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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  • Jamie04

    Wow – all I kept seeing was the word “down”, “down”, “down”. What a bad night – especially during sweeps and finales!!

  • jupiter3765

    when will abc start canceling and renewing shows becuase their upfronts are may 14

  • Glue

    @Potato, Thanks :D

  • julie

    with cm maybe all of the repeats and no renewal is finally catching up. maybe people are just tired of waiting.

  • Michael

    For those that watch American Idol,

    Are you guys turned off by the constant bickering between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey? Seriously, its like high school cattiness between these two adult women. I think the producers of IDOL feel like the audience/viewers want to see this “drama” being displayed.

  • Noel

    Arrow could adjust up, don’t think the same for supernatural however.

  • Carmen

    @ Matt

    “Why is the voice on like everyday of the week!!! It’s ridiculous and annoying”

    It can be I suppose if you want to let it get under your skin.

    As to the ‘why’ of the Voice being on so much? It is very, very, simple.

    NBC has nothing else they can put on. It is almost literally all they have. They have nothing else that can get even a 2.0 consistently in demo and their total viewer numbers are even worse.

    If you look at NBC’s average for scripted shows only (no reality or football), it is pretty bad.
    They are in a fight to salvage 2nd place in the ratings. If it weren’t for football in the fall and the huge numbers it gives to the entire season average, NBC would be fighting to salvage 3rd or even 4th and that’s with the Voice.

  • Lucy

    The thing got me the most was Dean remember grand canyon, but said he barely remembered it cause he was young. I wonder is Naomi playing in there head cause Cas only remember certain things too. Season 8 fell like a hallucination. lol

  • Mon


    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.

    I agree. I would like to see someone like Bradley Cooper. A young, playboy and funny scientist lead character would be a nice change I think.


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

    He was actually good last night, and he seems like a talented actor. He’s quite fun to watch, but if the script were better he could even be funnier. The shows he was in were bad. I hope he finally finds a hit show.

  • Evan

    @ron lake

    When a season’s good, the ratings for Survivor pick up. Malcolm’s departure was the first time I’ve ever seen ratings DROP after a favorite has left. I had no idea the ratings would drop this much though, terrible. The episode after Rupert was voted off was the highest rated episode of the season back in 2004. I had no idea all of the backlash of “without malcolm theres no point in watching” but apparently that is the case. It’s a shame because those people really missed out an an amazing night of Survivor. Hopefully they tune in next week to what has been an amazing season.

  • eridapo

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

    I will use me as an example. I have TWC OnDemand, and I subscribed to Netflix and HuluPlus.

    When it comes to live tv, I no longer have to watch the show when it airs. On Tuesday after NCIS, I watched The Following on Hulu since I did not get a chance to see it on Monday. For last night’s shows, I will be watching CF and CSI sometime today. Maybe I’ll watch TBBT, TAAHM, and POI first, and then watch CSI OnDemand.

    If 1 in 20 are doing what I’m doing nationally, that would mean a 5% drop in the potential live audience for broadcast tv.

  • CancelationBeaver

    @ Samurai99

    Not good numbers for Criminal Minds either. Maybe CBS should move it to Friday at 9 next season. It could help Friday, NCIS: Los Angeles or a new drama takes its slot on Wednesday at 9.

  • jackson

    i think Nashville is definatly getting renewed. ABC will want to renew one of their freshman dramas and that seems to be the only one. I am thinking we will see a shift in programming next year. Now that Idol is now the force it once was, i think we will finally see Greys moved to 7/8pm, followed by Scandal and then a new show. i dont think any network will be scared of Idol at all next year but its still a hit show.
    I think Idol will go back to basics next year. I dont think they will bring in “stunt” judges will huge salaries. I would be awesume if Jimmy Ivine became a judge or even Harry Conniclk Jr seemed like he would be good and kooky. both of them would be so much cheaper.
    then bring back Paula or any past female pop star who is known, but not REALLY expensive. or perhaps a country diva. Reba? wouldnt be crazy expensive or Dolly Parton or Shania, i dunno. Jo dee Messina would be great on tv and needs the career boost.
    just ideas.

  • gerry

    nice to see cw wednesday holding steady- would like to see arrow adjust up to 1.0

    cbs series lows across the board. ouch.

    chicago fire is still performing better than half the stuff on nbc, its renewal was hardly premature.

    abc had a decent enough night, save family tools. nashville was good last night. hope maybe it will adjust up a bit…?

    oh how the mighty idol has fallen, though its got a ways more to fall before being a problem for fox. i say they run it another year, and then they try to get all original hosts back on board and run it into the ground.

  • Cougar Town Forever


    I can’t agree more about your thoughts on AI. I think that is partly why TV has pulled ahead of AI. TV has all sorts of contestants that would never see the light of day on AI. They are looking for the clean-cut/Diva/Pop-Star type and we have see it all before. TV has more of a freaks and geeks and everyone else thing going which is a nice change of pace.

  • HalCapone

    The big news last night was the fall of the mighty Crime Broadcasting Syndicate. Absolutely stunning drops! American Idol crashing is yesterday’s news–it’s well past its prime. Hopefully The Voice will catch up next year and totally disappear along with Idol and X-Factor in 2 or 3 years.

    CBS, of all the majors, is in the most precarious position long term, with the oldest viewing audience, the stalest dramas and overall the least fresh and innovative programming of any network. Viewing tastes and viewing methods are evolving much faster than CBS’ stodgy programming offerings.

  • DanaK

    I don’t get why people complain about Voice being on more than its usual 2 times a week (not counting the repeats) when Idol and X Factor are on 3 times a week at various times during their seasons.

  • bluejays

    With these numbers for CSI, Criminal Minds and yesterday NCIS LA I think the HFO bashers can finally shut up and realise CBS is having trouble with a lot of their dramas.

    I do wonder if Chicago Fire had been put on after The Voice if it would have held up a bit better than Revolution?

  • Michael


    Some people just can’t handle talent reality shows conquering and demolishing struggling scripted shows that have to compete in that time-slot.

  • tj

    Criminal Minds started dropping with all the cast changes. Then that season where they were chasing down Prentiss’s past. Those episodes lacked the fear that makes Criminal Minds unique. It was more like an action cop show for awhile. This season is up and down with too many re-runs in a row. I suggest next season they get Prentiss back. Kill of the new girl and hunt for her killer. Let everyone get in on the action not just Derrek. Also, not too many over the top plots. This season I thought wow, they’re really straying with these plot lines. That puppeteer one was the kicker for me.

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