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

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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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  • Joseph A

    I liked The American Baking Competition , but really wish CBS had not put it up against Master Chef ,

  • The End

    @Joseph A

    This is CBS we’re talking about though, the show did well in Total viewers, but like with most things on CBS, it skews really, really, really realllllly old.

    I don’t think it would of done that much better on another slot.

  • josh2770

    @the end

    you speak the truth,thank you!

  • The End


    I always do, and no problem.

    But yeah, Matt Smith is a decent Doctor and I think because of his age he has a few years left in him on this show, he clearly enjoys making it and he’l probably be the longest running Doctor in the ‘new’ edition of Doctor Who.

    By the way, he came out recently and confirmed to the fans and press that he’s in the next season as people were wondering. The whole arc thing they set up at the end of the season was a way for them to have multiple Doctors in the 50th anniversary special, they were never planning to kill him off or anything in it.

    It’l be nice to see David Tennant back, I thought he left the show far too early personally, he still had at least another season or two left in him.

  • Jon

    When does Unforgettable return? That and Under the Dome are the only CBS shows worth watching this Summer.

  • K


    How so? Baking show has judges, all the contestants are around to see who is eliminated, bottom rated 3 bakers, sounds a little like Masterchef, which is also held in other countries as well,(England and France to name 2)

    Last season of MC was really good. Christine won, because she was really good, not taking anything away from the young black chef. As for the judges, just about everyone knows about Chef Ramsey and how he is, and Joe does not hide that he can be tough, and rarely shows a softer side. Graham is the one who comes across as the one that is not as hard on the chefs as Gordon and Joe. MC is still very good and the ratings are showing that.

  • Pavelsauce

    Unforgettable returns Sunday, July 28 at 9:00 ET.

  • josh2770

    @the end

    i personally always liked Tennant the best IMO,him and Smith were the best doctors!

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