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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  • Barbarossa

    Not surprised at Arrow, it’s really hit it’s stride from the midseason finale on, well the first one back “Firebug” wasn’t good but other than that…

  • SueP

    @Jay – Let’s hope. But since they haven’t mentioned the angel tablet and Crowley and the angels seem to be all over it, I don’t know if the boys will have anything to do with it. I can only hope that your scenario comes into play, but I have heard absolutely nothing about Dean’s purpose at all. Still, I’m keeping an open mind and am still hoping for something!


    @ BigBrotherFan

    Your rant about CBS is such NONSENSE! You watch more CBS shows than I do & I’m pushing 60! TGW is the only show I watch every episode & H50 and BB are the only others I watch sporadically (maybe 6 ep’s for H50 & 10 for BB this season). You shouldn’t be capping on basic English skills, either (just read your post) SO THERE!!

  • Domca494

    Great for Arrow!!

  • Petar Ivanov

    @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

    ME: Or CBS can move TBBT on wednesdays at 8 and put POI as anchor on thursdays or single cams on thursdays as lead-in. TBBT will be the same if not even bigger(no football games in the fall on wednesday) on wednesdays. But still think these single cams will flop big time.

  • Vance

    Idol will be down to low 3s by the end of the season. In my opinion, it has at most 4 seasons remaining, provided that the judges panel is replaced every season to prevent 30% drops in viewership.

  • Ultima

    Hopefully this episode of CSI won’t count for the Show’s Renewal.

    Why wouldn’t it? Also, why would anyone think that CSI is even remotely in danger of cancellation?

  • BigBrotherFan


    Uhhhh…NO. She has no class and did you see her at the GLODEN GLOBES? Did she arrive in a mobile home by chance..OH WAIT! Of course she didnt because her parents paved the way for her `stardom`.
    Just look at the context of the stuff she writes…she is ALL THE QUALITIES you mentioned above and worse.

    LMAO AT THAT ARROW PIC…HHAHA I`m sorry BUT ISN`T the ARROW character supposed to be born in 1985? LMAO AMELL LOOKS CLOSER TO 40 in that pic..OH WAIT..HE IS!!!! Atleast Katie Cassidy looks her freakin age.

  • Clarke

    The Neighbors is doing pretty good all things considered. It isn’t a hit by any means but it is a consistent performer for ABC. It will be renewed and probably shipped off to Friday.

    So sad that GWK has fallen to cancellation levels. It’s a great show that you can watch with the whole family (which is rare nowadays) and has a great cast. Shame it couldn’t have picked up more a fan-base… I bet if it was on ABC instead of NBC it would have flourished.

  • mando

    NBC should move CF to 9:00. It can do well without any lead-in!
    NBC should revamp its all comedy shows. But Guys with Kids has been neglected by NBC like Community.

  • Psac

    Arrow has been consistently good in quality. I’m glad the ratings have kept up with it.

  • Rebecca

    The Middle was really sweet last night with its Valentine episode. Leave it where it is on Wednesdays – it’s the most family friendly comedy in that lineup so it’s good to be on early. GWK is funny, that one guy yelling “DJ Christoph!” made me laugh. I’m going to watch Middle again and then catch up on last night’s SPN. Hope everyone has a nice Valentine’s Day.

  • Mae

    Yeah SPN!

    I LOVED the episode. I feel like SPN is finally getting back some heart. I loved that the relationship between the brothers was back front and and center.

    I did not enjoy the first half of the season. It just did not feel like SPN to me. But I have been really enjoying the last 4 episodes.

  • Potato

    @Big Brother Fan:

    Sorry, my bad. I interpreted you wrong.

  • BigBrotherFan


    I watch ON CBS
    The Good Wife – Yes, takes more than BASIC ENGLISH skills to get that one.
    Vegas- Fun mindless

    …Thats it for CBS.

  • Justin121

    Cougar Town is doing great for cable (and a netwokr switch/cancellation).

    Carrie Diaries kept its head above water when it was supposed to be DOA.

    If anyone objects, tell me what would YOU place higher than my rankings.

  • Ateofi

    Nice job Arrow and Supernatural :) Ouch for CSI which got only 2.1 and 9.13 milion viewers. U less it gets adjusted up, it does worse than H50.


    @ Tessa

    I haven’t watched any Arrow ep’s at all this year. How far back should I go? I stopped because of the stupid relationship stuff.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @matt who said:
    Survivor flop

    Are you CRAZY? Survivor is 20 years show. Is not flop. Most of the shows are 6-7 years. Hit scripted shows. Just past its time and cbs made bad decision making with these 2 cycles. But in the end of the season will be below 2.0. I guess around 1.6-1.8.

  • Rebecca

    Rob is right…some people may have been out for evening masses for Ash Wednesday.

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