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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  • rob60990

    “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).”

    Can a new comedy possibly do any worse than these 2 shows? I don’t see a point in renewing either for midseason replacements.

  • mark

    Max who?

    Who’s this Max everyone’s referring to?

    Is it a troll?
    Cause I don’t read troll.

  • Ben

    Drama wise, NBC should renew Chicago Fire, Law and Order: SVU, and Revolution for 22 episodes, Parenthood and Grimm for 16 episodes. NBC needs to add another hour of drama (ideally replace comedies on Wednesday at 8 with dramas)

  • Percysowner

    @POI I really appreciate your enthusiasm, but I personally would wait for Cult to actually have some ratings before declaring that it deserves to be renewed.

  • rob60990

    “I think every show on NBC’s Wednesday lineup will be back even the comedies despite lower numbers, they’ve got bigger problems elsewhere to take care of on the schedule.”

    You don’t consider losing to the CW a problem?

  • POI


    i know that im very optimistic but the show is awesome i saw the pilot online and i will watch it again live when it premiers quality wise it deserves renewal we just have to wait and hope the ratings are good enough for renewal.

  • Ben

    Guys With Kids is a new show and it is doing badly. How can you think that the comedies next year will do better. If anything, they will do worse considering the declining state of NBC. It’s better that NBC has some sort of backup plan. Also, Whitney and GWK are produced by NBC UNIVERSAL so it’s cheaper than launching a new show.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Arrow > Nikita: “ARROW ON TOP! NIKITA SUCKS!”

    See, this is what I call a seriously stupid comment. What possible connection do those two shows have? Only a serious moron would post something like this.

  • POI


    regarding the cw I see that ratings this year is much better than last year because they now have 2 hit nights while last year they only had 1 and hopefully next year they will add another night of hits and build their line up while other networks continue to fall. i know the cw might not be a huge hit but atleast some of their shows are stable.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Potato: “Max’s formula: 1. find a show doing average to well but without the clout of a “hit.” 2. Declare it a flop and decry this every week no matter how it does on the ratings. 3. Find a show near identical in the ratings that is no competition to the show in number one– on a different network, different day, on cable… and declare it the clear winner. 4. Watch the comments roll in”

    Right on. The rest of us need to make a concerted effort to watch for the post on Monday every week and kick his ass off the first post slot. Push him down on the first page and everyone will ignore his stupid crap.

    This guy has a personality that makes any Mark Sheppard character look like the Flying Nun. :-)

    Let’s join together in the spirit of “hate Max!” and get rid of this clown! :-)

  • Richard Steven Hack

    BigBrotherFan: “AMELL LOOKS CLOSER TO 40 in that pic..OH WAIT..HE IS!!!!”

    He’s 31, you moron.

  • Ultima

    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.

    I think all of us arguing that NBC should only renew a few comedies are also saying they need to scale back their comedy hours, so they won’t have a bunch of low rated freshman comedies.

    Also, there is the chance that one of those freshman comedies is actually a hit. What do you think the chances are that one of the comedies that has hit 1.2 or lower this season will turn into a hit?

  • 728huey

    Before you start writing the epitaphs for Survivor and Idol, remember that Idol is still in the Hollywood rounds, which have always been a drag on the entire season. Having said that, one of the posters was right on about the current judging panel. Nicky Minaj may be obnoxious at times, but she is blunt and in-your-face with the contestants without being mean, and she is the only one offering really constructive criticism. As much as I love Mariah Carey, she’s been sort of dull, and Keith Urban seems invisible half of the time. At any rate, I’ll wait until the live shows begin, and if the ratings continue to fall, then I’ll be concerned.

    As for Survivor, yes it’s getting long in the tooth, but it’s still a very profitable show for CBS.

    I’d be much more concerned about Nashville, as it is now getting beaten by Chicago Fire in the ratings. If it continues to fall behind, ABC will have no choice but to cancel it at the end of this season.

  • Ben

    @Painless Risen YT
    Ya, and now that Comcast fully owns NBC, they will want to keep producing their own shows, because they will benefit from everything.

  • Ben

    Well they can scale back on comedy, but they still need to renew shows. If they just keep canceling shows after 1 season, they will never reach syndication. So Whitney and Go on would be smart renewals because they have potential to reach syndication.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Max: “It is actually interesting to note that ALL of my posts just talk about the numbers and shows and I leave any and all personal insults or attacks at the door.”

    Look, jackoff, we can tell attitude when we read it. NONE of your posts are “just” about the ratings. You’re a troll. Period. You’re only here to rile people up, not participate in any real discussions. And that’s troll behavior.

    While the Internet rule is “don’t feed the trolls”, I’m taking leave of that because jerkoffs like you need to be STOMPED ON.

    I get banned from sites for much less than the crap you pull.

  • panda22

    felicity brought in 200,000 fanboys last night to worship at her altar.
    very good episode last night, deserved the bump.

  • Ultima

    Guys With Kids is a new show and it is doing badly. How can you think that the comedies next year will do better.

    That’s one of the most ridiculous arguments I’ve ever heard. Don’t cancel anything, it’s impossible to do better than this!

    Also, Whitney and GWK are produced by NBC UNIVERSAL so it’s cheaper than launching a new show.

    It’s cheaper because they eat 100% of the loss instead of splitting it with another production company?

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Petar Ivanov: “@I don’t understand why Max’s comments especially bother some so much. I don’t see how his comments are much different from anyone elses.”

    Maybe that’s because you have the same attitude.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    ZmaX: “These comments are being over run with trolls just bashing shows, if I read the word flop again, I might just lose it.”

    Amen. The word should be put in the spam filter. :-)

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