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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  • Geordiegirl1967

    Spoiler TV has SPN at 2.22, 0.9 for the hour. The 3.12m is definitely wrong.

    In a week of abysmal ratings for CW and a big drop in the demo for Arrow, SPN did well this week. It beat Arrow in the demo in its first half hour (getting 1.0) which is quite an achievement.

  • DenverDean

    NBC should move CF and SVU to the Thursday and Tuesday 10/9, which is WIDE OPEN – Thursday there is room. Move Smash to 9/8 Wed to finish out and Rock Center to 10/9 as counterprogramming to CSI/Nashville. SVU/CF are the networks best performers right now and they are not meeting full reach. Smash is not going to go up significantly when TV returns, but CF could go much, much higher as evidenced by the one-time experiment when TV aired on Wed.

  • DougF


    Bad demo?? You do realize it’s in its 8th season and on the CW right?

  • RandyL

    Well, at least NBC has one hit on it’s hands here. Chicago Fire should be renewed NOW and repeated on Thursday.

  • Mayans

    What happened to Nashville?

  • erwan from france

    Yes ! Guys With Kids out-perform New Normal and tied Go On and Whitney, still it can be renewed !!

  • HalCapone

    Apparently Nashville fans aren’t overly enamored of Chicago Fire since they tuned into CSI over Fire.

  • feinn

    Some highschools are on winter break this week which may be why cw is low this week

  • TimsDale4ever

    I thought L&O was cancelled even as early as last year.

  • Alejandro

    @ Tessa

    I don’t think this week would be anything for the writers to worry about I mean the show was getting a 0.9 rating from 8.09 – 8.12 then it ticked up to a 1.0 for a few weeks and now this week it’s back down to normal levels. Thats pretty normal for the ratings this season which have had the following pattern…

    0.8 >> 1.0 >> 1.0 >> 0.7 >> 0.8 >> 1.0 >> 1.0 >> 0.8 >> 0.9 >> 0.9 >> 0.9 >> 0.9 >> 1.0 >> 1.0 >> 0.9

  • Ramona



    The last two seasons have been the opposite of that, so not sure what you’re going on about. Dean’s the one who has actually been doing stuff (getting Sam’s soul back, killing the Mother, killing Dick Roman) while Sam’s had stuff happen to him while he sits there. Dean’s my favorite character, but the way you extreme fans keep making stuff up to fit your whining is starting to annoy me

  • Chris


    Not really cause the show got a 1.0 demo in first half, it’s just the episode sucked.

    But I do agree they need to step up their game cause spring ratings is here.

  • TimsDale4ever

    SUBURGAORY is an OK show, but they really need to step up on the show’s stories. Most of it is so fluffy and silly.

  • rob60990

    “Apparently Nashville fans aren’t overly enamored of Chicago Fire since they tuned into CSI over Fire.”

    I’m sure CSI’s gain from last week had more to do with Criminal Minds being back than Nashville not being on.

  • TVD Rapes Arrow

    Arrow sucks, now people know its rightful place. TVD dominates again.

  • CookyMonzta

    Well, well…Idol picked up viewers compared to last Wednesday. Almost 900,000. Very good. Now, we wait to see how many watch the guys tonight.

  • Dóchas

    @Chris, thank you. I knew she wrote one the three “I’ll never watch again” episodes. I don’t understand their thought process with these stories. MOTW stories were good when they were doing Bloody Mary style greatness but this episode was simply stupid. For lack of a better word.

  • Wright

    I thought the SPN episode was good. I’m not sure what all the complaining is about.

  • Tessa

    @Funeral Dinner
    Supernatural has an almost surreally large online community that promotes the show ad nauseum. That’s how I found out about it. But it’s rare and for it to stay for 8 years you have to have a positive relationship with it. The Supernatural cast and crew do that. They LISTEN to their fans and cater the show to them. I don’t know of that many shows that are willing to play by the fans’ input to that extent.

  • CookyMonzta

    And by the way, I’m assuming the pickup will be 900,000 viewers (compared to last Wed.) when they readjust the numbers later this afternoon.

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