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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  • Ultima

    Also, The New Normal yesterday was marked as a repeat (even it wasn’t). So you can’t compare to it.

    That’s some sweet Fan Excuse Bingo. I like the part where you ignored how yesterday’s episode did virtually the same as the previous two weeks (0.9, 1.0, 0.9).

  • RyanCanada

    I Watching and Love Whitney! i hope it gets renewed.

  • BigBrotherFan

    @Skylar James

    Umm…You do realize that CF benifited QUITE A GREAT DEAL in it’s first 5 weeks having no only a similar gritty type drama established before it BUT benifited as well as it being a DICK WOLF production, as well. NBC promoted as such. The two share tons in common and I’M SURE many LO SVU LIKE MYSELF stuck around for those reasons alone.

    Please explain to me how NASHVILLE has benifited from SUBERGATORY in ANYWAY? No cross audience. Sub Par Ratings. NOTHING

  • Dan

    I think its possible that both The Neighbors and Suburgatoy are renewed and they get paired with each other on another night while ABC tries 2 new comedies on Wednesdays.

  • Ted Craig

    It’s not that Neighbors did better after a rerun than Suburgatory. It’s that Neighbors did the same out of a rerun as it does out of a new episode of The Middle. The ratings aren’t great, but it definitely has its own audience.

  • Ted Craig


    I can see that scenario.

  • TSC’s Revenge

    I understand why Suburgatory is falling… I use to watch it… it was pretty good in the beginning. Then it started devolving into stupidity… much like Cougar Town.

  • Nate

    The argument that ABC would renew Suburgatory over The Neighbors because it’s closer to syndication seems flawed to me. Suburgatory is produced by Warner Brothers, so ABC has no financial stake in getting enough episodes for syndication, whereas ABC produces The Neighbors, so they will benefit if the show gets enough episodes for syndication. Regardless, I would expect both shows to get renewed. I wonder if The Neighbors might get moved to Fridays next season if they cancel Malibu Country. It seems like it would be fairly compatible with Last Man Standing.

  • zth

    So do you think American Idol won the night overall or not? Duck Dynasty might have won it actually.

  • Mon

    ABC will (and should!) renew Suburgatory because they should never have moved it to a higher profile timeslot when it was doing really well last season at 8:30. I think the undoing of this move this Spring is an indication that they admit that they messed up with Suburgatory.

    No idea about The Neighbors but I’m leaning towards it being renewed. It fits their comedy block and has improved creatively. So maybe this show should air after Modern Family this Summer and see what happens.

    The Middle repeated well. I think CSI did well too which makes me think it will rebound once it returns on March 20.

  • Brian J


    You’re probably right about “TN,” but ABC ordered a lot of comedies for next season. I wonder how many bubble shows survive, unless it’s planning to open up three more hours of comedy.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Whitney’s ratings are low because the show just suks! Enough said…..

  • JacobYates

    @John A
    “ABC should cancel both The Neighbours and Suburgatory. Both losers and ABC could do better”

    Yeah…no. How are they both losers? Sure, they are not Modern Family when it comes to ratings but they still have decent relative ratings. Neighbors didn’t even fall from last week without the Middle as a lead-in. It’s a lock for renewal. Low retention be damned, what matters is advertising revenue. Companies could care less about low retention and care about high relative ratings. Same goes for Suburgatory. If Neighbors did fine and Suburgatory pulled the same ratings without the lead-in then they are both safe.

  • jl

    Well, I “age out” of the desired demographic today. Took the day off work. Thought I’d come here and see how many people I could piss off by slagging on their favorite show. Nah, don’t really see the amusement in that. Oh, message to PurpleDrazi: GreenDrazi here. If I see you in Down Below, I’ll kick your ass! Kidding. Ah, B5…still my favorite show ever.

  • sweetd

    It’s funny that at a 1.7, Neighbors is considered a hit.

    I wouldn’t consider it a lock for renewal. It’s still only hitting a 1.7, for its first season.


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  • Bill Lee

    Suburgatory sucks… HE baby.

  • BigBrotherFan


  • Vance

    Lol, Idol lost viewership in the 18-49 demo as the second hour went by.

  • TVDude

    Whitney is much more likely to be renewed than TNN is. You can’t really argue a 1.2-1.3 against a show that can’t hit a 1.0 in recent time.

    TNN will no doubt rise when The Voice returns, but my guess is that NBC has already made up their minds. If it were to come down to Whitney, Go On, TNN, 1600 Penn, Whitney would be the cheapest to produce since it’s a multi-cam sitcom. I would give Community an edge over all them since it could get a few more episodes for syndication. Go On is likely to come back since, unlike TNN, it’s ratings will matter post-Voice return.

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