TV Ratings Wednesday: 'CSI' & 'SVU' Up, 'The Middle', 'The Voice' & 'Modern Family' Hit Lows + 'Arrow' & 'Supernatural' Flat

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May 8th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.8/8 2.4/7 2.1/6 1.9/5 1.3/4 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/7 1.4/4 1.6/5 1.4/5 1.1/4 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 10.827 9.662 7.529 6.132 3.331 2.338

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49  and with total viewers.

On FOX, American Idol earned a 2.8, down a tenth from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.
For those interested, American Idol earned a 2.5 in the hour it shared with The Voice results show.

On CBS, Survivor scored a 2.5, up a tenth from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds earned a 2.5, also up a tenth from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. CSI garnered a 2.2, up three tenths from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, The Voice results earned a series low 2.7.  Law and Order: SVU earned a 1.9, up four tenths  from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Chicago Fire scored a 1.8, up a tenth from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Middle scored a season low 1.8, down two tenths from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49. Family Tools earned a 1.1, down four tenths from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 premiere. Modern Family garnered a season low 3.1, down half a ratings point from last week's 3.6 adults 18-49 rating. How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) notched a 2.0, down a tenth from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville scored a 1.6, down a tenth from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.


On The CW, Arrow was even last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Supernatural was also flat with last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.



Overnight ratings for Wednesday, May 8, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 2.8 8 10.82
NBC The Voice 2.7 8 8.77
CBS Survivor: Caramoan 2.5 8 9.33
ABC The Middle 1.8 6 6.70
CW Arrow 0.9 3 2.56
8:30PM ABC Family Tools 1.1 3 4.43
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 3.1 9 8.84
CBS Criminal Minds 2.5 7 9.92
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.9 5 6.97
CW Supernatural 0.9 2 2.11
9:30PM ABC How to Live With Your Parents 2.0 5 5.99
10:00PM CBS CSI 2.2 6 9.73
NBC Chicago Fire 1.8 5 6.89
ABC Nashville 1.6 4 5.42

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," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.
  • 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," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat 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 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • eridapo

    @ Ted Craig

    What numbers are you looking at…

    Greys did a 4.1 in the finale to DH 3.2 Greys was also on an upswing, so its upswing could have help lift Scandals numbers…

    I maintain that for highly rated shows, a 1 point demo difference in lead ins translates to approx. 3/10s of a point for that show that follows it. Had Greys and DH had similar ratings, Scandal’s ratings would mirror those of GCB.

    For me… the reason Scandal got the nod over GCB was Shonda Rhimes.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Ultima: Possibly. I can see ABC renewing it for one more spring season, but I don’t see it going beyond that. It will boil down to whether it’s still profitable give the (alleged) tax credit and whether ABC thinks they still need it for spring coverage.

  • Mitchell


    Thanks, that was very helpful. Not sure if I want Voight to leave CF though, haha.

  • eridapo

    On the political front..

    John McCain wants to unbundle cable and to stop broadcasters like CBS and Fox from moving their stations to pay TV. The Arizona senator right now on the Senate floor is introducing The TV Consumer Freedom Act of 2013.

    Per Deadline

  • JS

    American Idol kicks The COPYCAT VOICE’s a– on its first ever head to head.. as it should be! Way to go AI!

  • eridapo

    More on the Deadline article about J. McCain’s legislation;

    The legislation is intended to “allow the consumer, the television viewer who subscribes to cable, to have à la carte capability. In other words, not required to buy a whole bunch of channels that that consumer may not want wish to subscribe to,” McCain said moments ago. The former GOP Presidential candidate also went after broadcasters like CBS and Fox who have said that they could move to cable if they lose in the courts against Barry Diller’s Aereo streaming service. “We’ll also establish consequences if broadcasters choose to downgrade their over-the-air service,”

  • Ted Craig


    “Greys was also on an upswing, so its upswing could have help lift Scandals numbers…”

    And it did. Scandal’s last episode rose behind Grey’s. GCB stayed below a 2.

  • cris

    Criminal Minds 9 million viewers!
    final season on 2013-14

  • WillyWonka

    Lol are you retarded or just a sock puppet account (like that Seth) ? Idol contest top three performs and almost failed to beat a result show of the Voice?

    No wonder Fox just fired all four judges including Nigel Lythgoe, American Idol is crashing this season.

  • Ultima

    allow the consumer, the television viewer who subscribes to cable, to have à la carte capability. In other words, not required to buy a whole bunch of channels that that consumer may not want wish to subscribe to

    I’ve always felt that à la carte cable would mean death for many of the smaller cable networks.

    Also, I don’t really see how this legislation would hurt the broadcast networks. I mean, who is going to buy cable and not get ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX?

  • sue

    scandal only rose after the who shot fitz storyline and then eventually it held on to its gains

  • Mon


    AJ Cook and Kirsten Vangsness are seeking payment equal (or at least comparable) to the salary of their male counterparts (Matthew Gray Gubler and Shemar Moore) NOT to the leads Thomas Gibson and Joe Mantegna. If your figure ($75k) is right then that is only less than half what MGG and SM are earning. That’s not fair. Their roles are equally important to the male roles yet after 8 years they are still receiving that low. I don’t know why any one would think they are seeking payment as high as the two male leads. That’s not what the news are saying.

  • Joseph

    Look for the “Idol” clean sweep to in include host Ryan Seacrest, who probably would have left the show after this season anyway.

    By Fall, he’ll likely be hosting NBC’s “Today” show, while current “Today” co-host Matt Lauer will probably get an NBC/Universal development deal for a syndicated daytime talk/variety show that would begin in 2014.

    What Fox should do is to rest “Idol” for two or three years, then have it come back in the 2015-2016 TV season with a new host, new judges, and a changed format.

    BTW, did anyone hear anything about Randy Jackson voluntarily quitting as of the end of the current season and that he isn’t being forced out??

  • Ultima

    American Idol kicks The COPYCAT VOICE’s a– on its first ever head to head

    Head-to-head, The Voice had a 2.7 from 8-9pm while American Idol only had a 2.5 from 8-9pm.

    Might want to pay attention to the details in the future!

  • qrwanda

    @ Ultima

    I am not sure if you are a fan of Person of Interest or not but I can tell by following your posts that you understand great tv (and ratings).

    Now POI ratings have been slipping over the past few weeks but overall the show is up this season & has been renewed for Season 3!

    I feel it my duty (LOL) to tell everyone on this board to find someway to watch the…

    SEASON FINALE OF Person of Interest tonight on CBS at 9ET/8CT

    I can’t keep a good thing to myself ;)

  • Parvati G.oddess

    OMG SURVIVOR!!! It tied Idol :D! I hope is adjusts up and beats Idol :)! I feel sad for Brenda though :( .

  • INterWRITE

    ////at qrwanda

    ///Your excitement for Person of Interest could not be any more evident.

    I did spend the last week catching up with the show (I watched most of the 1st season) it held my interest but nothing really to the point of being a dedicated viewer. But this season I caught the episode of Jim Caviezels character in prison & being interogated by the female officer that was trying to catch him in the 1st Season & I must say it has been fairly remarkable.

  • eridapo

    @ Ultima

    I think where it will hurt broadcasters is that they might end up losing their OTA VHF spectrum. That spectrum is highly sought after and could be used to expand the reach of public wireless internet in cities.

  • Jon

    Family Tools is just bad tv. One of the worst new sitcoms I’ve seen in years

  • Romulus36


    “One Million Moms” is one of those shadowy pseudo-organizations that are cleverly-named to make it sound like they speak for large swaths of the American public when they do not. If it were accurately-named, then it would be called “Two Moms with a Computer and a Copier.”

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