Wednesday Final Ratings: 'MasterChef' & 'How to Live With Your Parents' Adjusted Up; 'Dateline' Adjusted' Down

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May 30th, 2013

MasterChef May 29

Both hours of MasterChef and How To Live With Your Parents were each adjusted up a tenth while Dateline was adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 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 29, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX MasterChef 2.1/7 5.28
NBC Dateline 1.5/5 6.77
CBS The American Baking Competition - Series Premiere 1.0/3 5.11
ABC The Middle - R 1.0/4 4.23
CW Arrow - R 0.4/1 1.37
8:30 ABC Family Tools 1.0/3 3.66
9:00 FOX MasterChef 2.5/7 5.87
NBC Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert 1.9/5 8.40
ABC Modern Family - R (9-9:31PM) 1.4/4 4.74
CBS Criminal Minds - R 0.9/3 5.19
CW Supernatural - R 0.4/1 0.95
9:30 ABC How To Live With Your Parents… (9:31-10PM) 1.4/4 4.12
10:00 CBS CSI - R 1.2/3 7.17
ABC The Lookout - Series Premiere 1.1/3 4.14
NBC Chicago Fire - R 0.8/2 3.36

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

  • sam

    How to live with your parents doing well….sort of suprised by the cancelation but abc must have faith in its new comedies.

  • Rebecca

    HTL cracks me up…Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett are awesome. I wish it would be on longer than through the rest of June.

  • CBSviewer

    CSI is a monster. A repeat rates higher than an original of Blue Bloods. It’s far to be dead.

  • harry

    How to live with your parents is awesome and the cast (except the ex) could have a lot of funny times to offer in the future. this is what i feel sad about , not having the chance to see them in all kind of crazy storylines and i will miss this show.. abc i hope ur “super fun night “next year to hit all time lows in the post modern family slot.

  • Tony JJ

    I don’t watch How to Live, so this is strictly an opinion coming from a third person. ABC should’ve renewed it. It has marketable familiar stars and is a family comedy that fits well with ABC’s other comedies, where as Happy Endings, Cougar Town, and Apt. 23 were adult-ish type comedies where they didn’t fit with their other comedies. How to Live probably could’ve grew to become a stable performer, but the show was probably too expensive (with the cast) and coming from an outsider studio, they didn’t have any incentives to bet on it when their new fall comedies could do better.

  • The End

    @sort of suprised by the cancelation

    Not that surprising when you look at the fact the show collapses when Modern Family isn’t airing new episodes. Cost doesn’t even come into it.

  • Joseph A

    Master Chef cut the correct contestants in the last episode , and after the shaky earlier episodes I was not thinking that would be the case ,
    That said , Master Chef is a show I really like , though not crazy about the suspense pauses, and wish they would show us all of the contestants dishes during a final elimination ,,
    The other cooking show ,,
    The American Baking Competition , I really like this , BUT , strongly wish they would move this to another time slot , or another day so it did not go head to head with MasterChef , I think that the show would get a decent up tick in the Demo if it were not against MasterChef ,

  • Robert Ford

    @The End
    The Neighbors was down to a 1.4 in the regular season on March 14 and 21, before ticking up to a 1.5 for the finale, between a 1.8 and 3.2 for The Middle and Modern family respectively. It did however slightly excede its Middle repeat lead ins on those dates by .2 and .1. If HTLWYP manages to do the same in the coming weeks with MF (a much more successful show than the Middle, though of course summer ratings are lower across the board), would you suggest that ABC made a mistake?

    Or would you continue to insist that summer burn-off ratings on the mid 1’s are unacceptable (even if they’re totally acceptable for the Neighbors in the regular season)?

  • Nick

    CBS makes smart moves during the season, yet is so STUPID in the summer! I don’t get it. They have a ratings powerhouse (by summer standards), Big Brother. And then they premiere 3 new shows (Brooklyn DA, The American Baking Competition, and Under the Dome) out alone on islands, while Unforgettable gets the cushy post-BB slot. Brooklyn DA and The ABC both premiere with a 1.0. Both actually had some buzz around them, but that was squandered. What will Under the Dome premiere to? 1.5? 1.3? Maybe another 1.0 will bring them to their senses. *shakes head*

  • The End

    @Robert Ford

    The Neighbors performed reasonably well without Modern Family as a lead in for a short time and because of that, if they had to choose between one or the other, they clearly went with what they believe will succeed.

    I have nothing against HTLWYP I just don’t think a show thats entirely lead in dependent would have much of a future on ABC, and clearly ABC thought the same. They can’t just have it after Modern Family every year.

    If they renewed it and placed in another timeslot, it may just collapse entirely and be the next Don’t Trust the B and burnt off.

  • thesnowleopard

    I bet the CW was pleased to see two 0.4s for repeats going into the summer, especially after the rough time it had with ratings last summer for original episodes.

  • Robert Ford

    I don’t see any reason to assume that HTLWYP would have remained lead-in dependent.
    HTLWYP didn’t have all that much time to build an audience before ABC aired several episodes among repeats, then ABC canceled it and is burning the rest of the episodes off in the summer, which gets correspondingly low ratings. Despite this, its low point in the summer is so far the same as The Neighbors’ low point. It will probably fall further, because it’s the summer, but if it doesn’t, particularly if it matches the Neighbors improvement on lead-in repeats, that would seem to argue that it had a squandered potential to build.

    As another poster mentioned, Cougar Town, Happy Endings, and Apt 23 were all shows oriented at young singles, whereas HTLWYP is aimed at families. HE and A23 also had considerably lower retention than MF has, which if anything suggests that there’s a ceiling to retention for any show premiering after Modern Family.

    Admittely, the first few episodes were nothing that would inspire loyalty, and the show didn’t seem to build much of a fanbase in that time. However on most networks a show that got the ratings HTLWYP did, relative to the rest of its line-up would be given a chance to build an audience, strong lead-in or not.

    Incidentally, how many people do you think hold off on watching a spring-premier show until they’re certain they’re not getting invested in somthing that’s about to be canceled? (Google “Firefly Effect.”)


    @TheEnd. The Neigbors never really had a big audience, even from beginning, when it was moved from the post modern Family slot, it fell. I don’t see it finding an audience on Friday. On another note, Modern Family has a horrible track record with premiering comedy’s after it. They all get cancelled in a season or 2

  • Andrew

    Fox is getting rewarded for airing one of Gordon Ramsey’s shows in the Summer. Getting above a 2 in the Summer is impressive, and growing from a 2.1 to a 2.5 in the next episode is even more impressive. The show must be pretty good if it is gaining viewers in the 2nd hour. I forgot to DVR Masterchef last week so I’m going to watch the first two episodes when they are released online today and then I’m going to watch the episodes I DVRed from last night and then I’ll be caught up for next week.

    On another note CBS was dumb for airing The American Baking Competition at the same time as Masterchef and it shows with their 1.0 rating.

  • Theisssuesarenow

    If dome gets 7-10 million viewers it’s all good

  • josh2770

    @the end

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

  • John A

    How To Live Got a 1.4 thats why its dead. Lol people acting like it got a 3.0 or something. Look what happened to Dont trust bitches last season it was a big flop when moved from its cushy lead in.

  • Dan

    King Ramsey!!!

  • Ted Craig

    HTLYWYP was canceled in favor of Super Fun Night, Trophy Wife and The Goldbergs. The decision had nothing to do with The Neighbors. Now, if one of these shows fails next season, I will gladly join the “should have renewed HTLWYP” chorus. And frankly, I could see all of them failing (especially SFN).

  • Ted Craig


    You mean the second episode?

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