Wednesday Final Ratings: 'CSI', 'Suburgatory' & 'Law & Order: SVU' Adjusted Down

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February 14th, 2013

CSI was adjusted down two tenths and  Law and Order: SVU and Suburgatory were each adjusted down a single tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Wednesday broadcast ratings.

Final broadcast primetime 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 13.45
CBS Survivor: Caramoan: Fans vs Favorites -P (8-9:30) 2.4 7 8.94
ABC The Middle 1.9 6 7.72
NBC Whitney 1.2 4 3.59
CW Arrow 1.1 3 3.29
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.7 5 5.89
NBC Guys With Kids 1.0 3 2.85
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 3.8 10 10.05
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.5 4 6.35
CW Supernatural 1.0 3 2.41
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.1 6 5.91
CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 1.4 4 5.22
10:00PM CBS CSI 1.9 5 8.54
NBC Chicago Fire 1.9 5 6.65
ABC Nashville 1.8 5 5.74

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • DeanW

    CSI won’t move to Friday next Season. CBS would be stupid to do that !

  • Thorn

    Love you, Mean it with Whitney has been cancelled due to lack luster ratings with two episodes unaired. Whitney will be next with horrible 1.2 ratings. Why hasn’t NBC pulled the plug?

  • omabin

    I would like to understand why everyone insists so much that H50 needs to be moved. I think there are only two possible rationales for moving it:
    1) CBS is willing to demote a 9pm show to the important Monday at 10pm timeslot. There are three shows in this category: NCIS-LA, Criminal Minds and Person of Interest. They simply will not change POI’s day and I think Criminal Minds is still very strong for the competitive 9pm Wednesday slot to be thrown out of it, not to mention how incompatible it is likely to be with the comedies lead-in on Mondays. I suppose there is a chance they could move LA. However, Nina Tassler has said in the past (I don’t know the link now, so I guess you can decide not to believe me) that she thinks LA is extremely lead-in dependent and I agree. I think LA would soon hit H50’s current numbers due to the combination of being moved to 10pm and of being away from the mothership show. It currently has an average 0.8 higher than H50, and I think these two factors would easily cancel this out, not to mention that moving a show is, in itself, often a cause for bleeding. In addition, the move would require promotion. If the outcome is the same performance that H50 currently has (even if, yes, there would be a natural decline to be expected next season), why even bother? I suppose it is possible that they try it, but very unlikely IMO.

    2) They are very confident in a new show to give it this competitive slot, the same way they were confident about H50 to premiere it here 3 years ago, even if the slot is more competitive now. I think this is far more likely than 1) but it really depends a lot on how pilot season goes. It is tricky because there will always be a very inflated post-voice show there, all the while castle over at ABC will hurt the procedural audience that so loyally sticks with CBS. The lead-in, while high-rated, is not necessarily a compatible one as I have been arguing for ages, which means they would really have to like the new drama AND be confident about its chances of basically succeeding in a very tough timeslot and without that much help. I think this can, indeed, happen but I don’t think it is as much of a sure thing as people are claiming it to be.

    As for the ludicrous possibility of moving Elementary, I don’t think people are thinking it straight. This is a first year show that currently has a much less competitive timeslot and has a much more compatible lead-in, not to mention has received tones of promotion due to being basically CBS’s baby this season, including a post super bowl slot. Still, it is averaging only 0.2 higher than Hawaii Five-0, and is actually lower rated if you take into account only more recent airings. The move in itself would not only require even more promotion, it would also likely cause it to bleed a couple more tents. You add to that the loss of the comfortable compatible lead-in and the much heavier competition (I have never seen Elementary but I imagine it has a much higher crossed audience with Castle than action heavy Five-0). So, best case scenario it is, let’s say, a couple of tents lower than Five-0 is right now. Why would they even bother with it?!

  • laura

    The CW Network is to erase or completely renew!

  • ragincajun

    If I were programming CBS next season, I would try something like this:

    Crazy Ones (NEW)
    Super Clyde (NEW)
    Beverly Hills Cop (NEW)

    Yes, I know three new shows is risky, but Crazy Ones has Robin Williams, Super Clyde has Rupert Grint, and Beverly Hills Cop is a well know commodity. Plus, CBS has the Emmys this season, and they can have Robin Williams and Eddie Murphy co-host the show to pimp their new series premieres the following night.

    NCIS: Red
    NCIS: LA

    You can’t go wrong with this night.


    PoI should get the same demos as Survivor and deliver 2-3 million more viewers to CM, which would then help CSI.

    Mom (NEW)
    Intelligence (NEW)

    Chuck Lorre night topped off with a dash of Josh Holloway. :-)

    Blue Bloods

    H50 could be Friday’s version of NCIS, which would help the rest of the night.

    60 Minutes
    Undercover Boss – Fall / Hostages (NEW) – Spring

    Survivor should dramatically improve CBS’s demos over TGW, and Undercover Boss would be time period filler for the football overruns. Then in the spring, CBS can try a new 10:00 show.

    Mid-season: TGW (13 episodes); CSI: NY (10-episode final season); One new drama; Two new comedies

  • Michael

    TBBT actually scored a 2.8 in the demo, but half of those viewers were watching it on TBS.

  • leonard

    Suburgatory is just dying.

  • Chris

    This is where I can see CSI creators bringing Grissom back… to give the ratings a boost!

  • forg

    Lol. Last week’s Community ties The Middle and beat The Neighbors. I hate people dissing NBC’s comedy Thursday. Without Modern Family, ABC Wednesday would be just as bad.”

    lol at you comparing a highly promoted season premiere of 1 comedy vs. a regular episode of another. Community ain’t holding that 1.9 rating from last we

    This week’s Community down to 1.2 so yeah ;)

  • Mate

    Here is my fantasy survivor season line up :P

    Survivor Season 27- Celebrity New Zealand!

    Female Celebrity Contestants:
    Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill)
    Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives)
    Hayden Panettiere (Nashville)
    Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory)
    Emily VanCamp (Revenge)
    Sofía Vergara (Modern Family)
    Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls)
    Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother)
    Kimberly Matula (The Bold And The Beautiful)
    Lauren Graham (Parenthood)
    Margot Robbie (Pan Am)

    Male Celebrity Contestants:
    Trevor Donovan (90210)
    Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries)
    Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
    Eric Dane (Grey’s Anaotomy)
    Steve Carell (The Office)
    Bryan Dattilo (Days Of Our Lives)
    David Boreanaz (Bones)
    Matthew Morrison (Glee)
    Alex O’Loughlin (Hawaii Five-O)
    Chris O’Donnell (NCIS-Los Angeles)
    Charlie Sheen (Anger Management)

  • Maria

    Another 1.5 for SVU? That’s two 1.5’s and a 1.3 this season. I guess the change of format, insulting fans on Twitter and casting rapists isn’t really working for Warren Leight. I wonder how long NBC can afford to keep this expensive show running.

  • toadytoady

    Yes and Smash came in this week at 1.2, and Community with 1.5 and Parks and Recreation with 1.5.
    The average for the network is now 1.5. There arent many above 1.5 so they wont be cancelling SVU.

    The 1.3 you talk about was on Thanksgiving Night and i suspect not many families wanted to watch a sex crime show that night at 9pm.

    Your gangs hate campaign about Warren leight is verging on the psychotic.

  • Maria

    ToadyToady I’m not in a gang. I’m a television viewer who has seen the ratings of SVU dive over the last two years. NBC chose to put SVU on that evening. I suspect that SVU is one of the more expensive shows to produce because of the salaries of the main cast and then the number of guest actors. Unless you work for NBC you have no idea whether or not they have the same concerns. It’s funny how one of the ways Warren Leight justified having a convicted rapist on SVU was that it would “promote discussion”, yet his fans, to use your word, become “psychotic” when people discuss the show and its ratings in anything other than glowing terms.

  • Watching

    Have been watching the episode 8.14 and I found Sam´s speech at the end for Dean so false that I wasn’t thrilled, nothing happened, I will continue watching but … :/

  • toadytoady

    Lots of agitation and response. It keeps the show going…all that attention.
    You exagerrate. Its a 14 year old show…not like LOLA diving in the ratings after Christmas and that was only a one year old show.

  • Maria

    I have no doubt that the stunt casting of a famous rapist was to keep it in the news. It backfired badly in the ratings though, with 2 of the three worst ratings ever. This is particluarly damaging as shows generally pull out all the stops to promote themselves during sweeps. Also it is noticeable that they didn’t even have Criminal Minds to contend with this week. It is ratings, not agitation and response, that enable networks to keep shows going, as all the buzz in the world doesn’t guarantee revenue.
    The difference between LOLA and SVU is that SVU is MUCH more expensive to make and from the number of recycled cases (and indeed actors) it’s pretty clear that they are running out of steam. If they continue to keep it going the ratings will just go further south. Obviously they have already let it run on far past its heyday but I think that it’s time to let it go before they lose all credibility and plummet further in the ratings.

  • toadytoady

    SVu is not damaged more than any other show this week. Check the bombing ratings across the networks as discussed on this site.Deception 1.1, Community 1.2,Smash 1.2 (very expensive too) etc. There are over 9 shows with low ratings this week. SVU stays on the average mark for NBC at 1.5.

    Actually in terms of attention it didnt backfire at all. More people are hearing of is because YOU are all drawing attention to it. Your campaign backfired.You did more for attention than anything Tyson did.

    LOLA was alot of rehashed ideas too,even more so after christmas when they retooled it to look like Mothership format and messed up lead characters, making storylines more melodramatic.Ratings bombed.All these procedurals copy each other. Mothership ended finale on 1.8/9….not alot for a series finale. Times change.

  • Maria

    It’s funny how you keep lumping me in with other people. You don’t know me. I have had no campaign. I am on Twitter, on a private account, so anything I say only goes to a few select people not the general public. I dont know why you would think II have done anything about Tyson’s casting. Do you have some mindreading or computer hacking capabilities that the readers of this site need to know about? Assuming some vast conspiracy seems like paranoia. What you fail to realise is taht many viewers who were very supportive of the new version of SVU have been very disappointed with the lack of respect for their viewers shown by the casting of an unrepentant convicted rapist on a show about victims. Yes there has been a lot more discussion about the show but the past two weeks of ratings show that it hasn’t worked. The retooling of SVU to make it like CI hasn’t worked either. Obviously Dick Wolf and his producers haven’t learnt from their previous mistakes. There comes a point where declining ratings means that the advertising revenue is not enough to justify keeping the show. If they hold onto SVU much longer it will be another one of Wolf FIlms and NBC’s costly errors. Wolf Films have been branching out into other types of shows as well as the promising Chicago Fire and that seems much more sensible than flogging the dead horse that is the Law and Order franchise.

  • Heather

    I’m in total agreement. I thought it was disgusting that a show that has cast itself as sensitive to victims would hire a convictied and non-repentant rapist and huge misogynist in a role. A desprate move on a dying show. I found that whole stunt casting decision to be disgusting and Marishka Hargitay silence, as a founder and president of a foundation that help rape victims was equally troubling. she has gotten tons of glowing press about her foundation but yet stands by and says nothing. The last several years of this show has been recycled plots and frankly its boring. I think it would be wise for NBC to put their money into a new production. SVU should have folded up years ago.

  • toadytoady

    Inconsistency can be found anywhere. One of the most inconsistent writers ever was Shakespeare, also one of the most successful. Also, character change is not only a dramatic device but also a reality. Take a look at the charming professional athlete, Oscar Pistorius, now charged with the murder of his girlfriend in South Africa. Curiously, that happened within 24hours of “Secrets Exhumed” airing. Good timing.

    The reason why “no one has learned from mistakes” as you put it, is because there are no mistakes. Leight is a very successful and versatile writer/showrunner .He brings the best out in his actors and crew, and he brings vitality to the sites….otherwise you or I wouldn’t be here.

    These are the FACTS. His season 7 of LOCI had the highest consecutive run of ratings culminating in Frame, the episode with the highest rating on USA. Contrary to what was being fed to spread at the time to alot of us, Leight was not incompetent etc and wolf was not displeased with him. In fact Leight was headhunted to run In Treatment and its Israeli creator said Leights season was the best and deepest interpretation. It was critically acclaimed, as was Lights Out.

    Leight is not a one trick pony or a hack but a much sought after troubleshooting showrunner with reputation. After he left, Wolf found it very difficult to find a replacement which is why LOCI disappeared for a year, and when it did return ratings and interest fell which led to USA giving it a final season. Ratings recovered slightly in season 10 when wolf brought leight back to work with Brancato and Donofrio into a format that was original and interesting. Its clear many people think highly of leight and of the new SVU.Its never going to be what it was. Nothing is.

    Wolf brought Leight in because he is the best man for the job .At the time he was told there might only be a couple of years in it. He has done well to keep it going, and quite frankly any interest, positive or negative, is better than none. LOCI sites were buzzing during seasons 6/7 and dead during seasons 8/9. SVU sites are buzzing now.

    Not many showrunners would put up with some of the comments being made on some sites. Russell T Davies had similar trouble over Doctor Who and in the end told those who didn’t like it to leave because HE was running it, not them.

    Other facts: the show average for NBC has tumbled recently without Voice or Sports events to boost ratings. Its general, not specific to SVU. In fact all the networks have been suffering recently.SVU is average at 1.5 key demo. You cannot compare this season to when Meloni was around. The TV environment has changed and even with Meloni the ratings were falling. There are many shows on NBC below 1.5 in danger of cancellation, including Smash.NBC cant cancel everything.

    I agree about Chicago Fire. Of course that is the future. Its nothing like the Law and order shows. It has model type actors and melodramatic plots. That is what people want these days on network TV.Wolf realises that the “character development/controversy/personal relationship etc” that Leight started in LOCI is exactly the style now required on network TV.

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