Wednesday Final Ratings: 'American Idol' & 'Survivor' Adjusted Up

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March 14th, 2013


American Idol and Survivor were each adjusted up two tenths among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Wednesday broadcast ratings.

Final broadcast primetime 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) 3.8 11 13.44
CBS Survivor: Caramoan 2.7 8 9.89
ABC The Middle -R 1.3 4 4.75
NBC Whitney 1.2 4 3.38
CW Arrow -R 0.4 2 1.59
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.4 4 4.72
NBC Whitney -R 0.8 3 2.45
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family  -R 1.8 5 5.18
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.8 5 7.21
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 1.1 3 4.59
CW Supernatural -R 0.4 1 1.32
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 1.3 4 3.56
10:00PM CBS CSI -R 1.7 5 7.94
NBC Chicago Fire -R 1.1 3 3.90
ABC Nashville -R 0.7 2 2.69

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Thorn

    The pope slammed Whitney too. It was funny, funnier than both seasons of Whitney combined.
    Having an order from 22 cut to 13 then upped to 16 with the final doesn’t sound good. If you use your brain cells for a few moments and think, you will see that it’s not a good sign. NBC has ordered so many new comedies that they will completely remove all of the low rated rubbish on now.
    The actress who plays Roxanne is shopping around for a new role too so thats 3 people who have jumped ship, also the actress who plays Roxanne is doing gigs around America.

  • Just Desserts


    I don’t get the *”The Neighbors” got a horrible rating so now it must move to Friday logic*. This rating clearly proves that it must stay in Wednesday and build an audience. I dislike it when haters say they know what is good for a show when in fact they are just throwing it to the wolves. :( !!!

  • Thorn

    Friday is where good shows go to die. I would hate to see the neighbors there, it is a great show. The problem is it received too much bad press. I wasn’t a fan of the latest episode but all in all i smile during each.

  • Ultima

    People go on about Idol because its dip has been more rapid and Survivor is in its 26th season while Idol is in its 12th

    Wait, did you seriously think that Survivor came out in the 80s? 8O

    Also, Survivor’s decline was much, much more rapid than American Idol’s.

    Idol premiered in the summer of 2002 and had steady growth (finales aside), peaking in 2006 (for the season) and hitting a series high with its premiere in 2007. After that, it only had moderate declines up until last year and this year when it finally started getting 20%+ declines.

    Meanwhile, Survivor premiered in the summer of 2000 and peaked with its first finale (which actually drew more than its Super Bowl lead-out premiere for season 2). The highest rated season overall was its second and it immediately had a ~33% drop the next fall. Outside of gains for the All-Star edition in 2004, Survivor has steadily declined, even clocking in with some huge 20% year-to-year declines of its own.

    American Idol is declining more rapidly now, but Survivor has been a shadow of its former self for the past decade already.

  • Ultima

    Why is everyone moving the neighbors to Friday? I think they should leave that wed comedy block as is. It’s really the best 2 hour sitcom block on tv, and why mess with it?

    It’s not the best two-hour sitcom block on TV, CBS Monday does much better than it, even without a megahit anchor.

    The Neighbors numbers are not very good and ABC will definitely move it to another night if it’s renewed.

  • POlo

    Why march is always so “rerunny”?

  • Ted Craig


    So, you’re going to use a low sample instead of an average? On most nights, even with a Middle re-run, it gets a 1.7. More likely, The Neighbors would get the same numbers as MC on Friday (and vice versa). If you want to say the two are even and it’s a jump ball, I’d buy that, but to say MC is clearly superior, at this point, doesn’t seem well supported. At the start of the season, Neighbors would have died on Fridays. Now, I’m not so sure.

  • BigBrotherFan

    People don’t you think the reason the cast of WHITNEY is shopping around is because the show is….ON THE BUBBLE? HELLO? Many people do that and their respective shows are picked up come upfronts..GET A GRIP!

    NBC can’t ignore the fact that WHITNEY is been steady this season..in comparison to the rest of their comedy shows that NBC is dying to make work THE NEW NORMAL, GO ON, THE DREADED 1600 PENN…ETC ETC. Whitney is like a critically RAVAGED Community. NBC treats it like dirt YET it is still pretty steady.


  • Ted Craig


    There is no reason to renew Whitney for 13 episodes. It either gets a full order or canceled.

  • Thorn

    Whitney it didn’t get a full order this season, it got a half order then 3 extra episodes. Bring it to 16 instead of seasons 1’s 22 episode. That tells me NBC is getting rid of it.

  • BigBrotherFan


    umm..as a emergency back up mid season replacement, maybe?

  • Ted Craig


    It is so far from syndication, I can’t see that happening.

  • Thorn

    Why would NBC waste money on a show that gets low 1’s for original and under 1 for repeats? It’s not even viable for Syndication. It still needs to rate good to be sold, Whitney doesn’t rate well at all.
    As for the mid season replacement, again why? Were is the logic to this? NBC just putting more and more money into a show that isn’t earning them a dime?
    The fact that season 2 has 16 episodes means it’s cancelled. As Whitney says “DEAL WITH IT”

  • Marc

    @Ted Craig

    I mentioned the average number for the Neighbors. But the problem is their relative performance to MCs relative performance.

    For instance, MC usually gets an 85-90% retention from LMS. And MC’s viewership leading into the Friday anchor Shark Tank is about 70%. Neighbors occupies the same scenario on Wednesday nights, but there retention from the Middle is lower at about 75-80% and their lead in to Modern Family is horrendous, at about 40-45%. If Neighbors didn’t improve their lead-in or lead-out from their Friday figures, it would perfom much worse than MC does. Of course there is no way to know until it was tried, but history would suggest a pretty big dip for a Neighbors move to Friday, a show with virtually no big names and no core fa base.

  • Ted Craig


    There is no such thing as a lead-out. Also, Neighbors retains its own audience, for the most part, from week to week, as demonstrated when The Middle is in a rerun. It has a core fan base.

  • Thorn

    @Marc i agree The Neighbors would die on Fridays. The only people watching tv on Fridays are Young families, Old people and homebodies who can’t go out or have no one to go out with.
    Drama and Supernatural shows work best with these crowds, comedy doesn’t.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Look.. I watch it and I wouldnt be crushed if it was canceled. It’s not like it’s NASHVILLE or anything BUT if I was the head of NBC I would strongly consider it as the majority of their comedies are failing and only TWO that may come back have outrated it, as of recent…COMMUNITY AND PARKS.

  • Michael1


    Survivor runs 2 seasons per year while Idol runs 1 per year. That’s why Survivor has run twice as many episodes.

  • Thorn

    It makes no sense to renew it, none. It makes the network no money, the only reason it got a season 2 was because Whitney Cummings had a 2 year deal with NBC and the fact she was getting her own show on E to bring new viewers in. Love you, Mean it failed hardcore, it was canceled with episodes still left.
    “Whitney” should have been renewed for 22 and that was the plan, when the season started slow but ok they ordered 3 additional scripts. We now know that the season final will be the 16th episode on the 27th. This along with the fact that 3 of Whitney’s cast have found other gigs.
    It’s over, it makes NBC no money and why would they invest more and more into something that will get worse? If by some Miracle it was renewed for season 3 the ratings are predicted to be 1.0 and under for new episodes.
    It is a literal money pit. Whitney Cummings no longer has the contract with NBC and no longer has Lover You, Mean it and so NBC has no faith in the show. It’s advertised everywhere and yet an original episode is beaten by repeats of other shows on other networks.
    The show stopped being funny when they rehashed the supporting cast, Roxanne and Mark should get their own show (the actress who plays Whitney has now left and is doing a tour around the USA) but Whitney retooled them and they are now true background characters.
    The facts are there, there is no way that this show will be renewed and every other ratings site agrees.

  • Thorn

    The actress who plays Roxanne i meant

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