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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  • r0ckmypants

    @Jeff (Canada) – “Yes, it dipped, but not as much as Modern Family did from last week to last night’s repeat.”

    Ummm… Modern Family was new last week and a repeat this week.

  • JJF

    Wow for The Neighbors. Not exactly epic numbers but it seems like it’s numbers are fairly stable. I think The Neighbors should definitely get renewed. Suburgatory’s performance was overall weaker and it had better lead-in support. Once they move it to it’s old slot, it might slip again. I think if it comes down to renewing 1 over the other, they should definitely give it to The Neighbors. It’s not much but it’s okay.

  • Skylar James

    sorry but dont blame Nashville’s problems on Suburgatory. Chicago Fire has a much worse lead in and it still manages to do better than its lead in and beat Nashville

  • zerg

    Suburgatory did 2.2 out 3.9 of MF, while last night did 1.7(-0.5) out 2.0 MF. I think it will rise a bit when it will back at 8.30.. Good for The Neighbors

  • Shepherd

    lots of repeats!

    I didn’t know Idol would be on three days this week as I thought Thursday was simply moved to Tuesday. At any rate, despite a few shows not being new tonight, I think Idol will take a bit of a hit. It still has its primary competition with TBBT, and I’d imagine it would lose an additional tenth or two due to being on three days in a row.

    I’m anxious to see how able fared last night, seems like it was a slow day for broadcast.

  • Skylar James

    @JJF: Suburgatory is much closer to Syndication and does better overall. They’ll renew Suburgatory over The Neighbors, easily.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    ” They’ll renew Suburgatory over The Neighbors, easily.”

    They’ll renew both.

  • Ron

    no Suburgatory has one more season skylar, still has to survive 2 more seasons which is iffy

  • samurai99

    AI is still in the high three’s. Good for it.


    Whitney wasn’t a repeat.

    I find it interesting how people will say The Carrie Diaries is a goner because Retention doesn’t matter and then blame the failure of other network shows on their lead in. (Cough, Nashville, cough).

  • Dan S

    Whitney can’t even beat a rerun of The Middle in both demo & viewers. That show is finished & I see NBC has a record number of comedy pilots to sift thru that can easily replace it. Both Suburgatory & The Neighbors will be back but most likely moved to Fri as part of an effort to revitalize TGIF. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Survivor moved to Sun & paired with TAR.

  • Jared

    Arrow skews extremely old.

  • samurai99


    Never mind, I didn’t see the second airing the first time. My mistake.

  • MichaelChickless

    Whitney is a juggernaut! ;-) :-)

    Pretty “meh” night for broadcast unless you’re an AI fan.

  • Ultima

    @Dan S
    see NBC has a record number of comedy pilots to sift thru

    Doubtful that their 15 comedy pilots is anywhere near a record. Networks devoted significantly more time to sitcoms during the 90s; it wasn’t unheard of for a network to greenlight ten sitcom pilots in a single season.

  • John A

    ABC should cancel both The Neighbours and Suburgatory. Both losers and ABC could do better.

  • Jessica

    To all the people remarking that Whitney repeat beat TNN / Smash: Calm down. It’s obvious that if you are a Whitney repeat after a Whitney original, all or at least most of the people will stick to it. NBC has a few loyal people in the neighborhood every Wednesday. Those are Whitney fans, so no wonder why they watched the repeat. Also, The New Normal yesterday was marked as a repeat (even it wasn’t). So you can’t compare to it. And if you do, TNN “repeat” did well too (0.9).

  • matt

    Wow, who would have thought that a 1.3 from Whitney would be such great news for NBC


    AI down but still not out & takes night for FOX (against mostly reruns)

    Whitney 1.3 high point for NBC as rest of night sinks net to biggest loser again

    ABC holds its own, though 1.7 for Neighbors & Subg still less than MF (R) 2.0

    Survivor 2.5 leads CBS to 2nd place w/ CM & CSI in reruns

    Oh where, oh where did the CW go?

  • zerg

    1.3 for Whitney means likely renewal, only on NBC..And a low ratings repeat topped TNN and Smash.

  • eridapo

    All the 10PM shows last night rated better than a Smash Original on Tuesday — LOL

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