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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  • eridapo

    Yes.,,,, ARROW beat Smash :)

  • rob60990

    “when NASHVILLE was picking up steam!”

    Where was it picking up steam? It went from a 2.2 to a 1.7 last I remember.


    I have a weird feeling the Voice is going to return lower then last fall. Mainly cause of daylights savings and it just won’t have the big numbers that it had in fall but it will still do well. Idol will already be knee deep in there finals. Oh btw did u hear Phillip Phillips Gone Gone Gone is the new Idol boot song. Could Interscope have marketed this kid anymore? Why aren’t the Voice/X Factor promoting there stars the way Idol/Jimmy promoted Phillip? This kid is everywhere. He had great massive promotion

  • Skylar James

    American Idol should rise tonight with basically no competition

  • Brian

    Go Chicago Fire!
    Bye Bye Nashville & American Idol..days are numbered!

  • Petar Ivanov

    Criminal Minds series low i guess. STill good but this is expensive old drama with big expensive cast. If next season drop further will be last.

    CSI will take friday cbs spot next season. Start well but lose its momentum. Should ended where started. csi miami ended last season. csi ny this season and csi next season is what make sense.

  • Clarke

    Yikes. CSI really fell hard. It’s really scary to see the show at a 1.8 and under 10Mil. Criminal Minds is also very low. CBS’s aging crime dramas are dying.

    GWK at Go On levels. Maybe it will be renewed over Go On because single-cams are supposedly more money than multi-cam comedies. GWK has great potential to become a hit in syndication and I think NBC should renew it.

    Sad to see the Neighbors fall. Next week it fall even further with no Middle lead-in. Hope the show can survive.

  • Micha

    NBC is just DEAD the ONLY bright spot of Wed. night is Chicago Fire, SVU has been down since the Mike Tyson casting, proof misognistic casting in primetime is not a good idea.

  • Ashley

    Good job Arrow and SPN! Sorry but Nashville doesn’t look like it’s doing too well. It’s slowly declining as is AI, thank goodness. MF, it’s doing fine but no competition with TBBT.

  • Paul P

    Nashville is a goner!

  • eridapo

    AI 3.6 12.36/ 3.7 13.53/ 3.9 13.25/ 4.0 13.45

    Surv 2.5 9.17/ 2.7 9.69
    CM 2.6 10.44/ 2.6 10.74
    CSI 2.0 9.54/ 1.7/9.01

    Arrow 1.0 3.25/ 1.0 3.26
    Super .9 2.29/ .8 2.19

    Nash 1.6 5.22/ 1.5 5.05

    CF 2.0 6.51/ 1.9 6.57

  • omabin

    Go Chicago Fire, winning the 10pm hour and with the weakest lead-in of them all. What is up with the late season collapse of CSI? If it keeps this up, it will be kindly invited for the friday graveyard party by cbs executives. It was having such a strong season before, it is really strange.

    And I have been saying since people started putting Nashville as certain renewal that it is, at very best, a likely renewal, if not a bubble show, so no surprises with the numbers here.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Uhhh…when it got the 2.2 ratings DUH
    They keep screwing with it

  • Ash

    @Sometimes you are so incomprehensible. What are you even saying? That your mad at ABC
    for promoting Nashville during the Oscars?


    @ BigBrotherFan

    I now pronounce you THE CRAZED FAN OF “NASHVILLE.”


  • zth

    “On FOX, American Idol scored a 3.9 down two tenths from last week’s 4.1 adults 18-49 rating. This is the series’ lowest adults 18-49 rating for a Wednesday since at least July 10, 2002.”

    I guess you should correct it to 3.8 here too.

  • Brittney

    Yay Suburgatory! It’ll probably be adjusted down but at least it’s up from last week.

  • Hmm

    @ Bigbrotherfan

    You do realize that there are what, 35-40 weeks in a normal (September- May)tv season right? There’s no possible for for ABC, or any other network for that matter, to air a new episode every week. There’s ony 22-24 episodes per season usually…. Hiatus in February/March gets every show unless it’s a mid-season new show.

  • Outcountryguest

    Interesting to see the low numbers for CSI the same night Psych returns.

  • Ash

    @Big Brother Fan
    My last message was to you :)

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