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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  • Zach

    Chicago needs a better lead-in!
    Hope they beat CSI in couple weeks.

  • 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

  • senor chang

    Serious question: at what level would you consider Chicago Fire a hit? How do you place it in the context of NBC’s entire lineup of dramas? Do you have any proof to back up your assertion that the cost of the show outweighs its performance?

    You’re probably pulling everything out of your ass as usual, but if you want to talk about this I might as well indulge you.

  • Michael

    It will be interesting to see how the 9:30 rerun of TBBT did on TBS. I wonder if there will be a dip in between the 9:00 and 10:00 airings.

  • Once & Again

    Why is Wednesday a train-rack for ratings? This is disastrous. :(

  • Greg

    Or at least some episodes. Two episodes, three episodes, whatever. No, they won’t burn off Save Me there, there would still be four episodes left of Whitney, which NBC’s clearly saving to pair it with Up All Night.

  • SJ

    Horrible ratings for Idol. It’s sinking faster than I anticipated. It is now a shadow of its former self.

    Bad for The Middle and Modern Family, but they’ll likely bounce back. It’s not like they’re the only shows that have been dropping recently.

    Whitney and Guys with Kids are now very, very dead. I don’t know how anyone can still maintain that GWK is getting renewed while keeping a straight face. Has SVU gone above a 2.0 aside from the premiere episode? Next season should be its last. Chicago Fire and Nashville still hanging on.

    Wow, that looks to be a series low for Survivor, not only in terms of premiere episodes, but in general. And even the BBT repeat only got about 50% of what it usually gets on Mondays or Thursdays. CSI, naturally, wasn’t helped by all this but it’s still in no danger whatsoever.

    The CW is the real winner of the night. Go figure!

  • eridapo

    “TV usage among Adults 18-49 was down -5% from 8-10pm (and 8-11pm) last night.”

    Why would that be? Weather wise it still very indoor type weather across the nation. There was no major power outages reported nor have there been any major events to report.

    Could this be (here comes a conspiracy theory) a Nielsen screw up? It is strange that TV usage drop that much on a middle of the week..

  • Ashley

    Modern Family keeps going lower and lower. Fine with me. Never liked it but bad for others who do.

  • Mary

    @Tessa Wow I didn’t think SPN was “terrible” last night, I honestly didn’t. I do wish Dean would get a better storyline, but I thought last night’s ep was one of the better ones so far this season. I have faith! :-)

  • Ryne

    @ Greg

    With Christina Applegate leaving the show, it is very doubtful Up All Night returns this year, if at all. I don’t even think they shot any of the multi-camera episodes yet.

  • mando

    Please save Guys with kids…NBC tries to already dead show-Up all night…instead NBC should give GWK another chance!! And mice it to Tuesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It will do better than Go on, TNN!!!!

  • Ryan Schwartz


    They’re filming ONE episode now. And they’re nowhere near ready for production. It’s dead. The episode probably won’t even film. Arnett and Rudolph’s agents won’t let it happen!

  • Ultima

    @Ryan Schwartz
    EVEN if this guy’s annoying the hell out of daily visitors on a daily basis

    Max is not annoying, he usually only posts one comment. All of the people, LIKE YOU, who cannot resist the urge to respond to him are really annoying. Please stop. YOU are the problem.

  • SueP

    @Saisse – I could get on board with that. They need to get Dean involved in some part of the plot sometime soon. :)

  • Diane

    Remove Nicki Minaj from American Idol and my family will return.

  • Ultima

    NBC tries to already dead show-Up all night

    They saw the ratings for The Walking Dead and figured zombie shows are popular! ;)

  • rob60990

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

    And wasn’t that for the results show? I don’t believe a Wednesday show ever went as low as a 4.3.

  • 1313 SVU Lane


    According to Deadline the new UAN films tomorrow (or maybe it’s next friday) for it’s one episode. But is still don’t know if they’ve even cast a replacement for Applegate yet (haven’t seen any news about that).

  • No_Lie

    “Max Posted February 14, 2013 at 8:53 AM
    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.”

    OMG, stop it! You’re killing me with this comedy! You are one hilarious troll! So what hilarious comments do you have for Nashville? Hmmm? You know Nashville right? The overhyped show with the big ABC comedy block lead-in that LOSES large chunks of the lead-in audience and finishes BEHIND Chicago Fire? So what about it? Nothing to say about that?

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