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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  • hammard

    Is it wrong that I’m amused that reruns of Supernatural and Arrow get the same ratings as originals of Carrie Diaries?


    @ GS

    Wait till March Madness begins on CBS. That’s when the real fun. starts!

  • Guest

    Suburgatory wouldn’t fit the TGIF mold stylistically. It fits (barely) much better at Wednesdays 8:30, where it did well last year. Given The Neighbors’ stability, it would do pretty well on Fridays.

  • Ultima

    Assuming that all Thursday shows have 24-episode orders

    The Big Bang Theory and Elementary have 24 episode orders; Two and a Half Men and Person of Interest have 23 episode orders.

  • zth


    A lot of people actually got annoyed with Christina’s rude comments during the last two seasons. All the four judges that are in Season 4 are more relevant than her in the music of this day and age.

  • BigBrotherFan

    What!? No way! Xtina has a huge fanbase worldwide. Not saying that USHER or Shakira don’t (okay, SHAKIRA maybe like 2000’s) but Xtina’s fans are like they THING Bieber-type fans..They’d die for that lady! lol


    @ BigBrotherFan

    XTINA has a way stronger base & pull than Usher or Shakira

    You do realize that they are both top of the International charts & Shakira is one of the most influential female (pop) vocalist on the planet today


    I let you slide w/ Natalie Zea, but that was yesterday & yesterday’s gone

  • Chris

    @Guest Sure Suburgatory would fit the TGIF mold. TGIF had the family sitcoms and it also had the wacky sitcoms. Suburgatory is a wacky show. Dahlia Royce is incredibly wacky. The Shay family; wacky. That’s the theme of the show. Everybody is wacky except the Altmans who are perplexed by the people around them.

  • BigBrotherFan

    She’s in that REALM of Gaga, Spears, Rhinna and Justin Beiber fans.

    USHER AND SHAKIRA DO NOT have that kind of fan support. I’m sure their albums do fine but they simply dont have this crazed fan type.

  • Grey

    Wow, look at all those repeats. It’s like, why even bother?

  • zth

    Both XTina and Britney have very vocal and Bieber-type fans, but they are getting fewer and fewer for both. If XTina has such a huge fanbase, why is her album flopping right now?

  • BigBrotherFan


    Usher just doesn’t seem relavent to me, anymore…But if I’m wrong. I’m wrong. I can’t even open up my facebook page without someone going off on how AMAZING Xtina is when the voice aired.

    I never hear about Usher. Never. and I like to think I’m pop culture inclined.

  • João Paulo

    Great for The Neighbors

  • Guest

    @BigBrotherFan I think you’re wrong! Christina does not contribute to The voice ratings, Adam and Blake are the ones who pull In the ratings. Shakira has a huge fan base, more so than Christina! Shakira will definitely pull in new viewers her Latin fans, which is big will contribute to the ratings. Usher has a lot more fans than Ceelo too.

  • BigBrotherFan


    did you see that ALBUM cover…?YUCK! and the songs where crap. Every DIVA is allowed a FLOP album. They all get it.

    Spears…Anything released in 2006 or 2007
    etc. etc

  • zth

    @NigBrotherFan: You never hear about Usher? LOL. I would say that in terms of how much does each judge brings to the ratings of The Voice, the order would be Adam Levine, Shakira, Blake Shelton and Usher.

  • zth

    The truth is that The Voice will get higher numbers from minorities with this new panel of judges. A premiere in the 4.5 – 5.0 range would not surprise me.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Wait Latino’s will only watch the voice because another Latino-A is on it? Sounds shallow to me.
    ..But yes!!!! Ceelo does not have pull
    I could be wrong, guys. I only care for BLAKE on that show. Thats it. The rest SUCK!

  • zth

    @BigBrotherFan: You’re right about Blake, tho. He does bring a lot to the ratings.

  • meah

    Umm,xtina is not more popular than shakira..shakira is way more international than xtina would ever be.am going to start watching the voice just because of shakira..never really liked xtina,so I never watched when she was a judge..pls when would the voice produce an actual STAR???

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