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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  • BigBrotherFan


    Thats because it had THE MIDDLE.
    HAPPY ENDINGS had a WAY better rentention of MF lead-in than SUBERGATORY. It’s a failure in the 9:30pm slot and it’s hurting NASHVILLE (no cross audience and low rated COMEDY) needs to GO!

    Mark my words! Without MF expect a 1.4-1.7

  • stevenD

    Said it 2 weeks ago, that Modern Family would beat AL soon. Waiting to see if idol goes up/Modern Family goes down.

    Nice to see Chicago Fire beat CSI. NBC has a stable show for the future with a lot of potential to grow. CSI will probably take CSI:NY spot on fridays as of right now.

  • Sasha

    American Idol wasn’t on the air in July 2003. How can it be a low viewership when it wasn’t on?

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Arrow episode was one of the best yet. No family crap, no sister, nothing extraneous.

    Malcolm Merlyn got to be the focus, including a tiny bit of back story involving – is it possible? – Rhas Al Gul?! Was that who was at Nanda Parbat?

    Kelly Hu pulled off that stupid white wig – or more precisely her character put on a black wig and Kelly ended up with her real hair! Confused, yet? :-) The fight scene was great.

    And the irony of Arrow saving his greatest foe.

    And finally – Deadshot is back! And he’s still out there.

    Supernatural was kinda cool for being another filler episode. However, I’m surprised at how easy the boys knock off gods, fer chrissakes. You’d think that would be a little harder. :-)

  • landon

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Chicago Fire!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Oh – and Alex Kingston from Doctor Who! Didn’t see that reveal coming! :-)

  • Shepherd

    It’s good to see this site loading properly again! :)

    Despite CBS being down all week, the .5 drop for CSI is still big. Golden Boy may just end up tied for CBS’s top 10pm show of the week.

    CF wins the 10pm time slot, but hardly impressive. While doing great for NBC, the show is hardly on fire.

    It’ll be real interesting to see how the 10pm cable shows did last night. Both Psyche and DD returned, and the slot was already pretty crowded to begin with.

    Arrow is still doing well, and still fairly steady (1.0-1.1) for a non sports night.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Amanda Kondolojy


    Why can’t you guys put a picture of someone maybe….more attractive in your pictures? I don’t know who that guy is and he’s weird looking.

    I promise you, images for the overnight post are not chosen based on subject “attractiveness”. And if they were, every post for every day would probably be images from Chicago Fire. YMMV

  • Brian J

    I had suggested in the past that NBC move “CF” to Fridays or even Saturdays, as both of those nights could use a shot in the arm (and yes, I realize no networks truly program on that night, but they should) and it would probably not only retain all of its audience but possibly grow. I still think there’s some merit to this move, but unless NBC really messes with its schedule, which again I think it should, I think “CF” will probably stay put. And if that number for “CSI” isn’t off, (a) it might not be long before it’s gone and (b) CBS is in more trouble than NBC, in some ways.

  • Brian J


    Exactly, in regards to “CF.” It’s doing well enough, but its performance only looks so good because others are doing so bad. It’s probably not a bad show (I think I’ve only seen one episode), but it’s hardly a show that will light the world on, um, fire. That’s why I keep saying NBC should move the show to Fridays, perhaps with “Parenthood” and a new show.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Ok. Thanks. I would of said Hayden Panettiere. Love to know what they are based on? because I have no clue who that man is, and I would think someone more well known would = more hit. :)

  • James

    ABC must actually enjoy killing their shows with bad scheduling choices since they do it with such regularity.

  • Shepherd


    Mine definitely varies. I was really psyched when I thought Kinney would be leaving the show. No such luck though. ;-)

  • Shepherd


    “I have no clue who that man is…”

    He’s the villain fro Arrow. It’s good to see a picture from Arrow though.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Thanks. I tuned out of Arrow after episode 4 or 5.

  • Skylar James

    @BigBrotherFan: Happy Endings did not have a much better retention than Suburgatory.

  • BigBrotherFan

    @Skylar James

    I think it did have a *better* one at the very least.

  • tiopsblumburg

    Hopefully The (snooze) Middle gets adjusted down.

  • Chris

    ABC is killing Nashville and Revenge. On a week off for three. Come on. Put them together on Sunday nights. See if they can save the ratings decline on both before everyone quits watching.

  • CookyMonzta

    Posted February 28, 2013 at 8:47 AM
    “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.”

    A fall show like X-Factor has nothing to do with a spring show like Idol. Moreover, they do not go up against each other in the same time slot, nor are they televised back-to-back. More likely, age has caught up with Idol. If you want to find blame, blame the shows that are televised within Idol’s time frame NOW.

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