TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Modern Family', 'Chicago Fire' & 'The Middle' Up, 'American Idol' & 'Arrow' Flat + 'Supernatural' Dips

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May 16th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/8 2.0/6 1.9/6 1.6/5 1.4/4 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/7 1.5/5 1.1/4 1.1/4 1.2/4 0.7/3
Total Viewers (million) 9.337 6.374 7.941 6.334 3.364 2.508

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49  and with total viewers.

On FOX, American Idol matched last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.
So You Think You Can Dance earned a 2.3, up four tenths from yesterday's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Criminal Minds was even with last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. CSI garnered a 2.0, down two tenths from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Dateline earned a matched its last Wednesday original's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.  Law and Order: SVU earned a 1.5, down four tenths from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Chicago Fire scored a 1.9, up a tenth from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Middle scored a 1.9, up a tenth after last week's  season low 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Family Tools matched  last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 premiere. Modern Family garnered a 3.5, up two tenths from last week's 3.3 adults 18-49 rating. How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) matched last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville scored a 1.8, up two tenths from last week's 1.6, adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, Arrow matched last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Supernatural notched a 0.9, down a tenth from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.



Overnight ratings for Wednesday, May 15, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol 2.9 10 11.57
ABC The Middle 1.9 7 6.60
NBC Dateline NBC 1.3 4 5.78
CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 1.0 3 3.87
CW Arrow 0.9 3 2.65
8:30PM ABC Family Tools 1.2 4 4.51
CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 1.1 4 3.92
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 3.5 10 9.75
CBS Criminal Minds 2.5 7 10.31
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.3 6 7.11
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.5 4 6.35
CW Supernatural 0.9 3 2.36
9:30PM ABC How to Live With Your Parents 2.0 5 6.16
10:00PM CBS CSI 2.0 6 9.62
NBC Chicago Fire 1.9 5 6.87
ABC Nashville 1.8 5 5.61

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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 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" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.5/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Body of Poof

    Why the hell is American Idol still playing. The season should have been over weeks ago.

  • rob60990

    The fact that Family Tools aired last night is ridiculous! Nice bump for Nashville.

  • Edward

    Amanda, are you sure those 10pm numbers are right?

  • CrimTV

    Good night for ABC, How to Live with Your Parents really shouldn’t have been cancelled over The Neighbors! Shame Arrow didn’t rise for the finale but yeah and great for Nashville and Chicago Fire! I can see mid 2’s maybe above for Chicago Fire with The Voice.

  • Simon

    Why wasn’t HTLWYP given another Shot?

  • Winston


  • tom

    I think it’s time for FOX to cancel FAIL X FACTOR AND FAIL IDOL. They are losing more money. Cancel The Mindy Project and New Girl too – such crap shows.

  • psychic

    IMO they cancelled How To Live With Your Parents a little hastily.

  • charmedcraft

    SPN :) I hope it gets adjusted up to a 1.0 again.

  • AlanJ

    :( …The middle. Supernatural will adjust up. I dont think canelling how to live was a good idea

  • tom

    Proof that Mariah doesn’t bring in the money. She FLOPPED on Billboard too!!!

  • rob60990

    I should have known Nashville & Chicago Fire were switched before unless my eyes were playing tricks on me. Nice growth out of SVU for Chicago Fire. This show should do very solid on Tuesdays after The Voice.

    Idol will probably adjust up to a 3.0 but even I can’t bring myself to watch the finals episodes.

  • DougF

    In to say I think Arrow and Supernatural will get adjusted up. Out before the comments section turns into a Supernatural fan-girl complaint section

  • Mae

    2.36 million for SPN? I think SPN might have a good shot of adjusting up to a 1.0.

  • Paul P

    Nashville was excellent last night – so glad it was renewed!

  • rob60990

    HTLWYP is not doing well, only a 2.0 out of a 3.5. It would do worse on its own plus ABC doesn’t even produce the show. It just wasn’t worth it. They did the right thing. I swear if Family Tools airs next week…

  • Winston

    Aww crap. There mustve table mistake. I thought Nashville had beat Chicago fire for a second

  • bjssp

    At what point will NBC call it quits with SVU? I get the value of having more episodes for syndication, but still…

    A better line up for NBC on Wednesdays next year would have been Believe, Grimm, and Revolution. IF/when Revolution failed, it could have been bumped for Crisis.

    I also have to say, I was very wrong about CF. It seems too bland for me, but it’s working. I can see why NBC gave it the slot after The Voice on Tuesdays. With the boost, it might be able to crack a 2.0+ regularly before its lead-in drops down, if that happens. That’d be a solid performance for the show and for NBC.

  • POIFanatic

    Supernatural may rise a tenth in the finals based on the viewers. Of course, I’m ‘hoping’ it does because the finale was awesome.

    @Doug: Don’t forget the fanboys out there. We’re a lot, but not as vociferous as our girls.

  • Ultima

    I think it’s time for FOX to cancel FAIL X FACTOR AND FAIL IDOL. They are losing more money.

    While American Idol isn’t nearly as profitable as it used to be, both shows are still extremely profitable for FOX.

    To say that they are losing money just makes you look clueless.

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