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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  • JJ

    I wish Arrows ratings were up for the finale because it was CRAZY! What a great way to start a second season.

  • Mark


    Bryan obviously meant on average. Kind of obvious….

  • Nikki

    I hate that SPN premiere aired during that presidential election cause we Don’t know how much Arrow has impact it. I think they do help each other. The move scare me a bit.

  • JR35

    Idol probably will be adjusted up to a 3.0. That’s a better hold than last season’s Top 2 Perform (which dropped to a 4.4 after the Top 3 Perform got a 4.9), but, of course, notably lower than last season’s numbers. Last season’s finale got 6.4- what will this year’s get? Is a 5 attainable?

  • Mark

    @Robert Ford

    The Neighbors was before Modern Family, not after it, for most of its run!

  • Corey


    So glad we got another year of this show….it is SO GOOD.

  • rob60990

    “Bryan obviously meant on average. Kind of obvious….”

    And even then it’s about the same. HE only held 55-60% of MF’s lead-in. The only difference was MF was pulling much higher ratings.

  • Robert Ford

    It’s an ABC reject for things that clearly have nothing to do with its ratings.
    I’m a huge fan of Raising Hope and a casual fan of the Mindy Project, but it certainly has done better than either of those shows have.

    I’m aware that next year is likely to be Raising Hope’s last, seeing as how it was only renewed this year because of syndication, but I’m saying that for next year, Fox has an in-house show with a family audience that got numbers much better than any of its non-animated comedies except New Girl (which targets a very different audience than HTLWYP).

    I’m not saying they will, I’m just saying I hope they will, and that it would seem to make sense.

  • Chris

    The Neighbors cast are a bunch of nobodies. That show must be so cheap to make. However, Brad Garrett, Sarah Chalke and Elizabeth Perkins on one payroll was probably too expensive for abc.

  • Maya


    Don’t worry SPN has prove that it flies solo, I’m not worry the fandom will be there any night, and maybe the Originals will help to improve audience, althought I’m not to happy of the pairing, we’ll see.

  • K

    Family tools is airs to burn off the remaining episodes.

  • Alexis N

    Though I don’t watch How To Live With Your Parents…but based on these numbers, I disagree with ABC cancelling the show. Their numbers are just as good as The Middle’s.

  • Robert Ford

    I thought The Neighbors aired at one point behind Modern Family, and had abysmal retention when it did, no? ABC changes its schedule around so much that it’s hard to keep track, but I thought somebody commented on that. Also it had pretty bad retention from The Middle; I remember one of the Cancellation Bear posts saying that retentionistas had been gunning for it on that account, but its absolute numbers still made it a likely renewal, before it dropped further to a toss-up.

  • Michael

    Will Leah Remini ever find success again?

  • DougF


    SPN didn’t benefit from Arrow as much as it benefited from not being on Friday at 9.

  • BigBrotherFan


    what are you talking about!!!!???

    This is really annoying me!!!

    What makes you think Perkins and Garret are ‘expensive’ THEY ARE REALLY OLD AND NOT INDEMAND ACTORS they must of reduced their salaries!

    …Specially Perkins who is so not bang able anymore GROSS!

    They aren’t even like youthful old like Connie Britton or Eric Close they are just old and ugly now AND THEY ONLY WAY I want to watch their shows is if they are funny! I dunno..maybe I’ll feel different in 35-years

  • Mark

    @Robert Ford

    I think abc looked at how it’s ratings dropped after a repeat of MF a few weeks back and assumed its higher ratings were due to MF. It got 1.5, which is barely better than Mindy and about what Raising Hope was getting.

    I think they just didn’t want another HE or Don’t trust

  • Carl

    That’s about where I thought SPN would be – they adjusted up last week after being at .09. We’ll see if it happens this time. The first half was somewhat slow, so not sure if they will adjust up. The last scene was pretty darn cool though.

    Arrow – I actually thought it would be a little higher, but it could adjust up. They seemed to have a big surprise moment in the finale so that will probably get a lot of buzz.

  • rob60990

    The Neighbors aired its premiere after Modern Family. It got a 3.2 out of MF’s 5.5 which is usually how other comedies have done after MF on their regular episodes. Even the premieres of HE, Apt 23, Cougar Town, & Apt 23 had better retention out of MF for their series premieres.

  • a p garcia

    FT should have been cancelled yesterday. ABC seems to be doing to FT what CBS did for Partners-keep it and burn off episodes at regular time. SPN finale was good.

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