TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol' Dips But Wins Night, 'Survivor' Down,'Suburgatory' Hits Low, 'Whitney' Rises, 'The Neighbors Flat

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March 7th, 2013

American Idol Charlie March 6 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.7/10 1.9/5 1.8/5 1.5/4 1.1/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.0/9 1.1/3 1.6/5 1.1/3 0.8/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 12.706 7.914 4.298 4.758 3.849 1.426

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX, American Idol earned a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating down 5 percent from last week’s 3.9.

On CBS, Survivor scored a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating down 4 percent from last week’s 2.6.

On ABC, The Neighbors garnered a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating even with last week’s performance.  Suburgatory earned a series low 1.7 among adults 18-49 down 23 percent from last week’s 2.2.

On NBC, Whitney garnered a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating up 8 percent from last week’s 1.2 for its highest rating since January 30.


Overnight ratings for Wednesday, March 6, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.7/10 12.71
CBS Survivor 2.5/7 9.36
ABC The Middle -R 1.6/5 5.93
NBC Whitney 1.3/4 3.85
CW Arrow - R 0.4/1 1.74
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 1.7/5 5.61
NBC Whitney - R 1.0/3 2.86
9:00 ABC Modern Family - R 2.0/5 6.10
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.7/4 7.27
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 1.1/3 4.25
CW Supernatural - R 0.4/1 1.11
9:30 ABC Suburgatory 1.7/4 4.62
10:00 CBS CSI - R 1.5/4 7.11
NBC Chicago Fire - R 1.0/3 3.95
ABC Nashville - R 0.9/2 3.14


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," 2.3/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late
Show with David Letterman," 2.1/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy
Kimmel Live," 2.1/6. 

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49
Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.6/3 with an
encore; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live,"

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
averaged a 1.3/5 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" (1.1/4
in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS's first-run
"Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with
Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) tied
"Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in
metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 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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  • Clarke

    All things considered, The Neighbors did remarkably well. I think it is a lock for renewal. :)

  • Robert Taylor

    A re-run of “Whitney” is beating “Smash.”

    That is all.

  • Terry

    How can Suburgatory dip and be flat at the same time?

  • Just Desserts

    Haha The Neighbors = Suburgatory. :)


  • Charles

    Confused about Suburgatory situation.

  • Terry

    Thanks for the correction in the headline, Sara.

  • omabin

    Whitney repeated very well, I am sort of shocked. Arrow is also a hell of a repeater if that holds in the finals. It is beating half of the lineup in repeats. I think the vampire diaries doesn’t typically pulls that high numbers for repeats but I could be mistaken.

    It is a bit annoying that ABC is burning Suburgatory for the sake of the sure to be canceled Family Tools, just annoying


    Well Idol was down from last week but it was up over a million from Tuesday night. Honestly this is where its going to be throughout the whole season IMO. This is solid viewership for a 12 year old show. Its down though from what the Voice did in the fall in the demos. The Voice has younger demos. I wonder how the Voice four will premiere. It will be down from the fall but tis been a three month rest plus Shakira and Usher look like great additions. I have to say while I love AI this season I love some of the girls but the guys UGH. I actually preferred the Voice’s fall season. It was very fun, great new twists and enjoyable finale that had finale highs. Did anyone feel Voice season 3 was better then the this Idol season?

  • BigBrotherFan

    DAMN. Gotta eat my own words here cause THE NEIGHBORS could be a winner for ABC! WOW!

    Guess WHAT!!!?? Whitney is SOOOOOOOO coming back! woohoo!

  • s0303

    the neighbors did as well as suburgatory…abc should have left the neighbors behind modern family, it would have probably done better than suburgatory does…

  • SJ

    Cue retentionistas claiming that The Neighbors is doing better than Suburgatory because it led out of it’s repeat lead-in, while SUB didn’t…

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Looks like Suburgatory doesn’t necessarily rely on Modern Family. Yes, it dipped, but not as much as Modern Family did from last week to last night’s repeat.

  • eridapo


    AI 3.4 11.75/ 3.9 13.51/ 3.8 12.82/ 3.7 12.75

    Survivor 2.4 9.20/ 2.6 9.52

    Other Programs were repeats,,,

  • TJ

    Excellent for Whitney. Will be renewed.

  • Bri

    Pretty ‘bad’ numbers for Idol against a night of repeats on CBS(except for survivor), ABC (except for two low rated comedies) and NBC.

  • Potato

    Oh for crying out… have any of you met ONE person who watches whitney?!?

  • Jeff R.

    Awesome for the Neighbors!

  • Frank

    Whitney repeat beat Smash AND TNN.

  • gomer

    The Voice in all likelyhood will debut lower due to the Spring and day light savings. American Idol has been very bad this season as they kneecapped the guys in order to engineer a female winner.

  • Rebecca

    A Middle rerun did better than a new Whitney. I only watched The Neighbors, plus Psych online this morning (the Indian girl from Alcatraz is now girlfriend to Gus!).

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