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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  • Anna Bones Clarkwood


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  • Mike

    I’m not surprised by Survivor being down. That was the most boring episode ever.

  • bluejays

    @laura.I don’tthink he’s a bad actor. he does have expressions etc. he’s just understated instead of in your face over the top acting. I personally would rather a supposed ‘wooden’ actor any day of the week than a hammy one like David Caruso or someone ’emoting’ all over the place and being totally OTT. Each to their own.

  • Cougar Town Forever


    I can’t argue with that. Still doesn’t mean that AI won’t be cancelled in 2 years.


    Idol still IMO is the best of these singing shows with the success they have recieved with there contestants. It can still be good again but FOX needs to make some changes to make it more modern, current and better. Better chemistry panel, no stacking the deck for a girl to win, more hot guys, and just better personalities contestants. While these girls are talented there are lacking the big personalities of previous seasons.

  • coolioni

    SPN was excellent last night.
    It seems that they have saved some of the best episodes of the season for the last few episodes of the season.
    The story was great. It kept me intersted the entire episode.
    I love the plot that they have going with niaomi, but I just dont like to see Amanda Tapping playing an evil role.
    She has always been one of my favorite actresses , but she always plays the good side.
    This is (from what I know) the first time she is playing the villan role ( if she actually is a villan) She is still kind of mysterious. she is an angel, but they really are making her out to be a bit on the evil side.
    Then again Lucifer was an angel too and look what he did!
    She has a past relationship with Crowley who is the King of Hell , so she definatly has/had some evil in her! (no pun intended)

    I would have liked Amanda Tapping given a here or a more likeable character, but it is really nice seeing her on T.V.

    I wonder if they are going to keep her around after this season ?

    All in all glad to see the numbers staying steady .

    Too bad there are only a couple of more episodes left until next Fall :(

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood

    “Country boy” on AI is the only judge I’d keep if we insist on actual celebs instead of record executive’s/talent scouts/vocal coaches aka behind the scenes ppl.

    Keith Urban may seem nice but he actually gives very solid advice/critiques.

    Nikki def is full of ego & def turning the AI audience away but it is a shame b/c she does have some advice/critiques to give, though she also plays favorites at times. Randy needed to go 5+ years ago. Mariah rambles on way too much & doesn’t say anything. She mostly gives platitudes not critiques. At 18mil that is way too much for what she gives us.

  • Chris

    @Carl Family Tools is a pun. It’s based off of Family Jewels. Does that ring a bell? The real question is what kind of title is How To Live With Your Parents For The Rest of Your Life? Couldn’t they have shortened it to How To Live With You Parents or just How To Live? But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO because a shorter title would just be preposterous. I watched Family Tools and while it wasn’t the greatest (who could expect it to be? it was only the pilot) I highly commend it on not being formulaic like How To Live With You Parents. How To Live is so formulaic that it’s not funny and quite honestly I’m not sure why people are throwing a parade for a 2.2 out of a 3.5. Those same people were bashing Happy Endings and Suburgatory when they were getting similar ratings. How To Live doesn’t have an audience and it never will just like Happy Endings. It’s being propped up by Modern Family. Family Tools could have gotten the same rating out of Modern Family which says a lot about How To Live’s future. It’s looking like Happy Endings all over again.

  • ryan

    I don’t think the new female character is the problem for Criminal Minds. And as much as I love Prentiss, I don’t think she should be brought back. The last thing the show needs is even more inconsistency. It was fine to bring her back for season 7, and if Paget Brewster wanted to stay for more seasons that would have been good. They should never have gotten rid of JJ for half a season, that was the worst decision ever.

    I have no doubt the show will bounce back to the 3’s sooner or later. It’s a procedural with heavy syndication. I’m a lot less optimistic about a serial like OUAT recovering :(

  • Rebecca

    Watched the ABC comedies live last night – well, delayed by about 30 minutes on DVR chase play mode – I think HTL is better than Family Tools. I like Kyle, Leah and JK but so far am not impressed with the show. What I thought was funny, though, was the ACE Hardware commercial being one of its ads (fun for a Mr. Fix It type show) and then a Farmer’s Insurance commercial with JK Simmons also airing during the show. Like when I was watching TBBT once and they aired two of Kaley Cuoco’s commercials (the Genie car ad and the Priceline ad). The things I notice when I watch “live,” lol.

    Halfway through last night’s SPN episode now (good to know it’s excellent), so I’ll get back to it before I stream Psych.

  • Brad


    Totally agree. At least he’s trying and getting better with each ep that goes by… last night his quick expression from pure hate to sadness when Tommy’s father stopped him in the hallway was great! It’s also nod-worthy that his stunt double has had less and less work to do with each episode as Amell is doing his own stunts. It’s a great show and these next 2 eps are going to be awesome!

    It’s just like Emily Van Camp on Revenge. People say she’s so wooden. Um… no she’s playing the part of a cold calculated killer/revenger. People like that aren’t overly emotive. She’s a great actress and I’ve been watching her for over a decade in various parts. Looking forward to her being in the next Captain America! :D

  • networkman

    I really enjoyed Harry Connick Jr. last night on American Idol. He would make a fantasic judge. He really knows music and is not afraid to critique the contestants. He may come off harsh but he tells the truth. I think him along with Jennifer Lopez may help improve the ratings.

  • Bee

    wowowow. network TV ratings are DEAD. i know this is gonna seem eye roll worthy, but they need to change their system! this whole “but network tv has always been like this w. the repeats and everything and has slowly declined forever!” argument is dumb and invalid. this isnt then. times are different. peoples’ viewing habits are different. cable tv is fit for current times. network tv still operates like it’s 1980. i mean, how low are numbers gonna go before these people realize they need to make drastic changes to how network tv runs. peoples’ lives don’t revolve around TV like they think. i mean, only one show hit a 3.0? and only one other crossed a 2.5? pitiful. next season, that 3.0 will be a 2.5 and that 2.5 will be a 2.0.

    anyway, this season of idol is a nightmare. nicki minaj is single-handedly ruining it all. and the producer manipulation is strong lately too.

    and wtf? nashville wen’t from a 1.8 to a 1.5?! that’s BS. i hope it doesn’t adjust down!

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood

    As far as will AI be #1 on FOX next year?

    Well, there is XF3 in the fall. There is a chance that might not crash & burn & instead stabilize to lower but not horrible numbers.

    Besides that, then we are talking Simpsons/Family Guy.

    Bones/Glee won’t be higher than AI, I would think.

    Now would New Girl & I seriously don’t trust Following to stay the same/rise for s2.

    As far as new shows, there are only so many slots, esp not Friday slots, so I don’t think that will occur.

    Nope, AI will most likely be #1 on FOX again, well, they do have the Superbowl, but you mean normal programming.

    In any case, even if it does get beat, I can’t see it going below Network avg for the season avg.

    Now, Simon told us that XF1 cost $100million dollars to produce & that the $5mil prize that Melanie got was “nothing”. Also, adage told us that AI 11 did get increased ad lots for the live shows & that they got $1 billion in ad revenue. That’s all I have to help us figure out at what point does a big reality show cost too much for what ratings it gets.

    Personally, I really hope that AI doesn’t end on s13, I’d rather not tempt spirits. However, logically, Nigel & Co. are money greedy bastards & will Milk AI for all it’s got. They haven’t cancelled the tour, or really shortened it/reduced it’s venue size compared to the previous year, by a lot. They do make $ from post Idol success & their latest winner has went 4x platinum single & soon will go platinum on his album. They were willing to shell out $35+ million to the judges last year, even after the huge drop in ratings. I’m sure they can milk a few more years out of this.

    However, if XF can right the ship & FOX really thinks they can program for “post AI” &/or they have another hour eating reality show to help with the transition & AI keeps falling, next year might be the last & we may not know this until we don’t hear Ryan mention Audition cities in season.

  • Mi

    @Laura aren’t you getting tired of writing the same dumb sentence in multiple websites, week over week over week? We heard you the first time, lol.

  • Joseph

    Yes, the weather was nice in most of the country (except for the Midwest).

    But in much of the country, network ratings were also down for a three-word reason: Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    And in other cities, network ratings were down for a two word reason: NBA Playoffs.

    In Boston, both the local hockey and basketball team were in playoff games last night (May 1st), which likely dragged down network ratings considerably.

  • Hardline_Pro

    WOW. What happened to CBS?!!

  • Joseph

    Especially among younger demographics, prime-time viewing tonight could be down as people leave to attend the first screenings of “Iron Man 3″ (which will begin as early as 9 P.M. local time).

    Given the expectations that the film may break an opening weekend record at the box-office, and strong competition in some cities from local hockey and basketball playoffs, along with local baseball telecasts, tomorrow night (May 3rd) could set a mark for the fewest people to watch prime-time programming on a Friday night over the broadcast networks in the month of May since at least the 1950’s!

    The numbers could get that ugly, and this is one of the few times where the broadcast networks should have simply aired reruns, given that prime-time viewing, for the reasons listed above, will take a big hit.

  • DW

    CBS should just move TGW to fridays already. is it monday already? :)

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    I believe CBS scripted average is around a 2.7 rating. They seemed to have ignored that 90% scripted average renewal rule with some of it’s dramas. Not the ones trying to get the syndication either. CSI is already heavily syndicate. Elementary is in its first year

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