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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  • rob60990

    @Ted, ABC does not produce The Middle but ya the show is in no danger of being cancelled. The show is going into syndication next year. I honestly think this show will benefit a lot more from it than Modern Family.

    Besides, the people who want the show cancelled and cheering it going down are trying to get to me but fail miserably because I have an answer to everything. ;)

  • Melissa

    When you compare respective weeks for performance show episodes, The Voice was tied or higher than American Idol from Week 4 and beyond:

    Week 4
    *The Voice, 10/01/12: 4.6
    *American Idol, 02/06/13: 4.6

    Week 5
    *The Voice, 10/08/12: 4.8
    *American Idol, 02/13/13: 4.3

    Week 6
    *The Voice, 10/15/12: 4.8
    *American Idol, 02/20/13: 4.1

    Week 7
    *The Voice, 10/22/12: 4.3
    *American Idol, 02/28/13: 3.8

    The same goes with elimination episodes from Week 3 and beyond:

    Week 3
    *The Voice, 09/18/12: 4.7
    *American Idol, 01/31/13: 4.5

    Week 4
    *The Voice, 09/25/12: 4.2
    *American Idol, 02/07/13: 4.1

    Week 5
    *The Voice, 10/09/12: 4.5
    *American Idol, 02/14/13: 3.7

    Week 6
    *The Voice, 10/16/12: 4.6
    *American Idol, 02/21/13: 3.9

    If American Idol continues its downward trend, The Voice‘s fall performance show (4.4) could end up topping American Idol‘s performance show (currently a 4.8) this season.

    The same goes with the elimination episodes (The Voice averaged a 4.0 for its elimination episodes in the fall, and American Idol is currently averaging a 4.6 for its elimination episodes, though the latter show hasn’t reached its average since Week 2).

    I admit this isn’t really a fair comparison, since American Idol is 9 years older than The Voice, and the latter show had the advantage of airing in the typically higher rated fall.

    I think this spring’s cycle of The Voice will indicate whether or not the show will continue to grow into a monster hit.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    ” yet you suggest a picture of Nicki Minaj, who’s famous for wearing wigs that aren’t even the color of human hair.”

    LOL! You win the thread.

    Could be worse – could be Taylor Momsen, who looks like a (dead) raccoon. :-)

  • BigBrotherFan


    Don’t have a hissy fit for pete’s sake! It was just a suggestion.
    If you read above I finally figured out who he was from “TITANS” of all things.
    I never saw TORCHWOOD or DOCTOR WHO and stopped tuning into DH after my sister passed because I never watched it unless she had it on.
    I think he’s CREEPY looking and it was just a suggestion.
    Let’s say…*I* Typed in TV RATINGS in GOOGLE and this CAME UP with THAT picture VS let’s say another site with a MUCH MORE ATTRACTIVE HAYDEN FROM NASHVILLE I be more inclined to pick the other site. Geez. It was just a suggestion and MAY I ADD judging by his “popularity” or LACK THERE OF..I’m not the only person who does not know who he is.

    Dont be so overdramatic now.

  • BigBrotherFan


    I may actually tune into it if CBS did a marathon or something. I need to catch up on all episodes and I just got all the seasons of Vampire Diaries for free so I’m on that right now…or will start soon.

  • Joseph

    “Duck Dynasty” on A&E supposedly got over 8 million viewers last night (February 27th).

  • Percysowner

    @Carl Half hours don’t predict adjustments. Sometimes the difference come out and other times, not so much. Last week’s episode of SPN was pretty weak, but it stayed steady so far. We will see.

  • Joseph

    Perhaps Fox should seriously give consideration to “resting” “American Idol” for a couple of years (after this season ends), with the show to return in September, 2015 or January, 2016 with new judges, a new host(ess), and with major changes to it’s format.

    That may be the only way to keep it a success otherwise, our own Cancellation Bear might be after it by this time next year!

  • CBSviewer

    Sorry but if CSI’s half hours are 2.0/1.7. It should be 1.9 not 1.8 !
    CSI is still strong and has 2 or 3 more seasons to air. I mean this year one of CSI: NY, The Mentalist and The Good Wife will be canceled. Next season Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods will also be “On the Bubble” or “Likely cancelation”. Plus there will be the new flops.
    What I wanna say is that CSI is far to be canceled because of all the other dramas in danger.

  • Mi


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

    There were NBA games aired on ESPN yesterday and some preemption in local markets.. it was a sports night.

  • k:Alex

    Now we know it for sure, Chicago Fire is NBC biggest scripted hit show.

  • Shepherd


    Even better for Arrow then.

  • Chris Parker

    Idol is awful, all these people who cannot sing, do not know the lyrics….. and they are being put ahead of talented people who know the the words and are able to enunciate while singing.

    totally sick of the show (but I still watch it :-(

  • Richard Steven Hack

    BigBrotherFan: I’d go for Hayden over Barrowman, too, but that’s just my pervert nature. :-)

    You didn’t suggest Hayden first, though – you suggested someone with weird hair! :-)

    Frankly, I think if they want to pick an Arrow picture, they should try Emily Bett Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak, the IT girl, on the show. A LOT of guys really like her. They’ve upgraded her to a series regular due to her popularity. The scene at the party last week where the hair came down and the glasses were off shot her way up in popularity. :-)

    She’s arguably better looking than Katie Cassidy – which is probably why her hair is always back and glasses on – can’t have a support character looking better than the female lead. :-)

  • Shepherd


    “Sorry but if CSI’s half hours are 2.0/1.7. It should be 1.9 not 1.8 !”

    You simply cannot average two rounded numbers and expect to get the correct result. Both 2.0 and 1.7 are already rounded, and the hour average is based on the demo numbers taken to the 1/100 before rounding so stop trying to cry conspiracy.

  • Shepherd


    “Frankly, I think if they want to pick an Arrow picture, they should try Emily Bett Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak, the IT girl, on the show. A LOT of guys really like her. They’ve upgraded her to a series regular due to her popularity. The scene at the party last week where the hair came down and the glasses were off shot her way up in popularity. :-)

    She’s arguably better looking than Katie Cassidy – which is probably why her hair is always back and glasses on – can’t have a support character looking better than the female lead. :-)

    I’d have to disagree with you a bit. She is surely the hottest female actor on the show, but I think she looks way hotter with her hair up and wearing glasses. I found her kind of bland at the party.


  • Kit

    Totally loved seeing Vanessa and Rudy on Guys With Kids last night. Hope it gets renewed.

  • Angie

    ABC should just cancel Nashville. Its like watching someone slowly bleed to death. Pull the plug now.

  • BigBrotherFan


    My suggestion was for tommorow ratings post cause AI is new tonight, Community and Zero Hour.
    I stopped watching ARROW after episode 5 but let me check her out. I really REALLY always liked Cassidy though from her Melrose Days though and she’s only a year older than me.
    …Otherwise I would suggest @TVBYTHENUMBERS and Your welcome :)

    Pic rotation

    Monday-Natalie Zea
    Tuesday- Sarah Jones ALWAYS until VEGAS gets canned
    Wednesday- Connie Britton / Haydon / Katie Cassidy/ Lauren Germen
    Thursday- Kerry Washington/Mariah Carey/Jenna Elfmen (til PENN gets canned)/Sarah Shahi (if that POI spin off is a go that @PETAR always says)
    Friday- Nothing but Maggie Q
    Sunday- Jennifer Morrison / Madeline Stowe (COUGAR!)/ Amanda peet (if on TGW)

  • Melanie P.

    Yikes at Nashville!! The ratings are pretty disappointing and with all the heavy promotion the show got during the fall, you would think it would be averaging Grey’s Anatomy or Scandal numbers a little more consistently. I think Hayden Panetierre is gorgeous, but to be honest, I don’t find her to be a super strong actress and her singing is fine, but she can easily be mistaken for sounding like Kellie Pickler. I think Hayden has been cast too much as a sex kitten/eye candy/ cheerleader type so it may be hard for some take her seriously as a leading actress. On another note, great job to Chicago Fire! The episode was great last night, I think I am hooked, LOL. :)

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