Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Chicago Fire', 'American Idol', & 'CSI' Adjusted Up; 'Suburgatory' Adjusted down

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February 28th, 2013


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Chicago Fire, American Idol and CSI were each adjusted up a tenth while Suburgatory was adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Wednesday broadcast ratings.

Final broadcast primetime 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) 3.9 11 13.30
CBS Survivor: Caramoan 2.6 8 9.17
ABC The Middle 2.1 6 7.97
NBC Whitney 1.2 4 3.41
CW Arrow 1.0 3 3.17
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.7 5 6.01
NBC Guys With Kids 1.1 3 3.03
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 3.9 10 10.53
CBS Criminal Minds 2.6 7 10.33
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.6 4 5.44
CW Supernatural 0.9 2 2.13
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.2 6 6.12
10:00PM NBC Chicago Fire 2.0 5 6.62
CBS CSI 1.9 5 9.44
ABC Nashville 1.6 4 5.20

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

  • GARY

    To Nashville detractors:

    Wait for the L + 7 ratings are in before passing judgement.

    Furthermore, here is what ADWEEK has to say about DVR viewing:

    “…Sooner or later, DVR penetration will relegate the overnights to the dustbin of history. According to Nielsen, 42 percent of U.S. TV households use at least one DVR, up from 38 percent at this juncture a year ago. While adoption rates are slowing, most analysts now believe DVRs will find their way into half of all American homes by 2015.”

  • Jules

    I continue to be confused at how people function without Supernatural.
    The ratings are so low, but the fans are so loud. Thank God for that. Kept the show on for 8 seasons, going for 9 and 10. The hottest hunks and baddest bad guys, all wrapped up in evil mythology. How can you go wrong?

  • Tyson


    Adweek’s article is pointless unless it details how to convince advertisers to pay for viewers who skip the commercials.

  • panda22

    Chicago Fire guaranteed renewal at this point, I think Nashville is one season and done. Arrow dipped slightly in viewers,,,i just wish it would get back to its highs.

    3.8m viewers and a 1.2 would be sweet…best new CW show by far.
    With 90210 dead Nikita is locked into season 4! :D

  • panda22

    @ Tyson…agreed, DVR is mute…so is overall viewers. If AI had 1m viewers and an 8.0 demo the advertisers wouldn’t care!

  • DenverDean

    Perhaps CSI has more Duck Dynasty followers than CF?

  • Kyle7

    “Funny that everyone wrote of Chicago Fire in the fall and now its one of NBC top performers.”

    It’s TV, where nothing makes any sense, the sure-fire hits flop, and the afterthoughts become the biggest hits.

  • Andy

    CF beats CSI for the first time! Way to go firefighters!

  • Dahne

    @Jules – How can you go wrong in Supernatural? Well you could make Cas a regular and continue to make the brothers Winchester secondary characters in their own story. That seems to be Jeremy Carver’s plan. I certainly did not sign up to watch Winchester wallpaper while secondary characters take on the action.

  • Stormy44

    Wait for the L + 7 ratings are in before passing judgement.

    Furthermore, here is what ADWEEK has to say about DVR viewing:

    “…Sooner or later, DVR penetration will relegate the overnights to the dustbin of history. ”


    Doesn’t matter what Adweek says! Sooner or later is not NOW! Right NOW what is important is Live +3 because that is the agreed upon basis for the advertising rates networks can charge advertisers. So it doesn’t matter if Nashville or any other show’s viewers increase by 5 million in the Live +7. Yeah, it’s a nice PR point for ABC and the other networks to mention in their press releases but right NOW, those Live +7 numbers are not adding any more money till and until they do, they don’t really matter. ABC wants and needs to improve the Live + 3 numbers in order for Nashville or any of their shows to be renewed.

    Also, when you think about it, for a low-rated show, having great Live +7 numbers is not necessarily a good thing because it could indicate that the fans are not invested enough to watch in the first three days when it is most important for advertising dollars.

    This is why I have to laugh when I see people going on about a show’s monster L+7 numbers. Yeah, it’s a nice piece of icing on the cake for the shows doing well in the L+3 numbers. However, for the under performing shows, it worth nada. And of course the networks know this but they still pimp the numbers in their press releases.

  • GARY

    In real time Nashville was number one in adults 18-34 and women 18-34.

  • DougF


    So stop watching if you don’t like it anymore

  • Joe


  • Wright

    SPN steady like always.

  • Mickey

    Chicago Fire is a sleeper hit (by NBC standards.) I was behind it from the start, but because its ratings at first were middling, people were writing it off. I think the coupla times the Voice was its (much bigger) lead-in and viewers stuck around to check out Chicago Fire really paid off, because its ratings have been up since then.

    There’s also the word-of-mouth factor in a sleeper hit. It’s just a good quality show. I was always impressed that all the many characters were interesting and endearing and that it had a perfect mix of action, humour and drama.

    But now I’m noticing other great things about it, like it has perfect pacing, not just within each episode but from week to week. A serious conversation never drags on too long before the alarm goes off, and a storyline never drags on too long before it’s resolved. They always wrap things up and move on at just the right time. The other thing I’m noticing is they are coming up with fresh ideas for both the professional and especially the personal storylines. I have yet to see a tired old trope or overused cliché.

    So good for Chicago Fire. It wasn’t handed high ratings because of buzz or hype or a choice spot on a more successful network. It earned its ratings by being a good show.

  • Barbie

    I expected CSI to adjust up (as it always does), but not Chicago Fire. I’m SO happy to see it keep the slot win! YAY! Best show of the season!!! <3

  • Mickey


    So stop watching if you don’t like it anymore

    The problem, especially with a cult hit like Supernatural, is it’s not a question of “not liking it anymore.” There are plenty of shows I lost interest in and then it’s easy to stop watching.

    But a lot of people LOVE Supernatural, the Supernatural Kripke created, the show they signed up for, the characters and story they fell in love with, the show they have relentlessly supported and kept on the air for 8 years. For people who are part of the fandom, they have built friendships and ties around the show, and it’s a big part of their lives. Then it’s not so easy to just stop watching, in fact, it’s bloody hard. Because they didn’t lose interest, they are as invested as ever.

    I am nowhere near as rooted in the fandom as other people are, and it broke my heart to stop watching. I miss Supernatural–no other show in all the history of all the shows has ever made me care about fictional characters the way it did. And I spent a week letting go of internet pals, unsubscribing, unfriending, unfollowing, untracking. Knowing the show was on and forcing myself to walk away from the TV. It was a painful process.

    For people who can’t cut the bonds like that, they hang in there hoping Carver will stop turning a fantasy horror show about two brothers who would die for each other into a soap opera about two brothers who would leave each other (and their feathery friends) for dead.

    (I personally don’t have a problem with Cas being a regular again per se, but when Carver has done crappy things with Sam, Dean and the brothers’ relationship, then it’s hard for people to trust him to incorporate more Cas without further eroding the brothers.)

    Supernatural is not Carver’s creation. He is the steward of a series people have been very attached to for 8 years. The fans who complain about what he is doing have a good case that he should stay true to the heart and soul of the show they signed up for. And I certainly can’t blame them for hoping that if they make that case, the show they love might be the show they love again, because they love it too much to leave it.

    So don’t just tell somebody to stop watching. It is nowhere near that simplistic.

  • HalCapone

    Just kinda sad to see people hootin’ and hollerin’ about a one tenth adjustment to 2.0 for Chicago Fire. I know the low to mid 2’s is near the new normal for the 10pm hour…and this is NBC but still these are lousy ratings on all three networks and really not that awfully far apart.

  • carl

    Idol still #1

  • Carl

    @Mickey, the show has pretty much repaired most of the relationship between the brothers after the first half of the season. I can’t say the writing is what it should be but I don’t think it’s anywhere on the level of when Sam went to the darkside and Dean was told by Bobby (the writers) to shut up and stop complaining about Sam almost killing him. That did more to damage my interest in any brother relationship, because it took a long time to be properly fixed, if it ever has been. Most of the conflicts this season were ultimately more superficial.

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