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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  • #BitterGuyMightPointOut

    Malibu Country finale scored a million viewers more than Nashville and pulled a 1.7 to Nashville’s 1.9, while airing on a Friday. Just sayin’…

  • The End

    @Mark Drei

    Hells Kitchen is basically a reality show. Kitchen Nightmares is Ramsey visiting failing restaurants and helping them turn things around, and Masterchef, do I need to explain that? lol


    I would like to think Revolution would hit those numbers, certainly it would get a third season with those numbers even, and perhaps a better timeslot, likely a Friday to get it to syndication, with 4 seasons being all the show gets.

    I agree with your other predictions, though I have to wonder about SVU, certainly when the CSI spinoffs did poorly they didn’t get final seasons even, they were just ended. Can’t help but feel disappointed for both shows, they made the network money but didn’t perform, thus were cancelled, it’s a ruthless industry..

  • Maria


    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.

    The focus wasn’t on Blake, the unsub’s pet-peeve was with Strauss to begin with, the FBI as a whole, and the BAU in particular. Blake being transferred to the BAU was his trigger, but only because while BOTH have suffered the same fate at the hands of Strauss all those years ago, Blake was accepted in the unit while he was not!

    Have just seen the episode, and there is more focus on Strauss, dead and all, Rossi and even Hotch, than in anyone else. Messer, on the other hand, is able (not always does!) to give us episodes like this one, where the unsub is barely there, but the team is in nearly every scene doing what they do best. She’s able too to write some of the better scenes for the more complex characters this show has, Hotch and Rossi.

    Not saying you’ve to like it, at all, but giving reasons against something when the facts used aren’t the correct ones, won’t help.

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

    She too said that if nobody watched, they’ll be forced to re-write the episode and all could be then flowers and fun (misquoting her, but the gist is there).

    Kirsten has said repeatedly that she, like Garcia, deals a bit badly with the themes the show touches on a weekly basis, that they scare her easily; having someone murdered from the “family” won’t ever be her cup of choice.

    And of course, she was laughing while explaining that, just after signing her new contract… ;)

  • Ted Craig

    I will say this about HTLWYP: canceling the show will look like a mistake if that Rebel Wilson show is as horrible as it seems in the trailer. Also, I liked Trophy Wife better when Dermot Mulroney played the Bradley Whitford part.

  • Ted Craig


    What are you saying? That they should have retooled Malibu Country as a one-hour drama? Because otherwise you have no point.

  • gerry

    trophy wife looks promising. why they aren’t pairing that with MF is beyond me.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Mark Drei

    I think two of them are cooking competitions hosted by the same guy.

    All three are hosted by Gordon Ramsay. And yes Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef are cooking competitions.

    What is the difference between Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and MasterChef.

    First in Kitchen Nightmares, Ramsay tries to help restaurant’s owners to revive their business.
    Hell’s Kitchen is what we can call a basic cooking competition. Ramsay eliminates contestants until there is only one left. MasterChef has more challenges and, in the beginning, one hundred contestants are chosen to cook their signature dish for three judges.

  • Rebecca

    Yeah, I like the look of Trophy Wife – I’ll be watching because of Bradley Whitford.

  • disney rocks

    Heres what nbc should do midseason 2013-14 season-


    7- dateline
    8- Crossbones
    9- Reality Filler (too crowded and too much cable competition for a new drama)
    10- Crisis




    8- 2 NEW sitcoms


    8- Night Shift (January/March; 10 episodes) Revolution (Spring; March-may)
    9- SVU/CF (march-may)- launching pad for CPD
    10- Ironside (if this does okay in fall then it can run through end of january with 18 episodes); Chicago PD (March-May)


    SAME, new comedies (undateable) and commniyy filling in for dead ones.


    8- dateline
    9- grimm
    10- RERUNS (January); SVU (march-mayl final season)

  • gerry

    @ rebecca

    i love whitford. (more than dermot but i like him as well.) it just seems like it would pair well with MF so i don’t understand them throwing on tuesday to fend for itself.

  • Ted Craig


    I was kidding. The show just reminds me of The Fancyman arc on The New Girl.

  • The End

    @Hell’s Kitchen is what we can call a basic cooking competition.

    My bad, forgot to add that to my response to him too, good job there though. I see the show more as a reality show with cooking elements.

  • SMG4E

    Go Nashville! Such an amazing, quality show.

  • PurpleDrazi


    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.

    You say that like it’s a bad thing but considering that the numbers are actually UP from last weeks episode I’m pretty sure it’s not.

  • Debra

    @ Maria

    Oh I am not at all trying to imply that I didn’t like it. I liked it a lot.
    In fact I liked it so much better than last year’s 2 hour season finale.

    Rightly or wrongly I guess I was just trying to come up with a reason for why the finale didn’t do better in the ratings.

    Of course now if I really want to be ridiculous I could make the claim that the finale got those numbers, bc CM killed Reid’s girlfriend.

    Just to make it clear I don’t believe that is the reason for it, but there is a former fan who is claiming CM’s drop in the ratings is bc of the episode Zugzwang.

  • Debra

    @ PurpleDrazi

    Yes I did notice it was up from last week and I am very happy about it.

    I was more or less comparing it to last year’s season finale’s ratings.

    For me personally I thought this year’s season finale was way better than season 7. In fact I did not like the season 7 finale at all.

  • Rebecca

    Well, maybe it’ll move around on the schedule a bit. Last fall I had a ton of shows on Tuesdays and they didn’t all stay there through the whole season. This fall I STILL have a ton of shows on Tuesdays.
    I really like HTLWYP….so, just to do my part (and feel like I did something no matter how small and even though nothing could come from it) I emailed ABC from their website and begged them to reconsider, lol. They could keep it around as a mid-season replacement if everyone from the show was available. Elizabeth Perkins cracks me up. I bet a small fraction (I won’t say “most”) of the new shows coming this fall won’t be as entertaining as HTL.

  • Charmed

    Unrelated, but apparently Body Of Proof won’t be moving to a cable network :(

  • Maria


    Glad you liked it so much, I did too! :D

    Been checking the numbers, and before knowing if there’s any kind of adjustment, right now this finale has done a bit better than last year if you compare the season finale numbers with the premiere ones (2.7 & 3.1 vs 3.6 & 4.1); small difference, but on par with every spring.

  • Peter

    Pathetic ratings for the Middle

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