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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  • Glue

    This might seem random but were Malibu Country’s episodes aired in order? Because in episode 3 she had the song written but episode 16 had her writing the same song and stuff. Were they meant to air like that?

  • forg

    Ratings from last year (May 2)

    American Idol – 4.7

    Survivor – 2.6
    Criminal Minds – 3.0
    CSI 2.3

    The Middle – 2.0
    Suburgatory – 2.0
    Modern Family – 4.1
    Apt 23 – 2.3
    Revenge – 2.1

    Off The Rockers 1.3/1.4
    Rock Center – 1.0
    SVU – 1.9

    LA Complex – 0.2
    ANTM – 0.5


    ABC down from last year only Middle was steady but How to Live’s hold with MF is better than Apt 23’s. Big slide for AI and quite a drop for CBS shows. An improved night for NBC and CW

  • TheFrenchGuy

    Just a question: Why a Show is adjusted up or down ?

  • Mi

    @Lucy I’m talking about it having 1.0.9 in half hours. Generally it goes up in the 2nd half hour (due to people tuning in before SPN most likely) or stays the same but not down, so I think it’s possible we’ll see it adjusted up.

  • Cougar Town Forever


    Viewership is getting pulled towards cable; but at least as big a factor in the last 2 years is DVR’s. Almost all of the total drop in viewership in the last couple years can be explained DVR’s.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman
  • Leondre

    Did the Family Tools drag Modern Family down?

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Chicago Fire halfs were 1.6/1.8, Nashville was 1.8/1.6. Just something I noticed

  • Michael

    It says a lot about American Idol, when last year they were at a 4.7 and one year later hitting a series low of 2.8 in just one year.



  • s0303

    wonder why survivor fell so much? all of cbs really…

  • Tessa

    I shouldn’t be disappointed at Supernatural’s still-awesome ratings but I am. Last night was one of the best and most action packed episodes of the season. It started the ball rolling for the finale too. Ben Edlund is the best writer on the show and it always shows when he graces an episode with his genius. I hope the ratings adjust up in the finals.

  • DeanW

    I hope CBS’s dramas will go up ! CSI was amazing It will be adjusted up !

  • MDM

    Gonna go ahead and say next season will be Idol’s last. When your format has become stale it doesn’t matter how popular the judges you trot out are. That said, it still was number one in its timeslot and that’s all that really matters.

  • Potato

    @Glue– I didn’t watch MC, but I believe it was a continuity error because of how shows are made. There is little to no chance that episode 16 was shot, or even written, by the time episode 3 was airing.

  • BigBrotherFan

    lol old people sure love their CSI…STILL! They should cast a young 20-30 something up and coming as a lead on that show, as well..could boost that number to steady 2’s, atleast. It’s the same reason I don’t watch BOP there is NOT ONE LEAD a guy like me in my mid 20’s can relate to so I don’t bother! I think a lot of these shows are so out of touch with todays youth much like HARRY’S LAW!

    Given how poor the shows did last night and Tuesday I’m hoping for UNDER a 1 for Hannibal tonight. I love to see SCANDAL at a 2.9 and Hannibal at a .9 haha!

  • American

    Wow, it all kinda fell apart last night, especially for FOX and CBS. ABC had no real confidence in Family Tools to premiere it in May anyway, so there you go. NBC was a tad low, but OK. Hope to see CF go to 2.0 again by the end of the season.


    Its crazy it seems all ratings went down last night. Thats pretty bad for Idol to have such low ratings three weeks until the finale. I don’t even think the finale will crack 14 million and last years did 21 million. U can just tell FOX cant wait to get rid of this judging panel. BTW god was Mariah babbling again last night and she says absolutely nada in her critiques. Nicki Minaj is gone as people hate her. Big changes for Idol are coming.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Yikes at CBS!

    Nashville and Chicago Fire with a tie…interesting.

  • Jeff

    Family Tools not funny, stupid. How to live….. Not at all funny.

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