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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  • Sam

    I’m pretty sure Survivor is still making money for CBS. Even with those ratings.

  • No_Lie

    @No_Lie Stop getting dramatic. NASHVILLE does not lose “CHUNKS” of it’s lead-in. You sound worse than MAX. STAND DOWN!

    Well, Suburgatory had 2.2 and Nashville 1.8 so Nashville lost .4 which is nearly 19% of the audience. That’s quite a bit, especially since Chicago Fire is increasing on their regular lead-in every week.

  • S.P.

    Idol is now the #2 singing competition show

  • Nick

    Were people just not watching TV last night? Two veteran reality shows down huge. It’s kind of sad to see.

  • zerg

    Idol is sinking fast.. MF may have a shot to beat it

    CF is HIT for NBC especially for 10 pm slot

  • Baaa!

    Hmm down night all around. Those that had slight increases or stayed steady did well for themselves. ABC has me 8pm-10pm then its over to FX for The Americans. Survivor stunt casting like DWTS All-Stars failed.

  • Ram510

    Aww man I really thought this would be the week Guys With Kids would beat Whitney. I really don’t want this show to go away

  • Ryan Schwartz

    Survivor and Amazing Race sharing a slot makes some sense, sure. If CBS launches it single-camera comedy block (which I assume would be fronted by Robin Williams’ “Crazy Ones” and only a single hour to start) I assume it’ll either be Wednesdays at 8 or Thursdays at 9 (the latter a stronger lead in). CBS won’t expand multi-cams on Thursdays for a very obvious reason: the only show at this point that could headline 9pm is ‘Two and a Half Men’, a show that will likely end its run after 11 seasons in May 2014. Come Fall 2014, is CBS so sure they will have a hit to replace it? No. Right now, their main concern is Mondays once HIMYM ends needing a new dependent show at 8pm. The only other move on Thursdays would be ‘Men’ at 8, ‘Bang’ at 9, and new comedies in between, which would be an incredibly unlikely move.

    Next season:
    1) VEGAS and CSI:NY canceled.
    2) New dramas Monday and Tuesday at 10 (one of them the NCIS: LA spin off, “Red”). If CBS launches an hour of single-cams Thursday at 9, ELEMENTARY will lose its current time slot.
    3) Hawaii Five-O to Fridays, or, one of the current Sunday dramas moves to Fridays and Five-O moves to Sundays.
    4) CBS slides Mike & Molly to 8:30, launches “Mom” at 9:30 behind 2 Broke Girls.

  • steve

    Yikes for survivor and unfor don’t see it getting any better as the returnees theyeve picked I wouldn’t call a single one a fan fav


    @ Ultima

    Your response is well-put re: EVEN if this guy is annoying the hell…

  • Ultima

    Just past its time and cbs made bad decision making with these 2 cycles.

    What? Year-to-year declines for Survivor have been very low and it typically outrates a significat portion of CBS’ dramas. Why would they not want to air two cycles a year?

  • Mi

    I’m glad for Arrow. SPN was preemted in at least one market for basketball, so it might get adjusted but I hope it keeps that 1.0.

    And for those who fight between Nikita and Arrow, can you please stop? Both shows will continue to the next season, so let’s move on..

  • NBC&mando

    NBC has to know that The Voice should push dramas not comedies like GO ON

  • BigBrotherFan


    INCASE you may of not noticed or bothered to even watch CF it benifits a great amount from the L&O SVU lead-in. BOTH shows done by DICK WOLF, Both shows go for an extremely gritty feel BOTH shows hour long dramas BOTH sort of the same genre.

    NASHVILLE follows a half hour comedy that it shares NOTHING in common with. Nothing. It doesn`t benifit from having, OH I DUNNO…A similar show like GREYS OR REVENGE as a lead-in!

  • Jam

    NBC sitcoms don’t work at all on Wednesday. The revamped Up All Night won’t improve the ratings either. Just save the money and cancel UAN already.

  • Joecup

    The CW now has 3 shows over the 1.0 line? Way to go Mark P. ! Taking SPN out of fridays was a move i didn’t think would be that successful.

  • Jay


    Well they haven’t cracked that code yet, but all we know is there is alot more than one tab. Sam can’t do them all so I will hold off on the Dean not getting nothing yet. Even with the foundation of the show it always been like this with both boys roles. But as Dean the hunter they need to go ahead in let Dean to the Angel tab. I’m sure by the end of this season they will find out about the Angel tab which will carry on to season 9.

    I’m willing to bet money Dean will do it after they crack it.

  • Dan S

    I’ve got a strong feeling that assuming NY is cancelled that CSI will replace it on Fri @ 9pm in the fall. I know viewership is meaningless but it drew a smaller audience than Blue Bloods that draws over 11M viewers on a Fri night. I believe both Chicago & Nashville will return as well both doing well enough to justify a 2nd season.

  • Saísse

    @SueP Yes!! You will see. :D And to help Cross your fingers, Throwing salt over his shoulder right, 4 leaf clover, Horseshoe, Rabbit paw hehehehehehehe

  • PurpleDrazi


    “No real person could possibly be that pathetic as to sit on their computer just waiting for the overnight ratings post just so they can pounce on it. Could they?”

    Is this your first visit to the internet?

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