TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol' Dips But Wins Night, 'Criminal Minds' and 'CSI' Rise, 'Arrow' Down, 'Suburgatory' Hits Low

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March 21st, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.5/10 2.6/7 1.7/5 1.4/4 1.2/3 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.7/9 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.1/4 0.8/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 12.668 10.474 4.031 4.881 4.019 2.517


FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX, American Idol earned a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating down 8 percent from last week’s 3.8

On CBS, Survivor scored a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating down 7 percent from last week’s 2.7. Criminal Minds earned a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating up 15 percent from a 2.6 for its most recent new episode on February 27. CSI garnered a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating up 21 percent from a 1.9 on February 27.

On ABC, The Neighbors matched last week's series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Suburgatory earned a series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down 12 percent from a 1.7 on March 7.

On NBC, Whitney garnered a 1.1 down 8 percent from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Law & Order: SVU scored a1.5  among adults 18-49 down 6 percent from a 1.6 for its most recent new episode on February 27. Chicago Fire scored a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating down 15 percent from a 2.0 on February 27.

On the CW, Arrow earned a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating down 10 percent from a 1.0 on February 27. Your predictions were too optimistic. Supernatural garnered a0.9 adults 18-49 even with its performance on February 27.



Overnight ratings for Wednesday, March 20, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.5/10 12.67
CBS Survivor 2.5/8 9.59
ABC The Middle -R 1.2/4 4.83
NBC Whitney 1.1/4 3.18
CW Arrow 0.9/2 2.89
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 1.4/4 4.67
NBC Whitney - R 0.9/3 2.56
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 3.0/8 11.46
ABC Modern Family - R 1.7/5 5.38
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.5/4 5.45
CW Supernatural 0.9/2 2.14
9:30 ABC Suburgatory 1.5/4 4.21
10:00 CBS CSI 2.3/6 10.37
NBC Chicago Fire 1.7/5 6.33
ABC Nashville - R 0.7/2 2.52

via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:
In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 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" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/2 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • eridapo

    Halves per Marc Berman

    Surv 2.4 9.26/ 2.6 9.91
    CM 3.0 11.42/ 3.0 11.50
    CSI 2.3 10.41 /2.2 10.33

    Idol 3.2 11.63/ 3.5 12.44/ 3.7 13.47/ 3.6 13.17

    Arrow 0.9 2.81/ 1.0 2.97
    Super 0.9 2.26/ 0.9 2.03

    Whitney 1.1 3.18
    LOSVU 1.5 5.18/ 1.6 5.72
    CF 1.8 6.27/ 1.7 6.38

    Neigh 1.4 4.67
    Subu 1.5 4.21

  • DW

    not shocked to see arrow down. there is no story. it’s like watching paint dry.

  • JacobYates

    I hope Neighbors rises for the finale next week. These past two weeks it’s been sandwiched between repeats due to the stupidity of ABC’s scheduling department.

  • Win

    Hopefully Arrow Adjusts up.

  • Mon

    CSI and CM!!!!! CBS Wednesday has to remain intact. It doesn’t make any sense to banish CSI to Fridays just to gain a few tenths on that time slot (and possibly shortening its lifespan) and leaving a hole on Wednesday.

  • Cougar Town Forever

    I guess we are starting to see what Suburgatory and The Neighbors look like without The Middle and Modern Family holding them up. You have to wonder if you moved both shows to Tuesday, if they would start pulling HE and Don’t Trust the B numbers.

  • rob60990

    Go Whitney. Lose to a rerun!

    ABC promoted The Neighbors as new but didnt mention Suburgatory was new in that comedy promo. The Neighbors is done.

  • Marc

    I said stay the course Whitney! this is not staying the course!

  • Alec

    It’s amazing how well Chicago Fire is doing compared to every other drama on NBC. More procedurals to come next year I would guess…

  • forg

    I’m afraid when Suburgatory moves back to 8:30 it will struggle to get a 2

  • CBSviewer

    Good to see CSI with a 2.3 during March madness. The Show is incredible.
    Supernatural and Arrow should stay where they are next season.

  • Mon

    not shocked to see arrow down. there is no story. it’s like watching paint dry.

    DST. The show actually gained a tenth at 8:30.

  • TimeFlies

    It’s sad that people have given up on Idol. This season has been one of the best since Simon left, mostly because of Nicki Minaj, who has been the most entertaining judges the show has ever seen, in my opinion. The other judges are a snooze-fest and it’s almost a burden to sit through their critques.
    Hopefully, next season Idol revamps the formula a bit, removes Mariah and Randy and think of better themes (The Beatles…in 2013, really?!).

  • Mary

    @DW – LOL at your Arrow, paint dry comment. I’ve always been bored by that show but I keep watching it because I’ve watched it from the beginning. I don’t think the actors are that stellar.

    However, SPN last night was pretty great I thought. I’m glad Castiel was back, even if he was a jerk a few times.

  • ABC hater

    Go, Chicago Fire! :)

  • Carl

    Considering that we’re in DST now it’s impressive that Arrow and SPN stayed level. This was also a very lively and well-paced episode of Supernatural, and some fantastic acting from just about everyone, so hopefully they will have some momentum before they hit their umpteenth hiatus in a few weeks.

  • Cougar Town Forever

    Don’t people get bored out of their minds watching all of the police shows on CBS. CSI, GB, CM, NCIS, POI… I mean, people watch them, so I understand why CBS keeps putting them on the air. But whoever watches all of these shows, try branching out a little bit.

  • Clarke

    I hate ABC’s scheduling SO much. The Neighbors always did fine when with the Middle, but of course most people will not realize it’s a new episode when they tune in to see the middle is a repeat. I really hope ABC takes this into account and the show doesn’t get cancelled. It’s currently my favorite comedy on network television (The Middle is a close second).

    Great to see CSI dominating again! Last night’s episode was another anjoyable episode – this season has been really good, glad to see it was renewed.

  • timotey

    It always amuses me just how much younger Supernatural skews than Arrow. I would’ve thought it the other way around.

  • Ram510

    Suburgatory sucks! And they thought Happy Endings was bad

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