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Wednesday Final Ratings: 'MasterChef', 'Modern Family', 'Criminal Minds' & 'Law & Order: SVU' Adjusted Up; 'How To Live With Your Parents' Adjusted Down

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May 23rd, 2013

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Both hours of MasterChef, Modern Family, Criminal Minds and Law & Order: SVU were each adjusted up a tenth among adults 18-49 while How To Live With Your Parents... was adjusted down a tenth versus the preliminary Wednesday broadcast ratings.

Want to know why adjustments occur to the preliminary ratings? Read this.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Wednesday, May 22, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX MasterChef - Season Premiere 2.1/7 5.30
ABC The Middle - Season Finale 2.0/7 7.70
NBC Dateline 1.4/5 6.20
CBS Two and Half Men - R 1.1/4 5.17
CW Love Happens (8-10PM) 0.3/1 1.02
8:30 ABC Modern Family - R 1.6/5 5.68
CBS Mike and Molly - R 1.2/4 5.40
9:00 ABC Modern Family - Season Finale (9-9:31PM) 3.7/11 10.01
CBS Criminal Minds (9-11PM) - Season Finale 2.8/8 11.01
FOX MasterChef 2.3/6 5.48
NBC Law & Order: SVU - Season Finale 1.7/5 6.66
9:30 ABC How To Live With Your Parents… (9:31-10PM) 2.1/6 6.26
10:00 ABC Nashville - Season Finale 1.9/5 6.02
NBC Chicago Fire - Season Finale 1.7/5 6.13

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • JJF

    CM apologists? Did I read that right? lol

    Look, nobody’s arguing CM’s decrease. But really, who the heck cares? At this stage, most of us agree that it’s closer to the end of it’s life than the beginning. For a show that has had a fairly stable cast, all things considered (and minus the season 6 debacle). The ratings are still very good, and comparatively, it’s still one of CBS’ top drama performers. And that is all that really matters. Who cares it’s not NCIS. We’re not asking it to be. Right now, the ratings are probably good enough to fuel another 2 seasons. And if CM can run 10 seasons, that’s a fairly strong run even by CBS procedural standards.

  • rob60990

    Are you guys going to post the network averages? Deadline has them.

  • rob60990

    I mean averages of each network tv show.

  • bluejays

    Those numbers for Criminal Minds finale show just how weak Elementary is that it barely cracked a 2 despite having the coveted 9pm Thursday slot and a two hour finale same as Criminal Minds.

  • Bri

    @BlueSunflower

    “You may want to tote the “#2? but the fact remains CBS works on money, not ratings.”

    Yes speaking of money CBS makes money on CM from ads, domestic syndication and DVD sales. CBS makes more money off CM then POI( produced by another studio and CBS pays a fee to show episodes). ABC makes money out of CM from the international sales of CM.

    “And if I were CBS, looking at a show where it takes at least two commercial breaks just to pay for all the salaries of the 100+ people who work on it, plus all the other costs CBS now pays for an 8 year show, I’d take a good hard look at a show where a first-run episode makes very little profit. Particularly when said show already has 8 years of episodes I can sell to syndication that would be nearly 100% profit.”

    CBS must think they are making a big profit because they did renew CM for another season, they must like the ratings/money CM bring because it was not moved from its timeslot despite facing years after years ABC and FOX biggest shows and that is without having a big hit to prop it.

    “And oh yeah, definitely if any of that profit has to be split with another production studio (in this case, ABC Studios), because CBS doesn’t own the show outright.”

    None of the domestic profit is shared with ABC, ABC makes its money out of the international sales. ABC must think they are making a good enough profit as it did sign the cast to a two years deal ( Yes ABC pays the cast NOT CBS according CM producer Harry Bring)

  • bluejays

    Criminal Minds will end up having a ten or so season run. Pretty good going in this day and age where most new shows don’t even get past season one or two! It will probably be one of the last really long running procedurals along with NCIS and shows like SVU. Older shows consistently do better than new shows and even those new shows that manage to survive their first or second seasons tend not to be doing at all well compared with older well established shows.

    CM’s performance is more than ‘okay’. And I don’t watch the show personally anymore so have no iron in the fire as it were.

  • Bri

    @JJF

    “CM apologists? Did I read that right? lol

    Look, nobody’s arguing CM’s decrease. But really, who the heck cares? At this stage, most of us agree that it’s closer to the end of it’s life than the beginning. For a show that has had a fairly stable cast, all things considered (and minus the season 6 debacle). The ratings are still very good, and comparatively, it’s still one of CBS’ top drama performers. And that is all that really matters. Who cares it’s not NCIS. We’re not asking it to be. Right now, the ratings are probably good enough to fuel another 2 seasons. And if CM can run 10 seasons, that’s a fairly strong run even by CBS procedural standards.”

    Exactly! How many shows can brag they got over 200 episodes or a 10 years run (The showrunner and Shemar Moore seems to be convinced CM will be back for a season 10)?

    No CM is not NCIS, it never was and never came close but CBS is happy with it. CM does well against Idol/Xfactor, Modern family and SVU and that is all CBS want, do well and bring a profit. Make no mistakes if CBS had not been happy, CM would be history by now.

  • Rebecca

    Sue Heck, the sister character on The Middle, has to be probably the bravest girl character in prime time. Those scenes where she was bidding goodbye to her school bus mates over and over again, giving them treats – I don’t care about all the female doctors and spies on tv today; that middle kid Sue Heck has got GUTS. And Eden Sher, who plays her, deserves an Emmy some time soon.

  • CBSviewer

    Why people are only talking about Criminal Minds ? It is still one of the strongest Drama on CBS and it airs on Wednesday which is very tough. CBS wants to keep it as long as they can. Considering CBS dramas are falling, if Criminal Minds can hold a 2.3-2.7 it will be Renewed.
    Comparing it with TV’s #1 Show (NCIS) is stupid because Criminal Minds is very different and can’t be watched by everyone. Some episodes are very dark while NCIS is more a Family drama.

  • JJF

    BTW, love that CM cast pic. haha :P

    I think to really down CM’s ratings still is really indicative of not paying attention. I’ve heard the “it takes 2 commercials to pay the cast” thing for over 2 seasons now. Clearly, it’s not an issue yet. And wouldn’t that be the case for most shows on CBS anyway? CM’s still doing well enough.

  • gregg

    wow Glad to see Nashville beat CF, im opposite of “jay”. i started watching CF, but found it boring. But enjoyed Nashville. Of course i like country music. But in reality, nashville is much better production than CF

  • Andrew

    I forgot to DVR Master Chef. Master Chef did really well last night and did even better in the second hour. I will set my DVR to record Master Chef next week, and will try to catch this weeks episode online (hopefully Fox doesn’t make me wait 8 days). Did Hell’s Kitchen air an episode this week btw? I didn’t see it on my DVR and have yet to see the final.

  • Pavelsauce

    @Rebecca
    Agreed. She is a great character, and I loved the season finale. So hilarious! :)

    The SVU season finale…just wow. The criminal was nothing but evil, all the acting and dialogue were awesome, and the ending is a must-see.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Out of curiosity, how many shows are on now that have 6 or more seasons? (Not counting ones from this year that were canceled)

    NCIS, SVU, CM, Grey’s Anatomy….

  • Pavelsauce

    @PurpleDrazi
    I’m assuming you’re only counting scripted shows. If so, I can add TBBT, TAAHM, HIMYM, American Dad, and The Simpsons.

  • Pavelsauce

    Also, FG, Bones, and SPN.

  • Jen

    @PurpleDazi

    There’s also CSI

  • Sal

    Yay Nashville! Hope they continue shooting the series in Nashville…

  • Melanie P.

    Have to laugh at those dissing CF because its season finale finished lower than Nashville! Comparing the two shows is like apples and oranges. Some like the soapy drama like Nashville provides and others like the action on Chicago Fire. Besides they have both been renewed next season and will be on opposite nights anyways. All the fans should just be happy they are both getting a second season. So IMO, everybody wins. :)

  • Mike

    Chicago Fire only managed a 1.7 for it’s season finale? Ouch.

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