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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  • BigBrotherFan


    Not unless she loses about 200 pounds and stops forcing her big mouth on people! She ruined her image after THE TALK. I used to like her but now I think she’s an annoying middle aged mom with nothing better to do but spew out her stupid thoughts on the unsuspecting public!

  • Zth

    Hopefully Arrow will get adjusted up. The finale last night was one of the best finales in he last few years for any TV show. It was on a huge scale for a TV show and was breathtaking. Other shows would have stretched the events of last night’s episode in like 4-5 episodes.

  • rob60990

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

    53 is not “really” old in this day and age. That’s just insulting and I’m 22. I doubt they are as expensive as overpaid overrated Connie Britton making 100,000 an episode for Nashville.

  • Chris


    Lol I’m with you, man. But I don’t think they see it that way. Actors are very egoistic people. One hit and they think they’re a bunch of Robert Redfords and Barbra Streisands.

  • Dante

    10:00 PM

    ABC – Nashville
    Viewers: 5.813 million, A18-49: 1.9/5

    CBS – CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (season finale)
    Viewers: 9.852 million, A18-49: 2.1/6

    NBC – Chicago Fire
    Viewers: 6.889 million, A18-49: 1.9/5


    10:30 PM

    ABC – Nashville
    Viewers: 5.415 million, A18-49: 1.6/5

    CBS – CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (season finale)
    Viewers: 9.385 million, A18-49: 1.9/6

    NBC – Chicago Fire
    Viewers: 6.850 million, A18-49: 2.0/6

    Are these good or bad numbers for Chicago Fire???

  • Dante

    I meant, are those good numbers for Chicago Fire as compared to competition and compared to the rest of NBC.

    I worry moving the show next season is going to kill it. :/

  • kennya

    I get why Abc cancelled HTLWYP…but it’s the best new comedy this season so i’m very sad!
    All good comedys gone after a few episodes! (Loved the Goodwin Games premiere but i doubt it will have more than this 7 episodes ordered….)

    Good Supernatural episode! Hope its adjusted up and i think it will survive on Tuesday! (First two Seasons i think aired there too …)

  • josh2770

    good thing they canceled family tools that show is horrendous!

  • Dan

    Both Family Tools and HTLWYP will air originals through June.

  • BigBrotherFan


    What are you even talking about? Connie Britton is consistently giving amazing performances in anything she is in “Friday Night Lights” and “Nashville”, heck even add “American Horror Story” to the list. She looks amazing for a lady approaching 50 (did you not see her on the stage performing during NASHVILLE? A 10)and she is constantly nominated for the highest awards in Television.

    Garrret has ‘TIL DEATH’ as recent accomplishments to his resume!?

    Perkins was fired from WEEDS, was she not? if she was so amazing and not tired and old looking THEY WOULD OF KEPT her because her character was amazing but she’s old and tired now and does not get nominated for much anymore. She needs to take a pay cut.

    Connie deserves every cent she consistently raises the bar on NASHVILLE

    You obviously haven’t seen a second of that show! Go back to Trolling now! I’m done with you

  • rob60990

    @Dante, it grew from its lead-in unlike CSI & Nashville so ya it did well. And you worry NBC moving it after The Voice is going to kill it? SERIOUSLY?

  • BigBrotherFan


    haha! No doubt, dude!

  • NBC Fan

    ABC should just bench the family tools next week for a Modern Family R.

  • NBC Fan


  • Robert Ford

    @Mark, if we’re looking at retention and other non-ratings factors, we should consider the points I’ve already mentioned: that ABC aired that episode 3 surrounded by repeats and episode on a night that was otherwise all repeats. It’s a new show, how do we know people even knew or cared that that there was a new episode at this point? I certainly didn’t watch those episodes live; I didn’t begin to care even a little one way or the other until the night of the premier of Family Tools (whatever episode that was).

    By airing it in May and airing early episode amid repeats, ABC seemed like it was already determined to kill off the show by securing bad ratings, and then when those ratings didn’t come, canceled it anyways.

    I really hope that the cancelation was only because of the relative cost of the two shows (which remains a plausible, if disheartening explanation). Because if they are trying to predict the future of the show based on the prior performance of two shows with very different target audience but a similar premier date seems to approach NBC-levels of business acumen.

  • senor chang

    Whoa at those half-hour numbers. Chicago Fire winning at 10:30 with the lowest-rated lead-in of all three shows is incredibly impressive. I don’t think it’s going to see a significant boost post The Voice, especially now that Person of Interest is in the 10PM slot: I’m guessing it’ll rise from its season 1 range of 1.6-1.9 to 2.2-2.5 on a regular basis. But it’ll continue to be a long-term player for NBC if it’s handled properly.

  • POIFanatic

    @Dante: Its very good for Chicago Fire. Why are you worrying? Next season it’ll have The Voice as a lead-in. Its ratings will only grow. But the rating drops are bad for Nashville and CSI. CSI might be sent to the Friday slot after next season.

  • Jordan

    How is ABC supposed to create a stable comedy block when they keep yanking comedies left and right? For God’s sakes, How to Live isn’t doing badly. Give it a chance to grow!

  • Jordan

    They will just keep doing the same thing next year with 2 new comedies (8:30 and 9:30), which turns viewers off.

  • oktimeforplanc

    I wish USA or TBS would pick up HTLWYP.

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