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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  • Billy

    American Idol has lost 30% of its audience year to year. Talk about a deteriorating show.

  • Ultima

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

    That’s one hour. Whitney and Up All Night is two. Parks & Rec and Community would be the one that is returning – unless they renew Go On, in which case they cancel Community. None of the other new comedies gets renewed.

    If you look at their schedule, this seems like a very likely outcome. They started the season with five hours of comedy on the schedule and will finish with only two hours left for May sweeps (including The Office).

  • Ultima

    American Idol has lost 30% of its audience year to year.

    As of yesterday, it was down 20% season-to-date in the demo. More than its historical average, but less than the previous season.

  • Holly

    @Brian J,

    Where are those articles?

    Off hand, I don’t know. I’d have too look, but can’t until later.

    but why order the pilots if you aren’t going to order many of them to series?


  • WoWza

    Notes. The middle is fine and Whitney will be renewed. for sure almost.

    Also, Idol 3.5 tue, 3.8 wed, 3.4(?) thursday.

    Are they so mad ? Mad at all? No is the correct answer to these questions.

  • Brendan

    2.86 for a Whitney repeat is pretty well and glad to see Whitney new episode rise to a 3.85. Keep improving Whtiney.

  • BigBrotherFan

    As much as I enjoy WHITNEY there is ONE thing that doesn’t click..

    THE TIMING IS AWFUL! Does anyone notice when someone tells a joke on that show the other actor doesn’t really “go along” with it until like 5 seconds AFTER the laugh track?? Is it just me? it just seems awkward.

    Also, SEASON 3 they really need to forget the ALEX and WHITNEY drama. Neither one are gifted dramatic actors and it comes off as really weird and forced.

    RJ is a horrible replacement to NEIL. They should bring back NEIL. It’s like RJ pops up when the joke calls for it and then goes back to pretty much BG status behind the bar. lol He has NO real core involment with the group other than he is a bartender at MARKS bar.

  • Tom

    Suburgatory lost its edge midway through the first season and has been losing steam ever since. The Alicia Siverstone arc didn’t work and the latest arc featuring Tessa and her moronic boyfriend makes absolutely no sense. The cast is excellent but the scripts need to rise to their level.

  • Baaa!

    The Neighbors and Subgatory are not the problem for ABC. The shows that are already are or obviously be cancelled are. They have plenty of those. The Neighbors is my biggest surprise this season. I called it dead after the pilot (it was so bad even they admit it on promoting the show now.), but it got better and now ABC has me Wed 8pm to 10pm and then its off to Psych!

  • BigBrotherFan

    NeNe Leaks is going to be back on GLEE


  • thesnowleopard

    Lord, even repeats of Arrow and Supernatural do better than originals of other CW shows.

  • theCroup

    The who has the bigger fanbase argument over The Voice judges is hilarious.

    I think it might matter for the premiere but probably not in the later weeks. People might initially tune in out of curiosity over a celebrity judge but they’re not going to keep coming back unless the show offers something entertaining. XFactor and Idol are still learning that lesson with celebrity judges who bring looky-loos but add nothing to the ratings long term.

    I wasn’t a fan of any of the Voice judges when the show started. I didn’t even know who Blake was and I knew Adam Levine but thought he was a douche. It turns out I like Blake’s critiques and I still think Levine’s a douche but I’m entertained by the judge banter. I still don’t buy any country music or listen to Maroon 5; I’m strictly a fan of their judge gig. Actually, the same is true about Paula Abdul back when she started as the has-been singer Idol Judge. She built a whole new fanbase who liked the crazy she brought as a judge but who wouldn’t touch her music with a 10-ft pole before or during her time on Idol.

  • zth


    Yeah, I never thought about this, but pairing Levine/ Shakira would seem really fresh. A Levine/ Shakira single released during the finale would probably dominate the summer charts and would be the perfect marketing strategy for The Voice 5.

  • disney rocks

    CBS 2012/13 schedule-

    7-8= 60
    8-10= TAR/Survior
    9-10= NCIS: LA
    10-11= Elementary/ NEW drama

    8- HIMYM
    830- Mike and Molly
    9- 2bg
    930- Mom (NEW sitcom)
    10- CSI


    8- NCIS
    9- NEW Drama (Ive heard of a ncis la spinoff?)
    10- H50


    8- ROE
    8:30- 2.5 men
    9- Cm
    10- NEW drama/Elemenatary

    8- TBBT
    830- NEW sitcom
    9- zPOI
    10- NEW drama


    8- Survivor/TAR
    9- TM/ Golden boy
    10- BB

    Also, Undercover Boss airs January/February in tar/survivor timeslots and to plug holes in schedule. 48 hours on Saturday.

    Renewed- Lots of stuff
    Maybe cancelled/maybe renewed- GB
    Cancelled- Vegas, The Good Wife, CSI:NY

  • noob

    I feel like the only excitement coming from American idol this season is from Nicki Minaj. She’s carrying the show on her own. I’m scared for their numbers next year. But idol will always be better than the Voice. At season 4 of idol they were at 40 million viewers.

  • TVDude

    @Brian J,

    Believe me, I’ve been following TV ratings since this website opened, I know what I’m talking about.

    The season averages of Go On and TNN don’t matter when the recent episodes tank. Look up a show called Outsourced. It started well and got canceled because the second half of its season suffered. TNN’s average is not a 2.0 either, it was pulling below a 2.0 back when The Voice was still on. Don’t kid yourself, NBC has paid very close attention to the last few weeks. TNN’s fall will make it almost impossible for renewal unless it hits well above a 2.0 once The Voice starts back up. Go On will be fine, but TNN’s toast.

    Whitney might get renewed instead of TNN not because of it’s rating average (which since Whitney’s been back, is probably higher than TNN’s since Whitney’s premiere), but because of the cost. If they renew TNN, there is almost no chance it would stay after The Voice next season. So what would do better Wednesday at 8? TNN (which can’t hold its own on Tuesday against little competition) or Whitney.

    It’s not about how a show rates now, but how well they think a show will rate later (confidence). Fox canceled Terra Nova last year because, while it was profitable, they weren’t sure it would stay that way if they renewed it. TNN’s plummet without The Voice has showed NBC that the show cannot live without that timeslot. So if they don’t have any intention to schedule it there, why renew it?

  • Marc

    Oh please. People blaming TNN on being listed as a repeat. They were at a what, 1.0 last week?

  • tia

    as arrow goes so does spn. interesting.

  • Networkman

    Suburgatory looks even weaker now. Not only does it equal The Neighbors in demo but it garners one million less viewers. It should be stronger airing after Modern Family. The Neighbors seems really consistent being able to garner similiar ratings regardless of if The Middle is a repeat or original.

  • Holly

    Wait…that linked…I guess we got that back?

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