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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  • Rebecca

    The Middle is more family friendly and needs to stay on as the first or second comedy in the Wednesday line up, not after Modern Family. For example, my 8 year old could watch The Middle but not Modern Family.

  • Fake Me Out

    @The End

    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.

    That’s how it’s looking to me … of course it could all be a faint to make us think that’s what will happen and they’ve got some other scenario all plotted out … Moria dies saving her son from Merlyn? Oliver then kills Merlyn. Lotsa possibilities … most of which probably come down to how many actors they can have return with the new additions and still stay at or under budget.

  • Melissa

    Any predictions on how the season finales of Person of Interest and Two and a Half Men will do tonight? How about the penultimate episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal?

  • Carl

    @Tessa, @RCH, I thought what Cas did was in character (he’s been led or misled many times, always under the promise of what is supposed to be the right thing for heaven). Too bad this was done in two or three not very well put together scenes.

    OTOH, what Dean and Sam did with Abaddon was pure idiot plotting. I’m just going to tell myself that her sheer hotness, even with garish neck wound, melted any common sense from the room.

  • Rebecca

    I liked GCB too. I and a few other people I know miss it.
    HTL is fun. Elizabeth Perkins makes me laugh, like she did on Weeds occasionally.

    IF ONLY I could subscribe to a la carte channels on my cable, I’d love that. No wonder I voted for John McCain, hehe. Then I could dump all the nonsense channels while keeping my regular network channels (I pay $20 a month JUST to get the digital stations anyway, just to get reception for “free tv”) and I’d be willing to pay another $5 or $10 a month to get just the other stuff I want like AMC, USA, Disney, TVLand and TBS. That’s it. Otherwise, I’m used to sticking with ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CW, PBS….and watching everything else online or on dvds. Now I should go stream last night’s Psych while I’m thinking about it.

  • Mon


    I’m not an idiot. You were clearly insulting me by LETTING ME EXPLAIN how 75 is half of 100. :roll: Is that how you start a conversation with someone you “could have a talk with politely”? Now I’m the villain here by returning the favor?

    So you are calling Deadline’s report on SM and MGG’s salaries as “facts” but Deadline’s report that AC/KV’s receiving less than half as “outright wrong facts”? :lol:

  • Tessa


    You’re point being?

  • Tessa


  • Dan

    i know a 2.7 is great for any show but i feel like nbc might be over-using the voice wayyy to much. i mean five hours over three nights? plus the reruns on saturday and sunday? i feel like its just way too much and its gonna hurt the longevity of the show if they keep putting it on so much.

  • josh2770


    “Any predictions on how the season finales of Person of Interest and Two and a Half Men will do tonight? How about the penultimate episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal?”

    i think that probably greys anatomy will do very good even though wipeout does not really help it that much and person of interest should do better then last week (of course because it’s the season finale) i say that ga will get about 9-11 million
    poi will get 11-14 million and scandel should get around 7-9 million, and for ratings ga should get 3.2-4.0 poi 2.8-3.6 scandel 2.4-3.2 :)

  • Ultima

    i know a 2.7 is great for any show but i feel like nbc might be over-using the voice wayyy to much. i mean five hours over three nights?

    FOX does the same thing with American Idol for the similar week of competition every year.

    Fair point on the repeats, but I assume most people don’t even know that NBC reairs it on Saturday/Sunday. It’s certainly not had a negative effect on AGT.

  • Maria


    @Debra, who was the first person to mention that 75K figure, has already explained THAT to you a bit ago, I’m not going to repeat it again.

    Deadline isn’t reporting that AJ and KV are earning “less than half”; as they point, they’re repeating the rumors circulating:

    I hear the duo, who are negotiating together, have decided to take a stand on the treatment of female cast members on the show as the two have consistently been been paid less than half of what all of their male counterparts — not just stars Gibson and Mantegna — are making.”

    That sounds to me like agent-talk, specially if Debra’s figure is accurate, plus AJ and Kirsten haven’t earned the same for years, if ever. The reports about the new contracts hadn’t any reason to be biased, were just facts about just-signed new contracts. But THIS is my opinion.

  • josh2770


    “two and a half men”

    oh yeah i think it should get around 15 million with a rating around 3.0-3.6

  • qrwanda

    @ Melissa

    I am not sure who the Petar Ivanov is that you speak of but I don’t really mind a drop in ratings or big rise in ratings.

    Personally I really enjoy the show & just come here to get the word out about how much I enjoy it.

    Have you seen the show Melissa? And if so did you like it? And if not watch tonight!! LOL

  • qrwanda

    So who is watchin’

    Person of Interest


  • Mon

    I’m not telling you to repeat anything. You just have to read between the lines of what I’ve just said.

  • ROLY


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  • Sophie

    I love The Middle, smart, funny and clear.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    amazing how survivor just continues to endure against all other competition.. haters were saying survivor needed to be cancelled.. yet it still pulls in rating. cant wait for it to trample american idol and the voice.. survivor maybe past its glory days of huge ratings.. but it is still relevant and fun to watch.

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