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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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  • Judy

    I find Arrow quite badly written and acted and filled with plot holes you could drive a tank through, but at least it’s populated by a goodlooking cast to keep you sort of interested: exactly like Smallville!! Unfortunately, like Smallville, the main hero character has a super annoying girl Friday who lusts after him from afar and Felicity reminds me an awful lot of the ‘legendary’ Chloe Sullivan. Hurl! Making her a series regular has really sucked all the (limited) joy out of watching the show for me. I have zero interest in buying the blu-ray or DVD for the series. No Tom Welling to make up for all the shortcomings! Lol.

  • The End

    Considering Yao Fei was killed off, it’s clear that his daughter, or Wilson(More inclined to say the daughter) is the one who teaches Oliver all his skills. You don’t learn mad fighting skills/Archery skills just from being alone on an island for a long period of time lol

  • tommie

    If we go plainly by the numbers then How To Live should be renewed, but then again, a part of the problem with ABC this season seems to have been that they were overloaded with comedy shows so they might just opt to cancel it to clear space.

    We’ll see.

  • The End

    @Fake Me Out

    That’s actually not a bad setup there. With Oliver getting his ass kicked, he’s captured now. So with Roy Harper interested in the ‘Hood’ I bet he returns to Merlyns building and rescues him.

    Speaking of which, there’s a few images of the cop guy around the device thing.

  • Melanie P.

    Good for Chicago Fire and SVU! Both great episodes last night.

  • Melissa

    @qrwanda

    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!

    Season-to-date, Person of Interest is up less than 1% versus last season (2.92 vs. 2.87), and failed to set a new series high despite a larger lead-in and contrary to Petar Ivanov’s early season predictions.

  • Debra

    @ Mon
    It’s true that I was the one that bought up the fact that AJ Cook was making 75k per episode.

    However you were the one who made the claim that it was nearly half of what Shemar and Matthew were making and since neither of them make 150k per episode your math just doesn’t add up and that is what @ Maria was calling you out about.

  • Antonio

    Surprised that HTLWYP held up so well with MF losing half a ratings point from last week. I think this guarantees its renewal.

    Here’s hoping Arrow goes back to 1.0 for its season finale next week.

  • Fake Me Out

    @Ultima

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

    Umm, no, there are two points 1) ala carte cable and 2) broadcast nets can’t go to cable … and even if there was just the one point that invalidates only one of my suggestions, the others would remain valid.

    And the threat to go to cable is about as empty as the US Treasury … these channels while “free” are losing viewers year after year … what makes these execs think people are going to pay if given a choice? Not to mention the legal morass that would develop as the affiliates sued left, right and center over breach of contract, loss of income, yadda yadda yadda … sports leagues that have broadcast clauses vs cable yadda yadda yadda. The idea of a bluff is making the other player think you’re holding a better hand than you have … these execs are trying a bluff with their hole cards exposed and they got bupkis.

  • michael the great

    family tools is bringing down th abc line up…i watched it-it has potential but for the most part it needs to be cancelled.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Fake Me Out, Ultima,

    CBS and Fox (mostly) huffed and puffed about “going cable” in order to rally legislative support for their efforts vs. Aereo, since they were getting beaten in the courts.

    What the proposed legislation indicates to me is that all that huffing and puffing may have had exactly the opposite effect intended in Congress. The support for their position now being reduced vs. increased as they had intended.

  • Ultima

    @Fake Me Out

    With a la carte cable, the major broadcast networks might not even want to move to cable anyways. It would be the best thing to happen to them in decades.

  • Mon

    @Debra

    I’m not an idiot. I know 75 is not half of 100 – a figure which she has just told. How do I know that they are indeed receiving 100k? OK. OK. Let’s assume your figures are right and that the reports that say AJ / Kirsten are receiving less than half is false. Then, it’s just still their right to ask for equal payment. They deserve it. They have increased screentime so that means ut’s just right to ask more money.

  • Melissa

    @Ultima

    With a la carte cable, the major broadcast networks might not even want to move to cable anyways. It would be the best thing to happen to them in decades.

    That’s what I was thinking. Could we possibly see broadcast ratings increase if that were to happen?

  • Fake Me Out

    @Bill Gorman

    CBS and Fox (mostly) huffed and puffed about “going cable” in order to rally legislative support for their efforts vs. Aereo, since they were getting beaten in the courts.

    What the proposed legislation indicates to me is that all that huffing and puffing may have had exactly the opposite effect intended in Congress. The support for their position now being reduced vs. increased as they had intended.

    Or … since I love a good conspiracy theory … the execs realized they spoke before thinking and painted themselves into a corner … they go to good ol’ John and say “save us Johnny!” and so a law is introduced that ‘stops’ them from going to cable … they woulda done it if not for that darn government! You theory is probably right but mine is juicier :-)

  • Fake Me Out

    @Ultima

    With a la carte cable, the major broadcast networks might not even want to move to cable anyways. It would be the best thing to happen to them in decades.

    Sadly you’re probably right … I just wish the ‘best thing’ to happen to them would have been to start making good shows again rather than mainly crap instead of the ‘yahoo there’s fewer channels to watch so we’ll see an increase in viewers by default’

  • Maria

    @Mon
    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.

    First, was a question, as simple as that.
    Second, I knew you’ve not come up with that figure, but you HAVE ranted about the unfairness of both actresses earning less than half of what Shemar and Matthew make, USING that figure… :?: :!: :?:

    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.

    Again, her salary after she came back in S7 isn’t “less than half of her male counterparts”. Of course she has asked for a raise, and of course is fair of her to do so; what we don’t know is how much she has asked for, nor what the CBS offer is.
    AND it’s the fact that the fact she missed 1 season is very important, as is very important the fact that previously she worked less hours than other cast members; must be how they calculate salaries over there, and most must agree as not even the Actors Union protest.

    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.

    Deadline reported how much Shemar new contract was per episode, and can’t remember now which TV news site (could be Deadline too) did the same with Matthew’s one.
    If you had not chosen to interpret what I’ve written, but read the whole paragraph as a whole, you wouldn’t be asking that, as I’ve mentioned as clear as daylight that people talking without complete facts or with wrong fact abound.

    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.

    My memory is not that good, and I don’t bookmark/save the comments I do in good faith, so can’t remember what your mean about the “Paget issue”.
    So sorry to have thought you were someone I could have a talk with politely, my deepest apologies.

  • Peter

    Survivor might just be the best show in the history of television. Seriously.

  • Ultima

    @Bill Gorman
    What the proposed legislation indicates to me is that all that huffing and puffing may have had exactly the opposite effect intended in Congress. The support for their position now being reduced vs. increased as they had intended.

    I’m sure they were hoping that Congress would just solve the problem for them, but I don’t think they really hurt themselves.

    Instead of protecting the broadcast networks’ revenue streams, McCain apparently just wants to kill the cable networks’ revenue streams as well.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Ultima, at the very least, the message to the broadcast networks is “if you think we’re going to help you, think again”.

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