they did).

  • Ultima

    @Cougar Town Forever
    This might also be why we are heading in the direction of a convergence of network and cable ratings.

    That has to do with audience fragmentation, not with how the networks schedule their repeats.

  • Shane


    Thanks for letting me know, i guess i have to pay more attention to the schedules since they are messing up on here I thought they were always right on here but i guess not :S. Hopefully i haven’t missed any shows that weren’t really repeats :O. I knew Apprentice was new everytime i don’t think they’d ever have repeats and not new episodes every week

  • Noel

    Arrow and Supernatural repeats doing better than Carrie, thats a shame. And I like TCD but I can’t ignore the facts.

  • CookyMonzta

    It looks official: Idol has bottomed out. Assuming it is adjusted to 3.3/9 and 12.3 million, we will not see the show drop to under 2.5 in the demo or under 11 million (or 10 million) in viewership. That will have to wait until February 2014.

    Right now, combined for Wednesdays and Thursdays, the show is on course to finish at number 7 (#5 Wed./#8 Thurs.).

  • rob60990

    “The Middle has been unusually lower these past couple of weeks. 2.0 is alright but not the norm for The Middle. It’s usually around 2.3 or 2.4.”

    The Middle is always lower this time of year. The episode last year pulled a 2.1.

  • rocky

    I wonder if the leaked spoilers are causing the skid for Survivor. As a huge fan if the show, I doubted the spoiler list. As it is 100% accurate thus far, Ihave stopped tuning in. Mabye the name of the show should change to Strategy instead of Survivor. I for one, am tired of the true providers and survivalists are used then screwed by a group of useless do nothings because of numbers. The final 3 as per the spoiler REALLY SUCKS!!!

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