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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  • Mickey



    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.

    Check the the Renew/Cancel Index for NBC. Chicago Fire is NBC’s highest-rated show. Only Revolution can beat it, if its ratings don’t drop when it returns in March after a long hiatus.

    So you seriously think NBC should can its highest-rated show? You don’t think being the highest-rated show on a network qualifies as being a success for that network?

    You already had zero credibility, otherwise I’d tell you you have lost all credibility.

  • POI

    i hope both arrow and supernatural get adjusted up cuz both episodes were amazing.

  • Mary

    They need to fix this ratings system already. We clearly have the technology to do it. And people that get pleasure out of low ratings for shows that they don’t watch and just love to hate on things really annoy the crap out of me.

  • CookyMonzta

    Posted February 21, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    “NBC to finish behind Univision in Sweeps…Aye Carumba.”

    Oy, Colonel! Are you $#!+ting me? Has NBC fallen THAT far?

  • CookyMonzta

    Never mind, Colonel. I see the chart. DAYUM! NBC had better clean house with their front office, or they’ll find themselves killing their VHF network and going strictly cable.

  • Rokk

    What’s with all the Supernatural talk? Are you all teen-agers? It’s surreal. This must be like the buzz nursing homes have when Jeopardy! is over.

  • Ralph



    Mark my word, they’re going to use Cas to keep the viewers hooked on the show over the 3 week long hiatus that’s coming up. If Cas isn’t mentioned in the promo for the March 20th episode that will air next week I’ll eat my couch. They did the same thing before the Christmas break.”

    Yeah and SPN 8×10 fell from 2.06 to 1.99..BAD IDEA The Castiel “effect”.
    Next episodes without Castiel:
    8×11: 2.01
    8×12: 2.12
    8×13: 2.29
    8×14: 2,41

    Yes, Castiel is important
    No, Castiel is not THAT important

  • silvertron

    Of the 900K people who watched Arrow but not Supernatural, is there a way to see how many were under 18 and how many over 49? Both had the same 18-49 rating, and was just curious if it’s more kids or “older” adults who watch Arrow.

  • Aldridge

    Good to see Guys with Kids do better than New Normal in viewers this week. I think Whit and GWK will be back.

  • Alejandro


    I agree that Castiel makes little difference to the ratings one way or the other. I think the only time we’d feel the effects (if any) Cas has on the Nielson audience would be if they were to kill the character off permanately. I don’t think the fall from Citizen Fang to Torn and Frayed can be blamed on Cas though a) It was the first episode after a long break as the ratings you posted show the show tends to do worse after breaks and then hits its stride as episodes air back to back I imagine there will be another drop between 8×16 and 8×17 and b) Torn and Frayed was a rubbish episode all round.

  • POI

    Guys with kids beat TNN in viewers and Demo.

  • Ramona

    Cas is coming back in 8.17, so of course he is going to be in the promo that airs after next week’s episode. It’s not like his returns ever yield better ratings, but his psycho fans don’t see that lol

  • Tessa

    And why is it that his episodes are always scheduled after long breaks you non-psycho, genius fan?

  • Ralph

    Dear SPN writers, please, Dean deserves his own storyline, no about Sam or Castiel savior. It’s very important. Supernatural lost its spin-off because of Castiel’s Dean dependency and Misha lost such an amazing opportunity to get his own show..by the way, good job destiel shippers, writers and Misha’s destiel comments.

  • forg

    I don’t watch Supernatural but over the years I’ve learned some key plot points because of reading the comments section of TBTN :D Guys, no offense meant but everytime the show drops a tenth or two from previous week’s ratings you tend to overanalyze the reason behind the drop.

    Anyway, glad to see Middle and MF rise. Neighbors too but it’s still a Better With You situation with it dropping for MF. Suburgatory’s ratings are disappointing and I really thought ABC’s move to give it the post-MF slot was a brilliant move.

    Survivor’s recovered a bit. I don’t think it will hit 3s this season though but it will still be solid enough

    Idol hit a series low but it was bound to happen and still tops the night

    Chicago Fire is really doing impressively for NBC considering how it often builds from SVU. Maybe NBC could switch their slots next season. SVU always did better at 10 PM. NBC please give up on the Wednesday sitcoms.

  • Ricky K

    MIDDLE up to 2.3 in the finals
    MODERN FAMILY up to 4.0

    SURVIVOR down to 2.4
    CRIMINAL MINDS down to 2.6

  • Ralph


    Please, tell that to Tessa..

    My big, fat problem with S8: WRITTING. Very disappointing..inconsistent as hell

  • Ralph


  • karin

    Criminal Minds tied its series low with a 2.7 adults

  • Dóchas

    @Ramona – Cas fans are psycho’s? Good to know you know how to generalize a fanbase. *RME*

    OT but unsure where to ask – Is DirectTV dropping the CW from it’s programs on March 1st? What kind of impact will that have on the CW, if any? I don’t know the average household subscribers for DirectTV. Just that I am one and I will be pissed if I have to watch Dean and Sam online!

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