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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  • Wright

    It’s funny how well SPN and Arrow repeats due compared to regular programming on the CW.

  • Ultima

    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

    Production companies are willing to lower license fees to keep their shows on long enough to reach syndication, so there is a financial benefit for the network even if they don’t produce the show themselves.


    @ Jl

    Welcome to the 50+ Demo!

  • GS

    I am not sure what CBS is doing this week. Repeats on Monday, originals on Tuesday, Survivor original and then repeats of their dramas on Wednesday and originals on Thursday except for Elementary. Is this a common practice? I just don’t remember seeing this before.

  • BigBrotherFan

    WHITNEY is one SHOW THAT FIGHTS TO THE BITTER END!!!! A repeat did better than THE NEW NORMAL, SMASH and SOME Airings of GWK, 1600 PENN, COMMUNITY!!!

    Season 3 here we come!

  • Just Desserts

    Why do people keep on insisting The Neighbors be moved to Fridays with Suburgatory?

    It’s like it is the ugly step-child with its half-sister.


    @ Vance

    “21” moved back into Billboard’s Top Ten this week & is now beginning its third year on the chart!


  • Brian J

    NBC on Wednesdays next season, if “CF” doesn’t move: The Sixth Gun, Bloodline, The Blacklist is one possibility. NBC could also mix and match with Grimm, Believe, and Wonderland or Dracula when it’s ready. This would also work on Thursdays.

    If “CF” doesn’t move, some combination of “After Hours,” “I Am Victor,” “Hatfields & McCoys,” and “Parenthood” might work.

  • Ultima

    I am not sure what CBS is doing this week. Repeats on Monday, originals on Tuesday, Survivor original and then repeats of their dramas on Wednesday and originals on Thursday except for Elementary. Is this a common practice?


    Not sure what the deal with Elementary is. Maybe they are planning on airing on episode on Tuesday after Vegas ends or they’re a bit behind on production.

  • Brian J


    I don’t think it’s a certainty that “TV” will be down all that much, if anything. It’s been off the air for months now, allowing people time to actually miss it and it might not seem all that tired compared to “AI.” Also, it’s adding Usher and Sharkira, so people who might not have watched it before could tune in this time.

    Whatever the case, if it’s above a 4.0, NBC will be thrilled.


    Suburgatory is not a 9:30 show its an 8:30 show ABC move it back!!!!

  • Mon

    Survivor is still doing ok despite having what maybe is the most uninteresting group of returning and new players ever. They brought back Phillip and Brandon which are useless and are just craving for attention. I’m glad I recorded the episode so I just fast forwarded through their scenes.

    Then we have the Insecure Alliance over the Fans tribe. The two swing persons should have alligned themselves with the strongest people in the tribe in the first place. The goal is to win and to do that you have to at least reach the merge. To do that, you have to make your tribe as strong as possible and vote out the weak link early on.

  • BigBrotherFan


    I think THE VOICE will go down. XTINA has a way stronger base and pull than USHER or SHAKIRA but we’ll see.

  • Ultima

    Suburgatory is not a 9:30 show its an 8:30 show ABC move it back

    Suburgatory is moving back to 8:30pm next month.

  • SJ

    Actually, I can see a scenario in which The Neighbors and Suburgatory are moved to Fridays and paired up with LMS and Malibu for a two-hour TGIF block. Stranger things have happened. It would also allow for Shark Tank to move to a weekday and strengthen Tuesdays or Thursdays.


    Assuming that all Thursday shows have 24-episode orders, it would make sense for Elementary to sit one week out since it had a special post-Superbowl airing.

  • CBSviewer

    CBS and CW repeated well :)

  • Chris

    @Just Desserts Because if The Neighbors was moved to Fridays with Suburgatory it would fit the old TGIF mold and make for a hell of a night in my book.
    8pm Last Man Standing
    8:30 The Neighbors
    9pm Malibu Country
    9:30 Suburgatory
    But I still feel that Suburgatory should get one more season on Wednesdays behind The Middle before taking off.

  • The Cool Max

    Awesome for Whitney!! She WILL be renewed!

  • KT

    Since both of my network shows were repeats last night, I am patiently awaiting the cable ratings to see how Psych & The Americans did.

  • SJ


    XTINA has a way stronger base and pull than USHER or SHAKIRA

    Billboard would beg to disagree. ;)

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