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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  • No_Lie

    “Max Posted February 14, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    CHIFLOP FIRE … whatever works for you guys.

    Another Wednesday night where it has competition on ABC and CBS and that results in another lackluster rating.

    And folks still consider this to be an NBC success story of the 2012-2013 tv season? LMAO.”

    What in the world are you talking about? The show built on it’s lead-in again, finished just behind the established hit CSI, and finished ahead of the overhyped critic’s darling Nashville. But you call it a ‘flop’. LMAO! You really don’t understand these numbers at all do you?

  • brandon

    Yikes! Everything is looking bad.

  • BL


    TBBT repeat was scheduled at the last minute and not been advertised. Had it been advertised, it would have gone higher in the ratings.

  • Ryan Schwartz

    Is there a way to block MAX’s IP address? Of course, since he’s driving enough attention to the comment section (and therefore the potential for traffic), I doubt the admins would do it even if they could, EVEN if this guy’s annoying the hell out of daily visitors on a daily basis!!!!

  • MichaelChickless

    Wow, not bad for Chicago Fire. Considering it’s NBC.

    Ouch, CSI certainly didn’t benefit from that low lead-in.

  • matt

    Survivor flop

  • eridapo

    @ Max

    Dude you used to funny on the Monday thread, but I think all the attention has gone to your head… Now you need to be the first every day…

  • Petar Ivanov

    @What the hell happened to Survivor?

    The same what happen with abc DWTS. They are old reality shows. People now watch new reality shows. Its normal one show to age and other to take its place. 2 cycles kill it faster. TB on Monday now us waaaay better for abc than DWTS.

    That are bad news for the voice two cycles.

  • danny94

    Hey Max! Remember when Scandal was in its first season and it could barely crack a 2.0 out of a huge greys lead in? Chicago Fire actually grows out of its lead in and it is peforming very well.. Stop Trolling

  • r0ckmypants

    @Justin121 – Cougar Town? Seriously?

  • Charmed

    So is Nashville still certain for renewal? So scared its in the 1s.

  • Billy

    All the ratings seem to be down this week. I think the ratings will be even lower tonight with Valentine’s Day.

  • Vance

    “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 since July 10,2002.”

    This is completely incorrect. Idol not only repeatedly pull a 4.0 (which was a series low at the time) in the 18-49 demo during the previous season, but also reached another series low of 3.9.

    I guess it’s an honest mistake though. Idol is so irrelevant now that nobody really cares about its numbers.

  • Ultima

    @Amanda Kondolojy
    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 since July 10,2002.

    American Idol had a season/series low of 3.9 last season.

  • SueP

    @KS – I wouldn’t call last nights SPN ep boring, just predictable. It was entertaining, I’m just waiting to be surprised or scared or something again. Fingers crossed they can still do it.

  • BigBrotherFan

    NASHVILLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please adjust up. I would love to see it beat CF! Even though I love both Nashville is so much more better done. NASHVILLE beat REVENGE but .4 points so it’s a more likely renewal. GREAT episode last night but I could care LESS about Gunnar and that Scarlett and her annoying voice. MORE RAYNA, MORE DECON, MORE JULIETTE AND MORE AVREY…AND WHERE IS POWERS BOOTH? HE WAS GREAT! Okay, no more nit picking..AMAZING SHOW!

    Subergatory=AWFUL numbers. Just stick it to FRIDAY next season with LMS!

    so….GWK is pretty much dead unless THE NEW NORMAL goes below a 1, and that is a pretty strong chance.
    Whitney= atleast it’s steady.

    Not worried about SURVIVOR it will go up in the next few weeks, but that has to be THE WORST “FAVORITES” cast EVER! I mean, Franchesca, really? how is she a favorite the woman was voted out FIRST in her season we never got to know her! I have no clue why people like Malcom, prob for his looks.

    CBS and their crime shows are a total ratings bore, so I don’t care about CSI-BORING! honestly, CBS viewership is people in their 90’s or people who lack basic english skills and don’t want to think about what the waatch. I have NO CLUE why they don’t welcome BETTY WHITES business and shes over @NBC. The viewers at CBS would eat her up! She’s pretty much the same age as that networks viewership.

    AI is still doing pretty good for FOX and FOX should really give THE FOLLOWING a one week post AI slot.

  • rob60990

    “So is Nashville still certain for renewal? So scared its in the 1s.”

    ABC is likely to renew at least 1 of their new dramas so Nashville needs Red Widow to flop to be safe.

  • Tessa

    Last night’s Arrow was the best of the season. I wished they’d focus on the action and character growth all the time like they did last night instead of the stupid relationship stuff (funny this completely non-romantic episode aired before Valentines Day.)

    Supernatural on the other hand was terrible. For the first time in a long time I’m disappointed and fed up with the show. I’m going to DVR all the episodes until they either give Dean a respectful storyline that is more than playing Alfred to Sam’s Batman or they bring Castiel back. Actually DVR is a great idea considering the dreadfully boring and regurgitated direction this show is going.

  • matt

    No other show even touched 4.0, Idol is far from a flop. still dominating its time spot

  • Greg

    @Ryan Schwartz

    Of course I know what happened to Up All Night. CLEARLY, the show will have found a new lead and have filmed their five episodes by April, a month and a half from now.

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