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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  • Ultima

    The problem you clearly is that you put way too much stock into the two sets of numbers you see here for these shows they own. If that was the cast Whitney, P&R, and Up All Night would’ve never came back this season with those low numbers they had last season.

    Let’s just look at last season’s numbers (you know, the ones I put way too much stock into).

    NBC sitcom season averages for 2011-12 (Live+SD A18-49 for new episodes only)

    The Office – 2.8
    Up All Night – 1.9
    Whitney – 1.9
    Parks & Rec – 1.8 (within a season of syndication)
    Community – 1.5 (within a season of syndication)
    30 Rock – 1.5 (short final season)
    Chelsea – 1.5 (new show)
    Free Agents – 1.4 (new show, pulled after 4 eps)
    Bent – 0.8 (new show)
    BFF – 0.8 (new show)

    Wow, if you look at the numbers, those renewals make sense. Who would have guessed?

    Of course, since the ratings weren’t very impressive, they gave everything 13 episode orders, except for P&R (needed a full season for synidcation) and The Office (obviously).

  • Ultima

    You completely changed the subject. I was discussing syndication and average ratings

    I have no idea what that’s even a response to. I’ve only been responding to points that you and the other guy (guys?) have been making.

    Oh, and the CW thing.

  • CookyMonzta

    Cosby never bragged about being number 1. In fact, he even took his name off the nominee’s list for Emmys when he was up for those awards.

    I never heard much from Roseanne when her show was on top. The same with Seinfeld, or the cast of ER. If The Idol top brass wasn’t bragging about their unstoppable run at #1, they encouraged other people to do their dirty work.

  • Ben

    This is my idea of an NBC schedule for next year

    8-The Voice
    10-“NEW DRAMA”

    8-The Voice
    9-“NEW DRAMA”
    10-Parenthood (13 episodes)

    8-Law and Order: SVU
    10-Chicago Fire

    8:30-Go On
    9-Parks and Recreation
    9:30-“NEW COMEDY”
    10-Rock Center With Brian Williams

    8-Whitney (15 episode)

    Sunday (midseason)
    8-The Apprentice
    10-Time for Love

  • Ultima

    If you look back to my original post, you would see that I suggested renewing Go On, Parks and Rec and Community for 24 episodes, Whitney and The New Normal for only 15 episodes. I never mentioned 1600 Penn and I said possibly bringing back GWK for 8 episodes just as a filler

    Right and I don’t think they will commit to anything remotely close to that. I would renew Parks & Recreation for 22 episodes, Community (maybe) for 13 episodes, and Go On for 13 episodes. I could also see Whitney being picked up, if the price is right and the need is there.

  • Ben

    You brought up dramas which is something you started discussing 30 minutes ago.

  • Ben

    Whitney, Guys With Kids, Go On, Parks and Recreation all produced by NBC

  • Ultima

    You brought up dramas which is something you started discussing 30 minutes ago.

    It was a direct response to your question…

    They have NO scripted shows pulling anything more than a 2.5, so how will they magically have a huge TBBT type hit?

    I explained that they don’t need to have current succeess to find hits. I used ABC’s extremely long drama draught as an example, but I’ve also added their 2009 sitcom reboot since my first example apparently confused you.

  • Jeffrey Sean Keith

    These ratings are brought to you by TV BY The Flops!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    John A: “Max actually doesnt insult Revenge the show just its ratings”

    Have you actually read any of his posts? If all he said was, “Gee, Revenge has gone down, not looking good.”, no one would care. That’s NOT how he phrases his posts!

    “He doesnt insult people”

    Irrelevant. His intent is to annoy people. He doesn’t have to directly insult them to do that. He just has to be a butt-head about making his posts about Revenge.

    “Revenge fans should just ignore him and he would stop.”

    We tried that. He didn’t. Now he’s starting up on other shows.

  • Ben

    Can we not argue over what we said, rather discuss NBC’s comedies.
    I apologize for the confusion

  • Ben


  • Ben

    NBC should only air The Voice 6 nights a week for 3 hours a night……..jokea

  • Joe

    Damm, that’s not a good sign for Survivor :( And the episode was actually very good I enjoyed it. They need to do more promo or something

  • BigBrotherFan

    @Richard Steven Hack

    Geez. YOU SOUND like the total DRAMA QUEEN not MAX lol

    Dude, ever hear about the AGE OLD story that many actors and actresses in HOLLYWOOD shave off a few years? DO YOU HONESTLY BELIEVE AMELL was born in 1981? Do you think he would of ever got the role had he ‘come out’ about so many things in his life-like his actual age? I have NO proof but it’s well known in circles, my friend.

  • Chris

    NBC’s problems with comedies is that they don’t know how to go all in and all out for them. They don’t seem willing to die for them. They have a very laze faire approach. It’s almost like a guy that sees some one drowning and they slowly put one foot in the water to see if it’s cold and then they run away as opposed to diving in head first to save them. NBC greenlighted Guys With Kids but look at the show; it’s a very family oriented show. There’s not a whole lot of adult humor in it. Now look at the rest of their comedies including Whitney. Those are all adult humor shows. So right there they show that they don’t/never really care/d for GWK working when it’s the only family show they’ve got on their whole lineup. GWK CANNOT succeed like that. It’s very asinine to think otherwise. But the fun doesn’t stop there. They give no lead in (like the Voice does for Go ON and New Normal) and they stick it against ABC’s comedy lineup on Wednesdays. Yeah, that’ll really work out. I mean really NBC? Din’t I see a couple weeks ago when everything was in repeats Whitney and GWK got a 1.8 and 1.7 respectively? So wouldn’t that indicate that the shows’ time slots aren’t good and that they should be moved to a night where they’d be able to compete on a night where there are no other comedies on like say Tuesday. This is what NBC should do except next season they need to go all out. Make it a 2 hour comedy block with the Sean Hayes pilot, GWK, then Joe Joe and Jane, and then Whitney. Promote the heck out of it. Then if it bombs you can make the necessary cancellations seeing as how by that time they would have given GWK a proper chance and the the other new comedies won’t be close to syndication. Whitney would be close to syndication so it would need to be moved.

  • networkman

    Well, The Neighbors doesn’t look as bad now following The Middle’s slide in its ratings.

    Guys with Kids is a goner. I don’t know why people are not giving this show a chance.

    Over on CBS, it is really time for the network to have only one edition of Survivor per season. It should definately move to Sunday and share a timeslot with Amazing Race. One program airing in the Fall while the other is shown at midseason.

  • jackieO

    Go ARROW!!!!!!!!!

  • mando


    I totally agree with your opinion!
    Guys with kids has been surrounded by adult shows.
    If it were on 9:00 or 9:30 on Tuesday, it would do well and help Parenthood as well.
    Look at the numbers Parenthood had gotten from low rated TNN which is not likely to boost Parenthood!!

    NBC doesn’t know how to assign shows on proper times.

  • Justin121

    I agree that Max spoiles the comments section.

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