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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    @ Pavelsauce

    I can easily see that happening in the 18-34 Demo within a few years

  • Ted Craig

    @Brian J

    Disney isn’t rebooting TGIF at all. MC and LMS are more skewed toward adults than kids. Both shows feature adult leads popular with an older audience. It has the younger demo covered on Fridays on TDC.


    @ Ultima

    Networks don’t get into first place and then radically change the way they program.


  • Hardline_Pro

    Good job Criminal Minds!

  • OMGInYourRice

    @Its Britney Betch

    FYI, I wasn’t one of the folks bashing BBF for his name, I just keep seeing his opinions sidelined because of it. I come here a lot and it bugs me when people aren’t allowed to have an voice.

    In the case of BBF, time and time again he has something to say and is then ridiculed based on his screen name. He’s treated like an idiot or as if his opinions don’t matter because he happens to watch a reality show. My suggesting he change it is only so he doesn’t have to constantly defend it and have to deal with the BS from people mocking him for it.

  • Anon

    Suburgatory has definitely been uneven this season. It wouldn’t surprise me if the season finale ended up being the series finale, what with the kid going off to college.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Brian J who said:
    Why does it seem so hard to think CBS might want another block block on, say, Wednesdays? Probably won’t happen, but if it’s not as if I said it would have an hour on every night.
    I’m aware that pilot orderin doesn’t always indicate what will be picked up, but still seems like a lot considering the network doesn’t have many holes to fill.

    Most of these are single cams. And cbs history with them is pretty bad. CBS order them every year. Not that many but still and never pick them. Not to mention that from all single cams on network tv only MF will survive on CBS. For example Rob beat all single cam(without MF and NG) last season and was cancel. And single cams are not even close to multu cams and cbs dramas reruns. But as i said before hour ago they can always try them on wednesday and go with survivor 2 weeks or so later.(that is how long they will surive)


    It’s not only abc. fox will burn off GG in may and cbs will burn off friend me during summer. No idea when will nbc burn off save me if even air it.

  • Ultima

    @Ultima or whoever else
    How likely do you find this happening? I find the chances pretty slim right now.
    (Posted by Joseph in the last Univision press release)

    In general, it’s safe to ignore Joseph’s predictions; he’s completely delusional and all of his long term guesses are asinine.

  • Tessa


    I think it’s both. He broke the conditioning to avoid killing Dean, despite having “war gamed” it in the opening scene (which was very cool), but grasping the tablet did then “reset him” and possibly “program him” to protect it from the Winchesters. Or at least he knows enough about it now to want to protect it from both Naomi and the Winchesters.

    Yeah, that’s how I saw it too. Although I’m hoping touching the tablet gave him insight into its secrets and the role the Winchesters play in the whole cosmic fate of it, not took hold of his mind. I’m tired of Manchurian Castiel. For once I want him to do and act the way he wants to not told to.

    Don’t get what you mean by my comfort zone. I don’t want Castiel to have his individual storyline away from the boys either, mainly because they always keep him off screen when that’s the case. I too agree that his character works best with Dean. Misha and Jensen really play off of each other nicely.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @THE OLD MAN who said:

    I’m not suggesting they bring back Rob, last season Rob/ROE shared 8:30 Thurs. I’m suggesting they do the same on Mon using NEW SITCOMS

    ME: MY BAD. sorry. That make a lot more sense.

  • Ultima

    Suburgatory has definitely been uneven this season. It wouldn’t surprise me if the season finale ended up being the series finale

    You wouldn’t be surprised in ABC canceled its third highest rated sitcom?

  • Petar Ivanov

    ps In fact last season they were 3 How to be gentleman/Rob/Rules of eng. But more new shows on one slot harder and more expensive to produce and advertice or promote it.

  • Tom

    What Suburgatory needs is to back away from the current “improbable relationships” kick the writers are on. There are three of these: George – Dallas; Tessa – Ryan “The Body”; and Noah – Carmen. First of all, that’s too many. Secondly, only George – Dallas works. There’s no chemistry between the other two pairs because they’re just too improbable. Tessa worked best as a character when she was the outsider through which eveyone could witness the foibles of the locals in Chatswin. Mainstreaming her was a big mistake.

  • Brian J


    Yeah, the last time it had so many sitcoms was when it bought TGIF from ABC, and that didn’t last, but it was still in rebuilding mode.

    Then again, I don’t this is that radical of a change. It’s not as if the network went to a sitcom block every night, for instance.

    @Petar Ivanov:

    CBS doesn’t react chaotically, but it doesn’t mean that it’s perfect. To be clear, it’s doing very well, but it needs improvement on Sundays and Fridays and to some extent on Mondays. It doesn’t have to radically rip up its schedule to put in an extra hour of comedy to get it to five total–if it wanted to do that.

  • Z

    Actually this is its third time I think. and Hopefully it does adjust up.

    On another note, those are really good numbers for Supernatural, doesn’t it usualy drop when they go on hiatus from Feburary to March.

    And this rate both Modern Family and Criminal Minds are going to beat American Idol.

  • jackieO

    Arrow still did very well.

  • Brian J

    @Petar Ivanov:

    Except that, it does have some holes to fill. Not many, and they are more like leaks than floods, but still, it does have issues. Without going ba

  • Ash


    I don’t think he got bashed because if his opinions but because of him constantly using FLOP and capitaliing every other word.

  • aron

    Petar Ivanov

    In GB Xfactor is still the number 1 show, ratings were down but their still 1

  • Brian J

    @Petar Ivanov:

    Except that, it does have some holes to fill. Not many, and they are more like leaks than floods, but still, it does have issues. Without going back and forth for hours over what should and shouldn’t be done, here’s one possible schedule that does a lot of what we expect CBS to do but doesn’t rip up its schedule in any absurd way.

    Mondays: HIMYM, new comedy, 2BG, M&M, H50
    Tuesdays: NCIS, NCIS: Red, Elementary
    Wednesdays: new comedy, new comedy, CM, Anatomy of Violence
    Thursdays: TBBT, new comedy, TAAHM, new comedy, POI
    Fridays: NCIS: LA or a new drama, CSI, BB
    Saturdays: repeats
    Sundays: Survivor/TAR splitting the time slot, TGW, TM or a new drama.

    Undercover Boss could be kept on stand by.

    Aside from canceling CSI: NY, Vegas, Golden Boy, and possibly TM, most of its shows are renewed and most stay where they are now. The ones that move shift for clear reasons: they are old and are ending sooner rather than later or most are strong enough to help on another night or to make room to expand to four comedies on Thursdays. CBS could leave a lot of shows where they are now–CSI on Wednesdays, putting perhaps TGW on Fridays; NCIS: LA on Tuesdays, moving the spin off to a new night–and it could not combine Survivor and TAR on Sundays. But if you take out the most radical change I’ve made, which is to add a fifth hour of comedy somewhere, and left in all of the other changes, is it so ridiculous? I don’t think so.

    Again, it’s not that I think CBS will do this, only that it could do it (and might want to do it, to prepare for the future, but that’s just me) and not make that many more changes to its schedule than it will probably make.

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