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

    Christina maybe be kind of fat now but she is still smokin and 2 girls and 2 guys work!

  • Carl

    I wouldn’t say this is one of Supernatural’s best but I’ve enjoyed it more than the last two or three seasons. I only wish the writing wasn’t all over the place. I think a new viewer would enjoy last night’s episode but as a longtime fan I had much more mixed feelings, especially that story with Cas and Metatron killing the waitress, complete with terrible fight scene. The best part was Abaddon, and Cas in the store, and maybe Crowley’s OTT villain speech.

    @Tessa I think you put it well. Please next season have less MOTW or at least put more myth plotting in the MOTW so we don’t have a million things going on…and give Cas more of his own voice, and stop with the conflict for conflict’s sake.

    I enjoyed this more than I make it sound like. But I do wonder if they will go down next week, given the mixed reviews.

    Why are SVU’s ratings so erratic?

    ABC seems to be bleeding in many nights.

  • Fake Me Out

    Anyone else think Roy Harper becomes Speedy the Sidekick after Oliver’s sister is killed and Roy helps Ollie bring the killer to justice and takes her nickname to honour her memory … and by justice I mean an arrow to the heart?

    Also is it just me or is it getting to the point where it’d be easier and quicker to list the people that don’t know his “secret” than those that do … perhaps he should look up the word “secret” in the dictionary.


  • BigBrotherFan


    You must be joking! I bet you don’t even watch the show!

    …or you just another HANNIBAL fan that is bitter towards me because I hate your flop show!

  • eridapo

    @ todd35

    Add… Maybe Idol and Voice overlap in audiences (i.e. there is a group of people who love singing comps)

  • tommie

    Odd to think that GCB averaged on a 1.9 last season and got canned, yet Nashville looks set to be renewed while hovering around 1.6-1.8. I guess it’s been a bad year for ABC!

  • PurpleDrazi

    “we may end up losing the show because the network and some of the stars can’t come to an agreement concerning their contracts.”

    We are talking about two out of seven actors here. I really don’t think they will cancel a show because two people won’t sign. And let’s face it, CBS has already tried to get rid of one of them once already. The show can (and most likely) will go on without them.

    (Note, I hope that’s not the case. I don’t want to lose JJ and Garcia but I’m also being realistic. I think people’s fears for the show itself are unfounded.)

  • Diana

    @bigbrotherfan. I don’t even know that show Hannibal. All I said was my opinion about Nashville I watched 5 episodes and didn’t like it.

  • Tessa


    Tell me about it. What I always liked about Supernatural was that it was so character oriented. Now characters do OOC things and change their dance every episode because the plot demands it. One lead is ignored, the other is put through the paces, Amelia and Benny are dropped without their stories getting any resolution, and Castiel is having his own show, working on becoming the most depressing, lonely and abused character in the history of TV. Carver is lucky he inherited a ship full of devoted followers and riding on the waves of past seasons.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Holly who said:
    IF the contracts fall through, I don’t think CM has a chance.

    Its old pure procedural with loyal fanbase so even without 2 main leads can survive. csi and svu survive right? The question is how low will go? And the other side is will FOX use that opportunity and take that risk!?!?

  • BigBrotherFan


    Well then you apart of a small minority of people then!

  • Diana

    @ Tommie. The only reason why gcb was cancelled was because of a group called one million moms if it wasn’t for that group then it probably would’ve been renewed and the abc average is way down this year to the point where a 1.7 is even enough for renewal

  • todd35

    I can’t stand Christina, and from some of the blogs that I’ve read including the facebook page most people are glad she is gone.

    I agree, though I would have thought that they would watch The Voice and dvr AI. Then again I suppose that isn’t an option for everybody

  • BigBrotherFan


    I admit I wasn’t really familiar with Shakira before the show. I mean, I was in elementary school when she became mainstream (2000). She seems good but I can’t see why people would hate Christina? I haven’t read negativity in excess going towards her. Sure, some people hate her but I think just as many if not more love her! She adds a nice dynamic to the show IMO

  • A

    In Utah, Arrow didn’t start until 9:30pm followed by Supernatural at 10:30pm. All because of a MLS game.

  • Percysowner

    What a terrible night. Everything down.
    Not Supernatural or Arrow.

    @Tessa It’s a miracle Supernatural isn’t falling considering what a spaghetti bowl the season finale is looking like. The showrunner has abandoned character development entirely and is relentlessly marching to the tune of his complicated, grinding plot that at points relies on perfectly intelligent human beings acting like total idiots. But hey, ratings are holding, so who cares.

    Totally agree. For the first time I DON’T CARE what happens in the next episode. The characters are barely recognizable. They are acting stupidly. But, as you said, the ratings are good, so I’m glad for those who still are enjoying the show. I am not one of them anymore.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ PurpleDrazi

    Female actors want to be paid the same way as male actors. Fair enough for me.

  • Tommy M.

    I just read a story on The Wrap that FOX plans to fire all of AI’s judges, and the executive producer, next season as well as reformat the show.

  • Tessa


    Ditto on too many MotW episodes. It would’ve helped if they built up to something, but most of them this season were standalones. Then we had truckloads of mythology shoved into single episodes like “Taxi Driver” and now this weird, dizzying ride. For the first time in my SPN watching history I have no idea what is going to happen because things that happen have nothing to do with things that I know, either about the characters or what happened so far.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Tommy M.

    Wow! even Randy? He’s like the mascot of that show and what about Seacrest?

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