TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol' Up; 'Suburgatory' Finale Down; 'Survivor' Flat, 'How to Live With Your Parents' Dips But Still Decent

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April 18th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/9 1.8/5 1.6/4 1.5/4 1.1/3 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.5/8 0.9/3 1.5/5 1.0/3 0.7/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 12.449 7.746 3.686 4.844 4.410 1.604

Note: NBC's lineup was preempted in Portland for NBA Basketball. The CW was preempted in Chicago for baseball. There were undoubtedly also some local premptions for coverage of the explosion in Texas. Final ratings may be subject to more than the typical adjustment.

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49  and with total viewers.

On FOX, American Idol earned a 3.3, up 3 percent from last week's 3.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Survivor garnered a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

On ABC, Suburgatory tied its series low with a 1.5 at 8PM ,down 17 percent from last week's 1.8 18-49 rating and down 25 percent from The Middle’s 2.0 in the time period. The season finale at 8:30 garnered a 1.7, down 6 percent from last week's 1.8 among adults 18-49. How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) notched a 2.0, down 20 percent from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, but, retentionistas will note, retaining 100 percent of the Modern Family repeat’s audience. Your predictions were about right.

On NBC, Dateline garnered a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.


Overnight ratings for Wednesday, April 17, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.3/9 12.45
CBS Survivor 2.6/8 9.82
ABC Suburgatory 1.5/5 5.36
NBC Dateline NBC 1.2/4 5.06
CW Arrow - R 0.4/1 1.66
8:30 ABC Suburgatory -Season Finale 1.7/5 6.45
9:00 ABC Modern Family -R 2.0/5 6.38
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.7/5 7.12
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 1.1/3 4.50
CW Supernatural- R 0.5/1 1.55
9:30 ABC How To Live With Your Parents 2.0/5 6.02
10:00 CBS Elementary - R 1.2/3 6.30
NBC Chicago Fire - R 1.0/3 3.67
ABC Nashville - R 0.9/2 2.93

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," 2.5/7 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.4/6.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



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  • Robsten_Fan

    Go Survivor!! <3 Best Show Ever!

  • TL

    Didn’t someone say that “How to Live” would get mid-to-low 1s without “Modern Family” and to take that to the bank. Don’t take any advice from whomever that was, and I haven’t even watch a second of the show.

  • Sam

    Will Suburgatory really get a 3rd season with these kind of numbers?

  • Jonathan

    Good for How To Live… I expected it to be more in the range of a 1.8. Hope it gets adjusted up one tho!

  • juan

    Not bad for ABC, I though Suburgatory was amazing

  • a p garcia

    That is not a bad rating for Arrow on the CW, considering it was a repeat.

  • danny94

    Not Bad for HTLWYPFTROYL

  • bluejay72

    Chicago Fire repeat earned a 1.0 without massive lead-in and Ready for Love only got a 1.2 with humongous lead-in!!!!

  • JacobYates

    How to Live will drop next week too. Probably to the mid 1s as it is again without MF.

  • Raykov

    How to live… did great. It didn’t drop a tenth from it’s MF repeat lead-in – which I don’t recall ever happening for Happy Endings, Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23 or Suburgatory.

  • ToXiX

    suburgatory not that strong

  • Billy

    How To Live With Your Parents put up enough to get renewed. Nothing spectacular, but enough for renewal.

  • forg

    Surprised with How to Live, i thought it will go under 2.0 but it will likely be there next week with another rerun but still this is showing some potential

    Argh too bad Suburgatory can’t rise to 2s. I hope the 8:30 ep adjusts to 1.8 so it will be equal to its last episode last year.

  • Anon

    Suburgatory reminded me of the V season (series) finale, where they pulled out all the stops in a last-ditch effort to save the show.

    I do not think we will be seeing Suburgatory next fall.

  • s0303

    how to live did better than i thought…supernatural repeated really well also

    pretty good for survivor, this season is getting really good.

  • Chris

    Survivor…wow…still ticking after all these years…thanks to Malcolm ,this season is amazing!!!

  • Cle

    both How to live and Suburgatory will get renewed.. as abc lost plenty of comedies this year…

  • Zach

    Supernatural beats Arrow again YAY!

    HTLWYPFTROYL realy surprise me, but I don’t think this deserve to be renewed. GO THE NEIGHBORS.

    Survivor UP o/

    Chicago Fire doing great!

  • Dan S

    I have to admit Parents did better than I expected. This show will in all likelihood be renewed as will Suburgatory. The latter is most likely going to shift to Fridays at 9pm is my guess. With so many repeats I just discovered every single episode of Chicago Fire is available on demand. I decided to start watching & like what I see so far. I would hope NBC will leave it alone on Wed & not try any stunt scheduling to kill it.

  • Fred

    Not bad for How To Live. I predicted lower, around a 1.7 or so.
    Almost certain to renewed.
    Same with Suburg despite lackluster #s. I think ABC will be generous with the sitcoms this season and renew just about every one.

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