Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Chicago Fire', 'Modern Family', 'American Idol', 'Criminal Minds' & 'Supernatural' Adjusted Up; 'Nashville' Adjusted Down

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May 16th, 2013

Chicago Fire

Modern Family was adjusted up two tenths, American Idol,Criminal Minds , Supernatural and Chicago Fire were each adjusted up a tenth among adults 18-49, while Nashville was adjusted down a single tenth versus the preliminary Wednesday broadcast ratings.

Want to know why adjustments occur to the preliminary ratings? Read this.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Wednesday, May 15, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol 3.0 10 12.11
ABC The Middle 1.9 7 6.76
NBC Dateline NBC 1.3 4 5.79
CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 1.0 3 3.80
CW Arrow 0.9 3 2.77
8:30PM ABC Family Tools 1.2 4 4.54
CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 1.1 4 3.91
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 3.7 10 10.03
CBS Criminal Minds 2.6 7 10.56
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.3 6 7.01
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.5 4 6.48
CW Supernatural 1.0 3 2.31
9:30PM ABC How to Live With Your Parents 2.0 5 6.14
10:00PM CBS CSI 2.0 6 9.53
NBC Chicago Fire 2.0 6 6.90
ABC Nashville 1.7 5 5.56

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Maya


    I’m glad if you’re not a loyal fan, better leave us, the the majority of the fandom was very pleased with the season finale and I’m sure the rating will be the same next season, as for Arrow I watched but it hasn’t grow on me yet so we’ll see, but I think Stephen Amell is a very good actor and I love him.

  • lostboy

    I was joking about. Revolution ratings. They. R what they. R.
    Just happy and surprised it got renewed.

  • Freyja

    Stephen Amell has proven himself to be a good actor this season on Arrow. Anyone who says differently probably hasn’t even watched the last episodes.
    And I have to agree with @Dahne, this was the best finale I watched this year.

    The finale was ok and Stephen is an OK actor, and I have watched every episode of Arrow. The show still has room for improvement though.

    As for SPN, after almost 8 years of watching this show and this mess of a season, I officially dropped it. Maybe I’ll return eventually and marathon the episodes someday but not anytime soon.

    SPN finale was the best since season 3 when Dean went to Hell, but to each their own..

  • Tessa


    SPN finale was the best since season 3 when Dean went to Hell, but to each their own..

    Agree completely. Although I liked Swan Song better than the S3 finale. But Sacrifice, especially the last 5 minutes, topped them all. I’ll have that image seared in my head until the show comes back in fall.

  • Moonshayde

    Great job Supernatural!

    The finale was fantastic, and the final scenes killed me.

    Hope it will do well next season :)

  • Mae

    Psyched that SPN finished the season so strong (both in terms of ratings + storytelling)!

  • harry

    actually how to live with ur parents had better ratings than : nashville , revenge , dancing with the stars, the middle , family tools , and yet it is cancelled , while nashville , revenge the middle dancing with the stars all will continue next year… damn abc

  • Ram510

    Who wouldve guessed Chicago Fire would be tied with CSI at this point? I guess with CF doing better than Grimm and Revolution its actually earned that post Voice spot next season

    Still surprised NBC isnt moving SVU back to 10pm, but I guess it works

  • Azzman

    How in the flip did HTLWYP not get renewed but Nashville did, even though Nashville isn’t rated as high or have as many viewers?! I thought they care so much about their stupid ratings, yet you get rid of the so-called higher rated show (which isn’t a bad little show, btw)?

  • Ram510

    @ Freyja

    I agree with you. I’ve seen every episode of Arrow and the show still has alot of room to improve (I still believe Nikita is the show Arrow wishes it could be, but that a debate for another day). The finale was pretty good, but over dramatic especially the last few minutes, which kind of made it feel contrived.

    As for Stephen Amell he is not that great and overall very bland with only about 2 expressions. It’ll be interesting to watch CW on wednesdays next season and see the difference acting wise between Stephen and his cousin Robbie Amell on Tomorrow People. I feel Robbie is a much better actor than Stephen and can’t wait for Heroes, I mean Tomorrow People, next season

  • Carl

    @Mai W, I agree, I wouldn’t have split the CW shows up. I think they just decided to take the risk. I think Arrow and SPN helped each other. I think Arrow will probably be about the same next season, maybe a little lower (although they may go up in the fall, as TVD seems to do), but I think the two were strong together. I have to admit I was another who watched SPN but not often Arrow. Not because of any issue w/Arrow, just didn’t watch it. I do wonder how many started watching SPN because of Arrow, or only did so because they were on together.

  • Saba

    CF writers claim your spot in the weekly ratings don’t let anyone push you around.

  • ann

    Yes, yes, yes for Chicago Fire!

  • david

    To bad Arrow did not go up in the demo but great for SPN again. I am sure it will do good on Tuesdays next season.

  • david

    I enjoyed the finalies of Arrow and SPN last night. I am excited for the new seasons come October.

  • Rebecca

    I wish there was a poll about the ratings for tonight’s The Office series finale, but since there isn’t I’ll just guess 2.1 overall.

    SPN’s finale was great. Also enjoyed MF, The Middle, Psych and HTLWYP. It’s too bad they can’t just take Family Tools off the schedule and double up on HTL episodes until they’re through. Otherwise, HTL runs through the end of June so far (according to futoncritic’s schedule).

  • poweranimals

    How does Supernatural keep beating Arrow?

  • jake

    Arrow’s finale was amazing!
    Hopefully people catch it thru summer and the audience stay stable at least, but I think the shows needs to be more canon from the comic books for example make Laurel tougher and eventually turn her into Black Canary.

  • gregg

    well i am glad Nashville got renewed. I started watching late, but think it’s great.

  • Noel

    That was an awesome finale for Arrow, I cried a lot.

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