TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Nashville', 'Criminal Minds' & 'Law & Order: SVU' Finales Up; 'Chicago Fire' & 'Modern Family' Finales Down

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May 23rd, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/7 2.2/7 2.1/7 1.6/5 1.3/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.8/6 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.982 6.922 5.242 6.344 3.247 1.118

ABC and CBS tied for the number one network in adults 18-49  while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On ABC, the season finale of The Middle scored a 2.0 up 5 percent from last week’s 1.9 adults 18-49 rating and even with last season’s finale on May 23, 2012. The season finale of Modern Family garnered a 3.6 down 3 percent from last week's 3.7 adults 18-49 rating and down 12 percent from a 4.1 for last season’s finale on May 23, 2012, for its lowest rated season finale ever. How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) earned a 2.2 up 10 percent from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. The season finale of Nashville scored a 1.9 up 12 percent from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, for its best adults 18-49 performance since January 16. Your predictions were a little too low.

On CBS, the two hour finale of Criminal Minds earned a 2.7 up 4 percent from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating but down 25 percent from a 3.6 for last season’s finale on May 16, 2012.

On NBC, Dateline scored a 1.4 up 8 percent from last Wednesday’s 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. The season finale of Law and Order: SVU earned a 1.6 up 7 percent from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating but down 20 percent from a 2.0 for last season’s finale on May 23, 2012. The season finale of Chicago Fire garnered a 1.7 down 15 percent from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic.

On FOX, the season premiere of MasterChef earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating at 8PM down 13 percent from a 2.3 for the previous season premiere on June 4, 2012.  A second episode at 9PM scored a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, the movie Love Happens notched a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.



Overnight ratings for Wednesday, May 22, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC The Middle - Season Finale 2.0/7 7.53
FOX MasterChef - Season Premiere 2.0/7 5.09
NBC Dateline 1.4/5 6.19
CBS Two and Half Men - R 1.1/4 5.31
CW Love Happens (8-10PM) 0.3/1 1.12
8:30 ABC Modern Family - R 1.6/5 5.62
CBS Mike and Molly - R 1.2/4 5.38
9:00 ABC Modern Family - Season Finale 3.6/11 9.92
CBS Criminal Minds (9-11PM) - Season Finale 2.7/8 10.80
FOX MasterChef 2.2/6 5.39
NBC Law & Order: SVU - Season Finale 1.6/5 6.68
9:30 ABC How To Live With Your Parents… 2.2/6 6.32
10:00 ABC Nashville - Season Finale 1.9/5 6.07
NBC Chicago Fire - Season Finale 1.7/5 6.17

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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; 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,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/4 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" (1.4/5 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" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • Colin

    lol @ rob

    Great numbers for Nashville, it deserves it.:-)

  • SteveO

    Abc should have renewed how to live and Malibu country over some of those new god awful comedies they picked up…

  • Dante

    10:00 p.m.

    ABC – Nashville (season finale)
    Viewers: 6.25 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 5 (#2)

    NBC – Chicago Fire (season finale)
    Viewers: 6.01 million (#3), A18-49: 1.7/ 5 (#3)


    10:30 p.m.

    ABC – Nashville (season finale)
    Viewers: 5.88 million (#3), A18-49: 1.8/ 5 (#2t)

    NBC – Chicago Fire (season finale)
    Viewers: 6.33 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 5 (#2t)

  • Babar Suhail

    Like I said, it hit a 1.5 with a MF repeat as a lead-in, which was enough for its cancellation.

  • rob60990

    “cant believe cancelled they canceled htlwyp already dont fink it dropped below 2.0 yet would have least waited to see what ratings was like without mf as a lead in”

    They already did and it dropped to a 1.5 with a MF rerun as its lead-in.

  • Robert Ford

    The retentionists of course are going to insist once again that ABC made the right move on HTLWYP.

    Then, next week when HTLWYP gets around 1.5 in the demo and >75% retention out of an MF repeat, other people will declare that those numbers are bad for ABC, and the retentionists won’t defend the show.

  • Edward

    Sorry to see CF down but once again it builds on viewers and demos over the hour. If it follows last week’s trend, it will tick up in the finals.

  • rob60990

    At least Chicago Fire still beat its lead-in and increased in the hour unlike Nashville which couldn’t hold the lead-in of a cancelled show and lost viewers during the hour.

  • Robert Ford

    Wow, while I was writing this, people said exactly what I expected.

    @Babar: it had an MF lead-in in on its third and fourth episodes, and got 100% and 75% retention respectively. Two episodes isn’t really enough time to build an audience, but we’ll see how it does next week.

    Some people seem determined to have it both ways. It gets low retention out of new MF episodes (as does every show ever that airs behind MF, including Suburgatory and the premier of the Niighbors), and only average ratings out of repeats.

  • CBSviewer

    Criminal Minds didn’t do that well. I thought it would get a 3.0. Last year two-hour finale scored a 3.6 and almost 14 million viewers. I really liked the finale but maybe people were not interested in the Replicator story and Mark Hamill is not enough to bring back viewers.
    Glad SVU wa0ent up :)

  • Giuppy

    Could someone please tell me the final ratings of the spectators for the second half season of Supernatural, including DVR? Thank you very much.

  • CBSviewer

    * Glad SVU went up :)

  • Dillan

    ABC should un-cancel HTLWYP.

  • forg

    MF’s lowest rated season finale yet and it didn’t face Idol time unlike the last three. Quite disappointed but hey it’s still top Wednesday show.

    The Middle even with last year but grew in viewers.

    Anyway, 96 episodes for both shows! Looking for thier 100th episode next season :D

  • John A

    I thought you watched Nashville Rob? Why you bashing it?

  • MichaelChickless

    Go Criminal Mimes!

    Come on SVU!

  • Vcoolwater


    I agree CF will adjust up and Nashville will adjust down. In the end CF will barely beat Nashville in the ratings.

    However I am sure NBC is not happy the ratings were down and the show almost got beat by Nashville.

    Frankly I don’t understand why CF’s ratings all over the place. Also I have neve never seen a show so affected by its competition

  • John A

    I thought last week was the finale of CF. Not great to drop for your finale.

  • senor chang

    Those 10PM drama numbers are unusual but unsurprising. Criminal Minds was always going to hurt Chicago Fire more than it was Nashville. The only question was by how much.

    It does raise the interesting question of just what happens at Tuesday 10PM next season with Person of Interest inheriting a historically troubled slot for CBS, Chicago Fire going head-to-head with one of CBS’s strongest dramas, and a wild card on ABC.

  • Mark

    Once again, How to Live destroys The Middle and does better than Suburgatory in that slot, but yet it was cancelled. Ridiculous. Should’ve cancelled Suburgatory, The Neighbors and The Middle.

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