TV Ratings Wednesday: 'MasterChef' & 'American Baking Competition' Steady; 'How to Live With Your Parents' & 'Family Tools' Hit Lows

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June 6th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/7 1.4/4 1.1/3 1.1/3 0.9/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/8 1.3/5 0.7/3 0.6/2 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.377 3.638 3.892 5.320 4.297 1.224

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49  and with total viewers.

On FOX, MasterChef earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating from 8-10PM, down a tenth from last week's 2.3.

On NBC, Dateline scored a 1.1, down four tenths from last Wednesday’s 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Family Tools hit a new series low with a 0.9, down a tenth from last week's series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) earned a series low 1.3, down a tenth from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. The Lookout matched last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, The American Baking Competition was flat with last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.



Overnight ratings for Wednesday, June 5, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Masterchef (8-10PM) 2.2 7 5.37
NBC Dateline NBC 1.1 4 5.20
ABC The Middle -R 1.0 4 4.08
CBS The American Baking Competition 1.0 4 4.62
CW Arrow -R 0.4 1 1.38
8:30PM ABC Family Tools 0.9 3 3.43
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family -R 1.3 4 4.46
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.0 3 5.01
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 1.0 3 4.73
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 1.06
9:30PM ABC How to Live With Your Parents 1.3 4 3.79
10:00PM CBS CSI -R 1.3 4 6.33
ABC The Lookout 1.1 3 3.79
NBC Chicago Fire -R 0.7 2 2.96

via press note:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.4/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5 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; "Late Show," 0.6/3; 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 1.3/4 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" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 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 and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Andrew

    ^^ Nice one Dennis!

    Master Chef is doing well for any season, especially summer! It ties and sometimes beats Hell’s Kitchen. Masterchef will be the #2 or #3 show of the summer on broadcast TV depending on how well Under The Dome does.

  • Anon

    @ Robert Ford

    Following your train of thought, I could argue that Family Tools retained 90% of its lead-in.

    Just sayin’.

  • toons

    how to live is just a nice little show that didnt stand out and was not going to draw much attention… suburgatory and neighbors have a fun unique quality to them… as for neighbors… i dont get the weird hatred level for it by some… i’ve seen a number of them with friends and it’s a lot of fun… great actors and characters.. i never saw the pilot which seems to have rubbed some the wrong way… but it stands out which is something that helps sell the show later down the road… that’s something “how to live” doesnt have… i think it didnt help casting all these actors from other shows… makes it feel like we’ve seen it before… neighbors on the other hand is filled with a lot of fresh faces…

  • Cj morton

    Well ya, no one wants to watch already cancelled shows!!

  • Rachor Samien

    CSI is a beast. Woow better than Criminal Minds, Modern Family ,doubles the Chicago Fire

  • Anon

    FWIW, the Shockwave plugin on this page is crashing. The ads have run amok.

  • Joseph A

    I like Master Chef , and I like The American Baking Competition , still wish the CBS show was not going head to head vs the FOX product.

  • AJ

    God, you people!!

    You people saying “How to FLOP with your parents” and “good for ABC for cancelling it” and stuff like that don’t seem to understand…

    Why would anyone watch a show that has already been cancelled??

    I quite liked it and I watched it earlier in the season, but I have stopped watching since the cancellation announcement. Why would anyone get emotionally invested in a show already cancelled? You can’t compare.

  • vcoolwater


    I still watch shows even after they were cancelled. Most of time I want to enjoy the remaining episodes. Also if it is a drama, I do it to get closure.

    Heck I watched Emily Owens when I knew it was cancelled. I will watch 666 Park Avenue later this month.

  • peter

    fox should try moving masterchef to the fall

  • AJ


    Maybe you do, but I dont think it’s fair for people to compare the ratings of a post-cancelled show to a pre-cancelled one.

  • Nifty

    Really, anyone calling HTLWYP a flop is ridiculous. It’s airing new episodes in the summer, has already been cancelled, and probably gets little to no advertising. Not only that, but it’s demo retained MF’s number and tied for the second best of the night. If it was getting these rating in the regular season after MF, then yeah, it would be bad, but that’s not the situation.

    And people really need to stop adding FLOP to titles, it sounds stupid and I’m guessing you’re not all lonely middle schoolers trying to get attention.

  • serendipity’s last stand

    I realize weds always sux tv wise but could they at least put something on in the on weds. Jeez there’s nothing to watch. I guess I will watch trueblood repeats all summer on weds night.:-P

  • serendipity’s last stand

    On in the fall I mean. Damn teeny keyboard.

  • Melanie P.

    Glad to see the American Baking Competition holding steady. I have been enjoying it. Jeff Foxworthy as a host is sort of a strange choice considering he’s not a chef or has his own show on the Food Network, but I think he has been doing a pretty good job.

  • r0ckmypants

    @AJ – How many TV viewers even know How to Live was canceled? It’s still airing new episodes, so for all many (dare I say most?) average viewers know, it hasn’t been canceled until it doesn’t return in the fall or at midseason.

  • AJ


    Even if some people don’t know it was cancelled, if you take the show’s already modest then add the normal summertime viewer drop-off with the post-cancellation viewer drop off, I think the How to Live numbers are perfectly understandable.

    The highest rated show last night only had a 2.2 which during the regular season would be mediocre at least, so all expectations should fall in the summertime, especially a show already cancelled.

  • Robert Ford

    The difference is that HTLWYP also had great overall ratings in the regular season and still has respectable ratings for the summer season, even before you consider, as AJ pointed out, the Firefly Effect (why watch a show that was already canceled).

    The retentionists counter the first by citing low retention, and the second by claiming that 100% retention merely proves the show has no audience of its own.

  • Dan

    If How to Live was produced by ABC it would have been renewed. Being owned by FOX, ABC getsno benefits out of a renewal.

  • Dan

    Another reason why How to Live was dropped seemed to be the confidence and overhaul of new comedies by all networks this fall the most in years. 4 new comedies in the fall by CBS, 3 by FOX, 4 by ABC, and 3 by NBC and only The Neighbors and The Mindy Project renewed from this season. ABC chose launching new comedies over relaunching stale midseason comedies like How to Live which most viewers would probably forget by this fall.

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