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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  • Jacob

    HTLWYP did good because there was nothing else on

  • Oliver

    It would be a surprise if Suburgatory gets axed. It does very well wedged between The Middle and Modern Family, even though it was a bust following Modern Family.

  • Dee

    I think the rise in viewers for the 830 episode of Suburgatory just shows that people didn’t really understand it was on at 8 as well. I mean, if it was a quarter of half a mil, okay, but over 1 million people started watching at 830 when it is normally on. That is my only problem with ABC, how am I supposed to know when an episode switches times or switches days if I don’t keep up regularly with sites like this? In my opinion, the 830 slot holds more weight for the index because that is when it was expected to be on.

  • Pepper

    Arrow doesn’t repeat very well.

  • Mark Burnett

    Last night was a classic survivor episode. I have had dozens of industry calls this morning. I love this show.

  • David Howell

    ABC have some real tough decisions with sitcom scheduling next season. Oof.

    Chicago Fire absolutely deserves a Voice leadin. NBC being NBC, Ready for Love will keep it instead.

  • Wright

    Good for SPN, Arrow and Elementary.

  • Julie

    That’s a really good number for HTLWYP, but I wouldn’t be chicken counting just yet. The key to a show’s rating is when it has stabilized amidst a night of regular programming across all networks. I’ll be very curious to see what the rating is on May 1st. Still, the minimal drop is a very good sign.

  • Brandy

    @Taylor, the abcfamily upfronts were in Feb or March when they officially picked up Twisted and The Fosters to series.The only reason they didn’t announce LG or Bunheads fate was cause they were still in the middle of thier season.ROE on CBS got renewed after upfronts last year so..Anyway, I wouldn’t count on either TLzg or Bunheads returning as Bunheads had several 0.4s and I’ve heard goes over budget.At upfronts, abcfamily said they’re still considering picking up Termnales.The lying Game I think will be cancelled and replaced-Twisted is airing in its timeslots this summer and Ravenswood I bet will air in it this winter,that dosent leave a lot of room for it unless it comes back in August -Sept and airs without PLL.
    @Pepper, you’re kidding right?most CW shows get 0.2-0.4 for repeats and a lot of them get for an original episode.

  • gem is truely outragious

    I was disappointed with the suburgatory fanale but I really hope it gets picked up. And am on the only one who thinks the Shay family individually and as a whole are the best part of the show.

  • networkman

    Suburgatory should move to Friday along with The Neighbors. Keep HTLWYP on Wednesday after Modern Family and let it grow there.

    I am really excited to see the increase for American Idol. The 5 remaining women are really turning into great artist. For those that tuned out they are truly missing out on watching talented performances.

  • scandalous

    I feel like ABC put suburgatory at 8 because they may be testing it for next year, and move the middle to another night

    8 suburgatory
    8:30 neighbors/how to live
    9 modern family
    9:30 how to live/ new comedy

  • Dan

    Any other show would have dipped below a 2.0 but How to Live With Your Parents is impressive in retainging the repeat audience.

    At least Suburgatory rose, it will get a third season and ABC will likely move it to another night maybe leading off Tuesdays at 8 into another comedy.

  • Dan

    @Scandalous – No, ABC just wanted a 1 hour finale to get Suburgatory out of the way faster, like how NBC gave Whitney a 1 hour finale.

    My guess for next season

    8:00 The Middle
    8:30 New Comedy
    9:00 Modern Family
    9:30 How to Live With Your Parents
    10:00 New Drama

    8:00 Suburgatory
    8:30 New Comedy
    9:00 DWTS Results
    10:00 New Drama

  • Glue

    It was a great season finale for Suburgatory – Just watched it – If it gets cancelled, I will miss it but the finale tied most loose ends.

  • bluejoni

    Survivor was great last night !!! May it have many many more seasons !!

  • Thomas

    you must not be a tv ratings expert -.-

  • Doug

    last nights survivor was awesome!

  • MichaelChickless

    @Mark Burnett

    What are industry calls?

  • JLC

    Surprised so many people think Suburgatory tied up most of the loose ends last night. They took care of a couple, like Tessa and Ryan, but left some whoppers. Plus, Tessa leaving George to live with her mom was pretty much the same cliffhanger as last year. Because of that, I’d like to see Suburgatory back next year. But, honestly, if it’s a choice between that and The Neighbors, I’d choose the latter. (Plus, I think it’s only a matter of time before Jane Levy’s salary makes the show prohibitively expensive.)

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