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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  • Rebecca

    If some of the guys here are mentioning attractive females for screen shots on threads, I’d like to (as a girl) also offer some male suggestions (just bored right now and waiting to leave for my kiddo’s concert):

    Monday shows: Nathan Fillion from Castle (Rick Castle)
    Tuesday shows: the guy who plays Dr. Danny Castellano on Mindy Project
    Wednesday shows: duh, Jensen Ackles (Dead Winchester) from Supernatural (the other brother is nice too but I prefer Dean…and Castiel)
    Thursday shows: I only watch the NBC lineup and TBBT, so I have no suggestions, lol
    Oh, Joel McHale from Community
    Friday shows: I only watch Grimm and Last Man Standing, but Nick and Monroe are sort of cute (from Grimm).
    Saturday shows: Cops from Cops, lol
    Sunday shows: Rumpelstiltskin or his more handsome counterpart Mr. Gold, from OUAT

    That’s all I can think of, hehe.

  • Brandy

    Does the fact that CMT bought and aired episodes of Nashville help Nashvilles renewal chances at all?Like they made money from CMT and maybe if it gets to season four_or three as shows with less than 88 episodes have been syndicatied_that CMT will syndicate it? Or just air season one and two, if it gets renewed?

  • CookyMonzta


    Posted February 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM



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

    With only 7.5 million total viewers, I think the 18-49 demo may have been even lower than that; perhaps between 3.0 and 3.5.

  • John A

    Why are Finals so late?

  • Shepherd

    @John A

    No one knows. I’ll assume that it’s just an oversight sine they normally post a notice when there are going to be delays.

  • John A

    Id assume that they didnt get the numbers. Weird that Bill/Robert didnt post something to explain the delay.

  • No_Lie

    MichaelChickless – Posted February 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM
    k:Alex Now we know it for sure, Chicago Fire is NBC biggest scripted hit show. ”Until Revolution comes back next month in the 3?s.”

    Revolution gets 3s with the Voice as lead-in. Chicago Fire gets 1.9 but with a much weaker lead-in and consistently builds on that lead even going up against the critic’s darling Nashville and the veteran CSI. This would indicate that Chicago Fire can stand on it’s own while we don’t yet know that about Revolution.

  • Shepherd

    @John A

    “Weird that Bill/Robert didn’t post something to explain the delay”

    That’s why I’m going with an oversight; either in posting the numbers, or in posting the delay notice. They probably asked ‘the help’ to post the numbers, an somebody goofed/ just didn’t get the message. Maybe the Malware Monster ate them. :)

  • John A

    @Shepard Ive looked elsewhere and dont see finals either.

  • Shepherd

    Right on. something I would never think or bother to do. :)

    Maybe it’s a huge conspiracy. The networks paid Nielsen to delay because they needed time to ‘fix’ the final numbers. j/k

  • Edward

    The finals have been released. For some reason, the site hasn’t posted them. A few shows up ticked and at least one down ticked.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Rebecca: Not being gay, but I can still agree with your picks of Nathan, Jensen, and Robert Carlyle. I’ve always like Jensen from back in his Dark Angel days – very compelling actor.

    Nathan of course is just a total clown – I love his tweets on Twitter. Today a fan told him she broke a nail, what should she do? He told her to break the others to match! :-)

    Carlyle is also an actor with great “presence”.

    If you watched The Vampire Diaries on Thursdays, trust me, you would be an Ian Sommerhalder fan. :-) A very compelling actor.

    Acting is about emotional and physical expression – and intensity. The best actors are intense people, able to project their personalities. I always look for that in an actor to decide if they’re good.

  • CookyMonzta

    @John A
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    “@Shepard Ive looked elsewhere and dont see finals either.”

    Posted February 28, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    “Right on. something I would never think or bother to do.

    “Maybe it’s a huge conspiracy. The networks paid Nielsen to delay because they needed time to ‘fix’ the final numbers. j/k”

    Could it be that this may be the first DOWNWARD adjustment for ‘Idol’ ever (a slight possibility these days, given how small their 18-49 viewership is today), and they are too embarrassed to let it get out in the open just yet?

  • John A

    @Edward what site did you see the finals?

  • Rebecca

    Yeah, I think if I watched TVD I’d like Ian S. I liked him on Lost – just have never seen TVD. And I’ve always loved Nathan Fillion, especially his humor. The outtakes on the Firefly dvd(s) are hilarious. He had some fun stuff on the Castle dvds, too (I rented them back when I was catching up on the show, from season 1 or 2). I have two discs in my Netflix queue of Hamish MacBeth, which was a 1995 Robert Carlyle series in Britain…before OUAT I liked him in Trainspotting and The Full Monty.

  • geri

    I watch Arrow, Criminal Minds and CSI. Three of my favorite shows. Watched the first two episodes of Chicago Fire. Was’nt impressed. Have never watched Nashville or Supernatural or American Idol, so I can’nt give a valid opinion.

  • *S (@chanel_and_punk)

    NASHVILLE nees to get a 2nd season!

  • BigBrotherFan


    Alright I’ll throw you a bone..
    You have have Wednesday and Thursday.
    Females need their bit too, I guess. lol

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