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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  • landon

    THE MIDDLE and CHICAGO FIRE whoop whoop whoop!

  • Sab G

    @Chris – That sounds more like it. :)

    @Max – The one who should “can it” here is you.

  • senor chang

    so that’s three 1.1s and a 1.0 for the NBC sitcoms. absolutely horrid. who thought that the Thursday comedies would be the strongest on NBC in the fall?

    still strong for the SVU/Chicago Fire lineup, good rises for CBS and to some extent ABC’s comedies (save Suburgatory). FOX was down but they’ll still be happy with that number.

    It’s weird, but Parks actually did worse behind The Office than it’s doing now at 8:30 (although it’s only been there for two weeks, I’m talking in terms of relative expectations). At some point having the post-anchor slot becomes less of a blessing and more of a burden.

  • Dóchas

    I’m a Supernatural diehard but last night’s episode was horrible. One or two shining moments do not make a great episode. It’s like the writer’s do not even meet to discuss continuity. It was a big WTF? I’ve determined to NOT have any expectations on an episode that has Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming listed as writers.

  • Dan S

    And then there’s Whitney & GWK both getting 1.1 barely edging Arrow on the CW. Interesting Suburgatory doesn’t do much better than The Neighbors does but expect both shows to be back.

  • Fed

    I want Survivor to ajust up :)

  • NBC Fan

    @Marc or Robert

    When do you think Modern Family will beat Idol.

  • S.P.

    Question for everyone:

    Are we counting NBC out to early again, like we did in the Fall?

    NBC has six or seven more shows to launch/return for mid season:

    Celebrity Apprentice(March 3)

    Grim and Fashion Star(March 8th)

    The Voice and Revolution (March 25th)

    Ready For Love (March 31st)

    Hannibal (April 4th)

    Save Me (no premiere date yet.)

    NBC’s Strategy could possibly work in a couple of months, no?

  • Clarke

    The Neighbors is doing really good for ABC, IMO. It has good retention from The Middle and is their most successful new show this season. I am thrilled the show is staying steady and I’m glad a quirky family comedy like this is surviving. Remember when 99% of critics deemed the show “first to be cancelled”. Now it’s looking like a minor hit.

    Loved GWK last night and I will be really sad to see the show go. Maybe by some miracle NBC will save it but I highly doubt it. :(

  • rob60990

    @Ted, actually Idol at 8:30 did a tenth better than it did at 9:30. 3.8/4.2/4.2/4.1.

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

    No, Even NBC has their standards not to renew a comedy pulling a 1.1 in its 1st season.

  • danny94

    yes Glad the middle is up. Happy CF is staying steady

  • Tony JJ

    Anyone who thinks Chicago Fire is a flop for NBC is on drugs. only one other 10pm show on NBC can get over a 1.0. and that is Deception which is hitting 1.1-1.2, which is awful. If you think Chicago Fire is getting canceled you’re more crazy than, well, no one is more crazy than Max, so yeah.

  • Max Vrany

    @NBC Fan, if it happens, it looks like sometime in March.

  • Crysti

    The total viewers are up by 6% from last week for idol, so calm yourselves.

  • Jarrod

    Supernatural got a good audience view, but still, a bad demo for it and Arrow. A real bad week for The CW. I think they’ll both adjust up though.

  • Funeral Dinner

    The fact that Supernatural is on par with Vampire Diaries and Arrow, but in it’s 8th Season should inspire other networks to give failing shows a chance to grow. SPN was almost cancelled in it’s early years and now look at it!

  • Baqinardo

    @Ted Craig
    “Suburgatory seems to suffer facing the last half-hour of AI. It should do better at 8:30″

    Last half hr of AI is 4.1. At 8:30 is 4.2.
    No excuse there, IMO.

  • Mon

    That’s what you get fixing what was not broken: The Middle/Suburgatory/ModernFamily. The audience flow last season from 8-9:30 seemed seamless. Now, both 8:30 and 9:30 shows are suffering.

  • Ron

    Suburgatory almost always built on the Middle’s lead in last season and should not be in the 930 slot. I’m surprised ABC hasn’t tried something else out in that timeslot yet…though I know the track record from the past 3 years has not been good. Unfortunately How to live with your parents…looks DOA

  • John A

    Yes Arrow down so TVD will beat it this Week.

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