9:14am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: May Sweep Sees More Lows, 'Family Tools' Gets Soft Start
Fast National returns have American Idol dropping half of a point from last week's Wednesday showing. The two-hour performance show was at an all-time Wednesday low of a 2.8 rating among the key adults 18-to-49 demographic and 11.1 million viewers.
Dips continued on CBS, where all three of its nightly offerings were down for series lows. Survivor (2.3 rating in 18-to-49), Criminal Minds (2.3) and CSI (1.8) were all down six tenths of a point from their most recent originals. The network averaged a 2.2 rating in 18-to-49 and 9.4 million viewers.
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An even episode of The Middle (2.0) led into the premiere of Family Tools (1.5). It marks the lowest-rated comedy debut ever for ABC, falling two tenths of a point south of the most recent time-slot offering of Suburgatory. Modern Family (3.5 ) was off three tenths of a point from its most recent original, and How to Live With Your Parents (2.2) jumped seven tenths with the return of its lead-in. Nashville (1.7) lost only a tenth of a point from its most recent original, tying NBC's Chicago Fire. ABC averaged a 2.1 and 6.6 million viewers.
The Voice (1.6) had a special clip show leading into a softer Law & Order: SVU (1.5). The drama was down four tenths of a point, while Chicago Fire (1.7) rose by a tenth of a point. NBC averaged a 1.6 rating and 5.9 million viewers.
Arrow (0.9) and Supernatural (0.9) were both down by a tenth of a point on The CW, giving the network an average 0.9 rating in the demo and 2.5 million viewers.
Univision averaged a 1.4 rating and 3.4 million viewers.