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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  • Anna Bones Clarkwood

    Well, I’ll be.

    Malibu Country wiki production order then is incorrect. Hard to believe, right? “HAHA”.

    A few posts above my longer one, that I posted w/o checking to see if anyone else had input.

    Renew ‘Malibu’
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 9:41 AM
    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.

  • rob60990

    The Voice is only on Wednesday for one more week.

  • Ratingswatcher

    ABC question: I know HTLWYP was up from last week, but isn’t its retention out of MF way, way down?

  • mando

    Nice to see CF getting strong enough competing against CSI!!
    Heard NBC considers making Chicago Police. Get Revolution out of the lineup. Just put CF on Monday!!

  • Carl

    @Tessa, I ended up reading the SpoilersTV ratings first, and I never know what they mean (or if they’re accurate), so I thought SPN was .02-.03 below Arrow (I guess it still could be in finals, I don’t know). The episode was so densely packed and so tricky, and built as it went along, so I wasn’t sure what the rating would be. I hope it at least stays at .09. A few continuity glitches aside, it was nice to see Ben Edlund diving into the characters, and the actors made the most of the material. Some of the best stuff in a while for Sam, Cas, or Kevin, and a nice build on past history with the angels, so underrated as a part of SPN’s gears.

    I used to watch Idol faithfully every week, Tues./Wed. That seems like a lifetime ago now.

    What kind of title is Family Tools? Really?? Bleh.

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood

    Uhm, TVBTN mods, can you retrieve my post that posted but then got eaten by the spam trap?

    I added a link to Apt23 as a source to help show production code vs air date.

    I saw that post was posted but when I made another post minutes later it was gone. That’s a new one as far as Spam filter goes for me.

  • sally

    the only network show shows a watch on wed. night is criminal minds and csi, don’t like singing or realty shows

  • David Howell

    Well, that’s probably How to Live safe.

    I hope Nashville is cancelled just because my colleague claimed it had already been renewed and I want him to be wrong ;) (It won’t be, though. Not at a 0.9 R/C Index with ancillary revenues from the albums.)

    Anyone want to take bets on Idol not being Fox’s #1 show next season?

  • Ram510

    Nashville is safe for a second season.

    How to live will probably return as well cause ABC will want to renew at least one new comedy. Since Malibu and Neighbors are on shaky ground, How to Live is the clear front runner. One of either Malibu or Neighbors will probably come back midseason against the Olympics

  • ravi

    I predicted a month or two ago that next season of Idol would be its last. This seems to be coming to fruition. Idol is permanently adrift and damaged goods – all began when Simon left and the all their maneuvering/manipulating/agitating is simply delaying the inevitable. Despite what @Ultima thinks.

  • Brad

    @Anna Bones Clarkwood

    Answer: The very first sentence above the ‘Leave a Reply’ box says, “We’re no longer accepting hypertext links in comments”

  • WHugoP

    Great for How To Live, very bad for Family Tools.

  • rob60990

    Idol is not going anywhere for a few years. It still beats everything else FOX airs.

  • DanaK

    Anyone know where to look to see how Nashville’s music is selling (the singles not the albums)?

  • CancelationBeaver

    @ Michael

    So many shows especially The Middle and Survivor will fall even lower.

  • rgxx

    Arrow down AGAIN? Will that show or anything on CW see a 1.4 ever again?

    CSI – down – I have to say it was a boring episode for sweeps month. Hopefully the final 2 will be strong for both CSI & Arrow.

    A.I. what’s happening? – Still at the top of the night though!

  • Survivor Fan

    Let me just clarify that “Survivor fan” is not I.

    Anyway, I think those 0.6 percent missed out on a great blindside last night. Let’s hope for a 3.0+ for the finale.

  • rgxx

    A.I vs The Voice…

    I think A.I. needs to get rid of Nikki & Country boy.

    Country boy is boring and they don’t have the chemistry that The Voice or classic Idol had. The cat fights aren’t working.

    The Voice has arguements but they are light hearted and funny. -On A.I. it’s a competition for the mic by the judges and there is no respect from Nikki when someone else has the mic.

  • Laura

    arrow? all smoke and no fire! There are two expressions of ‘actor Stephen Amell: with shirt or no shirt.

  • Ele

    Sad for Criminal Minds, it has been a strange season with a lot of reruns, now they have four new episodes in a row so I expect the ratings to improve.
    Worried that some of the cast have not signed so maybe that is why they have not announced a season 9…..

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