TV ratings: 'Criminal Minds' finale leads CBS to Wednesday victory, 'Nashville' up for ABC

criminal-minds-s8-finale-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The 2012-13 TV season (as measured by Nielsen) ended with a CBS victory, thanks to the two-hour season finale of "Criminal Minds."

The crime drama was off significantly from last year's finale, but it did improve a little on its numbers from a week ago. The season finales of "The Middle," "Modern Family" and "Nashville" were all up a bit for ABC. "Law & Order: SVU" ticked up with its finale on NBC, but "Chicago Fire" slipped from last week. "Masterchef" opened its season to decent ratings on FOX.

CBS finished the night with just under 9 million viewers and a 5.8 rating/10 share in households. ABC (6.9 million, 4.5/7) came in second, a little bit ahead of NBC (6.3 million, 4.4/7). FOX took fourth with 5.2 million viewers and a 3.2/5. The CW drew 1.1 million viewers and a 0.8/1.

ABC and CBS tied for the lead among adults 18-49, with each posting a 2.2 rating in the demographic. FOX was right behind with a 2.1. NBC delivered a 1.6 and The CW a 0.3.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC:
"The Middle" season finale (7.5 million viewers, 4.8/9 households)/"Modern Family" rerun (5.6 million, 3.7/6)
NBC: "Dateline" (6.2 million, 4.4/8)
CBS: "Two and a Half Men" rerun (5.3 million, 3.5/6)/"Mike & Molly" rerun (5.4 million, 3.5/6)
FOX: "Masterchef" season premiere (5.1 million, 3.1/5)
The CW: Movie - "Love Happens" (1.2 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: "The Middle" and "Masterchef" tied at 2.0

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Criminal Minds" season finale (10.6 million, 6.8/11)
ABC: "Modern Family" season finale (9.9 million, 6.2/10)/"How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)" (6.3 million, 3.9/6)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" season finale (6.7 million, 4.8/8)
FOX: "Masterchef" season premiere (5.4 million, 3.2/5)
The CW: "Love Happens" (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "Modern Family" (3.6)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"Criminal Minds" season finale (11 million, 7.1/12)
NBC: "Chicago Fire" season finale (6.2 million, 4.1/7)
ABC: "Nashville" season finale (6.1 million, 4.1/7)

18-49 leader: "Criminal Minds" (2.9)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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