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Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The Middle' & 'Modern Family' Adjusted Up; 'Survivor', 'Guys With Kids', 'Criminal Minds' & 'Law & Order: SVU' Adjusted Down

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February 21st, 2013

 

The Middle and Modern Family were each adjusted up a tenth while Survivor, Guys With Kids, Criminal Minds and Law & Order: SVU were each adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Wednesday broadcast ratings.

Final broadcast primetime 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 14.37
CBS Survivor 2.4/7 9.32
ABC The Middle 2.3/7 8.27
NBC Whitney 1.1/3 3.14
CW Arrow 0.9/3 3.15
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 1.9/5 6.34
NBC Guys With Kids 1.0/3 2.83
9:00 ABC Modern Family (9-9:31PM) 4.0/11 10.62
CBS Criminal Minds 2.6/7 10.69
NBC Law & Order; SVU 1.6/4 5.61
CW Supernatural 0.9/2 2.10
9:30 ABC Suburgatory (9:31-10PM) 2.0/5 5.74
10:00 CBS CSI 2.3/7 10.65
NBC Chicago Fire 1.9/5 6.50
ABC 20/20: Mad About Oscar 1.3/4 5.02

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • Ultima

    @TMDude
    ABC made a bad move by chosing “ZZZuburgatory” over “Happy Endings”, on WED @ 9:30. That sh*t hardly gets 2.0 in demo 18-49.

    When “Happy Endings” used to be aired right after “Modern Family”, it was getting 2.3-2.5 / 2.7-3.0 in demo 18-49.

    Gasp! You must be right. No one will possibly notice that you’re comparing one episode of Suburgatory to an entire season of Happy Endings. We’re all just that stupid! :roll:

    This week, last season, Happy Endings had a 2.4 out of Modern Family’s 4.8. 50% retention, just like Suburgatory last night. For the season, Suburgatory has the exact same retention out of Modern Family that Happy Endings had last season (55%).

    I realize that retention isn’t everything, but since Happy Endings has shown it is incapable of pulling even average ratings without Modern Family, I think it is a useful tool in this case.

  • alvar

    @TMDude

    After a having a whole season with Modern Family as a lead in, one would expect Happy Endings to be able to deliver a decent audience on its own. Clearly its a flop and its time to sink the ship.

  • HalCapone

    Not sure whether Suburgatory should be moved or will be moved next season; it is one of network television’s better comedies (but obviously its brand of silly humor won’t appeal to the masses). IMO, The Neighbors has caused most of the problems for ABC Wednesdays this season; it is just not compatible with Modern Family or Suburgatory or even The Middle. ABC should move it to Sundays, replacing the tired Americas Funniest Home Videos or to a Friday slot at 8pm. While Suburgatory contains high school age characters and teen situations, along with the antics of the crazy adult inhabitants of a fictitious suburban community, it is not really a family friendly sitcom like The Middle. ABC/Disney tries more than the other networks to program more family friendly shows in the early hours. So, I think choosing a time slot for Suburgatory is more tricky for ABC than most shows since they are trying to appeal to teens and adults with more risque humor and adult situations. For that matter, I doubt The Big Bang Theory or How I Met Your Mother would ever be slotted at the 8pm hour if they were appearing on ABC since their humor is very risque, especially How I Met Your Mother which is the smuttier of the two.

    The lack of civility issue on this site is a major bummer–it has gotten much worse, too. Civility starts with the people who post. This is a problem on many websites, especially where there are limited resources to review and filter individual posts.

  • Joe D

    One advantage for The Neighbors renewal is that it’s an ABC production so there is potential syndication revenue and/or reruns on ABC Family. Much of its early projected demise was from negative reviews of the pilot but it has a steady if slow growing audience. We’ll have to see how the new Brad Garrett sitcom does after ModFam to see how next season’s Wed night shakes out.

  • HalCapone

    I know this question has been raised before but where does the Modern Family audience go? Do they stop watching television? Suburgatory (Happy Endings last year) starts at 9:30 while CBS and NBC dramas are half over.

    It would be a gutsy move on ABC’s part to move Modern Family to the 8:30 slot currently occupied by The Neighbors.

  • Mickey

    @HalCapone

    The lack of civility issue on this site is a major bummer–it has gotten much worse, too. Civility starts with the people who post. This is a problem on many websites, especially where there are limited resources to review and filter individual posts.

    The problem is, it snowballs. Normally civil people get fed up and respond when certain posters are allowed to run amok. I have ignored a hundred of Max’s posts obsessively and obnoxiously trashing shows I like, and today just got to the point I wasn’t going to let him trash Chicago Fire as a flop that should be canned when it is in fact currently the highest rated show on NBC.

    From things the site moderators have said, it is not limited resources, but rather a choice to be laissez-faire about behaviour in the comments. Lack of civility may start with certain people who post, but if no moderator steps in to nip it in the bud, it just keeps on growing as the original uncivil poster eventually provokes others into lack of civility.

  • Ray

    Hooray for The Middle….

  • jimtv

    I think some of you have made some sense tonight. I’ve read this site every day since around 2007 and I am sick of the people bashing so many shows and making just stupid comments. It is not enjoyable anymore. I can find my ratings elsewhere. Thank you Robert and Bill for several years of enjoyment.

  • Thorn

    If the people running this site do not put Whitney in certain cancellation than where do we draw the line. 1.2,1.2, 1.1. Every other ratings site has it places as canceled but not this one.
    Does someone here like it and wants to fight for it? Animal Practice was canceled for the same ratings.
    People say “it will be renewed for syndication.” You people are morons, no one will buy the rights to a show that gets the same live ratings as a show who gets the same ratings with a repeat.
    The show is dead.

  • Janie

    I only come here once in a while now because this strange desire people have to prove to everyone that another show is bad is simply weird and strange to be honest. Why is that? Can’t you just look at the ratings for the shows you are interested in and leave it at that? Why is there this inherent need by soom to try and convince people that any given show is bad??? Very weird.

  • Ultima

    @Mickey
    I have ignored a hundred of Max’s posts obsessively and obnoxiously trashing shows I like

    You have no idea if it was even “Max” or someone who was just using that name because they know it’s an easy way to get a lot of attention and start a flame war.

    As several of us have tried to point out, the problem with this is NOT Max, it is the dozens of people who just couldn’t stop responding to him every time. He might be obnoxious or you may disagree with his position, but he certainly does not deserve the vitriol which he receives.

    At this point, there’s nothing to be done. Summer will come, comments will slow down, and these people (and the equally annoying “flop” crowd) will disappear. Hopefully, there’s enough adults left come next fall to still have reasonable discourse.

  • Micha

    @Micky

    Revolution is the highest rated NBC scripted drama, currently. Chicago Fire is #2. Max can say what he wishes, he has a right.

    Chicago Fire is not a flop, get it away from dying SVU and Wednesday and THEN you could judge it. CF is SAFE, for now.

  • Brad

    SJ,

    Between the Man and Revenge/Scandal non-sense I’ve all but stopped posting. Shame since years ago this was a great place to comment each morning but now it’s just the same trolls over and over.

  • Brad

    And by “the man” I mean “the Max”

  • Ultima

    @Thorn
    If the people running this site do not put Whitney in certain cancellation than where do we draw the line. 1.2,1.2, 1.1. Every other ratings site has it places as canceled but not this one.

    Why does it bother you that people have different opinions? Does every ratings site need to have exactly the same position so that you can feel confident that your opinion is the right one?

    Also, they only update their predictions once a week, not after every day’s ratings come out. Subsequently, Whitney – with a 0.87 index and a season low of only 1.2 – was definitely not a certain cancellation. I expect that it will be downgraded to likely cancellation next week.

  • Thorn

    It bothers me because every other ratings site has put it up for cancellation except this one. It makes me think one of the admins likes the show and is being bias with it.
    It also bothers me that people carry on about syndication when they don’t know the first thing about how shows make their money. If a show is low rated they can’t charge for premium ads. The lower rated the show the less money it makes. No one will spend money on a show that will lose them money, well no one apart from NBC it seems.
    Seriously though Whitney is bad, the laugh track is unbearable and the supporting cast that helped last season has been completely rewritten. If you are finding yourself enjoying this show, it makes me sad for you!

  • Ultima

    @Thorn
    It bothers me because every other ratings site has put it up for cancellation except this one. It makes me think one of the admins likes the show and is being bias with it.

    I’m sure there’s no bias towards Whitney, the numbers (as of last week) simply don’t say “certain cancellation.”

    It is the fourth highest rated comedy (that isn’t in its final season) on NBC. Saying it is a certain cancellation is basically saying that you’re certain NBC will not renew more than three sitcoms. That’s a bold prediction.

  • toadytoady

    Mickey, Ive noticed that too about this site. People think they have high visibility here so they come to lobby over their particular grievances.It does take away from the credibility of the site.Best to just read the information as collated by site owners.That is always useful,the rest is opinion and often with agenda.Thats obvious to anyone at a glance.

  • Marty

    Bummer, I didn’t even know Criminal Minds was new. They usually advertise it which reminds me to check out a new episode. A month ago it was getting a 3.1. People need to be reminded with ads. It will jump up again as usual. American Idol has decayed faster than I thought. They are in trouble with that group of judges. Not sure I’m liking Survivor. I’ll give it a bit more time. Modern Family was a good episode.

  • Thorn

    I heard however that NBC has been bought out, this information should be known to the admins. I don’t know if it’s truth or not.
    Also why would they renew something that is not performing? Wouldn’t it make more sense to try a new show? How much longer can anyone justify 1.1 or 1.2 ratings?

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