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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  • boogke

    As a Whitney fan I have to say that I don’t think the addition of Tone Bell helped this season, it seems like a forced attempt to add racial diversity, and in addition the guy has a problem enunciating his words so that what he says is understandable—it all comes out mumbled and strung together. The rest of the supporting cast is very strong and I just don’t see the appeal of this guy he’s not that talented. Let him jump ship to the other show, I’m surprised they’re interested in him.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    “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 ]”

    His father was NEVER on Survivor. His Uncle was however and made it to the finals twice and was voted (not thrown) off once.
    Glad the elimination of just one idiot has somehow made it safe for you to lay your eyes on the rest of the idiots.

  • Grey

    @boogke – Actually I think you’re slightly wrong on that assessment Tone Bell has been really strong on the show but his role is real limited there’s been times where’s he been naturally funny and he’s new at acting so he will be much improved by next season. I do think the show went the token route but ignoring that assessment I think he’s a huge upgrade over Niel in the long run of the show. I think they have plans on putting him and Lily together in relationship which should help his character resonate a little more.

  • PV

    Malibu Country should be renewed over The Neighbors!

  • Dan

    Like Rules of Engagement, it a night crowded by repeats, the lone new episode of a show gets a series low. No surprise here, hopefully ABC factors in to whether or not they will renew the series but in my opinion its 50/50.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    “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.”

    Don’t be insane. You say that as if ABC somehow gave it some special status and cancelled higher rated sitcoms before it when that is just not the case.

    2011-2012 ABC cancelled Man Up, Work It and Cougar Town.
    2010-2011 ABC cancelled Mr. Sunshine and Better with You

    The ONLY reason the show came back is because there were other lower rated shows that ABC chose to cancel first. There is NO example whatsoever of a higher rated sitcom that ABC decided to cancel because of some love for Happy Endings that you have invented in your head.

    This season ABC has already cancelled the only lower rated sitcom than Happy Endings, Don’t Trust.

    Now who is really being kind of dumb.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)


    The next thing you will start with is, “Happy Endings will make a great and probable pick up by TBS”, when that is not going to happen either.

  • CookyMonzta

    Posted March 14, 2013 at 11:20 AM
    “Anyone know how much “American Idol” costs per hour? Or per episode?”

    Someone quoted the figure of $1.5 million. I don’t know if that is per hour or per episode. I think it is higher, and I believe they are reaching the breaking point because of lower payouts to them for advertising; which might force them to downsize even more.

    3.7/11 share and 13.3 million (assuming upward adjustment) is not even close to their worst night of singing last year; the championship round, which drew 4.4/14 and 14.9 million. And the singing rounds last year (final 13) started at 5.7/18 and 18.7 million.

    Last year’s final 10 came in at 5.1/15 and 17.2 million. We’re looking at a dropoff of 1.4/4 share and 3.9 million. If they lose that many, during the course of this competition, when they go from 10 contenders down to 2, they could end up drawing as low as 2.3/7 share and 9.4 million for this year’s championship showdown.

    I doubt they will go that low, but they’ve already put out some shockingly low numbers already, and ANYTHING is a possibility, especially if the people are really turned off by the activity throughout the course of the remainder of this season. We can definitely expect 2s in the demo next year.

  • boogke


    I’m willing to give him a chance as he clearly has not been fully integrated into the cast which is the writers job, but as of now I also don’t see any real chemistry between him and the other cast members which by episode 13 it should–guest stars that make single appearances have had more chemistry but its like he’s on a different show, Most importantly he has to learn to speak more clearly, its something several people have mentioned and should not be an issue at the network sitcom level at all.

  • Grey

    @ PV “Malibu Country should be renewed over The Neighbors!”

    Agreed somebody made a good case earlier about the Friday comedies embarrassing the Wednesday ones on a lower hut level night.

    @ Dan “Like Rules of Engagement, it a night crowded by repeats, the lone new episode of a show gets a series low. No surprise here, hopefully ABC factors in to whether or not they will renew the series but in my opinion its 50/50.”

    Rules is deep in its syndication run and CBS probably isn’t ready to move on without it as they still haven’t found a new comedy hit in over a year so they should see if they get a new hit then.

    @ Anthony Parello – Okay whatever makes you happy bro.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)


    Or just correct since you have no decent counterargument.

  • Grey

    @ boogke – Maybe I’m just reading his character a little faster than you right now but I just think the dude is awesome and he definitely has chemistry but like I said he’ll probably resonate a little better in the coming season. Whitney has had some great guest stars this season, I just think overall the latter part of season 1 was a little overrated, I’m loving season 2 a lot better right now its finally found its identity as a show this season although they need to still fix a lot before going into season 3.

  • JJF

    I doubt ABC will use this night against the show unless they are looking for a reason to cancel it. Honestly, burying it among reruns isn’t exactly going to help it. It did still build from it’s lead-in. And if it bounces back when The Middle is new, this shouldn’t be too harmful. I still think it is a better bet than Suburgatory, which seems to have fallen off the map a bit. It has a much stronger lead-in but regularly does the same or worse than The Neighbors. ABC would be wise to cultivate The Neighbors and not try to kill it by surrounding it with low-rated reruns.

  • Ted Craig

    I’m not buying the idea that the Friday sitcoms “embarrass” the Wednesday shows. The fact that viewership is lower that night means less competition – Hell’s Kitchen, Undercover Boss and Fashion Star are no American Idol, Survivor and Criminal Minds.

  • toons

    i know abc is lost (no pun intended using old abc show as reference) but wtf? why are they throwing a new neighbors on an all repeat night? i’m pretty sure it’s a lock to come back but i dont get that

  • CookyMonzta

    Do you know that Nicki showed up late for last night’s telecast? I didn’t watch it (most likely, I will not watch this entire season, either; the 10th season 2 years ago was my last), but it’s all over the news.

    If she gets fired before they’re finished with this season, the people who are voted off before her dismissal might go as far as to demand that those rounds be re-done, or sue for it, especially if it can be established that her comments (or ABSENCE thereof) following their performances contributed to their elimination.

    The worst demonstration of bad behavior on the part of celebrities today is that they think they can schedule a concert at a certain time, and believe they can get away with showing up an hour, 2 hours or even 3 hours late! They have become so conceited and narcissitic, that they believe they can show up late for a live television or radio show, and expect to go on as if nothing happened.

    Judging by what I have read, she missed the first contender’s performance. How can she judge a contender’s readiness for the big time when she mocks the big time herself?

    This is going to look very bad for Idol if it happens again, from any of them, because of anything short of a real emergency.

  • Grey

    @ Ted Craig

    I think your point would only be valid for The Middle and Modern Family. Neighbors and Suburgatory are doing way worse in better timeslots. Even though the competition is less that’s not the Friday shows fault either. If somebody made this same excuse for Whitney on Wednesdays some of you guys specifically Community fans would shoot it down.

  • Networkman

    The Neighbors improving and getting recognition from the critics along with the fact that it did rise from the ratings of The Middle repeat should be enough for renewal. I feel it would be a great companion to Last Man Standing on Friday.

  • thensnowleopard

    Yeesh, Arrow and SPN still do better in repeats than half the other CW originals.

  • Dan

    @Grey – I think CBS will cancel Rules of Engagement in May, not because of ratings but because the show has reached 100 and CBS has 5 returning comedies already next season. The show has already wrapped production, created a finale and stars like David Spade have found other Pilots.

    The Neighbors still might be in consideration because it is relatively new but I would not be surprised if ABC cancelled it along with Malibu Country and Happy Endings. I expect The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family, and now Last Man Standing to return next season.

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