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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    @ Keith

    Was it “Obsessed?” Don’t really follow the titles but always see her name on the airplay charts. “All I Want For Christmas” crossed over to the pop charts Dec 2012 & set some kind of record doing that.

    I’m bad w/ LP titles (unless I own it) so thanks for educating me; really thought Mimi became her biggest seller though. I realize all the releases & then some kicked on the download charts, as did her Christmas & Christmas counts!

  • Ultima

    @Brian J
    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.

    The New Normal is at 1.6 for the season and I doubt it will even average that next month (it was only averaging a 1.7 over its final five episodes in the fall).

    Go On will of course finish with at least a 2.0 average and if NBC renews any frehsman comedies, it’s certainly at the top of the list.

  • Brian J


    Given NBC’s huge order of comedy pilots, I have to think it’s going to largely clean house. I also think it will shake up the way its scheduling shows and on the nights it schedules them–or at least I hope it does.

    Still, a lot of these shows are still kind of young, and if Greenblatt seems some potential, it might make sense to renew a few of them, if only for shortened second seasons to use as back ups. The worst that happens is that NBC has to burn them off before canceling them. It would only do that if it had a much stronger schedule next season, and boy it would it love to be in that position.

    Another consideration is how well these shows might pair with other shows. Not that everything needs to be so similar as to be indistinguishable, but I wouldn’t think Assistance and Michael J. Fox’s show would pair well together. This might favor The New Normal over Go On, as it is more of a family show.

  • Ultima

    @Brian J
    Given NBC’s huge order of comedy pilots, I have to think it’s going to largely clean house.

    I agree. I think they may go with as little as a ~13-15 episode final season for Parks & Rec plus a 13 episode order for either Go On or Community.

    This might favor The New Normal over Go On

    The New Normal’s ratings have been so atrociously bad, I don’t think there’s any chance it gets renewed. Since 1 January, it’s the lowest rated sitcom on NBC.

  • Holly

    @Brian J and Ultima,

    Given NBC’s huge order of comedy pilots, I have to think it’s going to largely clean house.

    Not specifically about NBC, but… Several people have been pointing to the unusually large pilot orders as evidence the nets will cancel more this year, but I’m not so sure. There have been several articles about how weak this years’ new shows were, both here and in international sales. It’s possible the nets ordered extra because they were stuck last year when so many pilots turned out bad.

  • PurpleDrazi

    “Oh, message to PurpleDrazi: GreenDrazi here. If I see you in Down Below, I’ll kick your ass! Kidding.”

    LOL! Glad to see a few folks around here get the reference. :-)

    As for Ratings…not much to comment on. Lots of reruns and no real surprises. I’m just waiting to hear how The Americans did last night.

  • Ted Craig

    @Brian J

    MJF pairs better with Go On, in my opinion. You have women who had crushes on Fox as teens and Perry in their 20s. A evidence, both had Courtney Cox as love interests on their respective shows.

  • Joe

    The Neighbors is solid. Even on a night of repeats it gets the same ratings. There’s a weird group of people (including myself!) who watch it week to week. ABC better renew it.

  • Brian J


    I actually think Parks is the most likely to be renewed, perhaps even before Go On. It’s already got a syndication deal, it’s owned by NBC, and it’s considered one of the best shows, it not the best comedy, on television. It’s also doing no worse and in fact better than NBC’s other comedies. It probably doesn’t have that many more seasons, though, and even if it did, it might just be a tough sell at this point. Still, there’s potential for a spin off, I think, and even if just so as to not lose more credibility with the creative community, it should be renewed. It probably will be renewed.

    If it is, and I expect it to be, it could be for another almost full season, or another shortened one. As I’ve said, I suspect big changes are coming to NBC, and I am not sure whether that means it will be given a final stretch and then put to rest or whether it will be held until midseason.

  • Brian J


    Where are those articles? I haven’t seen them.

    At least in the case of NBC, it needs comedies because two are ending after this season and nothing is anchoring any night, anywhere. And maybe it’s just me, but reading the descriptions from thefutoncritic.com, NBC’s pilots sound much better this year than they did last year. Like a lot better.

    As for the other networks, they are in similar positons. Nothing that CBS launched has worked in the last few seasons, and even its biggest hit, The Big Bang Theory, is getting older. It’s growing and growing, but it’s still not young. Fox has little to speak of besides New Girl, and ABC can’t seem to launch anything to go with its two hits, which might be stalling or even fading in the ratings.

    In other words, the networks needed to order a lot of comedies, NBC in particular.

  • Ultima

    Not specifically about NBC, but… Several people have been pointing to the unusually large pilot orders as evidence the nets will cancel more this year, but I’m not so sure.

    Right. I don’t think NBC will cancel a lot of shows because they ordered a lot of pilots, I think they will because the ratings for their comedies are absolutely horrid across the board.

  • Brian J

    @Ted Craig:

    I don’t think either of them pairs particularly well, but I imagine the new MJF show will be more like The Cosby Show rather than Friends. Thus, The New Normal seems to pair better, in my mind.

    But again, neither is a great fit, and it makes sense to launch a brand new show behind it. I think the most likely candidate is Welcome to the Family, because its concept seems broader in that the stories can go many seasons. It could also move to an earlier time slot if it is a hit, allowing NBC to put two similar shows in between them. I would have said Diane Farr’s show which is similar but involves a white and Korean family instead of a white and an Hispanic family, would work there, too, especially since it’s based on her own life, but NBC didn’t order a pilot–not yet, anyway.

  • MichaelChickless

    @Brian J “I actually think Parks is the most likely to be renewed, perhaps even before Go On.”

    Actually, Ultima said Go On is the most likely of the freshman comedies on NBC to be renewed.

  • eridapo

    @ Holly

    I’ve read those pilot summaries that Deadline has put out, and for 99% of them I lost interest after just reading two sentences of the summaries.. Those taglines do not give me hope for next season..

  • Brian J


    Well, yeah, but why order the pilots if you aren’t going to order many of them to series? If you are going to renew a lot of shows, why bother?

    And maybe it’s me, but isn’t this around the time when shows are ordered or renewed? We’ve heard pretty much nothing on this front from NBC in many months. It doesn’t take a crystal ball to know that “The Voice” is coming back, but other than that, what have we heard?

  • Ultima

    @Brian J
    As I’ve said, I suspect big changes are coming to NBC

    I think if you look at what they had for their fall lineup last May and how their shows have performed, it doesn’t look like they need big changes.

    Fall 2012 – 5 hours of dramas (3 returning, 2 new); 5 hours of sitcoms (6 returning, 4 new), 3 hours of The Voice and 2 hours of newsmagazines.

    Their two dramas hit and will be returning. In order to launch two more new dramas next fall, they have to cut two hours from somewhere else. What did bad? Their comedies. If they cut two hours of returning comedies, they’re back to the 15 hours they need.

  • Beauty and the flop

    Dammit sbgtory! I love you, get on your feet!

  • Michael

    FOX’s new slogan from Nigel Lythgoe, Midget Mike Darnell and the creative GENIUSES at Idol:

    We may dump $50 million a year down the drain, on really bad and irrelevant “superstar” judges, but we’ve still got the second or third highest rated show on TV. So there!”

  • Ultima

    @Brian J
    Well, yeah, but why order the pilots if you aren’t going to order many of them to series? If you are going to renew a lot of shows, why bother?

    In terms of comedy pilots, I think NBC is going to be picking up about the same number as last year (they ordered roughly the same number of pilots); CBS, on the other hand, is probably trying to ensure they actually find something that they like.

  • Ted Craig


    But isn’t one hour of that calculation already taken care of by 30 Rock and The Office ending their runs?

    @ Brian J

    I don’t think your logic holds up. I still see more mommies tuning into an hour of Fox and Perry.

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