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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  • BigBrotherFan


    Not to mention most of those viewers are like 60+!

    Jackson it’s ABC not CBS

  • jackson

    exactly CBS cancells shows that have huge overall audiences (unforgetable anyone) but low demos. bc CBS numbers are so huge they can. ABC not so much

    i dont think ABC will cancel BOP. more eyeballs are watching it then MANY other shows. plus since it isnt a serial (like most of abc’s hour long shows) they can throw in on the schedule whenever they need a replacement. its definatly coming back

  • Wright

    Good to see that Arrow and SPN are steady. Hopefully they go up in the finals.

  • Mitchell


    Thanks, that makes more sense.

    Has the cast been announced yet? I saw Scott Eastwood last night, is he going to be in that?

  • Tommy M.


    “exactly CBS cancells shows that have huge overall audiences (unforgetable anyone) but low demos. bc CBS numbers are so huge they can. ABC not so much”

    ABC is in better shape than NBC yet NBC cancelled Harry’s Law when it was their 2nd highest rated drama on the Network. Total viewers are meaningless when it comes to predicting what will be renewed or cancelled.

  • eridapo

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

    But that is true of all scripted shows when compare to non-scripted reality. Scripted shows are increasingly being shifted to “will watch when I have time” category by viewers.

    I know people here say, but X show got a 3 and Y got a 2. Thus it shows people will watch live if they want to…. The reality is that when you cut through the nonsense, the difference between a 2 and a 3 is only approx. 1.26 Million. Looks like a lot, but when you considered that there are 126 Million viewers between 18-49 the number is not that significant since more than 122 Million other people were doing or watching something else.

  • BigBrotherFan


    I what I read holds true ABC isn’t really going with many serials next season so that’s another reason why I think BOP won’t be back. Plus, It’s highs are like NASHVILLES LOWS.

  • gerry

    i think body of proof will probably get renewed but it has nothing to do with overall audience. (see harry’s law on nbc which is even more a ratings nightmare than abc)

    it will get a ‘spackle’ reorder and be on in the spring again next season.

  • Melanie

    @SueP and @Tessa You do realize that the ratings for SPN do not back up your statements in the slightest, don’t you? To date they have not, in fact, ‘driven away’ their audience as evidenced by their remarkedly steady and increased year-to-year ratings.

  • Tommy M.

    Just to be clear, Harry’s Law was the 2nd highest rated in total viewers, it’s demo ratings were very low.

  • Tony JJ

    The Middle is not moving to Tuesdays. Suburgatory maybe, but NOT the middle. Family tools is dead just like myself and everyone expected, How to live decent numbers, but if ABC has a lot of strong comedy pilots (which I think they do), I would just cancel it and premiere either two new shows at 8:30 and 9:30. Or a new show at 9:30 with Suburgatory at 8:30 (preferably the first scenario. They really to find a comedy hit or this whole comedy block is screwed.

    I’d renew Nashville for 13 episodes hope for a surge in ratings, but if they have a few drama hits in the fall, I don’t expect a back 9 if their ratings don’t rise, but I don’t see ABC canceling their only freshman drama still on the air.

  • BigBrotherFan

    ABC is the network with the best shows if they ever went CBS I be devastated!

  • Petar Ivanov

    Wednesday is wide open door for FOX new male crime shows next season.
    CBS – survivor will be the same or lower. CM is aging and will drop again and IF lose two main leads can take SVU or CSI way.(still is big if) abc only MF way down and NBC is dead. Golden chance here. No big sport events during fall(football). Will be very interesting i think they will try it.

    The following can work even better on this night too in the spring.

  • K

    Family Tools is a good show, just needs a different time slot

  • Ted Craig


    Oh really? Better than sandwiched between ABC’s two highest rated sitcoms, one of which is the second-highest rated sitcom on TV? Do tell.

  • todd35

    two reasons why i think the voice was down… 1 The voting problem they had and the poor excuse they gave. 2. Most people didn’t really care about the preformances and just wanted to know the result… You didn’t have to watch to get that. Honestly, I DVR the show and fast foward through most of it…

    I’ll throw one more thing out as a bonus… I’m sure Celo Green and Juliett Sims have a cult following, but I’d venture to say most who watch The Voice does not like his music. There is a reason why Juliett didn’t win season 2.

    I liked Rod Stuert in the 80’s but he proved lastnight you can’t be “Forever Young.”

  • Holly


    CM is aging and will drop again and IF lose two main leads can take SVU or CSI way.(still is big if)

    IF the contracts fall through, I don’t think CM has a chance.

  • rob60990

    Oh please The Neighbors is still a flop just not as big as Family Tools.

  • Diana

    @bigbrotherfan No offense but Nashville is a terrible show, just because it’s praised by critics that doesn’t make it a good show. It reminds me of Hannah Montana

  • BigBrotherFan


    I hate Ceelo he’s ugly fat and annoying! Keep him off the show PLEASE never bring him back. Just bring Christina back, PLEASE!

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