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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  • Robert Ford

    They should, unless the difference in cost between it and the Neighbors is enough to compensate for the difference in the Nielsen ratings. And the difference is so large that seems unlikely.

    But that would be admitting they made a mistake.

  • fringewillget5seasons

    10pm dramas stuck under 2.0, probably from Minds competition for CF.

    Meh numbers across the board.

  • brett

    @ baber suhail
    didnt realise it had sorry my mistake can see why cancelled it now then i personal only watched pilot and didnt enjoy it

  • Dan S

    I thought for sure CF would’ve beat Nashville. No complaints since I watch both shows anyway & both will be back. If anything Nashville should hopefully grow in its Wed slot against the rebooted Ironside which I don’t see sticking around.

  • Mark

    @Charmed and @Mark

    The Neighbors was renewed, get over it!

  • Spencer

    Criminal minds finale did pretty well considering it had a mike and molly repeat lead in. Come on CBS why couldn’t you have at least put some TBBT repeats there instead? Haha

  • rob60990

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

    I’ve only watched a bit here and there and thought it was extremely boring. A fan of the show thought it was smart to call me a loser and an idiot.

  • rob60990

    “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.”

    Beating The Middle by 2 tenths sure is “destroying” especially with a big lead-in. HTLWYP would pull a 1.5 at best in The Middle’s timeslot.

  • Bee


    this show got a 2.0 all the way back for its 2nd episode. so the fact that it’s survived the spring, changing (and disappointing) lead-ins, etc and has maintained just about that whole audience from the fall is awesome. it’s got a steady fanbase. hopefully ABC can find a way to build on that fanbase this summer. it and scandal would benefit a lot from airing re-runs, but i know ABC refuses to do that anymore for serialized shows for some reason.

    last night’s finale was awesome. this season has been great, though i hope next season they can work out any kinks and deliver a more even season. and ABC, please stop telling them to be more soapy. the show was doing well and was very steady even when it was less soapy. let it be a drama about the music industry


    Did abc cancel how to live too soon? This show IMO should have been renewed I think abc should rethink canceling it. The middle did solid. Interesting Nashville climbed back up and did fairly well and beat chicago fire.

  • harry

    Why was How to live with your parents cancelled again??? …. idiot ABC.

  • Robert Ford

    Like I said, HTLWYP wasn’t given nearly the opportunity to build an audience before airing on its own, completely surrounded by repeats. When episodes 3 and 4 aired, I didn’t give a damn about the show, and didn’t really start caring until last week. I imagine other people were the same, and that it will do at least as well as it did then, despite being surrounded by repeats.

    And yet some people on here will say that 1. It got bad retention out of MF and 2. mediocre ratings surrounded by repeats, so obviously it doesn’t deserve to be renewed.

  • Charmed

    @Mark, I don’t even watch either of them, I’m just basing it on ratings.

  • Vcoolwater

    Could be the fact that ABC already got burned by both Happy Endings and Don’t trust b in apt 13. Both shows did decent behind modern family, only sink in the ratings when moved to new time slot.

    HTLWYP was following the same pattern. It was getting about the same ratings that both shows before it did.

    I think ABC had no faith in it at all. 1.5 following Modern Family repeat isn’t that great. I think that sealed the deal for ABC.

  • Ram510

    YAY NASHVILLE!!!! The show has finally found it footing and is living up to its potential and that’s why it beat Chicago Fire. If Nashville keeps it up it could grow in its second season

  • harry

    How to live with your parents on its own did a 2.0 and a 1.5 also note that modern family now barely gets a 3.2-3.8 rating while earlier in the year and last year it had 4.0-5.0 idiot abc kills shows putting them in the post modern family slot. please idiot network , renew more shows like nashville and last man standing that are terrible and cancel all the good ones.

  • Robert Ford

    I’ve said it before and I’d say it again: Happy Endings and Apt. 23 target young single people, HTLWYP is a family show. Put your crystal ball away man.

    All three shows got better first-season ratings than several shows that aired in the fall and were renewed and it’s easier to get good fall ratings than good spring ratings, and as such there was every reason to renew them. What ABC should have learned is that if you air a show in May, don’t move it until it’s had time to build an audience (Happy Endings had that, Apt. 23 didn’t, and HTLWYP was canceled out the gate).

  • gerry

    wrong on both my predictions for last night. ouch for CF.

    modern family was funnier last night than its been basically all season. and NASHVILLE! i’m happy it went up for the final and it was well deserved. it’s that show where you kind of know everything that’s going to happen before it happens but is still all kinds of awesomesauce to watch. GOOD STUFF!

  • oktimeforplanc

    USA or TBS should pick up HTLWYP! 2.2 is amazing! ABC is so dumb for cancelling it!

  • harry

    of course if How TO LIVE with your parents was A SHONDA RHIMES show it would get renewed …. scandal got nenewed last year with a mere 1.9 rating out of a 4.2 greys lead in…

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