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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  • jlog

    Hasn’t it been established that Kyle Bornheimer is the grim reaper for any show he’s in? He’s like Breckin Meyer and Jerry O’Connell: put them in a sitcom and it will immediately fail.

    Why do they keep casting him in starring roles?

  • Jonathan

    Love how people were bashing X Factor when its ratings were around American Idol’s! Haha how the mighty have fallen.

    I much prefer X Factor!

  • MichaelChickless

    What happened to Criminal Mimes?!?!

  • jackson

    the thing to remember is even though idol ratings are WAY DOWN, its still the only show to produce stars (kelly, carrie, daughtry, jennifer hudson, kellie pickler (country success), fantasia (huge urban success). and their last winner had one of the biggest hits of the past year in the song HOME.
    So even though idol ratings are down, it still produces commerical success for its contestants.
    Ive never heard a single Voice contenstant on the radio

  • Renew ‘Malibu’

    The episode that was aired as #16 was shot second, and was intended to be the follow-up to the pilot. Unfortunately, it was shelved leading to an awkward transition to episode 3. The cast tweeted the week of air that it was a new episode but had been intended to air second.

    Posted May 2, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    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?

  • eridapo


    I would not be surprised if The Voice numbers drop below their fall numbers for the live rounds. Sure spring will have its typical effect, but what I’m referring to is that the contestants going to the live rounds this time around are not as compelling as some of the people in the fall edition.

    I was looking at the youtube hits for some of the contestant’s performances, and there are very few that garnered more than 100K hits. Last Fall I know Cassadee, Terry, Judith, Melanie, and others had their audition and knockout performances close to 250K hits by the time live rounds arrived.

  • ron lake

    @Evan The drop off was due to the departure of Malcolm and the fact that those left are not likeable. Simetime if you have a real bad guy you’ll hang around to see what happens to him or her, but you don’t even have that this season. What was heading towards a very season took a plunge off a cliff.

  • Bella Bellini

    Happy to see Supernatural still holding strong. Amazing episode last night!

  • I love TV!

    I Ndon’t know why all the hate for American Idol, it’s still one of the most popular shows after 12 seasons…… The Voice is in it’s 4th season and it’s ratings aren’t any bigger and I don’t see any shows gettin better ratings except for The Big Bang Theory or CIS… Stop the hating and just be glad/ disappointed for your shows, don’t hate on others

  • bluejays

    HalCapone – It’s not just last night for CBS. Tusday NCIS LA pulled a woeful 2.2 series low and CBS Monday is in trouble across the board and has been for weeks.

    CBS are normally a very steady net when it comes to changes but I think they need to make some bigger shcedule changes than usual next year and should really risk expanding their comedies. Moving POI to ten and trying really hard to find some new comedy hits to replace shows like HIMYM and 2.5 Men.

    Drama wise who knows? It’s not as if other nets attempts to do different things to procedurals have been a huge success is it? Revolution is dropping like a stone. Smash failed. Terra Nova. Alcatraz. Touch. Then there’s shows like Once and Revenge, both really starting to struggle. The list of shows struggling is endless.

    Interesting times for the nets in general. I think the next couple of seasons will be hugely important for them. I also think that at some point they’ll have to start looking at other factors than just live demo viewing.

  • IdolFan

    I’ve been a fan of American Idol ever since Season 3 and I have to admit that this season is BY FAR the WORST.

    The judges (Except Keith) are so into themselves. I love Mariah and Nicki but they aren’t meant to judge. Nicki keeps on repeating her critiques and I hate how she keeps changing her intonation. Mariah, I love you, but your critiques are all over the place. Randy has to go. The format this year just didn’t work. It fell of as a bit of a try hard. The contestants are one and the same with the previous seasons. And I hate how they pimped a woman to win by picking the worst MALE contestants.

    The X Factor Season 2 is so much better than American Idol 12. It had a wide array of talents unlike Idol’s.

  • ron lake

    sorry, should of wrote very “good” season.

  • Pavelsauce

    As I said in the Family Tools poll, I didn’t think it was that good. A lot of the comedy seemed forced or too goofy. Where we supposed to think that the old man with the respirator was funny? Because, for the most part, I didn’t find him funny. I’ll see if there’s any improvement in the second episode. It’s kind of odd that a prediction of 1.8 would be too optimistic for a series premiere.

  • Michael

    @I love TV,

    4.3 versus a 2.8, yes there’s a difference!

  • Alex J

    Wow, the Malcolm-less Survivor Episode really did hurt the episode.

  • Survivor fan

    Guess Survivor fans are pissed off that Malcolm got voted out last week and stopped watching.

  • Sam

    I find it interesting that Chicago Fire’s second half hour grew proportionately to Nashville’s loss and I’m hoping someone could explain how the half hour ratings work? Is the first half hour counted by the minute a show starts, regardless if the channel is changed a minute after, or is it an average of the entire half hour?

  • CancelationBeaver

    Hopefully The Voice is not airing on Wednesday !

  • Michael


    It will starting next week.

  • Brad

    So it looks like HTLWYP is going to get the Happy Endings treatment – a show that gets decent to good ratings because it airs after Modern Family and will end up lasting airing for much longer than it should.

    The difference is that Happy Endings wasn’t a bad show, but HTLWYP is painfully unfunny. I’m assuming that ABC will keep it after Modern Family next season and it’s ratings will steadily decline, but then they’ll be forced to keep it for a third season because it’s ratings will still be better than some other comedy that isn’t being propped up by a hit show and then when forced to stand on its own during the third season it will truly tank and end up being cancelled and ABC searches for a place on the schedule to burn off the remaining episodes….

    And by then, the process of picking up a not very good show that premiered near the end of the season, but got decent rating for a few weeks because it follows a hit show will officially be referred to as a “Pulling a Paul Lee”.

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