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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  • Alex

    Not a very interesting night was it?

    How To Live With Your Parents… did well all bookended by repeats. A second season looks pretty much locked in at this point. Suburgatory looks less healthy. Its run behind Modern Family for the first half of the season doesn’t appear to have helped it at all. Will it come back? I guess that depends on how ABC intend to schedule their comedies next season. If they stick with Wednesday single cams and a multi-cam block on Friday I don’t see how they fit it in. But if they’re going to try and expand comedy again (despite failure on Tuesday this year) then presumably its back next year.

  • Oliver

    A very solid result from HTLWYP(FTROYL). ABC has some difficult decisions to make with regards their comedies. They have too many middling performers.

  • Jimbo

    I’m thinking Survivor might get a slight bump, last night’s episode was ridiculous.

  • forg

    Apt. 23 also got 2.0 for its 3rd episode with MF rerun lead in last year but MF repeat score 2.2 then

  • Seth

    Amazing for American Idol. Ratings just keep rising every week. It is obviously really resonating with the viewers this season. Congratulations are in order for the FOX executives, producers of the show, and the new judges.

  • Zth


    You must be kidding, obviously. It is the second week it riuses after 10 straight weeks of declining ti new lows.

  • Mon

    Those who gave up watching Survivor are missing quite a lot of good stuff! The recent episodes especially last night’s were excellent!

  • MichaelChickless

    I didn’t watch TV last night.

    Will NBC be preempting programming tonight to bring us coverage of the Texas blast?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Sara Bibel

    For those of you commenting on how well the CW and NBC repeats did, remember there were sports preemptions that in all likelihood impacted the ratings.

  • taylor

    off topic but does anyone know when ABC FAMILY upfronts are? (someone please reponse)

  • ali

    It’s clear what ABC needs to do. Keep suburgatory.at 8:30 next year and take the neighbours somewhere else to either get the same ratings or die like all their other comedies.

  • Tony JJ


    I’m pretty sure they already had their upfronts.

  • taylor

    @ tony jj nope they still haven’t said word on bunheads or the lying games fates .

  • DW

    i live in the Portland area and didn’t realize that a blazer game was on. this is what happens when i watch too much netflix. :)

  • Michael1

    NBC should have run “Terror in Texas.”

  • Mattia

    Why Suburgatory did so bad? It scored just 0.1 less than the first season finale.

  • DenverDean

    Elementary repeat did OK in one-shot try. CSI’s last repeat got a 1.7 or 1.6, I believe against similar repeats of CF and Nashville.

  • charmedcraft

    I hope Suburgatory gets renewed (if it hasnt already); it was really good. Loved the fight, I knew Dalia wouldnt just roll over & get her ass kicked (love dat crazy b–ch).

    Who would have thought loosing ur “u know what” on da “u know where” floor could b romantic?

  • CBSviewer

    Elementary did not so well. CSI repeats get higher ratings.

  • Gary A

    Does anybody have any information as to why CBS aired that episode of Elementary on Wednesday and why they are doing a two hour comedy block this evening with POI being pushed to 10?
    Testing possibilities for next season?

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