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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  • BigBrotherFan

    I really really like ABC shows the most

    1. Nashville
    2. Revenge
    3. Scandal

    ..But I don’t know what I’ll do if they cancel Nashville! If I could pick only one TV show to watch it be that!

  • Casey

    Nashville is boring and it’s only getting worse. Hayden P. is miscast. Her acting is okay but she is kind of a pot bellied troll opposed to be sexy.

  • Ashley


    I would give Edlund more credit if he managed to remember basic canon like the fact that it’s been mentioned more than once that Dean’s never been to the Grand Canyon. The laziness in the writing this year is driving me nuts

  • Nate

    Looks like Family Tools will be Kyle Bornheimer’s 4th straight show without a second season, joining Worst Week, Perfect Couples, and Romantically Challenged.

  • BigBrotherFan


    You’re in a minority there. NASHVILLE was nominated for Golden Globes and it is a universally acclaimed show. How many things happened last night? TONS! how could you even say it’s boring! Please. Hayden is one of the hottest chicks in the business and I disagree she is not miscast, at all!

  • Mark

    @Casey – Kind of harsh but I kind of get your point – they should have cast someone else. Plus I find her annoying, not really liking her acting.

  • Michael


    Calm down, he or she is entitled to their opinion lol.

  • JP

    Nashville was good last night and I really hope the “Dante” character is gone for good… that guy is terrible and unnecessary IMO. I wish Deacon or someone else would just knock him out! Modern Family hilarious as usual. Phil and Jay are the best!!!

  • samurai99

    Not good numbers for CSI. I’m still thinking it gets moved to fridays next year.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Casey – Ironic that you called Hayden pot-bellied, because you’re a pig.

  • Tessa

    I can guess why AI is no longer popular. Last night I got a glimpse and they had this African American diva-esque girl on stage who sang magnificently and reminded of the half a dozen or so other divas they’ve had in the previous seasons (Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson.) The show not only repeats the same format, it repeats the same brand of contestants. Only once every blue moon someone like Adam Lambert comes along to muddy the waters. The rest is same old same old, and apparently I’m not the only one who’s bored with it.

  • JR35

    Interesting that the overall 18-49 usage was down just 4%, when there were multiple declines much larger than that.

  • Brandy

    So glad Nashville a 1.7, I was the mini hiatus would hurt its ratings.Really hope it gets renewed.

  • BigBrotherFan


    HAHA! That was funny :D

  • Alen


    Indeed. :\

    I’m still pleased with the episode in general, though and share Tessa’s hope of it getting adjusted up.

  • forg

    Family Tools is the lowest comedy premiere ever for ABC? What did Emily’s Reasons Why Not with its only aired episode? Can’t find anything online

  • ron lake

    Survivor was destined to go down when Malcolm was voted off last week. He was clearly the fan favorite and over the years the ratings always take a dip when a favorite is sent packing. Survivor’s rating have always been impacted by the fan’s interest in the latest season; whether it is boring or when it doesn’t go rhe way the fans want it to. It’s not the main reason for the drop but it is a factor

  • BigBrotherFan


    I think he’ll be back they are saying two people die in the finale. I’m thinking HIM and LAMAR.

  • Tessa


    Yeah, the Grand Canyon comment confused me too. But it could’ve been Sam hallucinating and mixing up his memories. He was after all running a high fever.

    And as far as messing with canon goes I’d take a Grand Canyon reference any day over someone waltzing through purgatory and hell like a walk through a park and even taking out a prisoner like they owned the place.

  • Bobby


    HMM. Was the Chicago Fire renewal announced too early?”

    Granted I know ratings are a tad bit down with the recent multiple week breaks, I doubt it considering it was still their highest rated show of the night and actually grew two tenths as it was airing. The spin-off idea coming a little too early would be the question I bring up, but who knows? I love Chicago Fire and I’m really happy for any time it goes up even though I assume these ratings are kind of non-important since it’s already been renewed? Still nice to see though.

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