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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  • jane

    Another good repeat for SVU at 1.1 (4.50).
    See what happens in Finals.

  • lll

    CW would be crazy to break up this amazing Wednesday night lineup. They put on a good show when it’s new, and it repeats just as well as a new episode of Nikita or Carrie Diaries.

  • Michael

    I wonder every time Mark Burnett turns on his television he’s seeing dollar signs across his eyes.

  • Rare

    Why are people acting like Suburgatory is a bubble show? It’s going to get renewed, no doubt.

  • SJ

    I expected at least a 1.8 for Suburgatory. It’s kind of like ABC’s version of Raising Hope. It’s a low-profile show that will get its four seasons, 88 episodes, and then be gone.

    Oh and by the way, if Suburgatory was a drama and last night’s episode was a deliberate series finale, it would have worked perfectly.

    But this only proves that ABC shouldn’t move The Middle, as some have suggested in their fantasy schedules. Launching a night is a difficult task and none of the other shows are ready to take over that slot. Let The Middle be.

    However, with the relative success of How to Live, ABC has a scheduling conundrum for next season’s Wednesday comedy block. The most appropriate thing to do is to leave the current line-up of The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family and How to Live, but would they really resist the urge to premiere a new comedy somewhere in there?

  • John

    The CW was actually NOT preempted in Chicago. The game was postponed due to rain.

  • hashby

    Survivor overall, by quite a lot actually. I’m guessing the demo will get an uptick as well once the finals are in. No surprise there, the show has been awesome the past few weeks.

  • Mickey 1.0

    Impressive Supernatural repeats as well as or better than Arrow and TVD. Mark of a really loyal and passionate fanbase, they even stick with the repeats.

  • charmedcraft

    “The CW was actually NOT preempted in Chicago. The game was postponed due to rain.”

    I was just thinking the same thing, doesn’t that mean that SPN just aired as usual in all markets? The game was postponed, so it couldn’t have aired anywhere else including Chicago right? I’m curious how the ratings will get adjusted in the finals?

  • Rebecca

    I’m enjoying How To Live. Last night’s was the best so far IMO, and those parents crack me up. Sarah Chalke is tolerable to me when she doesn’t do her “talking too fast” thing that she did on Scrubs a lot (and did once or twice in the new HTL show so far, but not in last night’s so that’s good). Now I’m done with that I’ll go find Psych online to stream.

  • Chris

    How to Live is a hit. No doubt. Plus, Sara Chalke is hottest thing on ABC right now. Please cancel Suburgatory, it is the weaklink on Wednesdays. It is even more apparent that it is a weaklink now that the other weaklink (The Neighbors) is gone. Although, I know The Neighbors wasn’t treated that well at the end of its season. But, whatever.

  • Chris

    Friday night is the only answer to many people’s questions about ABC’s schedule. Don’t worry about the airing of multi cams with single cams. I’m willing to place money on it that mixing the two just does’t matter. They will most likely expand the Friday night comedy block.

  • Jon

    I’m surprised at the decline of Suburgatory the past month, especially in the demo, a show like that, you would believe would cater to the demo. Something must have happened in the storyline of the show that has put viewers off, unless its because idol shares much of the same demo, and has stolen those viewers away. I expect it to rise in the fall again, and unlike what some have said it has virtually zero chance of being cancelled, when you factor in season to date averages. They look at the season as a whole when it comes time to renew a veteran show.

  • Lisa

    Surprised find Idol really boring, standing ovations used to mean something.

  • Jon

    @Chris….is how to live really a hit?, or is it a mirage. At one time people called Happy Endings a hit, and it was pulling in bigger numbers than how to live is now. It’s now dropped nearly a full ratings point since the premiere, just two weeks ago, and I predict it will go down even further. We see this all the time, Go On anyone? Remember when that was a so called hit earlier this year.

  • Jon

    @ Lisa….outside of three performances last night (two by Candice, one by Kree), it was very run of the mill on idol last night. The amount of standing ovations given to mediocre performances last night was nauseating. Angie is as mediocre as they come,but the judges just eat up everything she does. Amber is only good when she sings things from her genre, her second song was great, her first one not so good although the judges raved about it. They seem to be pushing people away from Janelle, they dont want a country winner. She seems to be very consistent, she knows her limitations and plays to her strengths. One week they tell her she needs to perform more, and this week she performed more, and they told her to worry about her singing more…mixed messages. Candice is by far the best in the show, but probably won’t win it

  • Fred


    You are so correct that it actually hurts.
    So many of us fall in love with shows, get hooked, think its a hit. And then in no time it is considered a BOMB and it gets canceled.

  • harry

    So CBS is eyeing moving person of interest to 10 o clock thursdays . Elementary to 10 o clock wednesdays and make a 2 hour comedy block on thrusdays?

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    If that was the series finale of Suburgatory, I’ll be fine. Great episode. Love the show. But I dunno if it would be smart for ABC to renew it. If they renew it for one season, it’s effectively two seasons due to syndication.

  • Nick

    Those were two great episodes for Suburgatory, but I hope it comes back because if not that will serve as a really unsatisfying/upsetting ending!

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