TV Ratings Wednesday: 'How to Live With Your Parents' Falls, 'Survivor' Flat + 'Arrow', 'Supernatural' & 'SVU' Rise

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April 25th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.2/9 1.9/5 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.2/8 1.0/3 1.4/5 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 12.184 7.791 3.487 5.607 4.213 2.737

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

On FOX, American Idol earned a 3.2, down two tenths from last week's 3.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Survivor was even with last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) notched a 1.5, down half a full ratings point from last week's 2.0, adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Dateline garnered a 1.3, up a tenth from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Law and Order: SVU earned a 1.8, up two tenths from its last original's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, Arrow earned a 1.0, up a tenth from its last original's 0.9 Adults 18-49 rating. Supernatural notched a 1.0, up two tenths from its last 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Wednesday, April 24, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.2 9 12.18
CBS Survivor: Caramoan 2.7 8 9.83
NBC Dateline NBC 1.3 4 5.53
ABC The Middle -R 1.2 4 4.73
CW Arrow 1.0 3 3.05
8:30PM ABC Modern Family  -R 1.4 4 4.37
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family  -R 1.8 5 5.30
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.8 5 7.22
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.5 4 5.95
CW Supernatural 1.0 3 2.42
9:30PM ABC How to Live With Your Parents 1.5 4 4.81
10:00PM CBS CSI -R 1.5 4 7.60
NBC Chicago Fire -R 1.0 3 4.07
ABC Nashville -R 0.8 2 3.04

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; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • r0ckmypants

    @michael – It had a repeat of Modern Family as a lead-in last week and got a 2.0…

  • pedro

    Supernatural uhuuuuuu

  • Glue

    I think How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life) has great retention. Out of a 1.8 Modern Family repeat it got a 1.5. It is VERY dependent on its lead in and it benefits from them.

  • Mae

    YAY SPN & Arrow!

    I really think CW needs to keep Wednesday nights intact next year. Arrow and SPN are a good pairing – they work well together.

    Why try to fix something that isn’t broken? I feel like moving one could mess with the groove both shows have gotten in.

  • Skylar James

    lol ABC are so ridiculous with their scheduling, I just cant. So they premiere a new show, and they feed it to the wolves after the premiere…

  • David

    Impressive for How To Live! Considering it had 3 reruns as lead ins, VERY IMPRESSIVE!

  • John A

    Great for CW. Hope Tvd can get a 1.2 tonight. Chicago Fire still on repeats?

  • DW

    H2L might be renewed with those numbers. those numbers got raising hope renewed on fox.

  • Jay

    @SJ – I hear ABC are also developing a spin-off to that called ‘How to Kill Your Sunday Shows (by only airing new episodes against major awards shows and other major events)’

  • Nick

    I’m glad the CW is having at least one completely succesful night of the week. Hopefully next year TVD will still be scoring above a 1.0 and it will have a compatible lead out. BATB isn’t working obviously.

  • JacobYates

    How to Live’s performance should tell ABC that if it’s moved it will plummet. I doubt it will stay after MF if ABC wants to launch a new comedy. This also gives the Neighbors a better chance as well.

  • Melissa


    H2L might be renewed with those numbers. those numbers got raising hope renewed on fox.

    ABC is in a better place than FOX with regards to scripted programming.

  • Dochas

    @Phil…I think TVD will rise from last week simply because it’s the “pilot” for The Originals. My skewed reasoning is simple. Those sick of S/E/D will return and look forward to an episode not bowing at the feet of Elena. Those who love S/E/D, will still watch. I won’t be surprised either way. I do know already that I’m going to enjoy this episode much more than any Plec has put forth this season.

  • Remote Patrolled

    How To Live may have suffered from the fact that last week’s episode was TERRIBLE! This week was significantly better but the show still hasn’t quite found its feet yet…

    Actually couldn’t be bothered to watch Idol last night. Tired of Mariah and Randy. Tired of the dull themes and ancient song choices. The show just feels really exhausted at this point even though the talent is very strong this year…

  • Fred

    Idol is down to 4 fantastic female vocalists.

    Many of the songs featured on this show are classics, which I enjoy.

    The 4 judges really don’t have much chemistry, but Mariah did improve her judging skills last night.

  • Ram510

    Arrow was really good last night, nice to see it up in ratings.

    Arrow and Nashville is have to say are this years best new dramas on broadcast. Hope Nashville returns next season with Arrow.

  • Wright

    Everyone should watch the TVD episode live tonight since it’s The Originals backdoor pilot.

  • Freyja

    So proud of my little show that could.. =)

    Last nights episode was just made of awesome!

    YAY for Arrow and SPN.

  • Fred

    Considering its age, L&O is very solid for NBC. It performs better than many newer dramas.

  • Ram510

    @Remote Patrolled

    I agree How to Live last week was a dull episode and the show really hasn’t found itself yet. It’s only been a few episodes and I’m sure it’ll bounce back

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