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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  • s0303

    happy for survivor and arrow :)

    why is nashville likely renewal???

  • Skylar James

    did American Idol get a 3.8 or 3.9? The text and the list numbers dont match

  • Dillan

    That’s not great for Nashville.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Idol is definately showing some weakness now. I wonder if the other networks will step up and try to challenge it now.

  • Bad Wolf

    Criminal Minds and CSI are slowly fading. Their numbers are not really bad for their age, but they’re declining.

    Good for Arrow, I can’t wait to see John Barrowman and Alex Kingston reunited on this show (the closest thing to a Jack Harkness/River Song encounter).

    I also see that some people are still quick to pronounce death for a show with only one pre-adjustment data point. Sigh…

  • MichaelChickless

    Go Criminal Minds! Ouch for CSI!

    Chicago Fire is definitely a keeper, and Whitney is looking better by the day (even with those numbers).

  • Skylar James

    also considering Suburgatory increased 3 tenths, shouldnt it be in the title?

  • eridapo

    @ jordan..

    Remember those numbers are rounded to the nearest tenth..

  • Taylor

    I agree, ryan. Arrow is definitely one of the best shows on TV right now. It’s probably my favorite new show this season. As much as I once liked Gossip Girl and 90210, I definitely think it’s time for The CW to stop making teen dramas and start focusing on developing more shows about super heroes or least more fantasy oriented shows.

  • eridapo

    LOSVU 1.5 5.22/ 1.8 5.94

  • JJ

    CM is low but still strong and on the better end of CBS’ performers, particularly in the key Demo. Old and expensive as it is, CSI is that much older and even lower in the ratings. Right now, CBS has weaker shows to cancel. (ie The Good Wife, The Mentalist, and CSI: NY) They already have 2 ticking time bombs for next season when Blue Bloods and H50 reach their syndication milestones. If they drop further, they’ll be high on the cancellation chart. Not to mention Elementary is lukewarm in the ratings as well.

    CM’s time is probably limited. But I think 10 seasons seems reasonable given the current landscape of the network.

  • Micha

    SVU’s, CM’s, CSI’s, Nashville’s, and CF’s ratings are right where they should be (all of them are), let’s let the crew at TVBTN’s do what they do best, oh so well!

    I’m tired of all this Fan Excuse Bingo, the ONLY time you really CAN’T use this is NBC Thursdays at 10PM, any other time, you’re likely using an excuse on the bingo card!

  • Oliver

    Might want to mark that it was a season finale of Guys With Kids.

  • Max Vrany

    18-49 halves:
    Survivor: 2.5/2.7

    Idol: 3.6/3.6/3.9/4.0

    Criminal Minds: 2.6/2.6
    Supernatural: 0.9/0.8

    Nashville: 1.6/1.5
    CSI: 2.0/1.7
    Chicago Fire: 2.0/1.9

  • Petar Ivanov

    CM&CSI both in series lows. Not good for CBS. TOO many old expensive and aging shows. Not only dramas but comedy as well. They has great year and waste almost everything.

  • BigBrotherFan


    yeah but ABC breaks at the WORST times for these shows…JUST LOOK AT REVENGE too!!! Idiot NETWORK


    For their IDIOT schedule for the show, THATS WHAT I’M MAD about!

    Atleast NBC knows what they are doing with CF

  • Oliver

    My guess is that CBS pushes CM to 10, pushes CSI to Friday/Sunday, and moves one of the NCIS shows to Wed.

    I think they might wait another season before moving Survivor.

  • Wright

    SPN really is the best show on tv. Every episode is great.

  • Edward

    SVU did admirably this week. Big jump up in the back half. They beat Nashville even though Nashville had twice the lead in. Good for them.


    AI down but not quite yet out for FOX

    CBS places second though CSI series low not impressive at this point

    ABC TM/TN hold on, MF 3.9 was adjusted up last week & Nashville series low (ONO!)

    Even though CF took 10:00, NBC was the biggest loser overall for the night

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