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TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol' Falls Further, Nashville' & 'CSI' Hit Lows + 'Arrow' & 'Survivor' Rise (Updated)

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February 28th, 2013

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC UNI NBC CW
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
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8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.7 5 6.12
NBC Guys With Kids 1.1 3 3.15
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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
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9:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.3 6 6.30
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10:00PM NBC Chicago Fire 1.9 5 6.54
CBS CSI 1.8 5 9.27
ABC Nashville 1.6 4 5.14

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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.
Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

Definitions: Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • The End

    To me one of the most interesting aspects of Arrow is what Oliver did on the island for 5 years and at the rate they’re going, we won’t know everything for a while. Certainly up to the current episode he hasn’t even began much in the way of training, and isn’t 1/10th the man he is in the present.

  • Mayans

    @ eridapo,

    When XFactor ceases to excist after this fall (no pun intended) only The Voice and Idol will be left. How is that too many considering Got Talent is kind of different and The Sing Off is also gone?

    If you want to talk about too many shows in a genre.. do you know how many cop drama’s there are?

  • Diane

    @Angie~

    A new entity came into play in the past two year. Marketing I-Tunes for television. The Voice, American Idol ,Glee are making profits for someone. While Nashville may not have an audience I’m guessing some folks are paying for downloading Country tunes. Than again…..Itunes couldn’t save Smash. Thank God. Nashville is a show you either like or can’t stand. So I agree with you on pulling the plug on Nashville.

  • USAmerica1st

    Chicago Fire is doing great!

  • Melanie P.

    @Diane

    You are so right. I forgot about these shows do have Itunes that people can download. Nashville has seemed to do well in that category, but viewership for the show, not so much.

  • Brian J

    @JONNYSBRO:

    I don’t get why DST should have anything to do with it, but I guess it might.

    J think NBC was kind of wise to wait so long to do “The Voice” again. It’s been a long time since it’s been on, and now it would probably seem fresher.

    But the best change comes in the form of the judges, who might bring in a newer audience and simply keep things fresh.

  • Shepherd

    @The End

    “To me one of the most interesting aspects of Arrow is what Oliver did on the island for 5 years and at the rate they’re going, we won’t know everything for a while. Certainly up to the current episode he hasn’t even began much in the way of training, and isn’t 1/10th the man he is in the present.”

    I totally agree. I heard a lot of griping about the flashbacks a few weeks ago, but to me, it’s the best part of the show. I also think they’ve shown that the actor playing Oliver isn’t as bad and one dimensional as people always claim. I don’t particularly like the way he has played the ‘new’ Oliver, but the old, whiny, fragile Oliver on the island seems like a completely different person imo.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Shepherd: “I think she looks way hotter with her hair up and wearing glasses. I found her kind of bland at the party.”

    Well, there IS something to be said for “librarian/nerd energy”. :-) I don’t disagree entirely. I just like hair down more than hair up. In fact, this season’s award shows irritate the hell out of me because all the female celebrities are wearing topknot styles – I mean just about ALL of them. I HATE that style.

    BigBrotherFan: “I really REALLY always liked Cassidy though from her Melrose Days”

    Agreed. That’s when I first saw her and her “L scenes” were hot.

    “Pic rotation”

    “Monday-Natalie Zea” – Better, Stana Katic from Castle. Grace Park from HFO.

    “Tuesday- Sarah Jones” – Nope – ANY of the PLL girls, especially Shay Mitchell or Troian Bellisario – but preferably ALL FOUR! :-)

    “Wednesday- Connie Britton / Hayden / Katie Cassidy/ Lauren Germen” – Agreed.

    “Thursday- Kerry Washington/Mariah Carey/Jenna Elfmen/Sarah Shahi)” – Nope! Nina Dobrev and Candice Accola from TVD. :-)

    “Friday- Nothing but Maggie Q” – Right on! Although it wouldn’t hurt to have Lyndsy and Melinda, too! :-)

    “Sunday- Jennifer Morrison / Madeline Stowe (COUGAR!)/ Amanda peet” – Add Emily VanCamp and Margarita Leveiva (except she’s dead now). Love Madeleine!

  • Brian J

    @Oliver:

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

    It’s kind of odd to me that CBS has wasted its “NCIS” lead-in. At this point, “NCIS:LA” should be able to stand on its own, and it could probably prop up either Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday. But where does “NCIS: Red” go? Does it need a full season behind the original, if anything at all?

    And if CBS doesn’t want “CSI” to go just yet, as it is its signature franchise, does it move the show yet again, or does it make next season the last and then reboot it in a few seasons?

    Also, what about the comedies and “Elementary”? There’s going to be at least one new comedy slot open, and perhaps easily as many as three: on Mondays at 8:30 or 9:30, and then on Thursdays if/when the network goes to four comedies. But does it open up another comedy block somewhere else, and if so, where?

  • MichaelChickless

    k:Alex “Now we know it for sure, Chicago Fire is NBC biggest scripted hit show.”

    Until Revolution comes back next month in the 3’s. ;-) :-)

  • Brian J

    @Barbie:

    Compare the ratings for “Grimm” and “CF” and then compare the sort of pilots NBC has on tap for next season. Most of them seem to mesh with “Grimm” rather than “CF,” so why not move both of them?

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Shepherd: I agree, the island scenes do demonstrate that Stephen Amell isn’t ENTIRELY one-dimensional. In fact, as Arrow, he’s more flexible than he is as Oliver. He’s really playing the stoic superhero big time. I think he’s much better than the guy playing Vincent on BATB – if that’s not damning him with faint praise. :-)

    The End: “at the rate they’re going, we won’t know everything for a while.”

    I wonder if they specified five years on the island as a suggestion that they will reveal those events over five seasons of the show – assuming it gets that far. I suspect that won’t work as most people would want to know more sooner, but they can probably milk those episodes for several seasons, slowly showing how he was transformed into the new Oliver.

    As “reverse character development”, it’s a pretty good idea if it doesn’t backfire.

  • Shepherd

    @RichardStevenHack

    “In fact, this season’s award shows irritate the hell out of me because all the female celebrities are wearing topknot styles – I mean just about ALL of them. I HATE that style.”

    LOL, who knew we would have so much in common. In general, I totally despise the ‘hair up’ styles!! It bothers me to no end that women always wear them for special events thinking that it makes them look better. But like you said, “there IS something to be said for “librarian/nerd energy”, and in this case, I just think she’s totally hotter with her hair up. It’s probably mostly due to the glasses though! ;-)

  • Barbie

    @Brian J

    Because the kind of people who stay at home Friday night are the kind of people who watch Grimm more than Chicago Fire. Fridays are for genre because that’s the audience that doesn’t go out on Friday as much.

  • Dan S

    Even though I’ve never watched CF I want to say congrats to it anyway. It’s definitely earned a 2nd season & can maybe help rebuild NBC’s primetime next season. CSI of course will be demoted back to Fridays replacing NY & poor Nashville will likely get a new day. Maybe Mondays after DWTS would be a good fit & move Castle to Sun or Thur.

  • Skylar James

    Katie Cassidy was at her hottest in Supernatural as Ruby, back in 2003. Gorgeous!

  • Charmed

    When will the finals come in?

  • LynTX

    Really enjoying Chicago Fire. But someone help me understand, CF had 6.5m overasll viewers/ CSI 9.3m; CF had 1.9 in key demo/CSI 1.8. How did CF when the night? Based on 18-49 demo only?

    Just trying to understand the #s…….

  • LynTX

    Edit to post –

    “win” instead of ;when;. Sorry!

  • Reache

    @Amanda,
    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

    Amanda, Do you have specific numbers of 07/03/02 and 08/14/02? I’m curious.

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