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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  • bjssp

    @senor chang:

    But wouldn’t a (consistent) 2.2-2.5 be a big deal for pretty much any network, especially NBC? I think so.

    If I had to guess, I’d say NBC is looking to build two nights of comedy over the next few years: one on Thursday and one on Tuesday. CF might seem bland, and I can see NBC moving it again if it has something flashier to put in its time slot (because, as I keep saying, this seems to be a perfect Friday show), but for now, it will probably do its job quite nicely.

  • Son of The Undertaker

    Malibu Country was a really good show, paired with last man standing, ancient won every Friday night. Cancelling it was stupid of them.

  • bjssp


    Yeah, that is kind of puzzling. I can see debuting one new show on the night, but two, every damn season?

  • SJ

    While I think The Neighbors definitely should have joined Malibu Country, How to Live and Family Tools on the scrap heap, ABC made the right call in cancelling HTLWYP. A 2.0 out of a 3.5 is just bad, there’s no way to spin it. Besides, it would only drop further if ABC had moved it. They learned their lesson from Apartment 23 and I applaud them for that.

    And on a personal note, the show is just really bad, despite the stellar performance by Elizabeth Perkins. It simply wasn’t going to grow. It was a mercy killing.

  • Edward

    Last night was also the Chicago PD spinoff episode. NBC has to be encouraged that the audience not only stayed but grew.

  • Rachor Samien


    Can you explain that why csi might be sent to friday after next season?

    Let’s look at all CBS 10 PM drama’s except friday last week;

    Elemantary 1.8/9.15
    The Mentalist 1.7/9.17
    H50 1.8/7.86

    CSI: 2.0/9.62,

    so, why? :(

  • senor chang

    By the way, whoever made that comment about Elizabeth Perkins not being “bangable”: it’s too bad bangable has nothing to do with funny. Not that I’ve ever seen Elizabeth Perkins in anything or that I care, just thought I’d point that out.

  • Robert Ford

    The problem with that idea is that first: HTLWYP hasn’t been around long enough to demonstrate a stable fan base, and second: the likely cost of the actor salaries is probably considerably higher than most cable shows.

    A network might be able to establish a fan base large enough to make it worth paying those salaries: ABC by keeping it after MF for a few weeks in the next season, Fox or NBC by airing it after their singing competitions in the fall. However very few cable channels regularly get ratings that match even the CW. And moreover family shows are a better fit for networks than cable. It seems like cable original shows target a specific audience (e.g. young women, divorced middle-aged women, manchildren).

    Can you name any English-language, cable-original family sitcom? Even Cougar Town and Happy Endings (if it goes to USA), have clear demographic audiences.

  • rob60990

    Yay for Nashville!!

    I love that show and especially Connie Britton!

  • KS

    Supernatural finale is just terrible. It made the first 19 – 20 episodes of the season just pointless.

  • rob60990

    I love watching television!

    22 years young and watching tv and talking about ratings…..GOTTA LOVE IT.

  • Janus

    Supernatural strong as usual–was a quality finale.

  • Ted Craig

    Why do people think The Neighbors had anything to do with How to Live’s cancelation? Do they really think How to Live was going to move to 8:30 on Fridays?

    How to Live died because ABC believed its pilots would do better than that existing show.

  • Ram510

    Last nights Nashville was on FIRE!!!! Best episode of the series! I hope it can do at least a 2.0 next week for the finale.

    Does anyone know why Nashville only had 21 episodes this season instead of the normal 22?

  • fred

    Chicago Fire has been up and down all season.
    up to 2.0 and down to 1.5.
    See what happens next season when its up against Person of Interest on CBS

  • Alex

    The cancellation of How To Live With Your Parents… is a clear sign that ABC are learning from their mistakes. In fact they’ve made a couple of decisions this year that suggest they aren’t quite as dense as they might have previously appeared. Its true to say that How To Live With Your Parents… 2.0 at 9:30 isn’t horrific (its not especially good either) but ABC have seen these kind of numbers before with Happy Endings, Don’t Trust The Bitch in Apt. 23 and to a lesser extent Cougar Town. They know how this story ends. They renew How to Live With Your Parents… but can’t justify keeping it behind Modern Family so have to relocate it somewhere else where it promptly dies a slow painful death. Of course if they’re really learning from their mistakes they won’t once again try and debut a sitcom in April on Wednesday night. Its a stupid idea.

    On a somewhat related note I for one am somewhat glad they cancelled it just so I can stop writing out How to Live With Your Parents… which is similar to the response I had when ABC cancelled Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23 and when CBS cancelled $#*! My Dad Says. Luckily there aren’t any offenders on the stupidly long/tricky to type out title front this year. Unless the networks start renaming stuff.

    Anyway on a ratings front…

    Given the way the season as a whole has gone (and particularly the Spring) no real surprises here. I guess CSI is lower than I might have expected but everything else is more or less where you’d expect given recent trends. And although its not a surprise that Idol number really is low for the final performance show of the season.

  • Chris

    I read from tweets as I watched Modern Family that the networks were preempted in Dallas and several nearby markets for weather alerts regarding the tornado. Hope the ratings aren’t significantly inflated as Dallas-Fort Worth is the number 5 media market…

  • Ram510

    I enjoyed Malibu Country but least be honest, it was no Reba. And that was the level of quality everyone was expecting and it failed. I would rather they cancel Malibu and have Reba come back with a new show that’s actually great. I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of Reba on TV, she’ll be back

  • dan

    sytycd yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Alex

    See what happens next season when its up against Person of Interest on CBS

    Haven’t you heard? Person of Interest is going to die next season. It can’t possibly be a success anywhere but Thursday at 9PM. That’s a fact. Tuesday 10PM is the CBS death slot. Nothing can survive there and its all NCIS: LA’s fault.

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