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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  • BenA


    Me and you think a like. Chicago Fire needs to air after The Voice on Mondays next season.

  • Pavelsauce

    Will the effect really be that big? I highly doubt it. Why the heck would they air repeats? It’s sweeps month!

  • John A

    Lol Laura makes the same Dumb comment about Stephan Amell each week.

  • David

    Who knows? Maybe ABC will keep How To Live in its slot permanently. Surely they’ve learnt from Cougar Town, Happy Endings and Apartment 23.

  • Parvati G.oddess

    Oh no Survivor!! :(

  • Jelly86

    The most consistent network on Wednesday is CBS. All of their shows fit perfectly together. This is one night CBS should leave alone.

    FOX is in trouble, Idol is dying fast and who knows what its’ numbers will be next winter. The show had a good run. Too many singing/dancing shows on TV.

    NBC needs to rebuild the whole night. Whitney and Guys With Kids are both horrible and should be cancelled. Law & Order is very old and tired, ever since Chri Meloni left the show, I stopped watching. Since it has been renewed for one more year (hopefully the last) I would move it to Thursday night at 10:00 pm. Chicago Fire is no hit and will never be. I would leave it at 10:00 and see what happens in the fall. NBC has got to stop airing The Voice on so many nights. It will kill the show faster. The reruns on Sunday should be pulled and replaced by Dateline NBC.

    If ABC renews Nashville it and Revolution will both be next year’s Smash. Nashville is a horrible drama. It should be cancelled. I would move Family Tools to Friday nights at 8:30 next season (replacing Malibu Country the worst new show of the year) after Last Man Standing. They both make a good pair. Family Tools wasn’t half bad and is a pleasant sitcom. I would keep The Middle, Suburgatory and Modern Family in their current spots. How To Live is a horrible show but I would leave it after Family since no sitcome can produce decent numbers following Family and if moved it will die immediately.

  • a p garcia

    FT did not impress me.

  • k:Alex

    Good to see CBS is down, that’s a sign that they must improve themselves, not every show, but they have enough shows who are boring or not funny.

  • Mon

    Isn’t it that actors who wanted to be in a lead role such as Arrow have to undergo some tough audition phases before getting the role? Of all the actors that auditioned for Arrow and the casting director liked Stephen Amell the most says a lot how great he did and how the casting department like Arrow to be portrayed.

  • Debra

    Regarding Criminal Minds ratings, CBS promoted and was showing a live webcast of a Jewel concert at the same time this episode was on.

    There’s no way that did not have an effect on the ratings for this episode.
    And depending on how long this concert ran,it probably had an effect on the ratings for CSI also.

  • Tori

    People seem very certain of a How to Live renewal. Not saying it’s not a possibility, the ratings improvement helps, but it’s not a lock. ABC has a very promising comedy pilot season that they are high on, How to Live has been iffy and doesn’t seem like a breakout hit, just something that can be steady at times but low as well. ABC might roll the dice with their new comedies since they are testing so well and those have the potential to get ratings in the 3’s, not this low 2’s at best stuff.

  • Survivor Fan

    I hope that Survivor will adjust up.

  • Rob3008


    They might decide to keep How To Live as schedule spackle or for mid-season? That seems to make the most sense at this point.

  • tj

    I never said the new girl on Criminal Minds was the problem. They haven’t shoved her down our throats so I’m OK. I’d just prefer the same crew as before. I could be wrong but I thought CBS forced the show to get rid of two of the 3 females at one point and that’s why J.J. and Prentiss were gone originally. I just think its a number of factors but the show has definitely changed.

  • Fred

    The Middle is the little show that could. The ratings are pretty solid considering what its up against. Ratings are usually fairly stable.

    I often find it funnier than most other sitcoms, especially family oriented comedies.

    Modern Family is also very funny, but not quite as consistent as The Middle.

    This season my TOP sitcoms are: Middle
    Cougar Town- Thank You TBS!
    Modern Family


    Happy Endings. I will miss this so much.

  • Tessa

    Agree with those who say SPN saved the best for last. I was really getting tired of the random episodes but now it seems they are focusing on the core team again and are pulling all the stops. Osric Chau is bringing out some amazing acting chops, and Misha is always a delight to watch, but the one I’m most taken by in is Amanda Tapping. She slipped into the show quietly and took over a seemingly unimportant role and now she’s blowing everyone away with her character’s subtle wickedness. I love to watch every scene she’s in and I hope her storyline continues into the next season.

  • Fred

    Top Dramas:

    OUAT- Still love it despite inconsistency
    NASHVILLE- Great music, even better drama.
    666 PARK AVE- I will miss this one.
    LAST RESORT- same as above
    REVENGE- Not nearly as riveting as last season, but still enjoyable

    SCANDAL and GREY’S – are great as well. But I’m not emotionally invested in them. But my family and friends sure are!

  • Fred

    Gave up on REVOLUTION earlier this season. Might catch up, if somebody can convince me that it would be worth the effort.

  • Glue


    The most consistent channel on Wednesday is The CW

  • MichaelChickless

    @rgxx “A.I. Still at the top of the night though!”

    Not really!

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