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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    How to live is doing solid numbers for Abc and kudos to Sarah chalke girl has worked 20 years straight.

  • Trey

    Great for Idol…it’s inching back up. Hopefully this momentum continues. They just need to drop Mariah–she is a bore and try-hard, and the show would have a much better flow to it.

  • TheFrenchGuy

    @ Gary A

    Yes like they did last year !

  • gerry

    i said 2.0, i’m like an oracle ;)

    good for the show though, it just proved that it might be able to stand on its own. not an amazing number, but its good for abc for not being MF.

  • Abigail

    Arrow and Supernatural repeat better than original eps of 90210, TCD, HOD, Nikita and Cult LOL

  • chris23

    Even though CW was preempted in Chicago for the baseball game, it wouldn’t surprise me if they both stayed around the 0.4 mark and above 1 mil viewers, they typically repeat very well for the CW that is.

    Suburgatory did what I expected. How to Live with your parents did good considering Modern was a Repeat at 9. It would’ve been nice to see it hit a little higher like 2.3 but it still did ok.

    Survivor holding its own as usual around the mid 2 mark wonder if it could hit a season high of 2.7… 2.7 would be the season high I believe?!?!

    Watched a few minutes of American Idol.. The first singer who sang Paula Abdul did a great job.. I like the original better but her voice was AMAZING.. Usually I hear a flaw or two in great performances, but she solidly hit those notes every time. However, there is no chemistry with the Judges Panel what so ever and they are quite boring as a unit.

    It seems Nikki Minaj babbles on too much and tries to be funny in which Randy laughs but no one else really does lol, Keith Urban seems nice but boring, Mariah I like her as a performer, great voice, but sometimes it seems she is at a loss for words. Randy is Randy I accept him as the veteran and is good.

    But my point is the Chemistry of the Judges Panel has hurt fox.. I know American Idol was going to be on a downward trend this season but this season hit lower than I expected. The drama didn’t bring viewers, it turned them away..

  • K


    How so? This has been one of the best seasons in a long time. Both factions have likable people a refreshing change from the All star editions. Even Cochran, has had his moments.

  • Thomas

    This time last year, The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family were in reruns (1.3, 1.4, 2.2) respectively. Out of that Don’t Trust the B Dropped from a 2.6 rating with 6.430 million viewers, to a 2.0 with 4.910 million viewers out of a repeat. Revenge was new also earning a 2.1 with 7.030 million viewers. How to Live seems to be a bit more stable with retention 100% out of the repeat unless it adjusts down hoping not. It has been stable so far (2.9 w/ 8.44 million viewers, 2.5 w/ 7.33 million viewers, now a 2.0 with 6.02 million viewers) but with another week with repeats bless ABC’s soul but i hope How to Live survives the rerun lead-in new week too.

  • Carmen

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

    That’s hard to say. The producers of the show clearly aren’t very sure by virtue of providing what can only be called a “mini series finale” at the end of the second episode last night. Just in case, it seems if they don’t get picked up.

    Personally, all season long I’ve had the impression that the show runners really didn’t have any clear idea of what to do with the show.

    1) They didn’t know which (supporting) characters to focus on.
    2) They didn’t know how to write for the main characters (Tessa, George, Dallas)
    – Poor Tessa forever whining about the total cruelty of being forced to live in a safe upscale neighborhood rather than the streets of New York

    – George never sure exactly about what to do about anything while being oblivious to Tessa’s considerations to Dallas’ expectations from him.

    Heck even the theme song didn’t know where to go You know “Last night I had a pleasant nightmare – da da da da”?

    I think that in the past few weeks they (producers and showrunners) have tried to steer the show in a slightly different direction.

    Last night alluded to the possibility of new storylines next season – If the show gets the chance. If renewed, I think they will focus more on Dahlia and Sheila next year. . .and of yes, Tessa’s mom.
    They may downplay the George – Dallas relationship or at least define it better.
    And let George keep his new house.

    Personally, I don’t really care if it comes back or not. If it does, I’ll probably continue to watch it. At least I’ll give it another shot if they try to retool it.

  • Alan

    Well, I guess “How To Live…” it’s a lock for renewal.

  • s0303

    @taylor…one of the actors from the lying game tweeted they will know the fate of the show by april 22…

  • Glue

    Why are people doubting Suburgatory’s renewal chances? I thought it was a lock from the beginning. Even if it was, One episode wouldn’t change that.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Thomas – In what universe is dropping from 2.9 to 2.5 to 2.0 “stable?”

  • forg

    ABC should have a Family Tools one hour premiere next week instead of going reruns. Yeah Family Tools chances are low but it will keep the night with new programming and who knows it could premiered decent-ish and provide solid lead to MF 9pm rerun and subsequently How to Live at 9:30. But with How to Live the only new ep next week, it will likely go down to 1.5

  • Ron

    Carmen, I agree 100%. I’ve always had mixed feelings about the show. A little too quirky and directionless to be a bigger success and that has sort of worn off this season. Too many characters (or should I say caricatures?). I have about 5 episodes on my dvr and I’m debating watching them or just deleting.

  • Fred

    Check out ABC’s latest press release.

    Another classic spin on last night’s performance.

  • Jay Raskin

    “American Idol” was up against first run episodes of “Modern Family” and “Criminal Minds” last week. This week, against reruns of these two shows, it was only able to tick up 1/10th of a point in 18-49 ratings and about 2% (220,000) in total viewers. Considering that those two shows dropped from a 3.8 to a 2.0 (MF) and 3.0 to a 1.7 (CM), that is barely any pick-up at all. The two shows lost about 7 million total viewers, so the pick-up of 200,000 viwqwea doesn’t seem that hot either.

  • Melanie

    I’d expect Supernatural to adjust down to a .4 — I don’t think its ever repeated at a .5 before (at least in recent memory)

    I don’t know what to think about Suburgatory’s renewal chances.

    I guess CBS is thinking aobut expanding their Thursday sitcom’s this year and maybe moving Elementary to Wed. Could work.

  • thesnowleopard

    Definitely some CW preemption going on there. Supernatural repeats well, but it doesn’t usually repeat *that* well.

  • Glue

    Holy Crap at the SPN repeat. It repeats super well!

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