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

Family Tools Pilot

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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  • Mike

    Looks like viewers are leaving network and moving to cable. It will be interesting to see the cable numbers,
    CSI 1.8 demo is really bad, but considering it is a show in the 13 season, and that the newer cbs shows are doing even worse at 10 pm, I say, it’s a ok result.
    Very low numbers for CM too. :(

  • zth

    The Voice will air a Results Show next Wednesday which should distort American Idol.
    Prediction for next Wednesday:
    The Voice 3.3
    American Idol 2.1

  • rob60990

    Horrific night for CBS. Not bad for ABC except Family Tools bombing whch is no surprise. I cant believe The Middle held steady in this mess.

  • a p garcia

    AI now has good singers, too bad, the bad singers did their thing on ratings, and it may be to much for the good singers to overcome

  • CBSviewer

    CBS :( All their dramas hit lows: CSI (1.8), NCIS: Los Angeles (2.2), Criminal Minds (2.3), Person of Interest (2.4), Hawaii Five-0 (1.7) and Elementary (2.0). It looks like they need new hit.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “For what it’s worth in Seattle Survivor was bumped to cover Mayday riots. It’s been rescheduled for 7pm tonight so not sure if it’ll make any difference.”

    Seattle’s not a huge market, but if the Survivor rating was near the rounding point, that could make a downward adjustment more likely.

  • Mi

    This is the first time an Arrow original dropped at the 2nd half hour, so I hope it adjusts up.
    There were a lot of good moments in that episode but it wasn’t one of my favorites. Still, it was better than most of the other shows I watch.

  • BigBrotherFan

    NASHVILLE ABC 1.5 10:30


  • Brad Bernstein

    I would bet HTLWYP higher ratings this week were due to carry over from Modern Family’s and increased ratings due to it (Modern Family)being a new episode. However retention of those viewers was 62.9%. So that’s not outstanding. Hard to predict what the Network will decide on this one. Family Tools next episode is supposed to have been retooled (excuse the pun) from the pilot so perhaps it will be better

  • Bri

    Low numbers all around. CM went from a 3.0 three weeks ago to this 2.3!
    Really, CM got zero momentum,too many reruns in a short period of time, hopefully it will gain some momentum as we will have all new episodes until the final on May 22.

  • BlueAndGreenHair (former BigFlop)

    bad night for SRN a 3.5 for MF sounds no good.
    SRN should cancel Nashville

  • Michael

    Next week is going to be extremely interesting to see The Voice and American Idol compete for ratings. Who will top the night? Time will tell.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “That’s strange; the spoiler tv site shows 1.0 for Arrow.”

    Mistakes happen, but our number for Arrow is correct.

  • Shiro

    not at all. 1.7 is consider a hit for NBC right now. if you want to talk about a show that ger renewed too soon, it would be The Mindy Project.

  • Mary

    Why is no one watching television anymore? Don’t say nice weather because here on the East Coast, it’s dark well before 9pm.

  • Cougar Town Forever


    The thing with MF is that it gets crazy good Live+7 numbers (these add in DVR numbers). On the most recent live+7 the show increased 1.9 points, the highest increase of the week. That brought it to a 5.7 from a 3.8. Compare that to AI, which went from a 3.2 to a 3.8 in Live+7. In general, shows that skew young and/or high income viewers tend to have large percentage increases from DVR. When you look at live+7, it’s consistently one of the top 5 shows on TV.

  • Michael


    Nielsen watchers have personal lives they want to enjoy. Lol!

  • Lucy

    It happen before but it looks like the hut levels was down last night. So it did fine.

  • Bryan

    Family Tools was bad. It pretty much just saved Suburgatory. It seems that time slot, 8.30pm, is just bad. Suburgatory struggled there and so did The Neighbors. How to live is doing a good job of retaining viewers from Modern Family. However, if they want it to last they shouldn’t move it. I don’t think it can stand on its own yet.

  • Matt

    Why is the voice on like everyday of the week!!! It’s ridiculous and annoying … Decide are you going to compete with DWTS on Mon Tues or AI on Wed Thr… You ruin everything

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