TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol', 'Whitney' & 'Survivor' Dip, + 'The Neighbors' Slides to Series Low

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March 14th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.6/11 2.0/6 1.5/4 1.2/4 1.1/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.6/9 1.1/4 1.3/4 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 13.084 8.223 3.529 3.946 3.812 1.514

NOTE: Usage last night in A18-49 was down -9% from 8-10pm and -7% from 8-11pm versus last Wednesday.

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX, American Idol earned a 3.6  adults 18-49 rating down two tenths from last week’s 3.8

On CBS, Survivor scored a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating down a tenth from last week’s 2.6.

On ABC, The Neighbors garnered a 1.4, down three tenths from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Whitney garnered a 1.2, down a tenth from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.



Overnight ratings for Wednesday, March 13, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.6 11 13.08
CBS Survivor: Caramoan 2.5 8 9.55
ABC The Middle -R 1.3 4 4.69
NBC Whitney 1.2 4 3.43
CW Arrow -R 0.5 2 1.68
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.4 4 4.73
NBC Whitney -R 0.8 3 2.53
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family  -R 1.8 5 5.13
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.8 5 7.28
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 1.2 3 4.61
CW Supernatural -R 0.4 1 1.35
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 1.3 4 4.98
10:00PM CBS CSI -R 1.7 5 7.84
NBC Chicago Fire -R 1.1 3 3.84
ABC Nashville -R 0.7 2 2.77

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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 with an

*	In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49
Wednesday results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late
Show," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.  

*	From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
averaged a 1.0/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in
the Local People Meters.

*	From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5
in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

*	At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in
metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49
in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Jeff R.

    The Neighbors is coming around with critics. It’ll get a second season and a big push over the summer, a la The Middle after season one.

  • TOM

    The Neighbors =(

  • PHIL

    Networks should just air shows to the completion and not all of these repeats, it kills a show momentum

  • Jon

    @ CTF…..Whitney is an average sitcom at best. I can take it or leave it. I’ve watched a grand total of one episode this year. I don’t have it on my list of shows to dvr, as there are way too many better options. It only got renewed because they needed filler. You can’t cancel everything, even though theoretically with the crappy ratings, you could justify wiping NBC’s sitcom slate fresh and just start over.

  • Dan S

    Whitney can’t even catch The Middle rerun last night in demo or viewers. I’d be shocked if NBC were to even consider renewing Whitney as spackle next season. Heck even The Neighbors did better in a sea of reruns so that show gets a pass. Poor Nasville doesn’t repeat well but should likely see a 2nd season all the same.

  • DenverDean

    CSI (R) gets a 1.7 when last new episode two weeks ago received a 1.9 (Duck Dynasty premier). The 1.7 is better than new Golden Boy. I see CBS moving CSI to Tuesday 10/9 and sliding in NCIS – Red at 9/8. LA moves to Wed 9/8 and CM to 10. It’s far too early to move CSI to Friday. Still one of top 2 CBS 10 p.m. performers.

  • Alex

    Impressive SVU repeats as well. He will not be canceled.

  • Jon

    @ Phil….I agree. I’d rather see tv season run from like October-March, have a short 13 week spring season, and then summer repeats.

  • John A

    The Neighbours is dead but thats not surprising.

  • Uofmguy423

    Great episode of the Neighbors. I really hope it is renewed…and I was one of the haters that didn’t even want to watch the pilot.

  • charmedcraft

    I love The Neighbors, it reminds me of Third Rock From the Sun.
    I also like Suburgutory except for Tessa; she is annoying. The rest of the cast are great; they are all nuts.

    Great repeat numbers for CW again.

  • Grey

    Usage down because of Daylight Savings or because of all the freak’n repeats – or both?

  • Jon

    @ Dan…..showing a Nashville repeat seems silly to me, they are better off plugging in a news magazine show during those times.

  • John A

    You would think Idol and Survivor would go up a bit facing mostly repeats.

  • Just Desserts

    The Neighbors is surely getting renewed no matter what.

    It only has 2 episodes left and will get the “pity renewal” since Malibu Country is its only competition.

  • Rebecca

    Hopefully the networks consider reruns surrounding new episodes on the same night when looking at renewal/cancel prospects of a show. It’s too bad Neighbors has to suffer like that (and not just last night)…many casual viewers turn on the TV, see an episode is a rerun and assume the rest of the night’s shows are reruns on that same channel. All I watched was Neighbors and Psych. Well, I saw Whitney too but it’s barely worth mentioning. Filler show, not fantastic comedy.

  • Jon

    @ Charmed…I couldn’t disagree with you more about Tessa. Jane Levy has a huge future in the business. She is sharp, witty, and an all around good actress. The show would have never become a hit without her. You will continue to see her get more and more movie roles as time goes on as well.

  • Rob R

    Amazing how reliable “Survivor” is………..look at it standing face to face with American Idol. I still love Idol and there is some real talent on that show this year.

  • BigBrotherFan

    ABC needs to cancel RED WIDOW and ship some more NASHVILLE repeats Sunday @10pm. People need to catch up!

  • Just Desserts


    Well, we could expect The Neighbors to rise next week so that could jut be its Silver Lining.:)

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