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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  • Bev

    Great ratings for SVU at 1.8 and biggest total viewers since premier i think,at 7.22 million.
    Hope it keeps up in Finals, but anyway at that level for NBC it deserves to be renewed.
    Great episode too.

  • omabin

    Great for Arrow and Supernatural! I don’t think How to Live did that awful considering how the MF lead-in did and how everything else was a repeat. I agree with whoever said that ABC should launch a How to Kill Our Shows staring the cast of all the shows they have destroyed with scheduling. They really are something else, they get on my nerves.

  • POIFanatic

    Supernatural was fantastic! Awesome ratings as well!

  • Charmed

    HTWLYP is not impressive. It is completely dependent on its lead in, which is not good for a show, and ratings are dropping fast.

  • Monica

    No way CW splits Arrow and Supernatural. They’re better off starting an entirely new night with The Tomorrow People and The Hundred.

    Following their trend of unconventional scheduling, ABC will move Modern Family next fall to Saturdays at 3:17 AM, where it will air a one-hour block of half a new episode, half a repeat, half a new episode, and half a repeat. Family Tools, Celebrity Wife Swap, and reruns of Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 will take over Wednesday nights while Once Upon A Time, Revenge, and Nashville convert to webisode format to air exclusively on Bing Videos. Happy Endings sadly will remain cancelled.

  • JacobYates

    I know you’re mad that Raising Hope got renewed, but it’s time to move on. Plus, those are different networks and a 1.5 consistently on ABC is cancellation (except on Friday).

  • rob60990

    Fans of The Neighbors still have no room to talk trash about HtLWYP. Its ridiculous for ABC to expect the show to have its own audience after 2 episodes. The Neighbors had all season to build an audince and couldnt.

  • SteveO

    HTLWYP didn’t do HORRIBLE for being alone on ABC’s lineup

  • Percysowner

    @Simon I tend to agree with you. The CW should keep one strong night, hope that TVD + The Originals gives them a second good night and move on from there. I worry that they are going to want to use Arrow and Supernatural to launch new series, but I think it would be foolish to give up a known quantity on Wednesdays.

  • s0303

    @dochas…actually this week will be the first time i skip tvd for that reason…i have zero interest in the originals spinoff…

  • MichaelChickless

    Go SVU! Yeah, baby. Twenty seasons, here we come.

  • Pati

    @Simon: I believe the highest rating for Supernatural at least as far as number of viewers for this season was either the second or third episode(whichever was the first episode that Castiel appears in) with around 2.51 million viewers.

  • rob60990

    JacobYates, are you under some delusion that The Neighbors can stand on its own because it cant? Heck it couldnt even do decent between The Middle and Modern Family.

  • Clarke

    I don’t care what the haters say, The Neighbors should be renewed. Granted, it won’t be back on Wednesdays, but ABC hasn’t had many breakout hits this year and The Neighbors was a modest performer with a loyal fanbase. HTLWYP is also probably going to be renewed…maybe paired with The Neighbors on Tuesday? Or could it be added to a 2hr TGIF lineup (LMS, The Neighbors, MC, HTLWYP)?

  • were123

    I’m glad Arrow got up! Last night episode was very good :D

  • Ted Craig

    The Middle was preempted in Detroit last night.

  • Kissan

    ABC: OK I just have to say that I love HTLWYPFTROYL so far, and I have to say having three repeats in front of it, and going against original competition on FOX, NBC, and CW I say it did pretty well. Also MF repeat had a 1.8, it had a 1.5 and it holds great retention. Next week it will definitely go up to at least a 2.4 and I think ABC should be smart and let it stay at 9:30 next season.

    CBS: Survivor did pretty well against AI and Arrow. But what I’m really surprised at is in the first half hour, Survivor only had I think two more tenths to catch up to AI!!! Oh my god.

    FOX: This is definitely proof that AI is falling and falling HARD. I mean a 3.2, well really a 3.3 because I have a feeling it’ll adjust up. Survivor almost beat it in the first half hour, and next week MF will be on so it’s not gonna win the night next week. Tonight there going up against original competition on NBC, CW, CBS and ABC. So I can only imagine what AI will get tomorrow.

  • JacobYates

    Funny how everybody is saying How to Live didn’t do terrible as it was the only show on. That’s true, it did do decent. However when Neighbors was in a similar situation, everybody was talking about how bad it did. Plus, the repeat How to Live got as a leadin pulled a 1.8 while the repeats the Neighbors had as a leadin were lower than 1.4.

  • Martine

    By CW standards….MWAHAHAHAHA. Yeah. By their standards its good. Ask a random person in the world if they have ever heard of Supernatural. I will bet they won’t even know what that means. And Supernatural is their best, oldest show.

  • Rebecca

    Enjoyed SPN and HTL (esp Perkins and Garrett)….I hope both HTL and The Neighbors return, maybe share a time slot and not have full seasons, as long as they can both air (if on the same night; otherwise they could have full seasons if on separate nights). And I hope the cute guy from My Boys returns to HTL as the new boyfriend.

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