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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  • mando

    CF will be at 1.8.
    Next season Chicago fire will get above 2.5%.

  • rgxx

    I think ABC is making a mistake cancelling “How To Live With Your Parents…” I haven’t seen it – but those aren’t bad numbers for a new show.

  • ToXiX

    And that 1.5 for HTLWYP

    The Middle got a 1.2 that night.

    Modern Family Repeat at 8:30 got a 1.4

    Modern Family repeat at 9 a 1.8

    It didn’t do that bad compared.

    But I don’t watch the show never seen it , I’m not bothered by its cancellation

  • Nick

    It’s quite ridiculous that ABC renewed The Neighbors and Suburgatory over How to Live.

  • Laurence

    Chicago Fire was great last night hopefully it will adjust UP

  • Joseph

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Miami/Indiana NBA playoff game on TNT (which had a dramatic ending) outdrew three of the five major English-language broadcast networks last night (May 22nd).

  • Robert Ford

    @Nick: The Neighbors is an ABC show. I expected them to give it every chance possible so that there’s the possibility of selling it to cable if it hits certain-cancelation levels. But canceling HTLWYP was definitely unwarranted.

    We seem to have an odd situation of ABC canceling HTLWYP for reasons other than ratings, and the truly odd thing is how many people here seem determined to prove that they’re in-the-know, by providing anti-fan excuses as to why it should be canceled.

    Of those excuses, the cost of the actors makes sense but isn’t verified, the need to renew the in-house Neighbors makes some sense. The crystal-balling about future ratings, retentionist justifications, and comments about its on-its-own ratings make absolutely none.

    I think that ABC was already trying to kill the show for whatever reason, and hoped that airing the third and fourth episodes between repeats would kill the ratings, that canceling it would kill the ratings, and that burning off the last episodes would kill the ratings. It was proven the first and second hope wrong, and if it mananges to pull decent summer ratings surrounded by all repeats, ABC *really* should uncancel it.

  • Dennis

    Nashville will likely grow in year 2, I predict.

    A 1.9 for abc drama this year is not bad..

    It bet Revenge finale at least :D

    HTLWYPFTROYL deserved to be cancelled…it’s only propped up by MF

  • NBC Fan

    Is me or are the ABC comedies skewing a little older?

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @Robert Ford

    “I think that ABC was already trying to kill the show for whatever reason”

    Umm, couldn’t ABC have done that more effectively by say……….not airing the show, or airing the show before Modern Family, or airing the show in double pumps at Friday at 8pm or not airing the show in season as all.

  • Ted Craig

    Again with this idiotic “They renewed The Neighbors over HTLWYP?!” nonsense. No, people, the canceled HTLWYP in favor of The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife and Super Fun Night. No way was this show moving to 8:30 on Fridays.

    You can love HTLWYP and you can hate The Neighbors, but you can’t say one was canceled in favor of the other.

  • MichaelChickless


    It did!

  • HalCapone

    Chicago Fire’s ratings are all over the map because it is the television equivalent of junk food: totally forgettable once its digested.

  • imogen

    Chicago Fire has been up and down all year,depending on competition.Lobby is out to beef it up all the time however,which makes it look better than it it.Tonight is first time we see it against Criminal Minds, a show SVU has had to compete with all year, as well as American idol etc. Next year CF is up against POI on CBS, which will be interesting.

    Nashville is the same, up and down, though Finale numbers were good at 1.9.Critics like this show and it has been nominated for awards.

    SVU has been solid if somewhat unspectacular in ratings all year.It is after all a 14 year old show.Episodes have been really good value however.Its ratings are dependable, which is no doubt why they keep using it as an anchor for new shows and will do again next year.They still need it.

    As usual SVU increased on the hour to 1.7 (6.89) demo, which is what CF picked up at 10pm, 1.7 demo, (6.0).

    Wednesday is very competitive night with lots of choice.

  • Robert Ford

    @Anthony Parello:

    I should rephrase, since that comment did sound a little conspiracy theoryish. I don’t really think they were actively trying to cancel it, but I think that they’d already made up their minds that it wasn’t a winner. Because it was expensive and they’d already made several episodes, they wanted to recoup their losses, but because they expected it to bomb out the gate, they scheduled it without regards for establishing an audience.

    I really don’t think that they expected it to do better than any comedy except The Middle (until it started beating even that) and Modern Family itself. And I think that after cancelation, and even now, the execs who made the decision are hoping it drops, so that they look less like idiots.

    Of course none of us know what ABC are really thinking, that’s just my suspicion based on how I would feel in their place.

  • Robert Ford

    @Ted Craig
    Since The Neighbors and HTLWYP are both single camera comedies on ABC, to make that argument you have to assume that The Neighbors was a better candidate for renewal than HTLWYP, and thus ahead of it in line to be renewed.

    Ratings alone don’t make that assumption. Neither does retention (recall that The Neighbors started after MF and got worse retention), even though the retentionistas are making it.

  • Ted Craig

    @Robert Ford

    First, recall that the Neighbors started after MF exactly once.

    But that is completely beside the point. The main issue is actually believing HTLWYP was a candidate for Fridays at 8:30.

    You seem like quite the fan of the show. That’s fine. But you are wrong.

  • Robert Ford

    HTLWYP is a brand new show. New shows are usually propped up by something else until they’ve established an audience. ABC made no effort to do that, and when it began to build one despite that, canceled it anyways.

    We’ll get some idea how much of an audience HTLWYP has built next week, when it once again airs among repeats. It’s had six new episodes of Modern Family (and two repeats), which isn’t as a strong a base as, say starting behing MF and then moving behind The Middle all for a full season, and it’s airing in the summer, but I expect it to do reasonably well.

    It almost certainly won’t get regular-season Middle numbers while surrounded by repeats on a summer burn off (not even an established show could do that), but possibly well enough to show that it *can* establish an audience. Whether that will make any difference (maybe if it makes regular-season Neigbors numbers) is the question.

  • Baile

    A lot of people thought last week was Chicago Fire’s season finale, other than that I don’t know why the drop. Still did good, but last week did so great.

  • Alan

    ABC should un-cancel How To Live with Your Parents… It’s doing better than most of the ABC shows.

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