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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  • Jose

    Survivor was off the chain last night! So much drama indeed + Jeff’s massage to Brandon lol Reminded me why I still watch the show after 26 seasons

  • Joseph

    I was surprised that neither ABC, CBS, nor NBC aired prime-time recaps on the election of Pope Francis I in prime-time.

    The cable news channels probably had a big bump-up in ratings both yesterday afternoon (March 13th) with live coverage of the annoumncement and introduction of the new Pope, and in prime-time since I suspect there was a lot of talk about him.

  • CookyMonzta

    Assuming it is adjusted upward, most likely Idol will end the day at 3.7/11 share and 13.3 million, which is as low as they have been for most of February and March. This same week last year (the round of 11), 5.4/16 share and 18.4 million. We could very well see 3.3-3.6/8-10 share and 12 million-to-12.5 million for tonight’s results show.

    Their worst performance day last year was the championship, 4.4/14 share and 14.9 million. If they’re starting off this year’s single-elimination rounds with 4 million fewer viewers, and they lose just as many throughout the course of thr season’s performance shows, they could end up dangerously close to (or actually within) the 2s and fewer than 10 million if the people are no longer impressed.

  • Joseph

    And again, Univision has a strong showing in key demos.

    Univision’s ratings rise in key demos has got to be the story of the 2012/2013 TV seasonm!

  • Brian J


    Yeah, for all the flack that NBC gets, ABC really isn’t much better.

    I happen to think ABC will try a few new comedies on Tuesdays next year, based on the type of pilots they have ordered. A couple would fit in with the Wednesday, more family oriented comedies, but the others would seem out of place. I’m just not sure if they will go with two or four new comedies and what, if anything, they will do on Fridays. Will they pair multi cam and single cam shows?

    On Tuesdays, at least, depending on what NBC does, I’d pare down Dancing to one season and launch two new comedies on Tuesdays at 9:00. Then, come midseason, I’d put two more at 8:00. If even one of these shows works, it has its new night of comedy.

    On Fridays, it’s trickier. Assuming both The Neighbors and Suburgatory get renewed, do they stay on Wednesdays or do both of them move? I assume Last Man Standing will return, but does Malibu Country? It has only ordered two multi cam pilots for next season, so it might need to mix and match–that is, unless it cancels a lot of shows or opens up four nights of comedy.


    Interesting to see CBS won the battle of the reruns from 9-11, Survivor not bad @ 8:00

    AI keeps “slip sliding away” but still wins night for FOX

    The Neighbors at series low as ABC back in third

    NBC the biggest loser (again) as Whiney’s 1.2 (& SVU) were the night’s high point


  • cc

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

    Was this the beginning of nbc’s latest downslide, when they started messing with Jay?

  • American

    Boring day…bunch of repeats mostly. Wonder what TBBT’ll get tonight?

  • r0ckmypants

    @Thorn – “First Happy Endings scored way better that Whitney and No one knew The New Girl would be such a hit.”

    None of these things has anything to do with the other. You can’t compare Whitney’s season 2 ratings and Happy Endings’ season 1 ratings because they’re more than a season apart. But even still, Happy Endings third and fourth episodes rated 1.8 and 1.6. Even now, that’s not much better than 1.3. By the end of May sweeps, it was consistently doing 1.3-1.5.

    And what does New Girl’s hit status have to do with it getting picked up? Regardless of if it was a hit or only aired 2 episodes, Damon Wayans Jr. COULD NOT continue to be a part of it because Happy Endings was in first position. That was the whole point of my comment. I don’t know if Whitney will be renewed, but if it is, Chris D’Elia will stay with it.

    “Whitney is over, the season has been cut from 22 episodes to 16.”

    It never had a 22 episode order. It was actually expanded from its original 13 episodes.

    “the main has joined another pilot and guess what? The new bartender has jumped ship too”

    See above. Tone Bell’s pilot casting is ALSO in second position to Whitney. No one is jumping ship; they’re just getting all their ducks in a row should the show be canceled. But this does NOT indicate that it will.

  • Nick


    I meant it was getting better ratings than NBC’s current lineup is, not their lineup at the time (although I’m sure that could also be argued). It was ratings consistently between a 1.2 and a 1.5 before it was cancelled, after which it often sunk to a 1.0 for its final episodes. But considering how cheap the show was to produce compared to any drama (really puts Smash’s $4 million/episode into perspective), NBC was surely making money and plugging in 5 holes at once. The affiliates complained then, but what are they doing now? With Mondays at a 1.2, Tuesdays at a 0.9, Thursdays and Fridays at 1.0, it averages out to worse than anything Leno was putting up.


    Speaking of ducks, EW this week is reporting that the Robertsons are talking to A&E about other show possibilities.

    I had no idea the show has nearly 4 million Facebook followers.

  • Its Britney Betch

    I happened to see a little bit of American Idol last night while my relative was watching it.. Two things about this show I have to say.. One, The woman who sang A Moment Like This did a great job, seriously wonderful. Two, when it came time for judging, Nikki Minaj was just horrible in her critique and wouldn’t shut up. I’m surprised American idol had enough time to fit in all the contestants for last nights episode with her not shutting up. Randy did good for being Randy lol, I think Keith Urban is his name but he did alright as well, not to mention he is a major pretty boy. Mariah did ok in regards to her singing but made some stupid comments as well. Nikki was just horrible and should cut down on hearing herself speak.

    CW shows Supernatural and Arrow did great for repeats as usual!!

  • SarahL

    My poor Neighbors. I love the show, but the future is not bright.

  • gary m

    Cougar Town Forever:

    I love Whitney, think it is one of the funnier comedies. Not sure why few watch it or band around it. It almost has a Seinfeld feel to it, and remember Seinfeld took a couple seasons to find itself and its audience. I actually wonder today if Seinfeld would have been given the time required to gell. If u ever see first year repeats, they are mostly awful. As each new show the networks introduce seems to do worse than its predecessor, maybe they should stick with their existing fare longer, try to improve the show and find the audience. For u oldtimers, remember All in the Family was cancelled in its first year, but CBS let it run out its order and the audience found it. #1 show on tv next five years. MASH was also close to cancellation first season on Sundays, next year CBS hammocked it between AITF and Mary Tyler Moore (on Saturday!) and by the next year it was a hit capable of standing on its own.

  • Brian J


    But why would D’Elia be so interested in jumping show, along with some other cast member it seems, if the show were so likely to be renewed? The same can be said for David Space on ROE on CBS, and there’s a much stronger case for renewing that show. If NBC were bringing it back, why not announce it is coming back sooner rather than later and/or order more episodes so it can continue to add viewers?

    The critical reception seems to be lukewarm, and based on what we know about NBC and how many pilots it ordered, it looks like they are cleaning house. It wouldn’t be the biggest surprise in the world to see it renewed, but my guess is, it’s done.

  • MichaelChickless

    @Cougar Town Forever Re: Whitney v Community

    I think they’re both getting renewed.

  • Brian J


    The Leno at 10:00 idea might have been ahead of its time, or it might have been a bad idea in general, at least at that current house. Not many people remember this, but back when Letterman was renewing his contract around 2002-2003, there was an attempt by NBC to get him to come back to the network and do a show four nights a week, every night except Thursday, at 8:00. It failed, but it kind of makes sense.

    It might be a better idea now, considering the state of affairs of not only NBC but all networks, but back then, it was a disaster. Only now is the network finally beginning to build back its 10:00 PM hour.

  • Brian J


    Just curious, why would both get renewed? What other comedies might get renewed?

  • toadytoady

    Good to see SVU repeating so well on Thursday, 1.2

  • toadytoady

    Wednesday i mean!

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