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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  • MichaelChickless

    @Once & Again: “Wednesday a train-rack for ratings.”

    You mean like a rack where they keep the trains?

  • eridapo

    I fully believe that “Max” works for this site and his role is to say stupid things to increase hits. How else to explain him usually being the first one to post? 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?

    Be here tomorrow and checkout who the first poster is, and you’ll have your answer….. ;)

  • Justin121

    Biggest break-throughs of the season (revised):

    1- Scandal

    2- Chicago Fire

    3- Arrow

    4- Revolution

    5- The Following

    What do you think of it now?

  • Mayans

    Uh oh looks like Whitney will be renewed lol.

  • Ryan Schwartz

    If NBC wants to launch another multi-cam block with NEW sitcoms next fall (I think at this point, they’ll part ways with WHITNEY and GWK), it should be Tuesdays at 8 leading into VOICE RESULTS. They can build an audience that won’t leave between VOICE cycles (e.g., GO ON, TNN). There’s a Sean Hayes multi-cam in development. They’ll likely use that to anchor the lineup, that is if I’m correct that they’ll abandon Wednesday comedies while trying to capitalize on Tuesdays and post-Office Thursdays with Michael J. Fox.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Spoiler TV has SPN on a 1.1 in the demo. Disappointed you only have it as 1.0. “


    Spoiler TV just made a mistake, we all make mistakes.

  • Percysowner

    Supernatural is awesome, against one or against all remains strong. I think the future of Supernatural will be Tablet of Demon = hell = Sam and Tablet of Heaven = Angel = Dean, hoping to see.

    I agree. I think the tablet of Hell will take this season to wrap since they are now guaranteed a next season, that will be closing Heaven. If they go to season 10, which I completely expect, I think they may discover that closing the gates to both was a bad idea and have to reopen them. Because the world needs balance.

  • TJ

    American Idol is still the highest rated show on FOX by a mile.

  • Ultima

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

    You would think!

    The success rate for comedies out of the big reality competitions has been horrid.

  • Sam

    Wow at CW. Wednesday has really become stable for them and I hope they aren’t stupid enough to break that up next year. Arrow and Supernatural is a great combo and they should keep it.
    Now all they need is for The Originals to work with TVD and maybe pair BatB with Nikita next year. This way they really could have three decent nights. I can alos see Company Town working with Hart of Dixie. We’ll see. If they play their cards right then maybe The CW can be saved after all.

  • buttondiet

    CW is making NBC comedies look like major flops.

  • Greg

    @Ryan Schwartz

    Okay, now you’re just assuming things. First of all, Rudolph won’t quit the show. She was brought to stardom by Lorne Michaels, the producer of UAN. And Michaels has a huge influence on NBC and won’t let the show die without one last fight (okay, I’m assuming here as well).

    If they’re filmming one episode now, then there’s plenty of time for an April premiere. Save Me has shot only two episodes and cannot be burnt off even if NBC wanted to.

  • No_Lie


    Posted February 14, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    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!

    @BigBrotherFan – I completely agree with you on this point. I think Nashville is not well suited for this timeslot. CBS has the Criminal Minds – CSI combo and, as you said, NBC has SVU – Chicago Fire. Both those combinations work well together, whereas the ABC comedy block – Nashville clearly does not.

  • Ryan Schwartz


    And now you’re assuming that one episode will air ;)

  • Mike

    If this means the end of Survivor is close, a problem for CBS. This would mean a weak lead in for their Wednesdays,
    Amazed with CSI . I cannot even remember how old this show is, but a 2.1 demo after a 1.6 demo lead in, it’s not bad at all. Hawaii FO got the same demo yesterday with a 3 demo lead in , LOL… Wonder how CSI would do on Monday. Hmmm

  • Fred

    These days Nashville is safe with a 1.8. That slot used to require a 2.0.
    Very emotional ep last night. Not enough music but the story was deep.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Scandal is pretty much a self starter now.

    I wish the would pair NASHVILLE with GREYS now. It`s the best show on the air right now!

    …sorry but the following episode last week was down right cringe worthy so I have downgraded to second best show this season. I really wish they kill off EMMA please!

    ..sorry back to WEDNESDAY talk


  • Greg

    @Ryan Schwartz

    That was just bad phrasing on my part, haha. They’ll film all five episodes.

  • Skylar James

    I’m glad Survivor fell, it needs to go away soon.

    CW must be the only network happy with Wednesday ratings. I still enjoy watching Supernatural, and I think i’ll continue to watch it until it wraps up, probably Season 10.

    Chicago Fire is definitely the only thing NBC has to smile about Wednesday’s lineup. Whitney and GWK are dead.

  • Jimbo

    Definitely not a good night for Survivor. It always does worse in the Spring than during the Fall due to having to compete with American Idol, but I certainly didn’t see a 2.4 coming.

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