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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  • Buddy

    I would be genuinely interested in a TVbythenumbers.com article about the cancellation of How to Live with Your Parents. It seems to me that the show has performed well (though never at pace with its huge lead-in). I know it is produced by FOX, which hurt it against The Neighbors (ABC Studios). But really, a show with HWLWYP’s reasonable numbers (and high demand sitcom stars Brad Garrett and Elizabeth Perkins) seems due a second chance.

  • The End

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

    It never was anyway. It’s best to not listen to delusional fans trying to get peoples hopes up. The moment it was canceled was the moment it died officially.

    Too much nonsense is spouted about dead shows that it’s misleading and gets peoples hopes up for nothing. Which is kinda bad to be honest.

  • lostboy

    Are you 100% positive Revolution and Nashville will be this years SMASH.
    REVENGE was suppose to be a huge hit for abc. Revenge finished with what 1.8 for the FINALE
    Scandal came out of nowhere and became top dog. Who thought Grimm would get a S2 now S3. I watched SMASH S1 it was actuall not horrible. SMASH S2 was not so interesting. I think QUAT is the worse show on tv others love it, S1 great ratings S2 not so good. Revolution and Nashville have very loyal fans they will come back to watch their horrible awful shows that is a gurantee.

  • BenA


    ==rolls eyes==

    It’s finale matched last year’s ratings

  • Charmed

    @The End, I didn’t listen to delusional fans, it was reported on Deadline.

  • The End


    Ah alright, sorry. I’ve seen a few people speaking about liking Facebook pages to get the show renewed, and other stuff and thought perhaps that was what you were talking about.

    Just read the article you mentioned and it seems more like speculative journalism to me.

  • Samuel

    Very nice for Criminal Minds. It’s a show that skews a little older, but it still has the power to pull in a nice demo for CBS.

  • SB

    Criminal Minds finale was the #4 drama finale on network television. Again with no lead in and steeper competition. #1 NCIS, #2 Scandal, #3 Gray’s and CM is number 4. CM 2.7 (so far), NCIS LA 2.5, POI 2.4. I know it is down from last year but I think it is a strong performance considering this year’s numbers all around. BTW I thought the finale was terrific.

  • Blue Sunflower

    Wow, Criminal Minds couldn’t even muster a solid number in the 11 millions.
    And aw, looks like Debra tried to take a swipe at me and missed epically. Like killing off Reid’s girlfriend was ever the point, as opposed to the more realistic reason as to why CM’s had such an out of character drop for the second half of the season: viewers are tired of the unrealistic, overused, over-the-top storyline decisions. If anything, the Maeve storyline was just another drop in the overfilled bucket of the already annoyed viewer. That’s certainly been the main point of all the comments I’ve read about why people say they are no longer watching live.
    But hey, I guess Debra’s comment about Blake being the focus – which no one would know about prior to tuning in BTW (as opposed to all the on air ads about yet ANOTHER death) – being the reason why viewers didn’t come back is equally plausible. Not.
    No matter what, you can’t deny the numbers. A one million change in the first half of the season (where they go up) to a two and a half million change the second half (where they go down) clearly indicates the onve steady CM is no having a problem. Series lows during May sweeps leading up to a finale is not a good thing.

  • Blue Sunflower

    @SB – Criminal Minds is the lead out. It doesn’t (and shouldn’t) require a lead-in. It stands on its iwn, with its own audience.

  • DAN

    Nashville is so consistent and it will definitely grow next season. It’s going to last many years so you haters need to deal with it. Cant wait for next season!

  • Survivor Fan

    Where are the finals?

  • Justin121

    Amazing that Nashville started the season with a 2.0 and is ending at 1.9.

    I’ve never seen any show this steady the entire time I followed ratings.

    Especially freshman shows.

  • sidney

    I’m glad CBS advised Messer to do away with the cliffhanger idea this season. Now CBS/ABC can choose not to exercise Tripplehorn’s option and send her and that dull, dreary Blake character packing. They also need to get rid of the awful Beth and hit the reset button. Bellamy Young maybe good for Scandal but she’s bad news for CM. Bring Paget Brewster back and I’ll put money on the ratings increasing. They have two bad characters many fans don’t like who have devalued the show. I like to see the “real” team back together for the next couple of seasons, which could be the last, but I hope not.

  • ABCFanatic2013

    Yeah Nashville!

  • Brian

    Nashville will die fast next season..such a Horrible show!

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