TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol', 'CSI' 'Criminal Minds' & 'Survivor' Hit Lows, Soft Premiere for 'Family Tools', 'Nashville' Ties 'Chicago Fire'

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May 2nd, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.8/8 2.2/6 2.1/6 1.6/5 1.4/4 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/7 1.2/4 1.5/5 1.1/4 1.3/5 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 11.075 9.447 6.570 5.881 3.442 2.462

Note: Adults 18-49 usage was down -4% from 8-10PM versus last week.

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

On FOX, American Idol earned a 2.8, down 15 percent from last week's 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, and an all time Wednesday low for the series.

On CBS, Survivor scored a series low 2.3 down 21 percent from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds earned a series low 2.3 adults 18-49 rating down 21 percent from a 2.9 on April 10. CSI garnered a series low 1.8 adults 18-49 rating down 25 percent from a 2.4 on April 10.

On ABC, The Middle scored a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating even with its performance on April 10. The premiere of Family Tools earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down 12 percent from a 1.7 for the Suburgatory finale and down 26 percent from a 1.9 for the timeslot premiere of The Neighbors on October 3, 2012. It was ABC’s lowest rated comedy debut ever. Modern Family garnered a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 8 percemt from a 3.8 on April 10. Your predictions were too optimistic. How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) notched a 2.2 up 47 percent from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville scored a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating down 6 percent from a 1.8 on April 10. Your predictions were accurate.

On NBC, The Voice clip show garnered a 1.6 up 19 percent from Dateline’s 1.3 adults 18-49 rating in the time period last week. Law and Order: SVU earned a 1.5 down 21 percent from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Chicago Fire scored a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating up 6 percent from a 1.6 on April 4.

On The CW, Arrow earned a 0.9 down 10 percent from last week’s 1.0 Adults 18-49 rating. Supernatural notched a, 0.9 down 10 percent from last week’s 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Wednesday, May 1, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 2.8/8 11.08
CBS Survivor 2.3/7 9.07
ABC The Middle 2.0/7 7.27
NBC The Voice - Clip Show 1.6/5 5.57
CW Arrow 0.9/3 2.81
8:30 ABC Family Tools - Series Premiere 1.5/4 5.77
9:00 ABC Modern Family 3.5/10 9.54
CBS Criminal Minds 2.3/7 9.97
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.5/4 5.72
CW Supernatural 0.9/2 2.12
9:30 ABC How To Live With Your Parents 2.2/6 6.25
10:00 CBS CSI 1.8/5 9.31
NBC Chicago Fire 1.7/5 6.35
ABC Nashville 1.7/5 5.30

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," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.


  • · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "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 1.2/4 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" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).


  • · At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



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  • Joe

    Bad night all around, but good to see Supernatural still holding strong!

  • eridapo

    Surv 2.2 8.87/ 2.4 9.26
    CM 2.4 9.92 / 2.3 10.01
    CSi 1.8 9.35/ 1.8 9.27

    Arrow 1.0 2.83/.9 2.78
    Super .9 2.13 / .9 2.11

    AI 2.4 9.40/ 2.9 10.90/ 2.9 11.68/ 3.1 12.32

    The Voice 1.5 5.50/ 1.7 5.65
    LOSVU 1.5 5.66/ 1.5 5.78
    CF 1.6 6.18 / 1.8 6.52

    Nash 1.8 5.54/ 1.8 5.06

    Bad night all around… MF and Idol are the only two shows to crack a 3.0 whereas everything else in the high 1s to low 2s. CBS numbers continue to trend down from fall. I would say that the average loss is about 5 tenths in the demo. Sure is Spring, but these numbers are really surprisin

  • Cyrax86

    Crap, How To Live… will be renewed.

  • Glue

    That’s not great for Family Tools. Good for HTLWYP(FTROYL)

    Go, Middle!

  • Dante

    HMM. Was the Chicago Fire renewal announced too early?

    Tying with Nashville and not rising back to its early weeks of good ratings.

  • eridapo

    Sorry… Nash halves were 1.8 /1.6

  • Ashley

    So happy Idol is going down. Good job Arrow and SPN!

  • CrimTV

    On Mark Berman’s website he is reporting a 1.8 for both half hours of Nashville, how did it average a 1.7?

  • Seth

    Outstanding for everything on ABC.

  • zth

    All time low for a performance show for American Idol. I guess that the competition from The voice clip show was too fierce.

  • Wright

    Good for Supernatural….and Arrow.

  • Edward

    Eridapo, Nashville dropped to a 1.5 at 10:30.

  • eridapo

    When I said AI crack 3.0, I meant when you look at only the 9:00PM hour

  • Luiz

    So happy Idol is going down. Good job Arrow! ++++

  • bjssp

    Can I say once again that I hope NBC moves SVU? I get the desire for more episodes for syndication, but would it really do that much worse on Fridays? I get why Chicago Fire wouldn’t move, even though there might be plenty of reason for the network to make such a switch, but SVU clearly isn’t going to last another 5 seasons. Why not put Parenthood into its spot?

  • eridapo

    @ Edward


  • Billy

    American Idol below a 3.0 on Wednesday. That is simply amazing. How low can it go.

  • Max Vrany

    @CrimTV, because ratings don’t work like that. (Or a typo by someone.)

  • zth

    Arrow last night was awesome. It;s such a fast paced series. I guess other TV shows would stretch what happen in Arrow in less than a season for like 2-3 seasons.

  • senor chang

    very interesting that the 10PM shows were virtually tied. pretty rough night for every show, though–especially for American Idol, which is now settling into X-Factor territory.

    I suppose NBC will be happy that Chicago Fire is holding up. ABC had a decent night for the comedy lineup (minus the weak premiere for Family Tools), but nothing really stands out. everything on CBS tumbled quite a bit.

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