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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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Scoreboard FOX CBS NBC ABC UNI CW
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.

 

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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
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8:30PM ABC Family Tools 1.1 3 4.43
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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
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9:30PM ABC How To Live With Your Parents 2.0 5 5.99
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10:00PM CBS CSI 2.2 6 9.73
NBC Chicago Fire 1.8 5 6.89
ABC Nashville 1.6 4 5.42

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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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Definitions: Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Bella Bellini

    Supernatural was fantastic last night. I also think season 8 has been stronger than 6 and 7. We are definitely in for one hell of a cliffhanger for the season finale though :/

    Arrow was great also. I usually just leave the TV on while I do other things. But last night’s episode was good enough for me to actually watch the show. I still don’t understand why Colton Haynes left Teen Wolf. His character was MUCH stronger on that show.

  • INterWRITE

    Actually tonights season finale is getting great early hype do to J. Nolans direction & writing.

  • Roy

    Amazing performance by Survivor against such tough competition. Looks like it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    The Middle’s finale last year was 1.8 rating, it always fall bad in the spring. Back up in the fall. The Middle is a great show. Chicago Fire was an obvious renewal choice. Third highest rated scripted show on NBC. 1st is Revolution, who has fallen almost every week all year. Chicago Fire premiered to a 1.9 and hit a 2.4 rating back in January. It has gotten hire than its SVU lead in several times. The Office is averaging higher too, but it is ending this year. But a spinoff, not a good idea. Even the spinoff of NBC’s last ratings giant (Joey from Friends) ended up failing. It is not strong enough to launch a spinoff

  • Ana

    Wow! very happy SVU. Great stories, great acting. The team Works in perfect harmony. I love the whole cast. SVU after 14 years is still impressive.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    I’d think “mass extinction” is more like it.

    Forced to choose and pay for cable networks, my guess is that consumers would pay for very few based on what they currently watch for free.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Romulus36

    Haha! no doubt! Like most of these radical groups.

  • Maria

    @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.

    Right now, SM (new contract in S7) and MGG (new contract in S8) are making around 100K per episode, so please, explain how’s that’s double than 75K?

    And about fairness: both SM and MGG are series regular since the pilot, while, sadly for them, AJ and KV can’t say the same (KV was a recurring during S1 and AJ missed S6). Add to that the fact that neither of their roles (until S7 onward for JJ) had as much screentime as the rest; that’s mean they worked less hours per episode too!

    I would love to have them both back, don’t get me wrong, but I’m starting to be feed up with so much talk based on misinterpreted/outright wrong facts. And sorry if you’ve got the brunt of my frustration, because you are not, by a mile, the worst offender out there!

  • Jack

    WTH? The Arrow had a great episode this week and it’s down? doesn’t make sense this week.

  • Ultima

    For anyone wondering what would get the post-Voice timeslot after Revolution ends, the winner is… The Winner Is…

  • Tessa

    @Richard Steven Hack

    I have to say Cass’ behavior is getting ridiculous. This guy spends considerable time explaining to Metatron how he’s messed up absolutely everything he’s done – then he’s suckered into doing it again to close Heaven. For an angel, he’s pretty much a moron.

    It’s called turning your character into a moron to advance your plot, one of the major no-no’s of Creative Writing 101. Don’t sacrifice character to your plot, write your plot for your character.

    Another prime example of it was when Sam and Dean – seasoned hunters who’ve dealt with anything under the sun, moon, hell and heaven – bring back an uber-demon to life without chaining her or putting any wards around her, then leave the means of escape on a table next to her and both go play phone sex with Crowley. Characters playing dumb so the writer can tell his story.

  • steve

    My goodness Modern Family has had wild ratings swings this season.

  • Maya

    @Tessa

    Have you realized that you and just 3 others have complaints about SPN lately??? like Freiya said it’s clear that only ppl who only cares for character A, B or C are the ones who are not enjoying this season especially this last episodes which have been just awesome.

  • Television Town

    Here are our Predications. We have looked at ratings, previous seasons and private sources to make our final predications for the remaining shows awaiting their fate. I believe everything below will be 100%.

    ABC:
    Red Widow: Canceled
    Happy Endings: Canceled
    The Family Tools: Canceled
    Malibu Country: Canceled
    How To Live With Your Parents: Canceled
    The Neighbors: Renewed: Full Season
    Body Of Proof: Renewed: 13 Episode Mid Season
    Nashville: Renewed: Full Season
    Last Man Standing: Renewed: Full Season
    Suburgatory: Renewed: Full Season
    Scandal: Renewed: Full Season
    Revenge: Renewed: Full Season
    The Middle: Renewed: Full Season
    Once Upon a Time: Renewed: Full Season
    Modern Family: Renewed: Full Season
    Castle: Renewed: Full Season
    Grey’s Anatomy: Renewed: Full Season
    Splash: Canceled
    The Taste: Canceled
    Wife Swap: Renewed: Mid Season

    CBS:
    CSI: New York: Canceled
    Vegas: Canceled
    Golden Boy: Canceled
    Rules of Engagement: Canceled
    Criminal Minds: Renewed: Full Season (If Contracts Sorted)

    NBC:
    Smash: Canceled
    1600 Penn: Canceled
    Deception: Canceled
    Community: Canceled
    Hannibal: Renewed: Mid Season
    Guys With Kids: Renewed: Full Season
    Whitney: Canceled
    Go On: Renewed: Full Season
    The New Normal: Canceled
    Parks & Recreation: Renewed: Full Season

    FOX:
    Touch: Canceled
    The Cleveland Show: Canceled

    CW:
    The Carrie Diaries: Canceled
    Nikita: Renewed: 22 Episodes

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  • Fake Me Out

    @A.E

    … anyone die it well be either Moira or Malcolm because there is nothing else for them after the final.

    Perhaps both? Though not likely. I do see Malcolm being killed off though to make room for the new big bad next year … maybe Roy kills Malcolm after the Dark Archer kills Thea who had followed him … it may be obvious but I just get the feeling Thea is not long for this world … and a line last night was a foreshadowing of that fate.

  • Mon

    @Maria
    Right now, SM (new contract in S7) and MGG (new contract in S8) are making around 100K per episode, so please, explain how’s that’s double than 75K?

    What’s with the attitude? You know that that 75k didn’t come from me so right? I wish you knew how to read.

    And about fairness: both SM and MGG are series regular since the pilot, while, sadly for them, AJ and KV can’t say the same (KV was a recurring during S1 and AJ missed S6). Add to that the fact that neither of their roles (until S7 onward for JJ) had as much screentime as the rest; that’s mean they worked less hours per episode too!

    So what if AJ missed S6? Her salary should not be less than half of her male counterparts after all these years. She could have at least half! My goodness. And since her role has become more prominent since S7, as you’ve said, then it’s just right to ask for a raise.

    I would love to have them both back, don’t get me wrong, but I’m starting to be feed up with so much talk based on misinterpreted/outright wrong facts.

    So you are Little Miss Facts now? Please enlighten us. :roll:

    And sorry if you’ve got the brunt of my frustration, because you are not, by a mile, the worst offender out there!

    I honestly don’t care what you think of me. To be honest you are the most annoying Criminal Minds commenter here. Ever since that Paget issue. :roll:

  • Fake Me Out

    @Ultima

    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?

    Anyone who wants to save a few bucks and can easily pick-up the OTA signals with an antennae? Anyone who think broadcast TV is crap and only watches shows on cable? Any right wing loon who will see a chance to stick it to NBC and not pay to have a net they refuse to watch?

    For a country that allegedly loves free enterprise the US nets sure do love the idea of forcing every subscriber to take their channels and pay regardless of what the individual may or may not want or watch.

  • Jeff

    Cancerll family Tools and How ro live act. AXC Wed. line up was crisp and funny. With those to show it brings them down. This is what AXC pays writer to come up with. Stupid lame unfunny shows. Pitiful.

  • Ultima

    @Fake Me Out
    Anyone who wants to save a few bucks and can easily pick-up the OTA signals with an antennae?

    Hard to pick them up when they stop their OTA broadcasts, which is the entire point.

  • Chris

    tv wise is calling for the cancellation of Malibu Country and How To Live as well as the renewal for The Neighbors. I heard their predictions last year were all right. I visited the site and the site seems like an insider site regarding tv rumors. If it’s right this year, it’s definitely going down as one of my reliable tv insider sites.

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