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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  • Jon

    Survivor is one of those shows you just can’t kill off. I’ve never understood the appeal, but there is always a segment of the population that just loves shows like that.

  • Densino

    Whitney is definitly getting a 3rd season…no question.

  • David Howell

    The Neighbors might have a closer than expected brush with the bear, but unless it sticks at 1.4 (unlikely) it will edge out Malibu Country (and possibly take its TGIF slot?).

    Whitney doesn’t rerun too badly. It might well get nursed to 88.

    Idol can’t even get 4s against reruns now? Woah.

  • Joe

    The BEST Neighbors episode and they sandwich it in a night of repeats. ABC is terrible. :(

  • Cougar Town Forever


    I am curious if Whitney will get renewed. My gut tells me that the brass at NBC have a soft spot for it, just like how my gut tells me that the brass have something against Community. (Hence, Whitney came back first and into a better slot, while Commonity is showing Thanksgiving episodes in March against the BBT).

    At the end of the day, it’s not a horrid show. When I read the plot summaries, I actually think the show sounds kind of interesting. But the few times I’ve actually watched it, the execution was just bad. Just not worth the time.

  • Jon

    @Big Brother……Red Widow is as good as dead, but at this point they might as well just air whatever episodes they have in the can. They have nothing else to put there that is going to do any better.

  • Carl

    I’ve heard as much talk about Jeff’s impassioned massage of Brandon as I have about the actual drama in the episode. I think it shows how ridiculous Survivor has become. Even though its ratings also have some issues this season I’m really enjoying TAR so far, for the first time in a while. I wish I could say that about Survivor.

  • boogke

    @Cougar Town Forever

    You are just making things up based on your subjective opinion. First of all as evidenced by this forum, there are plenty of people passionate about Whitney. Its ratings are remarkably consistent though not great, AND in several weeks been higher than or equal to that of Community which you ignorantly cite as having a much more loyal audience. If that’s true why did it premiere to a 1.9 only to plummet to around 1.2 then shoot up to 1.5 last week?
    Whitney stays at very constant rating which I know isn’t high but remains consistent despite competition. For example, its doing as well now as it did before Idol and Survivor debuted, both of which are formidable foes and aired originals last night.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Come on Neighbors….hang in there.

  • rob60990

    Whitney still losing to reruns.

  • forg

    ABC invested with that musical The Neighbors ep with getting A+ talent like Alan Menken so really what a waste that they air that episode on a night of repeats!

  • Jon

    @ CTF- you maybe be right, I think NBC has a soft spot for it, and even though the ratings are bad, it might get renewed again, just because all of the sitcoms have flatlined as well. If I were to give any NBC sitcom a second chance it is Guys with kids, it’s actually a much better show than the ratings give it credit for.

  • BigBrotherFan


    NASHVILLE is the only new drama from ABC FALL2012 that anyone is watching. THE SHOW COULD EXPLODE but it’s serial and people tune in and have no idea what is going on. Since it is off the air for what…another 3 weeks? why not catch people up as much as possible.

    ABC has no mercy as seen with the BETTER RATED 666 Park Ave. (VS. WIDOW)when they just pulled it despite promising fans an end. Get rid of RED WIDOW and give NASHVILLE as much exposure as possible or else CF will take a lead against it FOR GOOD.

  • s0303

    too bad survivor wasn’t higher…that episode was a classic :)

  • Rebecca

    @Just Desserts
    I do hope it goes up next week, but again it’ll be surrounded by reruns (The Middle and Modern Family don’t have new episodes until 3/27….haven’t looked up Suburgatory).

  • samurai99


    Red Widow is doing significantly better than Nashville repeats. Nashville repeats are doing terrible. Why should ABC actively try to lose money? They aren’t good, but they aren’t NBC bad yet.

  • Jackson

    The only reason why Whitney has done sightly better than Go On and The New Normal this Winter is because Whitney airs at 8am. There’s more people watching TV at that time. And if you ask me, American Idol is much less of a rival for Whitney than what NCIS is to Go On and TNN. If I were NBC, I would have placed these comedies on Thursdays as follows:

    8 The New Normal
    8:30 P&R
    9 The Office
    9:30 Go On

    This could have worked this Winter, in my opinion. And it could work next year (replacing The Office with Michael J Fox comedy, of course). Anyway, what’s done is done. In spite of the Winter demos, I still believe that Go On and The New Normal stand more chances at being renewed than Whitney or any other NBC comedy “on the bubble”.

  • matt

    Hate it all you like, but Idol still owns the night

  • RyanCanada

    @BigBrotherFan I Agree! i love Whitney, and its a show that doesnt have amazing ratings, but can maintain decently without any help and no many shows on NBC have that.

  • Jon

    @bookge….people are passionate about Whitney? lol. I don’t know one single person in my daily life that even watches the show. If your doing a 1.2-1.5 and barely moving the needle in 3.5 million homes as a sitcom, in my book your laying an egg, that being said the whole network is laying eggs, so yeah Whitney could get renewed again for being the best of the lousiest, or the lousiest of the best, you take your pick.

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