Finale Ratings: The Middle Holds Steady, Modern Family, SVU and Criminal Minds Down Vs. 2012

Ratings The Middle Modern Family NashvilleSeason 4 of ABC’s Critics Choice Award-nominated The Middle graduated with honors on Wednesday, drawing 7.5 million total viewers — the sitcom’s most watched finale in three years — while matching last year’s demo rating of 2.0. Week-to-week, The Middle inched up a tenth.

Elsewhere on ABC, Modern Family‘s season ender did 9.9 mil and a 3.6, up a tenth from last week but down 12 percent from its previous finale. How to Live With Your Parents followed with 6.32 mil/2.2, up a few eyeballs and two tenths. Nashville’s everything-but-the-kitchen-sink freshman finale (6.1 mil/1.9) was up 9 percent and two tenths.

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Over on CBS, Criminal Minds‘ double-episode finale night averaged 10.8 mil and a 2.7, up a tick week-to-week but down more than 20 percent from last year’s capper.

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NBC’s SVU finale drew 6.7 mil/1.6, up a tenth but dropping 20 percent in the demo from its previous finale. Chicago Fire (6.2 mil/1.7) was down 11 and 15 percent with its finale. Next stop: Tuesday nights!

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Modern Family, Criminal Minds and SVU all hit all-time finale lows in the demo.

The season premiere of Fox’s MasterChef delivered 5.24 mil and a 2.1, up in viewers from its June 2012 opener while down just two tenths in the demo.

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