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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  • KT

    NOOOO Nashville!!! Last night’s episode was great!

    Criminal Minds was very eh last night. This season has been one of the most boring in recent memory for me, so not overly surprised at the rating.

    Dying to see the cable numbers later for Psych’s return and The Americans.

  • matt

    Idol isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Idol alone made FOX #1 for the night

  • Edward

    Arrow was amazing last night!

  • Petar Ivanov

    Idol is in real danger here. X factor better be only 2 hours per week next season.

  • zth

    Hmm, interesting. Spoiler Tv has American Idol at 3.6.


    Idol is still the number 1 show in viewers and almost number 1 show in demos. Its doing well for a 12 year old show especially with all the competition. I honestly think if FOX wants Idol to boost up they have to cancel X Factor. Its not worth all the hassle and how it brings Idol down. Honestly I love the talent of the girls this season. Candice Glover I adore. Oh BTW Zoanette is she the new Heejun of the season.

  • Ellen

    Chicago Fire winning timeslot, beats out CSI! whoa!!

  • John A

    Wow at CSI below a 2.0

  • fringewillget5seasons

    All the Grissom fans ragequit CSI this week it seems.

    Doubt CM will return Wed@9, while still a solid performer these numbers aren’t exactly strong.

    Idol loses to MF? Not in the half hour I’m sure.

  • Max Vrany

    Idol and Modern Family tied in the 9:00 half-hour At 3.9. I’ll post the other halves shortly

  • zth

    Sorry, they corrected it to 3.8 also.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Way to go stupid ABC for premeting NASHVILLE last week for your STUPID OSCAR SPECIAL that did laughable. Hate you ABC and your stupid sched.
    Thanks so much for giving CHICAGO FIRE the edge now just when NASHVILLE was picking up steam! agh They wouldn’t know something good if it smacked them in their face.
    ..but by all means, lets make sure THE NEIGHBOURS follows a perfect sched!
    SCREW YOU ABC for killing your GREAT shows!
    Atleast FOX knows how to handle something good when they have it..TAKE SOME LESSONS FROM THEIR TREATMENT FOR THE FOLLOWING. IDIOTS RUNNING THAT NETWORK!

  • Cyrax86

    Nashville is still protected by the “they can’t cancel everything” theory, however, its next new episode is on March 27th, a whole month away so it might go even lower…

  • Hmm

    Geez Nashville.

  • Samunto

    Chicago Fire wins time period! I think I should start watching that show!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Hmm, interesting. Spoiler Tv has American Idol at 3.6.”

    They made a mistake. We all make mistakes sometimes.

  • Nerdbot

    Glad (and actually a little bit surprised) to see Chicago Fire winning in its timeslot. Although, to be fair, it’s not that the show is doing much better than its competition, it’s the competition (especially CSI) the ones that are not doing so good.

  • Jordan

    Should SVU should be at a 1.7? Marc Berman is reporting that it got a 1.5 in the first half hour and then a 1.8 in the second half hour.


    Looks like Sudden Death for AI

  • forg

    Nashville will have a one month hiatus, that’s kinda worrisome but when it returns it will air 8 eps in a row

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