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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  • maximillian


    Counting NBC out? Hardly.

    Celebrity Apprentice – series lows last season, expect the same this time.

    Grim and Fashion Star – Grimm is good for Fridays, Fashion Star has terrible ratings last season. Little promo so far, and a format change up if I understand correctly. Not counting on that one.

    The Voice and Revolution – The Voice obviously will help. Revolution, to early to know how well it will return. Unless there is some great promo, I am not sure it will return with the high numbers we saw in the Fall. People got bored, tuned out.

    Ready For Love (March 31st) – Sundays are brutal already.

    Hannibal (April 4th) – Thursdays are also brutal already. This has buzz, but lets see if it can carry interest past the buzz.

  • chris23

    Arrow will adjust up if those viewers are correct. Hopefully Supernatural will too, when they post the correct information for the show. Clearly they copied Arrows ratings and placed with SPN accidentially.

    American Idol barely beating Modern Family in demo. I’m surprised AI demo is not higher with the 14 Million Viewers. I guess it could be worse, Dancing w/the Stars pulls 13 mil+ and can only muster up a low 2 ratings.

    Good for the Middle always stable. Nice to see CSI back up, even though I’m not a fan. Chicago Fire is doing solid.

    I was hoping Arrow would try and take 4th place this week with NBC. It tied for #4 in demo and beat NBC in total viewers last week.

  • Chris


    Eugenie Ross-Leming is Robert singers wife that’s why shes still there.
    She is so bad she bought us the racist truck and even kripke said he regret that epi till this day.

  • TJ

    Great ratings for the Oscar Katie special. Perhaps ABC would consider a weekly show with Katie discussing pop culture matters with celebrities.

  • Justin

    This hasn’t been a good week for The CW – every night has fallen so far. I fully expect all the shows this week to tick back up next week but still.

  • Wright

    I watch Arrow and SPN, but I would love to see SPN beat Arrow in the finals.

  • Luke

    Hopefully Survivor will adjust up like usual?

  • rob60990

    Chicago Fire looks like a monster hit compared to Smash. ;)

  • Zach

    I was to optimistic for Idol I thought they’d at least hold steady…guess have tonight too

  • eridapo

    AI 3.8 13.21 / 4.2 14.47/ 4.2 14.70/ 4.1 14.58

    Surv 2.5 9.35/ 2.5 9.54
    CM 2.6 10.71/ 2.8 10.77
    CSI 2.4 10.57/ 2.2 10.50

    Arrow 0.9 3.11/ 0.9 3.14
    SNTRL 1.0 2.36/ 0.9 2.07

    LOSVU 1.6 5.39/ 1.7 6.02
    CF 1.9 6.44/ 1.8 6.40

    Katie 1.4 5.05/ 1.3 4.91

  • Sam

    Criminal Minds is down to NCIS-LA level. :(

  • Billy

    Good to see most shows up and American Idol down.

  • HalCapone

    The Neighbors has really affected the ABC Wednesday lineup and I’m not sure it can recover its mojo even if The Neighbors were moved to a more appropriate night. It should be moved to either Fridays as an 8pm family show or even Sundays as a lea-in to Once Upon A Time, replacing Americas Funniest Home Videos (which could be moved elsewhere, used as filler or go on hiatus.)

  • ally

    Happy For Chicago Fire not many shows can pull in the exact same demo that the pilot episode had in episode 16.

  • Joey

    I hope next years tv programming exceeds this years. What a awefull year it’s been.

  • Tessa

    During discussions about SPN’ writer’s terrible decision last week to give the hell quests to Sam and thereby repeat a five year long tradition of active-Sam/passive-Dean the counter argument was that the ratings were great. Now here’s the answer. When your screw up happens in the last 5 minutes of an episode the results will not reflect in that episodes ratings but the next one.

    Also enough with the Monster of the Weeks. They better do something exciting soon or the ratings will fall even more. Puling Castiel out of the hat at this point seems like a good idea.

  • Edward

    Really good again for Chicago Fire.

  • Tom

    @Rob Arrow isn’t a bad show. It will never draw a huge audience because of it’s fantasy storyline, but I believe it’s paying a penalty for being on the CW. Based on the poor reception that the opening episodes of both Cult and Carrie received, it’s relatively clear that most viewers could care less about what’s broadcast on the CW. With the exception of Arrow, that pretty much sums it up for me. So, I wouldn’t begrudge Arrow fans their occasional ratings celebration.

  • fringewillget5seasons

    Keep dropping Idol!!!!

    CSI back up as expected but those CBS numbers are weak. Something will change on this night next season. Likely the move of Survivor.

    NBC underperforming as always.

  • Brian J

    I’m just amazed Fox is not using “Idol” to help a scripted series. It’s simply puzzling.

    As for ABC, you gotta wonder what the answer is to finding a comedy show that helps the entire night in between “TM” and “MF.”

    As for CBS, whatever. Solid, but in danger of dropping badly soon.

    As for NBC, “CF” is probably going to be renewed, but I wonder if it should either lead off this night or move to Fridays with “SVU.” Or, if they are focusing on rebuilding other nights besides Thursday, move it there, just to stabilize the 10:00 PM hour.

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