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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  • Ashton Butcher

    WOW how the mighty have fallen but even with these numbers Survivor and Idol still dominated the competition. Idol has kind of settled in now into these numbers for now. Those were some strong repeat numbers for CSI.

    Woah at the drop for The Neighbors that’s going to really hurt it from coming back, this Wednesday block is declining pretty quickly for ABC. What’s scary about The Neighbors ratings is that it airs on a higher-hut level night than the Friday comedies do and they’re running circles around it and Surburgatory. Real idiotic of ABC to not take advantage of the rerun competition for Nashville.

    I’m surprised Whitney slipped that much this week as the competition was basically the same with the ABC comedies declining this week which should’ve helped but the show is still among the top pool of their comedies so NBC will likely bring it back and needs to bring it back.

  • Steve Sanders

    The only reason “whitney” is still on is because of her 2 year pre paid contract with NBC….it’ll be gone soon.

  • Guess

    I think Arrow and SPN were preempted in certain areas by college basketball. And ratings for the CW shows for the rest of the week are going to be useless since Thursday and Friday lineups are being preempted in parts of Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and who knows where else thanks to college basketball. Some cities won’t be airing VD, Beauty, Nikita, and Cult until Saturday night.

  • Michael

    Anyone know how much “American Idol” costs per hour? Or per episode?

  • Joseph A

    Love The Neighbors & Survivor ,
    Though I opt to watch Survivor and Stream The Neighbors.

    Great episode that was a long time coming where a contestant does not go quietly after being bullied by physically weaker players who have numbers.

    As for The Neighbors, that show MUST be renewed , IT IS BRILLIANT !
    The only thing I would change is moving The Neighbors to Sunday , and show it before Once Upon a Time , that I would move to 9pm.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Any good catfights on IDOL, yet? between Minaj and Carey? seeing as how its live I may watch if they scrap

  • Ash

    Boring night of television all around with most networks airing repeats. Although tonight seems good with POI and TBBT with new episodes.

  • Cougar Town Forever

    @gary m

    Fair enough. Its certainly not the worst show on TV, or an NBC, or on NBC Wednesday night. But Whitney was heavily promoted when it first came on in 2011, and its ratings are down this year, not up. That said, I do think the show is a little better this year than last.

    I think that at the core there is a good idea for a show. I like the focus on a typical, young couple that are committed but unmarried. One of the few episodes I saw involved Chris D’Elia (I forget his character’s name) inviting his ex-girlfried over to spend the night. Everyone thinks its wierd, but no one wants to be the one to say no. Great idea!

    But the cons of the show are everything else. I think Whitney Cummings and Chris D’Elia are not strong enough actors to pull off this kind of comedy (the use of actors rather than commedians on 2 Broke Girls might partly explain why that show has been much more successful). A lot of the jokes just feel tired and predictable. In addition, the supporting cast is poorly used and feel disjointed from the rest of the show. Just my 2 cents.

  • Cougar Town Forever

    @Steve Sanders

    Thats just innapropriate.

  • Fakeem

    Now that Hantz is gone, I can go back to watching Survivor. I just wish Brandon had been thrown off like his pop [ when his pop was on Big Brother ]

  • Ash

    @Steve Sanders

    What is taco tv?

  • michael

    Here’s what I’m hoping for ABC this Fall:


    8–Shark Tank
    9–DWTS Results
    10–New Drama

    8–The Middle
    8:30–How to Live With Your Parents (For the rest of yuor life)
    9–Modern Family
    9:30–Happy Endings
    10–New Drama

    9–Grey’s Anatomy

    8–Last Man Standing
    8:30-The Neighbors
    9–Malibu Country
    9:30–New Comedy


    8–Once Upon A Time
    10–New Drama

  • joel

    The Whitneighbors hour dominates the night in first-run sitcoms.

    I do agree Whitney was better though when they focused on the love lives of the friends.

  • Ted Craig


    I would very surprised to see Happy Endings behind MF this fall. And Suburgatory will not be canceled.

  • Grey

    @rockmypants “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.”

    I agree actors do this all the time during the early seasons of the comedies they’re on just to secure themselves just in case the show gets axed. If Whitney continues which it will then Chris D’Elia and Tone Bell will have to comeback or if NBC wants to keep Chris in the new pilot then they can always restructure the show to have Whitney be single.

  • Grey

    @ joel “I do agree Whitney was better though when they focused on the love lives of the friends.”

    I’m mixed on that one, since the show is a relationship comedy it makes total sense that they focus on Whit and Alex much more this season but they have some very funny friends and should get more screen time that’s something they got to adjust for season. I’m interested if they let Alex leave the show for the pilot if they would change the focus back onto the friends now that Whit will be single.

    @ Michael “I would very surprised to see Happy Endings behind MF this fall. And Suburgatory will not be canceled.”

    The network really likes HE but a lot of its return probably depends on how it does on Fridays this spring and Suburgatory will definitely comeback I think Neighbors is getting cancelled now but wouldn’t be too surprised if they brought it back.

  • Pavelsauce

    I think he means Univision. As Cougar Town Forever said, that comment was just inappropriate and unnecessary.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    ‘The network really likes HE”

    Perhaps you could take a brief moment and list for me the shows currently on its schedule that ABC doesn’t “like”,
    or failing that,
    cite a source for your odd assertion that ABC cares anymore for this show than any other?


  • Grey

    @Anthony Parello “Perhaps you could take a brief moment and list for me the shows currently on its schedule that ABC doesn’t “like”,
    or failing that,
    cite a source for your odd assertion that ABC cares anymore for this show than any other?


    Do you really even have to ask me that question its pretty obvious dude the show had low ratings and came back for three seasons. Networks favor shows over others and you already know that too so don’t play dumb.

  • Kangarookeeper

    American Idol had no competition at 9 pm. Every other show was a repeat. AI is nearing its end.

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