TV Ratings Wednesday: 'CSI' & 'SVU' Up, 'The Middle', 'The Voice' & 'Modern Family' Hit Lows + 'Arrow' & 'Supernatural' Flat

Categories: '

Written By

May 8th, 2013

Darkness on the Edge of Town

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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

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.

For more information see Numbers 101.

  • Samuel

    Also for those interested, The X Factor got a 2.7 the week before it’s finale.

  • JR35

    I’d think Seth was just joshing, as that’s hardly “outstanding” for Idol. :) It still performs decently, but its age has definitely shown.

  • David


    Except it didn’t. Yes looking at the plain facts it appears that way, but The Middle was up against The Voice, American Idol and Survivor and still managed a 1.8. How To Live was only against American Idol and was inflated by Modern Family and only earned a 2.0, a mere 0.2 ahead of The Middle. If you still think How To Live is better, you’re deluded.

  • harry

    what the hell happened to modern family? season opened with 5.5 and lately it falls and now hits a mere 3.1 (great ratings still but huge drop …) so greys anatomy has the possbility tonight to be abcs highest rated program for the week maybe?

  • DougF


    Well the season has been good. But then again I’ve enjoyed every season

  • Chris

    Whatever, Rob60990

    You were hating on The Neighbors for the numbers it was pulling after REPEATS of The Middle. Family Tools has shown what a real flop looks like.

  • Dante

    Everyone keeps saying next week is the finales for both Nashville and Chicago Fire but neither promo said that. Is it next week or 2 new episodes of each?

  • JR35

    Also- last season, the ratings increased from the Top 4 Perform to the Top 3 Perform for Idol (4.5 to 4.9 demo). That doesn’t look like it happened this season. last season’s Top 2 Perform dropped back to a 4.4, and then the finale scored a 6.4.

  • Survivor Fan

    Survivor may be a 2.7 in finals (it has been adjusted two tenths multiple times this season). I expect a 3.2 rating for Sunday’s finale, which would actually be up three ticks year to year.

  • Ted Craig


    What happened is AI and The Voice, which people watch live. That’s why MF experiences huge gains in L+7.

  • jackson

    bc BOP is a show they can just throw on the schedule anytime. you dont have to “follow” it. plus as far as total viewers go, BOP is ABCs most watched drama

  • Carmen

    @ Matt
    “MF and the middle should be put during the same hour… Bump up MF to 8:30 or push the middle to 9 and MF to 9:30… MF will have viewers no matter what time

    Having MF and The Middle in the same hour is a good idea and has often been suggested on this site.
    The idea you have about having MF being the show at the 1/2 hour because it “will draw whenever” is questionable at best.

  • Bryan


    Way to make excuses. Numbers don’t lie. How to live is the second best rated comedy of the night. Don’t see how it’s deluded to state that a 2.0 rating is higher than a 1.8. It’s just basic math.

  • SueP

    @Tessa – and don’t forget abandoning canon and established mythology. Not sure if they understand how bad they’ve done this season or if their patting themselves on the back for their ‘success’. Either way, I’m nopt sure they’re going to like their season 9 numbers since they’ve driven a lot of the audience away with senseless OOC writing, plot lines that mean nothing and sidelining one lead so that half the fans have no investment in the finale whatever happens.

  • eridapo

    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.

    After so many years on the air and with its consistency, we should know that Survivor has a set fanbase who will tune in each week. Sure there might be bleeps of up a tenth and down a tenth, but I would attribute that to the inherent measurement error of the Nielsen sample. For this type a show, it is best to focus on ratings trends of 4 to 5 weeks instead of the weekly blips.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Yeah maybe by the former Harry’s Law veiwers! LOL

  • Holly


    as far as total viewers go, BOP is ABCs most watched drama

    No it isn’t.

    BOP has an average of 8.02 million (the last several have been around 9 mill, but it had a low start).

    Castle has an average of 10.8 million. Grey’s averages 9.09 million and Once Upon a Time 8.51 million

  • Ram510

    Poor ABC! Not only is their Sunday line up slipping but now Wednesday. I’m sure, like everything else on broadcast, both will bounce back in the fall (especially Wednesday). But it sucks to see both nights down cause that’s 2 of their best nights

  • HGFM

    The finales for both Chicago Fire and Nashville are scheduled for May 22.

  • gerry

    @ dante, even revolution isn’t always pulling a 2.0 now. its nbc, and chicago fire has been a solid performer all season. i don’t even watch the show, but i can see that it has.

    good for mf taking the #1 slot. was hoping for a bit more for nashville, i haven’t seen last night’s yet but its pretty hot right now.

© 2015 Tribune Digital Ventures