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

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 22, 2013The 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,... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/tv-ratings-criminal-minds-finale-leads-cbs-to-wednesday-victory-nashville-up-for-abc.html

Chicago Fire Season Finale 2013 “A Hell of a Ride”

Chicago Fire "A Hell of a Ride" episode 24 airs Wednesday, May 22 2013 on NBC (10-11 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: Chicago Fire Episode 24 "A Hell of a Ride" – When a call comes in from the Cook County jail, the squad steps into a volatile predicament and are tasked with trying to defuse an escalating situation. Shay (Lauren German) remains hopeful about her baby dreams and Hermann’s (David Eigenberg) wife Cindy (guest star Robyn Coffin) goes into labor with their fifth child. Meanwhile, Mills (Charlie Barnett) and Dawson (Monica Raymund) face key decisions in their personal lives. Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer and Eamonn Walker also star. READ MORE...

Chicago Fire Episode 23 “Let Her Go”

Chicago Fire "Let Her Go" episode 23 airs Wednesday, May 15 2013 on NBC (10-11 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: Chicago Fire Episode 23 "Let Her Go" – Events force Lieutenant Casey (Jesse Spencer) to team up with the Intelligence Unit, now run by Voight (guest star Jason Beghe), who doesn’t appear to have changed his crooked ways after his stint in prison. Shay’s (Lauren German) excitement at the prospect of becoming a parent grows, while Mills (Charlie Barnett) and Dawson (Monica Raymund) face some personal challenges. Meanwhile, the house comes together to support the opening of Molly’s. Taylor Kinney, David Eigenberg and Eamonn Walker also star. READ MORE...

TV ratings: 'The Voice' beats 'Idol' head-to-head Wednesday, 'Modern Family' drops

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 8, 2013A special episode of "The Voice" Wednesday night beat "American Idol" head-to-head in adults 18-49, although neither show put up very big numbers. "The Voice" had its lowest 18-49 rating of the season (not a big surprise, given that it wasn't its normal night), while "Idol's" first hour was low in both viewers and the demographic.The second half of "Idol" improved some and helped carry FOX to a win for the night. All three of CBS' shows were up over last week, and the "Voice" lead-in helped "Law & Order: SVU" and "Chicago Fire" improve over last week. On the down side, "Modern Family" slid to a season low for ABC.FOX averaged 10.8 million viewers and a 6.7 rating/11 share in households in primetime, beating out CBS (9.7 million, 6.1/10) by a little more than a million viewers. NBC (7.5 million, 5.0/8) took third. ABC was fourth with... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/tv-ratings-the-voice-beats-idol-head-to-head-wednesday-modern-family-drops.html

Chicago Fire Episode 22 “Leaders Lead”

Chicago Fire "Leaders Lead" episode 22 airs Wednesday, May 8 2013 on NBC (10-11 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: Chicago Fire Episode 22 "Leaders Lead" – A frustrated Severide (Taylor Kinney), turns to an unlikely ally to resolve his current dilemma. Casey (Jesse Spencer) begins to find satisfaction in his personal life, while Mills (Charlie Barnett) and Dawson (Monica Raymund) face personal challenges. Meanwhile, the squad is called to the scene of a harrowing apartment building collapse. Lauren German, David Eigenberg and Eamonn Walker also star. READ MORE...

TV ratings: 'American Idol' and 'Modern Family' stumble on a weak Wednesday night

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 1, 2013You know the old adage if you can't say something nice, don't say anything? Well, as regards Wednesday night's ratings on the broadcast networks:Yeah, it was not good. "American Idol" and "Modern Family" were both down from their last original episodes, with "Idol" hitting a season low for its Wednesday show. "Criminal Minds" sank to a series low in adults 18-49 for CBS, and "Arrow" and "Supernatural" were off as well. The premiere of "Family Tools" came in pretty low for ABC. On the positive side, ABC's "How to Live With Your Parents" improved on last week's numbers, and "Chicago Fire" was up a little over its last original episode.Wednesday hour by hour:8 p.m.FOX: "American Idol" (10.15 million viewers, 6.5/11 households)CBS: "Survivor: Caramoan" (9.1 million, 5.8/10)ABC: "The Middle" (7.3 million, 4.6/8)/"Family Tools" series premiere (5.8 million, 3.7/6)NBC: "The Voice: Road to the Live Show" (5.6 million, 3.7/6)The CW:... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/tv-ratings-american-idol-and-modern-family-stumble-on-a-weak-wednesday-night.html

Jason Beghe Returns to Chicago Fire — And Perhaps a Spinoff?

Even on a show all about the brave men and women who put out fires and save lives, there has to be a character that's less than heroic. Jason Beghe is that guy, a dirty cop who's been recurring on Chicago Fire (Wednesday at 10/9c on NBC). //www.tvguide.com/News/Jason-Beghe-Chicago-Fire-Spin-Off-1064777.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Chicago Fire Episode 21 “Retaliation Hit”

Chicago Fire "Retaliation Hit" episode 21 airs Wednesday, May 1 2013 on NBC (10-11 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis: Chicago Fire Episode 21 "Retaliation Hit" – Detective Voight (guest star Jason Beghe) returns, looking to collect on the favor that Dawson (Monica Raymund) owes him for helping her brother, Antonio (guest star Jon Seda). Casey (Jesse Spencer) falls back into old patterns in his personal life, while Dawson, Herrmann (David Eigenberg) and Otis (Yuri Sadarov) become the proud owners of a real neighborhood bar as Molly’s prepares for its grand opening. Meanwhile, Severide’s (Taylor Kinney) career is threatened. Lauren German, Charlie Barnett and Eamonn Walker also star. READ MORE...

NBC Renews 'Revolution,' 'Chicago Fire,' 3 Others

NBC has given a second season to the Dick Wolf drama "Chicago Fire," and also renewed the J.J. Abrams drama "Revolution," the network said Friday. "Grimm," "Parenthood" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" have also been renewed. Read More... //www.thewrap.com/media/tv/article/nbc-renews-revolution-chicago-fire-3-others-88031

'Chicago Fire' Boss Optimistic About Season 2, Spinoff

NBC's "Chicago Fire" executive producer Dick Wolf told reporters that he is highly optimistic about a season renewal for the drama. "Hopefully, this show is growing," Wolf told reporters at Monday's NBCU Press Day in Pasadena. "Hopefully, it's coming back. And, hopefully it will be doing better next year. This has been an incredibly positive experience this season for everyone involved in the show." Read More... //www.thewrap.com/tv/article/chicago-fire-boss-optimistic-about-season-2-spinoff-87166