TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol', 'The Middle' & 'CSI' Slide, 'Arrow' Up + 'Survivor' Premiere Returns to New Low

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February 14th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.3/12 2.2/6 2.1/6 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.5/12 1.6/5 1.1/4 1.1/4 1.3/4 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 13.366 6.844 8.493 5.386 3.527 2.866


FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

NOTE: TV usage among Adults 18-49 was down -5% from 8-10pm (and 8-11pm) last night.

On FOX, American Idol scored a 4.3, down three tenths from last week's 4.6 adults 18-49 rating and the series' lowest adults 18-49 rating for a Wednesday since July 10,2002.

On CBS, the premiere of Survivor: Caramoan: Fans vs Favorites earned a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, down substantially from last spring's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating for the One World iteration. This is a new low for a Survivor premiere. Your predictions were far too optimistic. CSI  garnered a 2.1, down three tenths from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Middle earned a season low 1.9, down four tenths from last week's 2.3 among adults 18-49.  The Neighbors was even with last week’s 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Modern Family rebounded slightly with a 3.8, up a tenth after last week's season low 3.7 adults 18-49 rating. Suburgatory, notched a 2.2, up two tenths after last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.  Nashville went up a tenth to a 1.8 after last week's series low 1.7 among adults 18-49.

ON NBC, Whitney was even with last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Guys With Kids scored a series low 1.0, down two tenths from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Law & Order SVU, garnered a 1.6, up a tenth from last week's 1.5. Chicago Fire was even with last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Arrow garnered a 1.1, up a tenth from last week's 1.0  adults 18-49 rating. Supernatural was flat with last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, February 13, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol 4.3 12 13.37
CBS Survivor: Caramoan: Fans vs Favorites -P (8-9:30) 2.4 7 8.96
ABC The Middle 1.9 6 7.63
NBC Whitney 1.2 4 3.58
CW Arrow 1.1 3 3.26
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.7 5 5.91
NBC Guys With Kids 1.0 3 2.85
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 3.8 10 10.03
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.6 4 6.30
CW Supernatural 1.0 3 2.47
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.2 6 6.07
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 1.6 4 5.83
10:00PM CBS CSI 2.1 6 9.13
NBC Chicago Fire 1.9 5 6.65
ABC Nashville 1.8 5 5.71


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  • CBSviewer

    And then move Undercover Boss back to Sunday at 9 (to replace TGW) !

  • ca

    The Middle down four-tenths :D

  • KT


    You seem to watch the same shows as me. I watch Nashville as well, and don’t you watch Hart of Dixie too?

  • Petar Ivanov

    @CBS should think about moving Survivor to Friday at 8 next Season. It could be very powerful on Friday (maybe a 2.0 in demo).

    Why they still has UB for fridays and even AR is weaker reality than survivor. Survivor for sundays is perfect fit. 9 pm Elementary and 10 TM and TGW final seasons(without repeats)

  • Fakeem

    Posted February 14, 2013 at 8:46 AM
    What the hell happened to Survivor?

    Too many season with returning players. That kind of stunting is always a sign of a show running out of ideas.

  • Samunto

    It’s scary that we only have mid feb and temperatures are still low yet we’re seeing season and series lows across the board!

    Where’s The Voice vs Idol chatter?!

    And the 9pm hour didn’t benefit from the absence of Criminal Minds!

  • Tessa


    I like your optimism. I hope you’re right and once they start rolling out the angel storyline they remember there’s Dean on the show too and he needs to do something other than playing nursemaid to Sam.


    I thought the end of the episode was very strong, something I’ve wanted Dean’s character to hear for a long time, and something which almost gave me hope that he’s going to get to move on from the punching bag role.

    But I thought he already had move on from that role after he survived in Purgatory for a whole year and came out hacking and slashing. To me Dean had tremendous character growth in 8.01-10. But this episode saw him regress to season 7 Dean again simply so Sam could deliver his State of the Union speech and supposedly prop him up.

  • RG-X

    Soo…while I was waiting for CSI to come on – there is really nothing after Arrow ends…so I checked in on AI…oh my gosh – they were sending people thru that forgot their words to the songs or din’t sing at all in the group portions…

    American idol – you are putting anyone through…I guess all the winners have been found – and Nikki is the WORST JUDGE EVER! END THE SHOW NOW! (Signed; ONCE a Big fan – but not anymore!) !

  • RG-X

    How could ARROW NOT beat Whitney ?!? -I demand a Recount! Recount!!!!

  • POIFanatic

    Supernatural is on fire after the hiatus! Loving the show!

  • Rokk

    These Supernatural guys are done. How many more years in obscurity can they continue on this cult show? Don’t they want future careers?

    Guys with Kids and Chicago Fire will be back. NBC has bigger problems.

  • Rokk


    All #1 shows brag about being #1. And many shows that aren’t really #1. Shows age, so what?

  • Pavelsauce

    I really liked ABC’s comedy lineup last night. They were all great episodes. Too bad they didn’t do that well. Everything did pretty badly last night, save for the CW.

    P.S. I like how Ultima is always the voice of reason on these comment threads. Keep it up!

  • Wright


    They don’t need future careers. SPN will last for many more years.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “These Supernatural guys are done. How many more years in obscurity can they continue on this cult show?”

    At least one.

    “Don’t they want future careers?”

    Based on the probabilities, the smart TV actors hang on to the jobs they already have as long as they possibly can.

    “Guys with Kids … will be back. NBC has bigger problems.”

    Ah, the entire comment was a troll.

    Got me.

  • Ricardo

    Whoever thinks Chicago Fire is a flop is either delusional or kidding themselves. Probably both.

  • Brandy

    @KT, yes I do.I also watch Once Upon A Time,Smash, Vampire Diaries,Beauty & the Beast,Big Bang Theory,2 Broke Girls,HoD,Emily Owens MD(cancelled), and a few other shows.

  • Zach

    It seems like The neighbors isn’t too lead in dependent. That could be a good sign for a renewal and a Friday slot post Last Man Standing.

  • No_Lie

    BigBrotherFan Posted February 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM
    …I didn’t see spots run like crazy for it. Nowhere near the extent of REVENGE or SCANDAL for ABC…I mean, different network BUT There was not one BLOCK I could pass without seeing a billboard for ARROW in NYC…

    @BigBrotherFan – I’m talking about on air promo not billboards. Nashville promos ran CONSTANTLY starting late last summer right up to the premier. It seemed like every commercial break on ABC started and ended with Connie Britton’s face.

  • Tessa

    @Bill Gorman

    At least one.

    I’m betting two, only because past statistics show that the CW won’t let long running shows, even those with bad ratings like Gossip Girl, end without a final season. Pedowitz not announcing season 9 as SPN’s final season has strong implications that there will be a season 10, for which both actors are signed on.

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