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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  • Jay

    This season of American Idol has been awful – Nicki Minaj’s annoying voice and general wackiness, Mariah Carey’s pretentiousness, lack of stand-out singers. I’ve already given up on it…

  • erwan from france

    Noooooooooooo !!!!!!!!!! Guys With Kids !!!!! Adjusted up, adjusted up, adjusted up !!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Damn Suvivor really tanked. I wonder if AI had any influence. I am going to be honest with everyone I think Survivor is a tired show. I mean its been on 25 seasons and now 13 years. Its just runs its course. I really honestly believe they should do one Survivor season and one AR seasona year and do it on Sundays and have them rotate.

    Idol dropped but look its still the highest rated program on TV. Thats still good numbers for a show in its 12th season. Its doing close to Voice numbers in the fall. I really think though if FOX were smart in all this to be real if they would bring back Randy-Paula-Simon for an originals season. I think people would tune in for the nostaligia part.

  • Greg

    Oh boy, poor Survivor. And the premiere was actually very fun.

    WOW at Guys With Kids. Luckily for the fans there’s only three episodes left, so NBC won’t pull the show off now. I wonder what they’ll do after, though. 3 weeks of reruns then premiere the rerererevamped Up All Night there?


    Could it be reality is really starting to wane as AI lowest since 2002 & Survivor lowest ever?

    Sitcoms not faring too good either (save MF & Subg) TBBT (R) has lost some lustre

    10:00 is totally depressed

  • bluejays

    Ouch for Revolution.

    I wonder if next year NBC will swap Chicago Fire and put it on at nine. SVU is dead in that slot.

    Low for CSI but HFO was low too and I doubt Elementary will be super high. I wonder just how low these ten pm shows can go this spring – as most of them had lower fall ratings than last spring I dread to see the sort of numbers some of them could be pulling in another few weeks.

  • Canadian content

    Survivor is on its last legs!

  • ally

    Chicago fire still doing really well.

  • Mary

    Last night’s Supernatural was probably the best of the season so far. Great story, I got scared a couple times (hasn’t happened for a while), the guys gave some great brotherly feels, and the special effects were awesome.

    Also, Arrow was pretty decent last night too, even though it was mostly flashbacks.

    All in all, pretty pleased with my Wednesday night!

  • eridapo

    Nashville 1.9 5.89/ 1.7 5.53

    Survivor 2.4 9.12/ 2.4 8.76/ 2.4 9.00
    CSI 2.1 9.13/ 2.1 9.12

    LOSVU 1.4 5.75/ 1.7 6.84
    CF 1.8 6.52/ 1.9 6.78

    Idol 3.4 11.38/ 4.1 12.95/ 4.6 14.22/ 4.8 14.92

    Arrow 1.1 3.18/ 1.1 3.34
    Supernatural 1.1 2.57/ 1.0 2.37

    Good night for the CW as both shows were above a 1.0 for the night and over 2.3 million viewers.

    Surivor? What happen? This is not good news, but I hope the show picks up in the coming weeks.

    CSI without CM to lead in, the show, like all other 10PM shows, barely stays above a 2. Is this a series low?

    At ABC. What is happening with MF. As it loses steam so does the rest of the night… Nashville’s move to likely renewal makes sense with another so so outing..

    Idol… Don’t want to touch it, but the show is going down to The Voice territory. Still great but not what it once was..

    NBC… Maybe next year.. The only bright spot is CF which continues to show growth in the second half hour..

    Special thanks to Marc Berman for the halves

  • KS


    Seriously Ashley? Best episode? Except for some awesome scenes, the rest of the episode was very boring.

  • Fed

    1 hour Survivor works better. If it goes longer the rating goes down. Next week it will go up. I don’t think Survivor is a problem for CBS.

  • omabin

    Also, the collapse of Survivor is very interesting for the whole CBS situation. If they do reduce it to one cycle to be shared with The Amazing Race on Sundays, which would be a good move IMO, they would have enough room on the schedule to launch three new dramas, as they would have the Vegas slot, the survivor slot and the made in jersey slot if they hold undercover boss. However, I think there is a chance they go for an hour of single cam comedy (and Wednesdays at 8 might be that), judging by their pilot orders this year. Whether that means they would launch only 2 new dramas or stick with 3 new dramas + the singe cam comedy hour I have no clue

  • Max

    NBC needs to seriously consider axing CHICAGO FIRE. It is probably an expensive show considering all the fire stuff they need to film and it isn’t worth investing in a show that is rating so low.

  • Lukes

    Interesting the bad result (considering the show) for the TBBT repeat.

    It seems to me that Modern Family will stabilize around those numbers (close to the season low) for the rest of the season…

  • Ryan Schwartz


    Clearly, you have no idea what’s been going on with UP ALL NIGHT.

    NBC could use the slot to burn off “Save Me,” or launch that show behind “The Office” and burn off 1600 PENN Wednesdays… OR… burn 1600 PENN off Wednesdays and Thursdays.

  • juliedawn

    Good for SPN

  • BL

    Chicago Fire is a hit. If any show is a flop is DEFINITELY Guys with Kids. It failed to beat Arrow! Ouch!

  • Charmed

    Omg, Supernatural! This show could be on for another 8 years and still get those ratings!

  • Justin121

    Biggest break-throughs of the season:

    1- Scandal

    2- Chicago Fire

    3- Arrow, Cougar Town.

    4- Revolution, Carrie Diaries.

    5- The Following (if it holds), Community (if it holds)

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