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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  • K


    How so? Since Dallas and George hooked up, there is really nothing left to tell.


    @ Keith

    Her most current single crossed over (I think) five different airplay charts (I was sweating she might give ADELE a run for her money). But historically, Mariah always trumped the airplay charts (1990-2010) & her “All I Want For Christmas Is You” just set a bunch of records on the Christmas Charts.

    But her airplay never transferred to sales & “Mimi” was the only LP to surpass her “Vision of Love” LP.

    @ r0ckmypants

    It’s silly, but fun.!

  • Mika

    I don’t see how the repeat helped Whitney any it still lost some of it’s audience in the second showing which is down from GWK last episode. Also it did no better then the lowest rated episode of GWK. Additionally this week’s TNN was scheduled as a Repeat on many people’s cable box. The only reason I knew it was new was because of Nene Leakes interview on Chelsea lately. I’m pretty sure they will not count this week against them. I used to love Whitney the show is just not funny anymore.

  • Flame

    You’d expect Idol to go up vs. a MF repeat…

  • austin

    daylight savings should no effect on ratings, why would it lol

  • Brian J


    Community is at 84 episodes after this season. Perhaps Sony will squeeze another 13 episode season out of NBC, but I think the big push for syndication was why it was renewed last season. Four episodes isn’t going to be a big deal, I think.

    Also, as someone pointed out a few weeks ago, if you take the seasonal averages, Go On is at a 2.0 or right around it, and The New Normal is close to that as well. Unless The Voice craters when it comes back, it will probably push them both above it. Considering most ratings are created equal (in that it doesn’t matter how the show or time slot gets it, just that it actually gets it, with the exception possibly being between scripted and unscripted shows), that’s a big mark in their favor, I think.

    “Whitney” might be cheaper to produce, but is this a case of NBC dragging it to the finish line? In other words, has it improved creatively in a big sense, according to most, or not? If it has, perhaps it makes sense to try to bring it back to sandwich it between hit shows. It it hasn’t, why bother?

    NBC ordered a lot of comedy pilots for next season, so based on that, my guess is that there will be a lot of carnage. But if anything is to survive, my guess is that “Parks” and “Go On” come before anything else. After that, it might be better for NBC to cut its losses and move on.

  • Ted Craig


    As much as any week’s ratings, I’m pretty sure this will count against TNN. I have a strong sense this show will be canceled.

  • Brian J


    When you said Xtina, I didn’t know you meant CA. I don’t know what that means.

    This is probably too many leaps of logic, but I remember when Grimm promoted its “La Llorona” episode and it increased to a 2.0. Perhaps taking any big Hispanic star, and I think Shakira qualifies as one, will inch The Voice upwards.


    @ zth

    I’m personally hoping for a Levine/Shakira release. Maroon 5’s “Daylight” is mean w/ the females. I feel another “Hips Don’t Lie” in the makings.

  • Brian J


    You can make lots of different arguments, but considering how this country is becoming less and less white, it makes sense to think of how an international superstar like Shakira might influence something here. Culture travels, after all.

    Think of if this way. If The Voice stayed the same, it would get a 4.0. With Shakira, it might get a 4.2. That’s nothing huge, but it’s an increase, and NBC needs all the help it can get. Years ago, it might not matter, but when we are debating show’s victories in .1 increments, it matters.

  • David Howell

    Interesting that Idol is apparently heavily pushing the women this year; here in the UK there’s not been a successful male winner on any of the Simon Cowell shows since Pop Idol S1, with four male winners of XF failing to make it to album 2 or to have a #1 after their debut single. Conversely three female winners of XF (if you count the girl group who won two seasons ago) have had at least three #1 hits each, and one also had a US chart-topper (Leona Lewis). Surprisingly there’s no sign of pushing a female winner here though!

    3.7 against incomplete competition is what I expected, but it’ll probably be adjusted to 3.8. Duck Dynasty will win the night every week. Fox might soon be in an NBC-esque jam.

    I guess we now know the extent of Suburgatory’s lead-in dependence. Will the bear still chase the show that namechecked it? ;) (Not that it catches it this season, but…)

  • AJ

    So…let me get this straight…

    The Neighbors gets a 1.7 and everyone on this website is all impressed and excited and saying “oh it’s a lock for renewal now!” and saying “oh wow so impressive!”……yet….

    The Mindy Project gets the exact same rating (1.7) on its last episode and when Fox renewed it, everyone acted all shocked and disappointed that Fox would renew such a horribly low rated show.


    @ Brian J

    Plus they could very easily debut a Levine/Sharika single on the season finale & it could become the song of the summer w/ the video going viral on the download charts.

    It could be a strategic ploy for the Fall 2013 season.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Because I can’t fathom that people actually STICK with THE NEIGHBORS it’s a pile of crap but damn is it steady..look at what SUBERGAFLOP did! lol

    MINDY is WAY better quality..agree! maybe people think FOX had much higher expectations for it and ABC not so for THE NEIGHBORS bc look at it.

  • Ted Craig


    I was not surprised TMP was renewed, but if you want some reasons:

    1. You can’t compare network v. network numbers, only within network. Otherwise, most shows not on CBS would be canned.

    2. Neighbors followed a rerun of The Middle and had Sandra Bernhard as its “big name” guest star. TMP followed a new episode of The New Girl and had Seth Rogen as its guest star.

    3. What little pre-season hype The Neighbors received was fairly negative. TMP was Fox’s most hyped new show of the season. I felt I saw the first episode long before it aired.

    Again, 1.7 isn’t great, but those are the reasons for the comments.

  • Cyrax86

    @BigBrotherFan, Well I’m sorry but The Neighbors is my favorite freshman show and I’m glad it’s getting a second season.

  • Roy

    Survivor: Fans vs. Flops.

  • Keith

    @The Old Man

    Mariah’s last single, Triumphant was a major flop. I don’t think it even hit the Top 100 airplay chart for Billboard. Her last single release that received significant airplay was for Obsessed. Before that, it was Touch My Body. Her Xmas song doesn’t count-it is going to receive airplay every year regardless and was also a single released from the 90s. Still, it’s not like that song is hitting the top 10 in airplay even tho it receives significant airplay for the Xmas season.

    You are also wrong about her LPs. Daydream and Music Box both outsold her Mariah Carey LP (it wasn’t called Vision of Love). Mimi did not, but it was only a couple million off. Considering that album was in 2005 and most people burn cds for friends/family or file share/illegally download, it was still a success and her singles received huge airplay from the album.

  • The End

    @The Neighbors is my favorite freshman show and I’m glad it’s getting a second season.

    Not confirmed yet.

  • BigBrotherFan


    No judgement here, my friend. I love Whitney-Just as bad!

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