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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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  • Mitchell

    @Dante

    If they only renewed shows that hit 2.0s then NBC would renew like 2 shows.

  • OddGuy

    I still would renew Body of Proof over Nashville.

  • senor chang

    @Dante
    It’s all relative. NBC actually doesn’t have a single show right now capable of hitting a 2 in the demo. Chicago Fire is one of its highest-rated dramas.
    I can’t believe a results show for the Voice came within a tenth of tying Idol’s performance show.

  • BenA

    @Dante,
    The only shows that had a 2.0 average this season is the soon to be ending The Office & Evolution.

  • POI

    Arrow and Supernatural both hd amazing episodes but Supernatural’s episode was way better THIS SEASON IS ONE OF SUPERNATURALS BEST NO WONDER ITS UP FROM LAST YEAR PLUS THE MOVE TO WEDNESDAYS BUT THE QUALITY IS AMAZING!!!

    WEIRD!! ANYONE WHO SAW THE SUPERNATURAL EPISODE KNOWS WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT.

  • Markitos

    Nashville! :(

  • Jordan

    Honestly, ABC should have a multi-cam sitcom hour followed by Modern Family and The Middle.

  • samurai99

    Was CSI a season finale last night? That’s a pretty big jump, good for it.

    1.6 isn’t very good for the season ender of Nashville, but it’s still got a good shot.

  • BenA

    @oddGuy

    I agree Body of Proof has a chance, but Nashville has a chance of coming back. It’s not like ABC will definitely bring back Family Tools and Happy Endings (though I would love for it to come back on another network, like USA or TBS).

  • Potato

    @Dante

    Because then they would have to cancel every drama they have except revolution… that would pretty much guarantee nobody would watch their new shows. They would just assume they would get cancelled.

  • Shawn

    Great Episode of CHICAGO FIRE last night…what a well written, well acted show!! I am so happy it is coming back for SEASON 2!!

  • Riii

    What where Idols rating for the first hour when it faced the Voice?

  • TheFrenchGuy

    @ Samourai99

    Nope ! Season Finale is next Wednesday.

  • Sad

    I expected more of the episode of Supernatural, unfortunately was not a good episode, ok only. :(

  • Skylar James

    @Dante: are you just stupid? It gets good ratings for NBC at 10pm

  • Billy

    Modern Family has really had a rough ratings year. Last year it competed with The Big Bang Theory. Now it competes more in a league with 2 Broke Girls and HIMYM.

  • Paul P

    Wow – Nashville still sinking! Last week great episode – this week terrible.

  • Zach

    Chicago Fire is doing fine!
    Marking almost the same thing that Grimm and Revolution without the voice’s lead-in

  • Paleonut

    I’m impressed at how steady Supernatural is, hope the CW keeps this Wednesday pairing next season, it’s the best one they have!

  • omabin

    Arrow and How to Live with Your Parents did exceptionally well given the increased competition and the weakened lead-in, respectively. CSI also did well out of a weaker CM than usual.

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