TV Ratings Wednesday: 'MasterChef' Steady, 'Healing in the Heartland' Decent, Soft Premieres for 'The American Baking Competition' & 'The Lookout'

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May 30th, 2013

Healing in the Heartland Usher Blake Shelton

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/7 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/7 0.8/3 1.3/5 0.7/3 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.434 6.475 3.511 4.123 5.730 1.290

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49  while NBC  was on top with total viewers.

On FOX, MasterChef earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating even with last week’s premiere.

On NBC, Dateline scored a Wednesday season high with a1.6 up 14 percent from last Wednesday’s 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.  Healing in the Heartlands: Benefit Concert earned a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, the network’s best time period performance since January 9.

On ABC, Family Tools scored a series low 1.0 down 17 percent from a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating for its most recent episode on May 15. How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) earned a series low 1.3 down 38 percent from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. The premiere of The Lookout (formerly known as primetime Nightline) garnered a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating up 10 percent from the premiere of last summer’s Final Witness on June 27, 2012.

On CBS, the premiere of The American Baking Competition earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 23 percent from a 1.3 for the premiere of Dogs In The City on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, ranking as CBS’s lowest rated Wednesday debut ever.



Overnight ratings for Wednesday, May 22, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX MasterChef (8-10PM) 2.2/7 5.43
NBC Dateline 1.6/5 7.09
CBS The American Baking Competition - Series Premiere 1.0/3 5.21
ABC The Middle - R 1.0/4 4.32
CW Arrow - R 0.4/1 1.48
8:30 ABC Family Tools 1.0/3 3.63
9:00 NBC Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert 1.9/6 8.56
ABC Modern Family - R 1.4/4 4.64
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.0/3 5.21
CW Supernatural - r 0.4/1 1.11
9:30 ABC How To Live With Your Parents… 1.3/4 4.01
10:00 CBS CSI - R 1.1/3 6.97
ABC The Lookout - Series Premiere 1.1/3 4.07
NBC Chicago Fire - R 0.9/3 3.77

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," 2.2/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3 with an encore.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • Ram510

    I’m surprised Family Tools hasn’t been under a 1.0 yet. I would’ve figured it hit a .7 by now.


    @FumBuck. FOX wouldn’t put it on their schedule unless a new show REALLY flops or on a Friday. FOX doesn’t have enough space to waste a drama slot for a reality show.

  • Mon

    @Sara Bibel

    Has it really been since January 9? I’m pretty sure SVU got a 1.9 this May following The Voice.

  • Jacobo

    Ouch How to Live really took a dive.

  • Azzman

    HTLWYP did decent against competition–the season is over now…People with lives aren’t inside watching tv! I have no life, so I maintain that the show could’ve done well–hell, put it after LMS on Fridays!

  • Robert Ford

    No, you’re not the only one to think this way, though last night’s episode wasn’t as good as the last few were, which doesn’t bode well for its future ratings.

    1.3 doesn’t *seem* like a bad rating for a summer burnoff (it’s better than a lot of regular-season NBC comedies), but it’s clear ABC already made up their minds. 1.3 won’t make them reconsider. Even beating the MF repeats that lead into it probably wouldn’t make them reconsider.

  • MichaelChickless


  • Robert Ford

    Not surprising, since the regular season is now over. Its in-season low was 1.5, and though I was hoping it could match or excede that, I’m not surprised that it didn’t.

  • Gregg

    I like HLT…

  • Chris

    Should’ve canceled Suburgatory, it did worse behind Modern Family than How to live has done.

  • Rusty

    American Baking Competition was pleasant but boring – I’m glad they didn’t hype a “villian” chef, but nothing interesting about the challenges, the cuisine, the prize (really, $250K and publishing a cookbook isn’t transformative – you need to be able to quit your job, here one of the contestants said “I can work less overtime.”

  • Bryan

    Folks have got to get over How to live being canceled and Suburgatory and The Neighbors being renewed.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Chris – There’s syndication value in Suburgatory and not in How to Live.

  • sara

    Warning to all ABC does not uncancel shows Body of Proof made them money and they cancelled it.I think that network is nuts.Be careful what you watch they have no problem taking your shows away.They hook you in and take it away they have done it to me way to many times.I am done with that network.

  • josh2770

    (on a compleately random topic) Doctor Who will continue till the ends of the earth because since they switch the doctor’s every year they won’t have a problem with one of them asking for too much money it’s the perfect “get rich” scheme!

    and since they really have no compitition and such a big fanbase it will never cancel!!!!! ;)

  • Michael

    I love everything with Chef Gordon. Glad, he continues to succeed!

  • JacobYates

    The 1.5 HTLWYPFTROYL pulled without MF as a lead in was all ABC needed to cancel it. This completely justifies that decision. A 1.3? Neighbors never fell that low without a lead in. That’s just pathetic.

  • josh2770

    sorry every 3 or more years (i forgot about the old doctor’s)

  • Brian

    ABC doesn’t care about their viewers, let alone the over 50 set, so now let them suffer with all their new BOMB shows..millions of people will not tune into their network any longer..especially that group that falls outside their all holy Demo of 18-49 with the cancellation of Body Of Proof that would have been a perfect summer show next season..10 million viewers are gone !

  • harry

    To Jacobyates and all haters.

    have u noticed that after THE VOICE HUGE LEAD IN 5.0 nbc comedies did a mere 1.6-.1.7? HAVE U ALSO noticed Modern family barely got a 3.2-3.7 rating lately and not a 5.0 that neighbors had as lead in?

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