TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol' Hits a Low But Still Wins Night, 'Modern Family', 'Survivor' & 'CSI' Up, 'Arrow' Falls

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February 21st, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.1/11 2.5/7 2.1/6 1.6/5 1.5/4 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.2/10 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.4/5 1.2/4 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 14.239 10.242 6.813 3.912 5.079 2.670


FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX, American Idol scored a 4.1 down from 5 percent from last week's 4.3 adults 18-49 rating. This is the series' lowest adults 18-49 rating for a Wednesday since at least July 10, 2002. Your predictions were accurate.

On CBS, Survivor: Caramoan: Fans vs Favorites earned a 2.5 up 4 percent from a 2.4 adults 18-49 for last week’s premiere. Criminal Minds tied its series low with a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating down 4 percent from a 2.8 for  its last original on  February 6.CSI garnered a 2.3, up 21 percent from last week's series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Middle earned a 2.2 up 16 percent from last week's season low 1.9 among adults 18-49.  The Neighbors scored a 1.9, up 12 percent from last week’s 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Modern Family garnered a 3.9, up 3 percent from last week’s 3.8 adults 18-49 rating. Suburgatory notched a 2.0, down 5 percent from last week’s 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. A special 202/20: Mad About Oscar earned a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 28 percent from Nashville’s 1.8 in the time period last week.

On NBC, Whitney tied its series low with a 1.1 down 8 percent from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Guys With Kids garnered a 1.1 up 10 percent from last week's series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Law & Order SVU notched a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating up 13 percent from last week's 1.5. Chicago Fire earned a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

On the CW, Arrow garnered a 0.9, down 18 percent from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Supernatural earned a 0.9 down 10 percent from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, February 20, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 4.1/11 14.24
CBS Survivor 2.5/7 9.45
ABC The Middle 2.2/7 8.17
NBC Whitney 1.1/3 3.26
CW Arrow 0.9/3 3.12
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 1.9/5 6.29
NBC Guys With Kids 1.1/3 2.96
9:00 ABC Modern Family 3.9/10 10.57
CBS Criminal Minds 2.7/8 10.74
NBC Law & Order; SVU 1.7/4 5.71
CW Supernatural 0.9/3 2.22
9:30 ABC Suburgatory 2.0/5 5.89
10:00 CBS CSI 2.3/7 10.54
NBC Chicago Fire 1.9/5 6.42
ABC 20/20: Mad About Oscar 1.3/4 4.98


via press note:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
> Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
> Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/6.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49
> Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late
> Show," 0.7/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
> averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in
> the Local People Meters.
> * From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5
> in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
> Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
> Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in
> metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25
> markets with local people meters.
NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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  • Ramona

    I’m glad SPN fell a bit. That was the most terrible episode yet lol

  • rob60990

    The Middle doubled Whitney’s rating. :D

    Arrow down. That’s what Arrow fans get for bragging last week.

  • Alejandro

    Supernatural with 3.12 million viewers? I think someone accidentally copied and pasted Arrow’s results there lmao.

  • Oliver

    The NBC comedies are trying to outdo each other to see which can get the lowest ratings. What a trainwreck. They’re trying to make Community look good.

    Suburgatory’s retention out of MF is miserable. I’m amazed how badly the show has performed this year after such a strong freshman season.

  • J-albaadani

    Yes!! Arrow is down.
    The show has gotten so boring.

  • TJ

    Excellent for Guys with Kids

  • rob60990

    That’s really really really bad for Suburgatory. At this point, I’ll be shocked if it does any better than The Neighbors.

  • KS

    Supernatural episode was boring. But yeah, still a decent rating.

  • Jess

    the last 2 episodes of Arrow have been the best yet.

  • Chris

    Supernatural 0.9 2.22

  • Alejandro

    Guys I think the high viewer count means the SN rating could be wrong! I just don’t see how it jumped from having mid to low 2 million viewers all season to 3.12 the exact number of arrow this week :s

  • Max


    Come on now, people. Are you really going to try and claim that this show is a success for NBC? Why? Because it is barely beating a show that airs before it that has been on television FOREVER? It didn’t even have ABC’s NASHVILLE to contend with this week and it couldn’t rise from last week. CSI obviously owns it.

    Why in the world should NBC give this a second season? It is a loser and will never grow into anything substantial for the network.

    Can it.

  • Alejandro

    @ Chris

    Ah I thought that might have been the case! 2.22 million makes alot more sense lmao.

  • Ted Craig


    Suburgatory seems to suffer facing the last half-hour of AI. It should do better at 8:30. However, that doesn’t bode well for HTLWYP, because the ads look really bad and it will face the same competition.

  • Aron

    American Idol is a reality competition as easy for the ratings to fall as easy for the ratings to rise, idol don’t have to get people back with a plot linelike scripted shows, all they need is better judges, judges that’s not all buzz and idol ratings will rise.

  • Andrew

    Love Arrow its already been renewed thankfully so it has time to go back up .

    Is this a good sign for GWK the better rating this week? Not sure how this works thats why I ask.

  • rob60990

    I thought Idol would somewhat stabilize last night but it keeps dropping. Obviously the talent is weak plus the new judges are not working out.

  • Tony JJ

    good for the middle and pretty good for the neighbors. This doesn’t bode well for Suburgatory, 2.0 following Modern Family, last season it did great after The Middle but man, those ratings aren’t gonna fly, especially since it’s produced by Warner Brothers so ABC gets nothing from syndication. Maybe it would be better off canceling it. ABC probably wanted it to move to another night next season, but does ABC really need/want another Happy Endings/Apt. 23 disaster?

  • Baqinardo

    Arrow half hrs: 0.9/0.9
    Supernatural half hrs: 1.0/0.9
    Watch out Arrow.

  • omabin

    I find it really strange that Arrow fell after last week’s episode. I personally thought it was their best yet by far and a lot of people seem to be of the same opinion, weird. Apart from that, nothing standing out in the night ratings wise. Chicago Fire is remarkably steady when it is facing CSI now, that will be its third 1.9 in a row if it does not adjust in the finals. Good for it.

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