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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  • Lesley

    They just put SVU up to 1.9, so now it IS top of the 9pm hour where it should be…except for American Idol,but no drama beats American Idol,even new dramas,and SVU is veteran. Great to see SVU holding on so strongly at a time when most shows are losing ratings.

  • Jon

    …..but it held nearly all but 3 tenths of Modern Family’s repeat viewers…..lamest excuse I’ve seen on here, and I read it more than once. Let’s face it, if your a new show, with an original episode, and your dropping in the demo and total viewers after a repeat program, your in trouble. People are bailing on How to live, and I can’t say I blame them. It’s not terrible, its just not that funny.

  • fred

    …..Revolution only got 2.0 this week and that is NBC’s top rated flagship new show. SVU got 1.9 and its 14 years old….soon to be 15 !

  • Tom2

    The highest SPN audience was 8.02 at 2.51. SPN’s 8.01 was a week before being paired with Arrow. Week 2 it had an Arrow lead-in. Think Arrow lead-in, not Castiel was the draw–and Dean/Benny in purgatory may actually have attracted SPN fans, don’t you think? So obvious how Castiel fans try to take credit for every SPN’s success when there is no evidence, none he adds to the aduience. Repeated “Catiel is Back” promos have failed to produce any real bump in ratings. CW loves the character for his on-line following, not his audience draw. He doesn’t hurt, he is a nice filler who gives J2 some time off. He as a regular in 5 and 6 saw only audience erosion. Day as a new regular on SPN for next season would have been a great choice over Collins if the idea was to breath new life into SPN, but looks like SPN is just running out its last years so the same old, same old format will continue with retread angel stories to fill in before getting back to Dean and Sam whose story has kept the series rolling for 8 years.

  • Restless

    Well Tom2, last week’s episode got some of the worst ratings for the season, despite having heavy Dean/Benny, Sam, even Bobby. But no Castiel to blame. You’re free to make whatever claims and excuses you want about the ratings and say it was all because of Arrow if you want. Castiel fans are free to do the same, because you nor any one of us here actually know the real reasons for ratings changes.

    Charlie as a main character would probably be different, considering how little history and ties she has to the actual mythology of the show. But I have to laugh that you like the ‘story of Sam and Dean’ that’s been told and retold for the last eight years, that’s totally great for you, but angel stories are the old format. Not the monster of the week, not Dean always taking care of Sam. No, it’s the random haphazard angel stories. That’s amusing. You’re free to not like the angels in the show, but I’ve never heard someone say there’s a set format the show’s been following with their stories, I mean personally, that’s why I like the angels best.

    Well, as you said TPTB and Nielsen families are apparently happy enough, and that’s really all that matters.
    “In Season 9, fans can expect a much more in-depth look at Castiel’s life, his relationships, and his choices. We’ll come to understand him on a different level than we’ve seen before.”

    Not to count my chickens before they hatch, and I’m sorry if you feel bitter and angry, but whoo hooo, I am thrilled. :) Hopefully Charlie will be back next season, and we all know Sam and Dean will, so maybe you’ll still be able to enjoy when you watch the show and we can all be happy and not take frustrations out on each other.

  • Restless

    Sorry, not last week’s episode obviously since that was a rerun, I meant last original before this week’s. Now it is my turn to lament the lack of an edit button and hope that is the only error I made. :P

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