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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  • Dóchas

    This TVD vs Arrow crap is so OTT childish. Really? Neither show has overwhelming quality to write home about. How about being happy both shows have fans that sustain them? Sparing us from more Emily Owens,90210’s and Gossip Girls?

  • SS

    I agree feinn – they are out where I am. CW is airing repeats the next couple of weeks for some of their shows, so maybe they were off a week in their calculation of when they thought a chunk of their audience would be gone.

  • saísse

    Supernatural HORRIBLE episode. And thanks @eripado!!! :)

  • Alan

    Arrow is going down! Oh my god!

  • cas

    NBC can’t cancel all their shows, so even if CF has low ratings, like some people say, it doesn’t matter because it’s a consistent performer for NBC plus 10 pm slots are generally lower ratings in the first place. So my next question is, have any of the people that call shows flops and complain about them even watched 1 episode or 2 maybe of the shows? Yes, I understand ratings renew shows, but it doesn’t mean a show isn’t good just because it doesn’t do stellar in the ratings department.

  • KS


    0.9 is right in the usual rating territory of Supernatural.

    And online community(i am not talking about online viewers, but about online posters) is nothing as compared to the real fanbase out there. And most of the time online fandom nit-picks things just like that if Sam or Dean gets the story arc.

    I am glad that this arc remained a Winchester one, I don’t care which one it is and not given to Castiel unlike in season 6 and 7.

  • Chris

    Because they borderline made bestiality canon with a side of the African American woman calling the owner master.

    How in the f**** did this get clear to go. Who was on crack that day??

  • Mi

    Arrow fals whenever there’s an NBA game aired in the same hour so this qas expected.

  • matt

    New judges are absolutely working out @Rob, unlike Steven Tyler/JLO, they’re actually critiquing!

  • Mae

    @ Tessa

    Absolutely NO.

    Had people continued watching the terrible episode last night, it would have hit a 1.0. The drop-off in the half hours is obvious.

    This weeks 0.9 had nothing to do at all with Sam doing the trials over Dean. I did not see any screw ups in last weeks episode. I was seeing a whole lot of fans excited for the brothers actually talking. I do not get these Sam v. Dean wars. They are on the same team. So Sam is doing the demon trials. I bet Dean will heavily be involved in the angel gate closing.

    You always sound so bitter to me.

  • Brian J


    “CF” seems kind of pedestrian compared to some of the flare NBC seems to want in its series, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The question is, how does the network use it? As I said earlier, it might be a good fit on Fridays, where it might be able to go at 9:00 and help grow the night. Or it could go on Thursdays, where it could help stabilize the 10:00 PM hour until something bigger comes along.

    I only talk of moving it because I suspect NBC will try to work on rebooting/building Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and perhaps Fridays, leaving Thursdays for another time. If it does that, I suspect it might go for something bolder, like “Bloodline,” to cap off the night.

  • Michael

    I have a feeling a female contestant is finally going to win this season of American Idol. It’s been several years, since that last happened.

  • Nicole

    oh my God! The CW Network is going badly with disastrous results.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Makes total sense to put in that stuipid 20/20 special instead of NASHVILLE just as ratings are going up. *sigh* BRILLIANT ABC

  • KS


    Hopefully its Dean’s. But I have a fear about Angel tablet arc going to Castiel.

  • chris23

    @ERIDAPO thanks for the half hours:

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

    I hope Arrow will adjust up. As for SuperNaturaL if it averaged a 1.0 and 0.9 shouldn’t it be rounded up to 1.0 since technically its average is 0.95 with both half hours combined..

    Or is it left at 0.9 because of the big drop in viewers going from 2.36 down 290k to 2.07? It would be nice too see both shows back to 1.0!!!

  • ateofi

    Hopefully Arrow will be adjusted up in the finals. Also I am glad to see Supernatural having 100% demo retention – not that is something. CSI rebounded as well thanks to Criminal minds

  • PurpleDrazi

    I look at NBC and just shake my head. Hard to believe a 1.9 means certain renewal.
    These are sad times.

  • MichaelChickless

    Come on Criminal Minds! Adjust up!

    A solid night for Chicago Fire, and Arrow is still okay. And that’s still pretty darn good for CSI. Go SVU!

  • toons

    yay for neighbors… it’s been so consistent and is a def lock to come back. the show is really good. even suburgatory… if abc doesn’t have complete faith in either they will toss them to friday… which i think would be a solid tgif night… neighbors is actually smarter and way more fun than people think… i avoided it at first but was surprised how fun it was

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