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

    @Harry: HTLWYP got those ratings after repeats of MF, the second one on a night that was *all* repeats. You don’t air two episodes of a brand-new show, do that, and expect it to get exceptional ratings, or you shouldn’t. Those ratings weren’t great but weren’t terrible for ABC *even* ignoring the circumstances of their airings.

    I’m eager to see how it does next week, when it’s again surrounded by repeats, but having had slightly more of a chance to build an audience (not nearly as much as The Neighbors had of course, but that’s an ABC show).


    If I were NBC I would pick how to live. Honestly if I were abc I would hold this for midsession in case one of my other shows fail. I feel abc should reverse this. It was much better then neighbors.

  • Debra

    I seriously question MESSer’s decision to make Alex Blake, a newbie who has not yet been embraced by the fans, one of the main focuses in last night’s finale. And I can’t help but wonder if it might have something to do with those numbers.

    LOL Well Kirsten(Garcia) did tell people not to watch. Apparently a lot of people listen to her.

    Here’s hoping CM will adjust up in the final ratings.

  • hank

    SVU is up against some tough competion but it has been excellent this year. The finale had great writing and acting. The bad guy was superbly evil.

  • Melanie P.

    Lol at a few people making a huge deal about Nashville beating CF! Like it matters anyways since both have been renewed for a 2nd season.

    @Bee, I agree with don’t make Nashville so soapy. That is why I stopped watching because to me it was starting to become too predictable. I enjoy romance, but would prefer it focused more on the drama in the music industry, maybe I would start watching it again.

  • Robert Ford

    @JONNYSBRO: Didn’t you hear? NBC is “really excited” about their new crop of pilots.

    I agree though that it’s much better than The Neighbors. I watched six episodes of that show, one at a time, after fans here kept raving about it. Two hours of my life I’ll never get back. I didn’t hate HTLWYP right out the gate (though it was a procrastination show) but by the fifth or sixth episode it was starting to become good.

    @Harry, sorry, I took the first part of that post for sarcastic criticism, until I saw your next one.

  • harry

    i hope all fans of cougar town, happy endings and how to live with your parents to turn their backs on ABC scheduling at 9:30 next year.

  • Melanie P.

    @hank, so true. SVU was riveting last night!

  • harry

    Hehe i noticed. I love ‘How to live with your parents ” :P and i hate abc for canceling it.

  • Melanie P.

    @Dante, CF has been renewed, get over it already, geez!

  • Charmed

    Could HTLWYP move to TBS or something? They would kill for even a 1.5.

  • k:Alex

    Again, Chicago Fire is a weird show, it’s serial, but sometimes it’s 2.0 and sometimes not.
    Good choice for the past Voice slot. It has a audience and they must let them watch when it is on TV.

  • ToXiX


  • Rick

    @ToXix, thanks for your brilliant insight.

  • Robert Ford

    You can’t expect broadcast shows to do as well on cable as they do on the networks. Part of that 1.5 is ABC loyalists who watch whatever’s on the lineup, others are casual watchers who won’t seek it out and there’s still a few holdouts who don’t have cable. Plus the big name actors mean that it’s likely to be expensive.

    I suggested last week that Fox, which produces the show should pick it up and show it the same favoritism ABC showed The Neighbors. I was roundly criticized for that idea, but I still think it would be a good one.

  • cas

    I am surprised that Nashville beat CF. I am not surprised that CF declined, as I think CM finale would hurt CF more than it would hurt Nashville. I watch CM and CF, I watched CM last night. Also, last weeks episode of CF was so good, and I don’t think the previews for the finale looked as good so more people were okay with recording it and saving it for later.

  • lostboy

    Wow Nashville beat CF. 2 over hyped shows. If I were abc I would really consider HTLWYP and renew the show. NBC should snag that comedy, because MJF comedy is not that impressive looking. MJF is not Alex P. Keaton and it is not 1985. NBC is lucky to pull 2.0 demo these days. Congrats to Nashville never have watched a single episode, same with CF.

  • GG

    Hahaha woww. No one saw that coming. Nashville wins!!!

  • Juan

    I can’t believe how to live was cancelled, those are good numbers. Also great for Nashville hopefully it’s steady in finals. Great show and Hayden seriously deserves that Emmy nomination.

  • Paul P

    Nashville may have won the time but lost because the episode was so poorly
    written – will not make a full season next year.

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