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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  • elfuego36

    I think a part of Survivors problems were that the CBS stations in Raleigh and Charlotte chose to air the UNC-Duke Basketball game @ 9, which could have caused those stations to preempt the entire broadcast. As of the latest rankings, these are Top 30 markets.

    Besides, I would consider this a throwaway night anyway, ALL programs are down 5%, if the drop continues for next week, then I would be concerned.

  • NoMax!

    You really should ban Max. I’m pretty sure he’s not helping your traffic. I know that I used to ‘click, click, click’ through your comments, but now if I see his name I go to another website. Like I’m doing right now. I already got what I needed to know. I’m not interested in browsing your other articles only to be bombarded by his idiocy there too. I know I don’t have to read the comments, but you see it once, you’re already spoiled for the rest of the visit. What a loser.

  • Still good shows

    During the 5th season of The Middle it will be on ABC Family (this fall) and Hallmark channel (March 2014) so I hope that will get more people watching the show.

  • RandyL

    So does this mean that Guys With Kids is now Certain to be Cancelled? Could Whitney actually be renewed over it? NBC should just cancel all comedies except Community, Parks & Rec and Go On.

  • RandyL

    @ NoMax! ” I know I don’t have to read the comments, but you see it once, you’re already spoiled for the rest of the visit. What a loser.”

    Indeed what a loser you are, being spoiled by just one person’s comment on a site in which the comments aren’t even relevent to anything.

  • Holly


    You really should ban Max. I’m pretty sure he’s not helping your traffic

    Max hasn’t done anything worthy of banning. He has not engaged in sock puppetry, he does not spam threads, has not posted anything offensive, and does not, that I’ve seen, personally attacked or threatened another poster (things that cannot be said for many who respond to him). Are many of his posts ridiculous? Yes. But if Bill and Robert banned everyone who didn’t like a certain show or posted something ridiculous, there would be very few people left on this site. If people would just ignore his one or two posts a day, there would be no issue. YOU are the problem, not Max.

  • Sam


    Gossip Girl got a final season because it has a massive international fan following. It was like a cult to some girls.

    90210 doesn’t have the same effect internationally. I think it’s pretty safe to say this season is it’s last.

  • City Kitty

    It seems like Survivor edited so much out of this first, important show. This is where you learn each person’s background, what they do, etc. The Fan team did not get that, the show just went right into fight mode. I’m rooting for Phillip this go around.

  • PurpleDrazi


    “…I’m pretty sure he’s not helping your traffic”

    And yet, you just made a post about him which also spawned 3 other posts in reply. Looks like he’s helping traffic to me.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Okay, yeah..I get that but SCANDAL and REVENGE had way more promo/ad time time. Atleast that is what I saw from my TV it maybe interesting to note that I believe NASHVILLE viewership makes over 25000K a year, and likely has a more “wealthy” viewership (anyone have those figures? I know they publish that every so often). I was staying in the upper east side area and NASHVILLE was much more advertised there than anywhere else in NYC. I know thats not on air promo but it counts for something. The smart “YOUR PARENTS WORST NIGHTMARE” print ad campaign that ran for Gossip Girl in FALL2008 got me watching (for a massive 2 episodes, lol!) but had it not been for those ads on bus stops, subway, billboards EVERYWHERE I would of NEVER watched the series. Ever!

    HOWEVER, Who the heck knows who has neilson boxes?????? so all those other areas in NYC that abc IGNORED with their print ads count, too..and by a lot, because even though i’m 25, i am certain there aren’t a lot of people that age in that area AND we are who ad execs/network execs love!!!!

    …and ending a promo with Connie Brittons face is not such a bad thing lol

  • Ultima

    So does this mean that Guys With Kids is now Certain to be Cancelled?


    NBC should just cancel all comedies except Community, Parks & Rec and Go On.

    I agree. However, if they renew a fourth, it will be either The New Normal or Whitney.

  • toadytoady

    Elfuego, thats a sweeping generalisation;All shows were NOT down by 5%. Some shows rose in percentage.

  • Ben

    If NBC renews only 3 comedies then they will be stuck in the same (or worse) position next year with 2 aging comedies (p&r and community) and 1 sophomore comedy (Go On) and a bunch of low rated freshman comedies.

  • elfuego36

    Sorry, I misinterpreted the statement in red

  • NY

    @Ben Finally someone with common sense! NBC has to renew more comedies than just P&R and Go On. My bet is that the will also renew The New Normal and Community. The rest are pretty much done. But P&R and Community could grow with the proper promotion. Same with Go On and TNN. All they need is to be steady with them.

  • Ben

    NBC should renew Go On, Parks and Rec., and Community for 24 episodes, The New Normal, and Whitney of 13-15 episodes (midseason replacements for cancelled freshman shows, because we all know some NBC freshman comedies WILL be cancelled). Maybe even renew Guys With Kids for 8 episodes just because it is such a cheap show to produce.

  • Bigbrotherfan

    that should of read 250,000 a year

  • Josh

    Hopefully Nashville gets adjusted up the next new episode looks even better. Hoping Nashville climbs back into the 2’s.

  • Ben

    You are so right. The only way NBC resurrects itself is by trying to grow their comedies. Plus Go On is produced by NBC so if they can make it to syndication, I bet it would do well.

  • POI

    The CW should Cancel 90210, TCD, and maybe HOD and renew Cult and Nikita maybe BATB if the ratings stay above 0.6 and move it to fridays with Nikita’s final season that way The CW can have a year filled with new great shows.

    CW Schedule:

    The Selection (New Show)
    New Show or HOD (they can move HOD to fridays for its final season because if they renew it they will have a 4th season for syndication)

    Tomorrow People (New Show)
    Cult (2nd Season)

    Arrow (2nd Season)
    Supernatural (9th Season)

    TVD (5th Season)
    The Originals (New Show)

    Nikita (4th and Final Season)
    BATB (2nd Season)

    With that Pick up a New Show for Midseason Replacement because one of the shows will Flop.

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