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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  • Geordiegirl1967

    Spoiler TV has SPN on a 1.1 in the demo. Disappointed you only have it as 1.0. Still great ratings for SPN.

  • Owen

    A little disappointing for Survivor.
    Not the best week for CBS so far.

    Lets hope this great show can bounce back next week.

  • rob60990

    Like I said, TBBT was not going to repeat as well as it normally does with TBS having a marathon that started at 8:30.

    Yikes at The Middle.

    Whitney neck and neck with Arrow while Guys With Kids flat out loses to it.

  • omabin

    Awful night for everyone that is not the cw incredibly strong wednesday duo (breaking them up is a mistake, even if I had defended that in the past) and chicago fire. Idol okay as well I suppose.

    ABC really has a problem on its hands with the modern family sliding. This is the last night they need, especially since after 4 years, they have yet to find a show that could be launched out of it. The Middle is down by a lot as well.

  • fringewillget5seasons

    Survivor got destroyed… ouch. CSI didn’t fare so well either but the other 10pm shows look even worse.

    Bad night all around.

  • Max


    Don’t start what?

  • Edward

    Good numbers for Chicago Fire. Another build at 10:30pm. If they continue to ratchet up their storytelling, it could be next year’s Scandal in terms of growth.

  • Mon

    Well, we shouldn’t expect anything more from Survivor: Fans vs UNFavorites! Can CBS plese censor Philip and his whole body – makes you wanna change channels seeing him naked!

  • Justin121

    Modern Flop.

    American Flop.

    Flop Idol.

    Guys with Flops.

    Super Flop.

    Survivor: Fans Vs. Flops.

  • DanaK

    Considering Chicago Fire beat Nashville and was only .2 behind CSI, I’d say it’s holding its own pretty well

  • mando

    So sad Guys with Kids missed chances to get an order.
    Too many giant shows crushed its ratings.
    Still expect it to get renewed.
    TNN doesn’t get higher ratings even in less competition!!

  • PurpleDrazi

    Keep dropping Idol….keeeeeeeep dropping…

  • The Old Woman

    Nice to see Arrow go up. It was a good episode with Crixus making things interesting on the island.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @I love Survivor, but these “favs” are AWFUL.

    Last season i read almost same excuses. I think people are tired from that show. The best option for cbs is sunday at 8 one cycle survivor one cycle amazing race for year. This is only way both to survive a litle longer.

  • Ryan Schwartz

    Joseph, “The Middle” is as safe as can be. It’s a lock. It always does high 1s-low 2s heading into the final stretch of the season.

    NBC will cancel WHITNEY and GUYS WITH KIDS in May. They have a Sean Hayes multi-cam in development they’ll likely pick up as 1 of 2 multi-cam comedies for next season. The network’s best bet for success with those would likely be a Tuesday at 8 launch leading into THE VOICE. Let them live or die on their own.

    ABC will cancel THE NEIGHBORS, and slide SUBURGATORY back to 8:30 or potentially Tuesdays if they’re silly enough to try a comedy block there again.

  • Justin121

    Flops with Kids.

  • Wright

    Good for SPN!!!! Arrow too.

  • Saísse

    Supernatural is awesome, against one or against all remains strong. I think the future of Supernatural will be Tablet of Demon = hell = Sam and Tablet of Heaven = Angel = Dean, hoping to see. :D

  • ***

    Arrow did good :)

  • Ashley

    Marc Berman is reporting that SPN had a 1.1 in the first half hour, so it hopefully will adjust up! Best episode of the season last night :D

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