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[05/16/13 - 08:22 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Still the Network to Beat with "American Idol"
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for wednesday, may 15, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

FOX (9.337 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with its penultimate telecast of "American Idol" (11.566 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) this season and night two of the "So You Think You Can Dance" (7.107 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) premiere.

ABC (6.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (6.600 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T7), "Family Tools" (4.513 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12), "Modern Family" (9.745 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1), "How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)" (6.159 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T5) and "Nashville" (5.614 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #9).

Next up was CBS (7.941 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) with repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (3.868 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14) and another "2 Broke Girls" (3.921 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13) (3.921 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) plus a new "Criminal Minds" (10.310 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) and the season finale of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.618 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.334 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) offered up its lineup of "Dateline NBC" (5.778 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.354 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10) and "Chicago Fire" (6.869 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T7).

And finally, the season finales of "Arrow" (2.654 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T15) and "Supernatural" (2.363 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T15) on The CW (2.508 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.6 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 0.7 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+12.90% - Modern Family
+12.50% - Nashville
+9.09% - Family Tools
+5.56% - Chicago Fire
+5.56% - The Middle
+3.57% - American Idol
0.00% - Criminal Minds
0.00% - How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)
0.00% - Arrow
0.00% - Supernatural
-9.09% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
-21.05% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+125.00% - Arrow (vs. America's Next Top Model (Repeat))
+87.50% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
+80.00% - Supernatural (vs. America's Next Top Model)
+11.76% - Chicago Fire (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
0.00% - The Middle
0.00% - How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) (vs. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23)
-10.00% - Nashville (vs. Revenge)
-10.26% - Modern Family
-10.34% - Dateline NBC (vs. Betty White's Off Their Rockers/Betty White's Off Their Rockers)
-28.57% - Criminal Minds
-33.33% - Family Tools (vs. Suburgatory)
-39.58% - American Idol
-42.86% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (vs. Criminal Minds)
-52.08% - So You Think You Can Dance (vs. American Idol)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

* From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.5/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/16/12):

FOX (17.29 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1) dominated the competition on Wednesday thanks to a two-hour "American Idol" (17.29 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1). Said numbers marked the highest-rated telecast so far during the sweeps period among adults 18-49 and its highest total viewers in seven weeks.

CBS (10.39 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) then claimed a distant second place with repeats of "Mike & Molly" (4.46 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11) and "Rules of Engagement" (4.02 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11) followed by the two-hour season finale of "Criminal Minds" (13.47 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3).

Next up was ABC (6.62 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) with a new "The Middle" (6.49 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) - matching its season low, the season finale of "Suburgatory" (5.42 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7) and originals of "Modern Family" (9.30 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.9, #2), "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" (4.84 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4) - also matching its season low - and "Revenge" (6.85 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.53 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up a new "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" (5.11 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10), a second new "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" (5.40 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9), a repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.84 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) and an original "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.50 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8).

And finally, The CW (0.95 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) offered up a repeat of "America's Next Top Model" (0.80 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) followed by an original "America's Next Top Model" (1.10 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Top Model" delivered a 0.5 rating at 8:00/7:00c and a 0.7 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Criminal Minds
+25.00% - America's Next Top Model
9.09% - American Idol
0.00% - The Middle
0.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
-6.25% - Betty White's Off Their Rockers - 8:30
-6.67% - Betty White's Off Their Rockers - 8:00
-9.09% - Revenge
-9.30% - Modern Family
-13.04% - Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
-14.29% - Suburgatory

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Betty White's Off Their Rockers - 8:30 (vs. Minute to Win It)
+40.00% - Betty White's Off Their Rockers - 8:00 (vs. Minute to Win It)
+37.93% - Revenge (vs. Happy Endings (10:00)/Happy Endings (10:30))
+32.08% - Criminal Minds (vs. Criminal Minds/Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior)
0.00% - Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (vs. Cougar Town)
0.00% - Suburgatory (vs. The Middle (Repeat))
-2.50% - Modern Family
-20.83% - The Middle
-33.33% - American Idol
-37.50% - America's Next Top Model
-39.29% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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