Primetime Ratings: CBS, ABC Split Win on Wednesday of Season Finales

'Criminal Minds,' 'The Middle,' 'Modern Family' end seasons down

On the final night of the broadcast season, CBS and ABC split the win
with both earning an overall 2.2 rating/7 share in the 18-49 demo, according to
Nielsen overnight numbers. CBS, however, beat ABC in total viewers with nine
million to ABC's 6.9 million.

Following repeats of Two
and a Half Men
and Mike & Molly,
the two-hour season finale of CBS' Criminal
posted a 2.8, up 8% from last week but down 22% from last year's
two-hour finale.

The fourth-season ender for ABC's The Middle grew a tenth from last week to a 2.0, which matched last
year's season finale. Modern Family also
ended its fourth season at a 3.6, down a tenth from last week and down 12% from
last year for its lowest-rated season finale. Nashville finished out its
freshman season with a 1.9, up 12% from last week.At 9:30 p.m., How to Live
With Your Parents
improved 10% to a 2.2.

Fox landed in a close third with a 2.1/7, airing the season
premiere of MasterChef. The Gordon Ramsay
cooking show was down 19% from last year's finale, which aired on a Monday.

NBC aired a pair of finales in Law & Order: SVU and Chicago
to earn an overall 1.6/5. SVU was
up a tenth from last week to a 1.6, but its finale slipped 16% from last year's.
Chicago Fire's first-season finale earned
a 1.7, dropping 15% from last week and 11% from its series premiere. At 8 p.m.,
Dateline improved a tenth to a 1.4.

The CW aired the movie Love
for an overall 0.3/1.