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


    Oh, I misunderstood you. I thought you were talking about the entire season, not just last night.

  • Kay

    Really good CSI episode last night, glad it did good in the ratings and loved Nashville also. I really never got into Chicago Fire I want to see how it does next week against the 2 hour season finale of Criminal Minds, which I’ll be watching and taping my Nashville….

  • ron

    i think ABC give up to soon on HTLIYP

  • MichaelChickless


    Nope, just commenting about the current ratings shown above.

    That was the first episode of CSI (Las Vegas) I viewed all season. They had me at Black Sabbath.

  • RyanCanada

    Modern Family’s ratings are still down like 2 points in the demo since a couple years ago which is a huge drop

  • Jon

    Maybe how to live should have been renewed after all.

  • bjssp


    Ha! I saw a man at Whole Foods a few weeks ago who looked like Gene Simmons. I’m also convinced I saw Stanley from The Office biking outside my local Starbucks. (If it wasn’t him, he has an identical twin he doesn’t know about.)

  • Jon

    @tom….while idol isn’t the cash cow it once was, your fooling yourself if you think it isn’t still making money. Is there another program on fox that can earn the demo and total viewers that idol does? The answer is no. Until idol drops below the average demo rating for the network it isn’t going anywhere.

  • Rebecca

    Not sure, but that picture might be from Arrow. I don’t watch any of these, but it could just as likely be from SVU, Criminal Minds or Chicago Fire, lol. Someone else could answer better.

  • JR4092

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

    @tom How did Mariah flop on Billboard exactly?
    “#Beautiful” Mariah f/ Miguel
    Billboard Hot 100: #24 (Debut)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #44 (Last Week #44)
    Billboard Pop 100: #22 (Debut) Greatest Gainer
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #10 (Debut)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #7 (Last Week #32)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #30 (Debut)Greatest Gainer
    Billboard R&B Songs: #2 (Last Week #16)
    Billboard R&B Digital Songs: #1 (Debut)
    Billboard Adult Contemporary: #23 (Debut) Greatest Gainer
    Billboard Adult Pop Songs: #35 (Debut)
    BDS audience impressions this week: 31 million (=)
    Downloads this week: 114,000

    You must be one of those guys that think because you say something it’s true. At the end of the day, American Idol and Mariah have both seen the kinds of success most people never will!

  • Maya


    That would be Stephen Amell from Arrow and yes he is very hot! lol

  • Steve

    Scratch a few million people from last night’s viewer population, since the Dallas area networks went wall to wall with tornado coverage. The local stations here aren’t even bothering to air them in late night.

  • Mon

    Zoom in on that picture using your phones and you’ll see that uhm… Arrow was quite… uhm angry and excited. :)

  • mike

    I bet if Angie was in the AI finale, it would have been higher. I fully expect You Set Me Free to outsell Kreedom and Candi girls single, I believe all 3 are released tonight.

  • Networkman

    I feel How to Live with Your Parents would do better than the new comedy Back in the Game airing after The Middle this Fall. But I guess the network has Suburgatory ready to take that timeslot after Back in the Game fails.

  • Jelly86

    NBC has got to end L&O: SVU next season. The show is so tired and so is Mariska Hargitay. Ever since Chris Meloni left the series I can’t watch it.

  • CookyMonzta

    Posted May 16, 2013 at 8:44 AM
    ” 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.’

    Then at what point DOES Idol start to make either zero profit or lose money? Does it happen when the advertisers balk at paying more than $200,000 for 30 seconds of airtime (because I suspect that time may be coming next year), or does it happen when one of their biggest advertisers, like COCA-COLA, decides to take a hike, with the demo vanishing before our eyes (they will surely dip into the 1s before next season is over) and no money for them to make on the 50+ crowd?

  • CookyMonzta

    Posted May 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM
    “@tom….while idol isn’t the cash cow it once was, your fooling yourself if you think it isn’t still making money. Is there another program on fox that can earn the demo and total viewers that idol does? The answer is no. Until idol drops below the average demo rating for the network it isn’t going anywhere.”

    What is FOX’s average demo rating now? This show, now drawing 2s, and averaging around 3.8-3.9 for the season (according to SpottedRatings), must be cutting it quite close these days.

  • The End

    TV shows are like long term investments for networks, you don’t typically make your money back all at once, you make it back over a long period.

  • The End


    Surprised some people were taking your Person of Interest comments on Page 6 seriously. You’ve never come across as a guy that would post something like that and actually BE serious. That said non regulars will fall for it anyway lol

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