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

    Why would The Neighbors be a candidate for ABC Fridays, but not HTLWYP? They’re both single-cam shows, and if Suburgatory moves there it would pair well with it.

  • Ted Craig

    @Robert Ford

    I’m sorry, I’m done with you. You are clearly delusional on this topic.

  • Jazz

    Nashville was awful last night. I took it off the DVR.

  • KG

    Why all the Nashville hate?? I freaking love this show!

  • Peter

    Ummm let me see if get this …
    How to live with your parents is cancelled and has a 2.2

    while castle 2.1 , revenge 1.7 , once upon a time 2.2 , middle 2.0 , suburgatoy 1.7, neighbours 1.5 , last man standing 1.6 , dancing with the stars 2.0 got renewed!!!

    wow ABC …

  • Ted Craig

    Ummmm, let’s see. You list three dramas and a reality show. None of those would have been canceled in favor of HTLWYP. You also list a fifth-season comedy. Then there are two Friday night programs and a show being held until mid-season.

    If you want to argue that ABC should have taken a pass on a new comedy and put HTLWYP on Tuesdays at 9:30, that makes sense. But this train of thought is flawed.

  • gerry

    the htlwyp crazy is starting to freak me out, y’all. shows are uncanceled almost never, so i doubt that’s gonna be happening. i only saw an episode and liked it enough but its gone, people.

    i don’t get the nashville hate. the only complaint i can really see about last night’s episode was that it was a bit ‘soapy’ but if you thought a show about two dueling country divas wasn’t going to be a bit soapy, then i’m not sure what i can tell you…..

    the finale was great. last week’s was great as well, and actually might have been better as the finale. but last night was solid. and if abc promotes it right (they should really re-air it through the summer) i could see them growing the audience a bit next year (not to scandal-sized proportions but growth nonetheless).

  • Oliver

    ABC should have renewed HTLWYP.

  • Zach

    Please! Chicago Fire up NBC ratings…
    Nashville as a high lead-in…
    Nashville started humiliating CF, but after six weeks…

  • The End

    Looking at it, the How to Live with your parents cancelation confuses me too. It reached a 1.5 once but has consistently performed in its timeslot. Certainly it’s cheaper to produce than Once, Revenge, Nashville etc.

    How in the world do you kill off a comedy with an average budget that rates higher than some of the stuff that costs ABC more even..

  • CBSviewer

    I wonder for how many years SVU will continue. It gets a 1.6 during its fourteenth season on Wednesday with a big competition. The Show is probably very expensive for NBC but considering New Dramas like Chicago Fire or Revolution can’t get more than a 2.0 now. Next Season Chicago Fire will probably get a boost from The Voice and if the Show is lucky it could beat Person of Interest. Revolution has a loyal fanbase and its new slot on Wednesday at 8 is maybe not bad. Parenthood and Grimm are solid performers even if Parenthood takes a hit on Thursday at 10.
    So if New Shows are hits and SVU fall next season will perhaps be its last.

  • The End

    @I wonder for how many years SVU will continue.

    I give it a few years at most, sooner if the network has something to replace it with.

  • Jelly86

    Both Nashville and Revolution will be this years’ Smash. Both of these shows are horrid and don’t warrant a renewal.

    How To Live With Your Parents was cancelled because it wasn’t funny and was poorly written. If it didn’t follow Modern Family if would be getting a 1.1-1.2 demo. Also, Viewership wasn’t great.

  • The End

    @How To Live With Your Parents was cancelled because it wasn’t funny and was poorly written

    Please don’t try and pass your personal opinion off as fact.

    @If it didn’t follow Modern Family if would be getting a 1.1-1.2 demo.

    In your opinion.

    @ Viewership wasn’t great.


  • CBSviewer

    @ The End

    I give it a few years at most, sooner if the network has something to replace it with.

    As I said Revolution will probably steady at 1.6-1.8 next season and Parenthood will fall to 1.5 on Thursday at 10. NBC needs new hit dramas. The only drama which is certain to be a hit is The Blacklist (mainly because of The Voice). If Ironside and Dracua get high ratings, maybe NBC will give SVU a sixteenth and final season of 16-18 episodes to give it a proper closure and the ending it deserves.

  • gerry

    comparing comedies to dramas is comparing apples to oranges. by that logic, pretty much all comedies are cheaper to produce than dramas so nets would just get rid of dramas altogether.

    @ jelly86 – i have more faith in nashville holding on next year than i do revolution. i think revolution is going to sink at 8pm. i think abc is doing the right thing by keeping nashville steady in its slot so the audience it already has doesn’t have to change nights.

    part of what hurt smash (aside from having the show completely overhauled) is that fans had to wait a year for it to come back and moved on by the time it did. nashville will be back in the fall. it will be fine. but if it stays at its current ratings level and abc has good freshman dramas next year, it could still get canned. but even then it would easily make it through the year before cancellation (or being banished to saturday a la smash).

  • Jazz

    I also don’t get why Long Named Sitcom was cancelled but I never really watched it.

    Nashville was my fun new show in the fall. Despite limitations I gave it a chance as you do with new shows but this spring, I only enjoyed like every 3rd show, if that many. I held out till the end and expected a lot but they pulled out every lame soap trope and threw it in. Too bad because this was a unique show with a lot going for it. They need to focus on the music industry. There’s plenty of drama and interest there, but these soap staples are just not needed or can be used sparingly. Who is likeable on the show? Good or bad? Who is interesting? Who do you want to know about? Who do you care about? Charlotte and Gunnar were my favs for a while. Avery is developing some depth. Good actor from GH. Coleman is awesome and severely underutilized. And you need to see the actor who portrays Rayna’s whiny drip of a husband in bad guy mode. He is fun. The show isn’t. Great music and vibe but not much else to latch on to. Strong performances from HP.

    I doubt they will see the numbers next year.

  • Mark Drei

    Non ratings related question. What is the difference between Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and Masterchef. I think two of them are cooking competitions hosted by the same guy. Can someone explain?

  • Robert Ford

    Most of those are dramas, which is a different category, while DTWTS is a reality show, which don’t follow the rules of scripted programming.

    The Middle is a veteran that leads off the night and until recently had the second-highest comedy ratings while Suburgatory, despite this year’s decline still got good-for-ABC ratings.

    Renewing The Neighbors isn’t really a surprise, since it was a true toss-up based on the ratings and ABC produces it.

    Canceling HTLWYP, which was ABC’s third-highest-rated comedy (and now the second-highest-rated) remains a surprise. Uncanceling it is indeed unlikely, but seriously ABC? Unless you were providing the actors each a private jet, it seems like a dumb move. Though the retentionists and anti-fans will tell you otherwise.

    Hopefully for ABC execs who made the decision the ratings will decline enough in the summer burnoff that they can tell their bosses “see, told you so.”

  • Montecore

    Criminal Minds had a great finale but Law & Order: SVU was just as good.

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