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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  • Richard Steven Hack

    Carl: “It’s more like wanting a character who is one of the leads to actually have material beyond how sick he is and how he has to keep secrets/has secrets kept from him because he is so burdened.”

    Oh, I get that. Messing with characters is a big no-no to me, especially if the character has an established personality, motivations and behavior patterns and even more so if the character comes from a franchise with prior history.

    One of my BIG problems with Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” was how Josh Friedman and the writers treated both Sarah Connor and Cameron in season two. Sarah was reduced from a hero figure to a paranoid, hallucinating beyatch, and the Terminator was saddled with a permanent glitch that rendered her almost useless.

    Another example was how Doctor Doom, one of the top two or three villains in the Marvel comics universe, was represented in the first Fantastic Four movie as some sort of Goldman-Sachs CEO! :-)

    Developing a character on a TV show should be done with care, so as not to piss off the fans of the character, while still allowing the character to go through trials and tribulations and hopefully come out stronger than before. That’s standard story-telling.

    Writers and producers tend to regard characters as “not real people”, however, and then they get big heads and start to play with the characters in ways THEY think is “cool”, but in the end compromise the value of the character. This is especially true if the character was created by someone else than the current writer. Every writer – and producer – thinks he’s smarter than whoever created the character or show in the first place.

    It’s definitely a problem.

    As I say, I came in late on Supernatural. At some point I guess I’ll have to find a way to watch the earlier seasons so I can make judgments on these points. I’m just not quite as emotionally invested in the boys yet to be annoyed by the plots.

    Although I do admit I thought the whole Sam and Amelia story was an utter waste of time. It went no where and ended up no where. The Dean and Bennie story was better but that appears to have petered out as well. Whatever resolution either character got out of those story lines is not apparent to me.

  • Mi

    @Richard Steven Hack
    “They need to spend more time on Merlyn, Moira and the “Undertaking” and bring in more cool villains who can be connected to that story line.”
    That’s exactly what they’re going to do starting from next week, and Laurel’s mother too shows up next week.

  • Colonel

    @fx It would appear about 14 million people still watch Idol.

  • KikiEm

    American Idol…..Horrible! Nicki Minaj appears to be mentally disturbed as well as difficult to look at. This show has become a joke. These warblers are no longer judged on their talent as singers. All of the 4 judges are commenting on their appearance, their performance (not singing performance) and their choice of clothing. What went wrong? …besides the stupidity of Nicki Minaj. I feel sorry for Randy Jackson.

  • KikiEm

    BTW……..Chicago Fire is fantastic.

  • Carl

    I think both those stories were just done for tension between the brothers. The Amelia/Sam story never worked. Benny had great potential, although I hated how OOC Sam became. I’d like to see Benny back without all the forced angst.

  • Ryan Schwartz

    Once Hannibal crashes and burns Thursdays at 10, I expect SVU to move there permanently next year. And if Revolution and Parenthood return for full seasons, NBC has solved their 10pm problem for now:

    Mondays – Revolution
    Tuesdays – Parenthood
    Wednesdays – Chicago Fire
    Thursdays – SVU

    I don’t see GRIMM moving to Fridays at 10, but I could see them launching something like Dracula Fridays at 10, something compatible that could bring in a decent mid-1 number.

  • networkman

    @KikiEm, American Idol always was concerned about the total package. Simon use to always critique contestants on their appearance. He could be rather harsh. I believe he even said negative remarks to Jennifer Hudson. And when Paula really didn’t enjoy a performer’s vocal ability, she would try and make them feel better by commenting on how well they looked, etc. It is nothing new that they want someone marketable but they are concerned about singing as well.

  • Dargi

    Nicki is driving fans away from American Idol. We want to hear great singers; not an obnoxious judge who seems to know nothing about wonderful voices.

  • Renaldo

    Modern Family will always be one of my favorite shows zimagazine.com

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