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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  • rob60990

    “HIMYM beat MF for #2 comedy this week.”

    No it didn’t. MF got a 3.5 and HIMYM got a 3.4.

  • senor chang

    It’s interesting that Chicago Fire grew despite its lead-in dropping four tenths. Kinda puts the whole “it’s going to fail without SVU!” argument into question, really. Solid performance, though.

    Was this the American Idol finale or do we still have a week to go?

  • BigBrotherFan



    It’s hurting the line up and at this point repeats of THE MIDDLE would do better than that!

  • D Diva

    I wonder how American Idol will do tonight. Over or Under a 3.5?

    I guess under.

  • bjssp


    Yeah, I think so, too. But it’s just kind of odd that they are giving the show a prime slot. As I’ve said earlier, I think it could do the same numbers on Friday. I also think NBC could see growth for Grimm if it put it on during a more high profile slot AND left if there–possibly after giving it some exposure over the summer, behind say America’s Got Talent. It could also have received a bump from Believe, if that series were marketed well and it stuck. And even if NBC struggled, I’d be astonished if Grimm didn’t skew much younger than SVU. But oh well…

    If NBC really wants to be in the L&O business, retire SVU, wait two or three seasons, and then reboot the original. It’d probably do very well.

  • Bryan

    How to live is doing worse than Happy Endings and Don’t trust the B after Modern Family. Plus, I’m sure Sarah Chalked and Brad Garratt ain’t cheap. They need to keep trying new comedies until they get a legitimate hit, they can’t depend on MF forever.

  • Daw Johnson

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

    What does this even mean? American Idol always runs through mid-to-late May. In fact, due to the way Sweeps fell this year, the season’s actually ending earlier than usual for most shows.

  • Kaitlin

    @senor change The Idol finale is tonight!

  • Robert Ford

    I’m really suprised that HTLWYP didn’t dip, considering that the cancelation announcement should have killed it (as should airing it in May and scheduling episodes 3 and 4 surrounded by repeats). Although this is the first episode that I thought was not merely watchable, but *good*. Like Parks and Rec, it seems to be finally finding its footing. Seeing as how Fox produces the show, I wonder if they might not consider reviving it themselves. Give it an Idol lead in for a few weeks, then pair it with Raising Hope.

    Or maybe NBC could take it if their judgement of pilots remains unchanged from recent years.

  • Michael

    Is there going to be a Scandal prediction thread?!

  • BigBrotherFan


    Why do people keep saying that Brad Garrat and Elizabeth Perkins don’t come cheap?

    They are in their 50’s maybe it’s time to take a pay cut if they wanna keep working!

  • DougF



  • jane

    They should just cancel Xfactor and have Simon back on idol.

  • rob60990

    “How to live is doing worse than Happy Endings and Don’t trust the B after Modern Family.”

    Last year Apartment 23 got a 1.9 after Modern Family’s 3.9…

  • Rebecca

    It should be noted in the chart that SPN’s episode was its season finale. I wonder why it dipped….maybe people are studying for final exams? Mid-week graduations? I’m streaming the episode right now.

    Enjoyed The Middle, MF and HTL….I think that one was cancelled too quickly, too. It still runs through June, I hope. Fun show. And MF was funnier this time than last week IMO. MF and Middle have season finales next week, and Family Tools ends as far as I know. Didn’t watch it…I stream it when I have time, but I’m not in a rush.

  • Mark

    @Robert Ford

    Where exactly would Fox put How to Live on their schedule? There’s no way they’d consider wasting an after idol slot on an abc reject when most of their other comedies arent even doing well. Plus, Raising Hope is hardly doing well.

  • Michael


    Simon Cowell believes that X Factor will reach 20 million viewers.

  • Robert Ford

    As I understand it, the Neighbors did no better in terms of retention from Modern Family. And if we’re getting into other factors, the Neighbors had a Fall Premier, didn’t have multiple early episodes aired surrounded by repeats. But the fact is that HTLWYP had the third-best ratings of any ABC sitcom this spring, which TVBTN has often claimed is the only thing besides syndication which matters.

    Both of those boil down to the same thing: money: which means that the cost/in-house issue is the only one that makes sense.

    Also, as I’ve said before, there’s absolutely no reason to assume that it would follow the path of Apt. 23 and Happy Endings if seperated from Modern Family, since those two were clearly targeted at young single people, and HTLWYP is aimed at families.

  • senor chang

    thanks for letting me know!

  • rob60990

    Chicago Fire had solid half hours. 1.9/2.0. Unlike Nashville 1.9/1.6.

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