TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol' Falls Further, Nashville' & 'CSI' Hit Lows + 'Arrow' & 'Survivor' Rise (Updated)

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February 28th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.8/11 2.4/6 2.2/6 1.7/5 1.6/4 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.0/10 1.4/4 1.7/5 1.6/5 1.1/4 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 13.148 9.764 6.875 3.993 5.157 2.748

Correction: an earlier version of this story incorrectly noted that last night was American Idol's lowest viewership since 2002. It wasn't, it was just the lowest viewership for a *Wednesday* telecast since 2002.

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX, American Idol scored a 3.8 down three tenths from last week's  4.1 adults 18-49 rating. This is the series' lowest adults 18-49 rating for a Wednesday  since July 3, 2003  and its smallest total viewership for a Wednesday telecast since August 14, 2002

On CBS, Survivor: Caramoan: Fans vs Favorites earned a 2.6, up two tenths from a 2.4 adults 18-49 for last week.. Criminal Minds was even with last week's series low 2.6 .CSI garnered a series low 1.8 from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Middle earned a 2.1, down two tenths from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.  The Neighbors scored a 1.7, down two tenths from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Modern Family garnered a 3.9, down a tenth from last week's 4.0 adults 18-49 rating. Suburgatory notched a 2.3, up three tenths from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville  earned a series low 1.6 down two tenths  from its last original's 1.8 two weeks ago

On NBC, Whitney earned a 1.2, up a tenth from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. The Guys With Kids season (maybe, series) finale garnered a 1.1, up a tenth from last week's series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Law & Order SVU was flat with last week's 1.6 adults 18-49. Chicago Fire was also even with last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Arrow garnered a 1.0, up a tenth from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Supernatural was even with last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, February 27, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.8 11 13.15
CBS Survivor: Caramoan 2.6 8 9.43
ABC The Middle 2.1 6 7.96
NBC Whitney 1.2 4 3.55
CW Arrow 1.0 3 3.26
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.7 5 6.12
NBC Guys With Kids 1.1 3 3.15
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 3.9 10 10.59
CBS Criminal Minds 2.6 7 10.58
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.6 4 5.58
CW Supernatural 0.9 2 2.24
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.3 6 6.30
10:00PM NBC Chicago Fire 1.9 5 6.54
CBS CSI 1.8 5 9.27
ABC Nashville 1.6 4 5.14


via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night: 

*	In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.  

*	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," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.  

*	From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
Ferguson" (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

*	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.
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  • Shepherd


    “How did CF when the night? Based on 18-49 demo only?”

    Yes, based on the 18-49 demo alone. Total viewers do not matter to advertisers, so those totals play no role in a network’s renewal decisions. Neither does the 18-49 demo per se, but it has proven to be a very accurate reflection of the C3 ratings, which is what advertisers o care about, and what networks generally use to make renewal/ cancellation decisions.

  • GARY

    Nashville crushed in adults 18-34 and women 18-34
    and wait for the L + 7 before making any judgements.

  • rob60990



    The A18-49 rating for July 3 is missing but I believe it got a 3.9 that night.

  • Charmed

    @Gary I assume that’s a good thing?

  • Reache

    Thanks rob. But I already know that site and missing data, that’s why I asked Amanda.

  • DougF

    Expecting any minute to read that the Finals have been delayed

  • omabin


    They certainly are delayed already

  • Shepherd



  • Jerry

    Chicago Fire is an amazing performer for that network for a show that wasn’t expected to last that long before the season started. It looks like its actually no longer lead-in dependent. To be beating CSI at this point is awesome. NBC might need to produce more dramas like Chicago Fire in the future.

    I think NBC is a lock for a return its pretty much the #2 comedy on the network going into next season behind P&R. Guys with Kids is a bubble show but it really showed better strength this week as it tied Go On with a weaker lead-in and The New Normal was way behind this week. Like some other people have said NBC is likely to keep 3-4 comedies so it will probably be all of the ones they own like P&R, Whitney, Go On, and Guys With Kids. Not too sure about Community right now but TNN and 1600 Penn are definitely goners.

  • Shepherd


    “I think NBC is a lock for a return its pretty much the #2 comedy on the network”

    Did you mean Whitney, or some other comedy on another night? NBC is the network.

  • poweranimals

    Shouldn’t the finals be available by now?

  • Rich

    AMerican Idol is done…..they have killed it!

  • DougF


    and there were actually people who thought it would be brought back for a final short season.

  • Shepherd


    No surprise there at all.

  • Shepherd


    “and there were actually people who thought it would be brought back for a final short season.”

    LOL, I just wish we had gotten this news on a Tuesday morning when all the crazy 90210 fans were around.

  • Carl

    @Percysowner, thanks for reminding me about how the final numbers work. When I see .08 I end up assuming that’s where the final rating will be, but I guess we won’t know until they come out.

    I wonder if that Chris Brown/Rihanna SVU episode helped divert some SPN viewers.

  • DougF

    well maybe the finals aren’t delayed, might be a problem with them updating on the site as they surely would have had the news of 90210 being cancelled up already

  • John A

    CW making wise decisions this week.

  • panda22

    90210 axed?…smart move CW.

  • MMC

    Where I live CM wasn’t on at it’s regular time.It was preempted by a college basketball game.

    They instead aired CM Thursday morning around 2:30am.That isn’t exactly a convenient time for most people,even if they were aware that the show had been moved to that time.

    Now CSI was on at it regular time.I did notice that despite the fact that CM was preempted in some areas,it still did better than CSI in the ratings.

    Of course now to be fair to CSI maybe it was also preempted somewhere that I wasn’t aware of,although I highly doubt it.

    I’m fairly sure whenever a network is looking at a show’s rating,if the show had been preemted in some markets,that is taken into consideration.

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