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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  • Ultima

    I wouldn’t be surprised if ABC pull the next 2 episodes of Family Tools and replace them with repeats, pushing the series into summer.

    I won’t be surprised either way after they left Red Widow on Sundays.

  • Gabe

    Family tools is only hurting Abc. Move it from Wednesdays and burn the episodes off, ABC.

  • Brian

    I hope ABC will cancel that Horrible Nashville, it doesn’t even clear 6 million viewers and the demo is no better than most shows on the bubble.

  • Debra

    Sadly I am preparing for the possibility that my absolute favorite show Criminal Minds just might become bear chow. Not because of the ratings, just about every show has been down in the ratings. In fact CM has better ratings than some of the shows CBS recently renewed. Despite that fact, we may end up losing the show because the network and some of the stars can’t come to an agreement concerning their contracts.

    I am indeed very sad at the thought of no more Criminal Minds and no more Reid. I am still hoping things can be worked out between the network and the stars

  • BigBrotherFan

    ABC cancel FAMILY TOOLS LIKE YESTERDAY! My gosh it hurt the entire line-up although I think THE VOICE and the effect it had on LAW AND ORDER and CF vs. last week helped and hurt ABC with their line-up BUT ABC isn’t doing themselves any favors by keeping this on!

    Yet another fantastic episode of NASHVILLE! I prey ABC does the smart thing and renews it! At the very least it should get 13 episodes for a second season. I believe they will do something minor tweaking if it comes back.

    First, I think they will can Scarlett and Gunnar. Both these characters haven’t really progressed much in the series especially Scarlett no matter what happens to the characters both actors still give off one note performance. I think Gunnar is GAY and they will likely work around the darker aspects of his character while he comes to terms with it. It’s interesting that he didn’t tell Scarlett about what Happened with Will and now he’s treating her like trash keeping her in the dark. He’ll come out and leave and Scarlett will leave town to go “Find herself” after two failed relationships or be sent off to open for one of Rayna’s signed bands. There is really no more room for any exploring between her and Avary and I think he fits in better with the Juilette storylines.

    I can see them keeping Will, though. He could serve as that token gay character and possible replace Avery as a Villan. It be interesting to see what they would do with his character. I really believe he has more of an agenda and they would explore that more (in terms of his friendship with Scarlett and his career) did you see how he dropped the “I have a demo” line to Rayna? Kinda unclassy, dude! But I like the actor he was good on THE OC too!

    Great twist at the end with that scum Dante! I can’t see what happens with that “Tape” and I like to see more of Juliette and Avary together. They make a great acouple I would say they are both ambitious.

    Kinda OT- I was reading the NASHVILLE board on some other site and everyone was talking about how “OLD” Connie Britton looks. Are you kidding me? do you guys think that too? I think she is one beautiful looking middle aged woman. I wouldn’t want her turning into A BLOWFISH LOOKING disaster like Meg Ryan. Likely one of the HOTTEST MILFS on TV!!!

  • samurai99


    Wow, impressive bump then.

  • Sam


    I agree, last night’s Chicago Fire was great but that episode wasn’t considered the spin-off. They did introduce a couple of the cops that will be in the new show but Chicago Fire still has two more episodes. Next weeks episode and by the finale are supposed to set up the spin-off.

  • NBC Fan

    I wouldn’t be surprised of ABC cancels The Family Tools today. They canceled Work It after just two episodes.

  • JJF

    TV in general seems to be taking a dip lately.

  • Bryan

    How to live defeats The Middle. Abc has a new hit show!

  • Ashley


    You must be Jeremy Carver’s grandmother, because she’s the only one that really thinks this season is one of SPN’s best

  • harry

    Cancel nashville already

    go htlwyp ,solid numbers

  • rob60990

    Family Tools brought down all of ABC like i said it would. It should have been pulled last week. They better pull it today.

  • HalCapone

    Cheesy singing competition show fatigue. If there is a television god, both American Idol and The Voice will continue to fall precipitously this year and next into oblivion.

  • Oliver

    Actually, I have a new idea: ABC pulls Family Tools and replaces it with the additional unscheduled episodes of How To Live With Your Parents.

  • MichaelChickless

    That’s a little better for Criminal Mimes. That’s awesome for CSI.

    Go SVU!

  • TheFrenchGuy

    When we will know about CBS’s new Shows ? And about Veterans’ fate ?

  • tv_viewer

    Somebody wrote that Survivor will be tested against The Voice and American Idol. It appears Survivor went up from last week’s ratings when it competed against a clip show of The Voice. John Cochran was able to handle the increased competition.

  • jackson

    nashville will be renewed. its the only freshman ABC drama that is doing decent. and they will want to save at least one of their freshman dramas. plus after last nights episode (and the promo for the next episode) its clear the show is going to get more juicy and dramatic and soapy

  • BigBrotherFan

    harry, Brian


    How is it some people on here go on about BOP getting a renewal at a 1.6 but NASHVILLE should be canceled?

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