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

    @ Big Brother Fan…..I do understand your point, but serialized shows repeat so poorly. Look at when they have repeated Revenge, its ratings crumble. I think your going to see less and less of these type of shows being repeated.

  • Ashley

    Dang, Arrow kicked ass on a repeat compared to quite a few shows. AI just needs to be cancelled in another season or two. Just put it out of its misery or ours. NBC is atrocious. Someone really needs to be canned and bring someone else in. It’s not working whatever they’re doing now.

  • steve sanders

    The male lead in “Whitney” is doing another pilot on NBC….so I’m guessing it ain’t coming back.

  • Billy

    Whitney should be canceled.

    Really bad numbers for American Idol. This is the start of the live shows. The ratings should be going up. Idol could actually be below a 3.0 next season.

  • boogke


    Why does your singular life and who you personally know have anything to do with whether people are passionate about Whitney? What a narcissistic and ignorant perspective.

  • SteveO

    I’m sorry but I think Nashville should be given a 13 episode order and run the show simultaneously with no interruptions. I do not believe that the show deserves a full season order. Also, I think the Neighbors would sink even more on a Friday. I am a fan of the show, but I just don’t feel it’s ratings merit a renewal. Why can’t abc move Nashville to Friday after Malibu Country for the first half of the season at 9, then premiere primetime after it finishes its run or even put Body of Proof on Friday. I think abc has a lot of dramas that sound decent. The comedies on the other hand do not, except for the one with Andea Savage and David spade.

  • MichaelChickless

    Those aren’t bad repeat numbers for the Dick Wolf duo.

  • r0ckmypants

    @steve sanders – That doesn’t mean anything. The pilot is in second position to Whitney. If they both get picked up, he stays on Whitney. Look at what happened with Damon Wayans, Jr: he did the New Girl pilot in second position to Happy Endings. New Girl got picked up, Happy Endings got renewed, and he was contractually obligated to stay with the latter.

  • Cougar Town Forever


    I appologize. I didn’t mean to cause offense.

    I agree that “my gut” would qualify as a subjective opinion. I don’t really know what those at NBC are thinking. I just try to read the tea leaves based on their scheduling decisions.

    That said, I can most certainly quantify the fact the Community has a much more fervant fan base. For example, a quick google search uncovered at least 4 different non-sponsored (i.e. not an “offical” fan-page by NBC) websites dedicated to Community. I couln’t find any for Whitney. Each show does have an official Facebook page. As of now, the Community page has been “liked” 1,418,844 times and is “talking” 56,437 times. Whitney?: 189,944 likes and 5,823 talking. So I am going to go ahead and say that Community fans are, just using this metric, 9 times more “passionate” than Whitney fans.

    Oh yeah, and while Whitney is consistently a 1.1 to 1.3 over the past 2 months, that would make it consistently lower rated than Community, which has bounced around from a 1.2 to a 1.9. And Community is in the “tougher” spot, as evidenced by the fact that the combined ratings of American Idol and the Big Bang theory are higher than the combined ratings of AI and Survivor on Wed (I can’t be bothered to look up the data for that, but it is pretty overwhelming, so I hope you just trust me on it).

    My point being, if it comes down to Whitney v. Community, it seems pretty logical that Community should get the renewal. I just don’t know what those at NBC are thinking.

  • Ryne


    That is a great point and reference. There are quite a few on this site that think just because an actor is doing a pilot that the show they are currently on is definitely going to be cancelled and they have posted as such.

  • Nick

    @ Ted Craig

    The Jay Leno Show was getting better ratings the most of NBC’s entire lineup, let alone their 10pm shows.

  • Thorn

    The main of Whitney has joined a pilot, that being second to Whitney and then the whole Damon Waynes Jr business is just bollocks. First Happy Endings scored way better that Whitney and No one knew The New Girl would be such a hit.
    Whitney is over, the season has been cut from 22 episodes to 16, the main has joined another pilot and guess what? The new bartender has jumped ship too.
    Anyone who says Whitney will be back for a 3rd season has serious mental issues.

  • K

    Neighbors is a good show. Refreshing to see an interracial couple and their interracial children

  • Joe

    Will The Neighbors’ life depend on if How to Live… bombs or not?

  • Joe

    The difference with Whitney I think is that the lead guy is doing a pilot WITH NBC as well. It’s not a two-network split. NBC knows they’re taking him away from Whitney.

  • Brian J

    @Paul P:

    What’s the end point for CSI, though? I don’t watch the show, but critics have suggested the addition of Ted Danson and Elizabeth Shue has reenergized the show. It’s a flagship for CBS, but it’s rated lower than Criminal Minds. Does CBS make next season its last? Two seasons from now, so that it can back track if its development doesn’t go smoothly. And does it move it?

  • forg

    I hope The Neighbors season finale 2 weeks from now where it will have a new The Middle as lead in again will boost it back to 2.0 (or even 1.8). I still think ABC made a mistake cancelling Better With You 2 seasons ago (a show that managed to get 2.0 on its finale against stronger Idol back in the day and after weeks of falling as low as 1.4) and it could have been a good match with LMS. Oh well, I really think The Neighbors could grow over time. Move it to Friday or anything but I hope it gets a second season

  • gary roberts

    although it still gets decent viewership
    American Idol is nearly unwatcheable at this point..
    the judges are useless -minaj excepted mostly-
    and the “talent” is almost entirely
    mediocre diva-wannabes from a time where actual
    talent is not as important as styling and
    good teeth.
    half that 13 million probably just watch
    out of habit from the last decade…
    ARROW is doing well on a network that is mostly
    ignored at this point…

  • Harma

    They shouldn’t have advertised Neighbors as a musical episode. It was a great episode with only 2 songs

  • BigBrotherFan


    I agree with you but the insane breaks that they throw at NASHVILLE the horrible sched. THAT ABC follows has hurt it. The show was picking up steam in January and then stupid break down to 1’s, again. Serious. They need to do whatever they can to get more people back on board with the show at this point bc they clearly lost some to CF. I know it repeats bad, but ABC needs to make this work as much as they can. All their new drama’s this season have tanked. I honestly ALSO think they should of left 666 Park Ave. well enough alone and let it air all 13 episodes.

    .9 for Dont Trust The B-
    1’s for HE (they treat like CRAP!)
    1.1 for RED WIDOW
    low 1.2 for 666 Park Ave.

    They need to write off Sunday @10pm for the rest of the season and give NASHVILLE as much exposure as they can. It’s the only NEWBIE drama this fall on ABC thats doing OKAY.

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