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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  • Diana

    Nashville reminds me of Hannah Montana Nashville should be on Disney channel or abc family

  • Jon

    What has happened to Suburgatory? Why are people bailing on it. I still love it. Is there something in the direction the show has taken that has turned the viewers off? Also I watched How to live with your parents last night. I have to say I’m surprised in did as well as a 2.5, I would expect that to fall in the coming weeks.

  • Jon

    The middle…..hands down the most under appreciated sitcom on tv. It is better sitcom then anything on any other network except Big Bang

  • SJ

    HTLWYPFTROYL (!) held up reasonably well, but still a tick below where Apartment 23 was last year. And there we go – ABC goes into repeats next week – again!

    They have now done this to Mr. Sunshine, the Cougar Town/Happy Endings combo and Apartment 23. This is the fourth/fifth show they’re doing it to (sixth, if you count Suburgatory).

    So when is ABC finally going to realize that they shouldn’t be premiering comedies this late in the season when 75% of their line-up is in repeats!!! I really hope they cancel How to Live, put a new comedy after Modern Family in the fall and either give it a 22-episode order and NOT move it or air it when MF is in repeats or, if it s–ts the bed, put a new comedy after MF in JANUARY, when there are 13 MF originals left to go with 13 episodes of the new show.

    ABC comedy rant over.

    Nashville is, again, doing better than Body of Proof. I’m now starting to think the latter is likely done for.

    A Chicago Fire repeat would have improved on that Hannibal repeat, but hey, desperate is as desperate does, right?

  • Melanie P.

    @BigBrotherFan, relax. People have a right to their own opinions. Just because critics love and praise something doesn’t mean that everyone will agree. That’s a fact.

    @Diana, Maybe. But, I think Nashville is a little too racy for the ABC Family channel. If they toned down the bed hopping that might would work there.

  • SJ

    Where is my avatar?!

  • ToXiX


    I agree. The Middle is the only abc sitcom I watch.

  • SJ

    Haha… apparently it only shows up when i type in “googlemail” instead of “gmail”. :P

    OK… carry on.

  • Cougar Town Forever


    Amen. ABC has managed to kill a whole bunch of shows, many of which I think are pretty good (Don’t trust the B, HE, and the greatest of all CT, my namesake). Ultima and I have been going back and forth about the rationale of ABC’s scheduling. I think the micromanaging of the schedule is proving counter productive; Ultima seems to think otherwise.

    I feel that you are latching on to each individual sentence while seemingly missing my primary point: ABC’s erratic scheduling is probably damaging total ratings on the network.

  • Fred

    Read in the USA TODAY newspaper this week that FOX is considering becoming a basic cable channel.

  • Fred

    @diane L

    I disagree. Nashville is a good quality drama with fantastic music.
    I think it may grow into a solid hit with time.

    I also don’t think Nicki Minaj is ruining Idol. I don’t watch it often, but I did last night. She was a decent judge. But the chemistry is not great. Once Simon left, the show was never the same. Although I still enjoy many of the performances.
    I know I’m in the minority but I enjoyed the last cycle of X Factor.

  • Ultima

    @Cougar Town Forever
    while seemingly missing my primary point: ABC’s erratic scheduling is probably damaging total ratings on the network.

    I didn’t miss it, I just don’t agree with it. I don’t find ABC’s scheduling to be erratic, it’s consistent with what they’ve done in the past and subsequently, I don’t think it is hurting their ratings.

    ABC’s problem is an underwhelming freshman class of shows and I don’t think any of them (except maybe Zero Hour) are want for better scheduling.

  • Cougar Town Forever


    We have found something we agree on. ABC’s biggest problem is the quality of its newer programs. ;-)

  • Tim

    I believe ABC will renew Suburgatory and hopefully its ratings will go back to normal next season (don’t many shows fall in their second seasons?). ABC has two strong comedy lineups this year, M,N,MF,S and M,S,MF,HTL. If HTL ratings keep up like this, it will be renewed without a doubt. It fits right along the ‘Modern Family’s theme and I think ABC has faith in it, since every time I watch ABC they are showing HTL promos.

    I think all the ABC Wed. shows (including Nashville) from this season will be renewed, and if I was ABC, I would put The Neighbors and Suburgatory on Fridays (or any other night with openings), move HTL to Wed 8:30, keep The Middle and MF in their spots, and try a new comedy behind MF.

  • PurpleDrazi

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

    You know it! Ivanova is always right! ;-)

    As for all this network scheduling discussion, I agree that frequent repeats are frustrating and could cause some fans to lose track of the show but I don’t think it’s enough to explain the overall downward trends. Don’t confuse coincidence with causality

    Besides, if the people who watch a show care so little about it that reruns (erratic or not) cause them to stop watching, I’d wager that they would find some other reason to stop watching even if the show was on a regular schedule.

  • todd35

    Most of Missouri didn’t get to watch any of the live shows becuase of Storm coverage by local networks. I had to wait until Thursday to watch CSI on the internet. It and Psych are the only things I we watch on Wednesday.

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