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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  • BigBrotherFan


    Blake is the best judge on that panel. I sure hope people are tuning in for him. I can’t stand Adam he’s so DRAMATIC and overthetop emotional and so artsy..It’s annoying.

  • Keith

    Worldwide fanbase does not matter. The ratings are only for U.S. households. Xtina has only had 2 top 10 hits on the hot 100 since 2003 and her last two albums and singles have done horrible-she must not have that much of a fanbase left.

    I think people are underestimating the fanbase that Shakira has with the Hispanic community (Univision is becoming a major player) and Usher with the Black community. I think the ratings will hold or even increase with the new judges.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Not one judge on ANY of these shows hold anything on the career of Mariah Carey though and that didn’t seem to increase AI. Not ONE of those stars are anywhere near her legendary status AND I’M NOT EVEN A FAN! LOL

  • zth


    Cassadee Pope will surprise with good sales when her next album comes out. I don’t understand why they aren’t releasing a single really fast after she won – a la American Idol’s ‘Home’.

  • BigBrotherFan



    @ BigBrotherFan

    Usher has Confessions, an album that has sold 10M+ stateside alone & he was/is very influential in Bieber’s career. He’s probably the #1 R&B male on the planet today. Google him & you’ll see all his accomplishments which are just too numerous to mention.

    Shakira has a fan base (especially in the Latino community) in the Carribean, South America, Spain, Portugal & all Latino speaking nations that encompass age 9 thru 90. Check out her Laundry Service CD to see her versatility. Her Oral Fixation Tour DVD is considered a modern-day classic & rightly so!

  • Guest

    Shakira is a lot bigger than Jennifer Lopez in the Latin community. Mariah Carey didn’t help AI because she isn’t as relevant anymore.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Yeah, I know USHER snatched that no-talent Beiber up. AGH. Wish he didn’t.

    …What I’m saying is USHER OR SHAKIRA have NOTHING on Mariah Carey and her career and it’s not helping A.I one bit. J LO has a HUGE Latino fanbase and that didn’t help AI much, either.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Okay, Folks. We’ll agree to disagree.

    I can’t really argue the LATINO argument because I’m really not fully familar with the culture and I don’t have many hispanic friends. I guess I’m out of touch @25 in that sense. lol

  • Keith


    Your point is not relevant regarding Mariah Carey. If this was 1995, she would have increased ratings. Her popularity has dramatically decreased with each album released after Daydream. The Emancipation of Mimi album has been her only major success since the 90s (Butterfly and Rainbow were about average at the time, but didn’t perform anywhere close to Daydream/Music Box). So one massive album (Mimi) since 1995 is not that impressive.

  • Cyrax86

    Nice to see The Neighbors flat, it’s a lock for renewal, regardless of the 3 remaining episodes. Next week it’ll be the ONLY new show in ABC’s lineup!

  • BigBrotherFan


    Dude, she was recovering from GLITTER lol

  • Ash


    When someone makes a point to state that their not a fan something, they really are a fan :)

  • BigBrotherFan


    You calling me a Mariah Carey fan? lol
    No way. She was a beautiful woman but her music…not my thing lol

  • toadytoady

    A re run of anything is beating Smash.
    SVU got 1.1 (4.25)
    CF got 1.0 (3.95)
    Smash got 0.8


    @ BigBrotherFan

    The younger demo (12-17) will know Usher thru his association w/ Bieber which could be good exposure for him.

    Mariah Carey has airplay on her side where Shakira & Usher have sales & as you know, money talks!

    JLo’s fan base is no where near as strong as Shakira (trust me on that one).

    I’m interested to see how they fare on The Voice–I’ll probably more than likely watch the premiere to see.

    Also, if you didn’t already know, Natalie Zea was on Justified S01-03 & is recurring S04.

  • MDM

    I still can’t imagine Whitney getting renewed, but it’s been one of their better performing comedies. Going out on a limb and saying Whitney and Go On get renewed, Community is on the bubble but they could put something new in its place that would most likely do similar ratings at a much cheaper price.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Yeah, I knew that about Zea. I actually fell in love when she was on the AMAZING DIRTY SEXY MONEY! haha

    I’ll take your word on Shakira.

  • r0ckmypants

    This whole comment battle about The Voice is silly. But still, regardless of how big a star Shakira is in other nations, that’s not going to help The Voice’s ratings.

    And Usher may have big singles and big album sales in the past, but his most recent album bombed, much like Christina Aguilera. Talent and fame don’t always translate to sales, especially nowadays when there are so many ways of obtaining music.

  • Keith

    @The Old Man

    Mariah doesn’t even really have airplay on her side anymore. Since 2006, she has 2 hits-“Touch My Body” and “Obsessed.” Guess her record company stopped the payola. She released far more singles than that.

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