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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  • DenverDean

    CBS is #1 because it programs with stability in mind. It runs repeats in the same timeslots (no long hiatus or flipping timeslots to avoid counting in Season-to-date ratings). You can pretty much count on the same line-up week-in/week-out regardless of new or repeat and it pays off. With the exception of certain special events, you know the same shows will be on at the same time. Heck, last week CSI(R) = 1.7 in demo and CM (R) = 1.8, which is a lot better than most originals on ABC, NBC and FOX.

  • lalalala

    ratings for wednesday are so meh

  • Ultima

    @Brian J
    Then again, I don’t this is that radical of a change.

    Since the 2007-08 strike season…

    CBS sitcom hours – 3, 3, 3, 3, 3

    CBS sitcoms – 7, 7, 7, 8, 8

    You’re suggesting 5 hours and 12 shows. How is that not a radical change?

    Here’s the thing about CBS: it’s doing really well, but most of its shows are old. Some are really old. They might want to prepare for the future.

    Old shows are good. They have predictable ratings and syndication revenue. You know what you’re getting, so they’re very low risk. New shows are very high risk. Stability is a good thing.

    Besides, CBS has three new dramas every single fall as well as one or two new sitcoms. That’s preparing for the future.

  • SJ

    That’s bad for Suburgatory. But then again, it feels like Modern Family hasn’t been new in ages.

    ABC is making the same mistake as last year- they’re saving up on MF originals for a late spring premiere (in this case How to Live, last year for Don’t Trust the B) and they’re letting an OK, if not amazingly-rated show (Suburgatory, Happy Endings) slip in the ratings. Plus I’m pretty sure How to Live… won’t even make it!

  • Mickey


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

    Thanks. If it has dipped to 0.9 a couple of times in the past, then it can be interpreted more as a normal fluctuation and not necessarily a sign of inexorable decline, if it has climbed back up from a 0.9 in the past. And maybe it’ll even climb up to a 1.0 in the finals.

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

    It usually drops after Christmas, from what I’ve seen. This season however, the numbers may be influenced by the fact a significant number of viewers were unhappy with the way Sam and Dean and the tone of the show were being written before Christmas, but are ecstatic at how things have been going since Christmas. All the friends I know who had serious problems with it in the first half of the season are now deliriously happy.

    (I know other people were happy with Carver’s work from the beginning. To each their own. I’m just putting forward the fact many weren’t happy during the first half, but are very happy now, as an explanation for why the ratings have in fact gone up a little since Christmas, rather than gone down a little as they usually do. They’re now solid 0.9s and 1.0s, without the one 0.7 and three 0.8s before Christmas.)

    I think some people, like me, may have temporarily stopped watching in the run-up to Christmas, then come back when they heard things were getting back to the Sam and Dean and the Supernatural we know and love. (I intend to start watching again, just haven’t gotten around to catching up yet. I’m stalled at ep10 because I know a lot of people were really upset by it so I don’t feel like watching it, but I can’t bring myself to skip it either.)

    And not taking away from the fact Supernatural has a superloyal audience, and I think since season 6 it has hit bedrock. In the sense that the viewers who stuck around after Kripke stepped down are the kind of viewers who are going to stick around to the very end. Generally speaking, those who were likely to jump ship already bailed.

    More viewers are watching live since it moved to Wednesdays and was paired with Arrow, but DVR numbers have gone down by a correspondent amount. If you count DVR viewership when it was on Fridays, roughly the same number of people are still watching the show since Kripke left. It’s been solid bedrock for a couple of years.

    (Bill counts a 30% adjustment to put Friday ratings on an equal footing with weekdays. Supernatural was getting 0.7-0.8 on Fridays, plus 30% that’s equivalent to 0.91 to 1.04 on weekdays, which is roughly what it’s getting this season, with a few dips to 0.7 and 0.8 before Christmas.)

  • Whatever

    It is too bad that ABC’s successful freshman shows of last season are suffering the “sophomore slump.” OUAT, Revenge, Sub, and LMS all suffer from bad writing that is all over the place this season. OUAT, Revenge and Sub all have too many useless characters. OUAT could easily get rid of Belle and Red. Revenge needs to get rid of Aiden. Sub needs to get rid of Rex Lee and make the Shay’s recurring again, minus Lisa because she is awesome. LMS mistake was recast the oldest daughter. All of them will be renewed, due to there poor crop of freshmen shows this season. However, I expect them all to keep declining unless the quality gets better.

  • aron


    What!? this is the first year CBS is winning the 18-49 FOX won the past 8 years, and even before that ABC and NBC beat them\

    CBS probally wont win next year

  • CSI

    @ aron,

    Not true at all. Strictly come dancing has been the highest rated show for a number of years now. Even Britains got Talent has beaten XFactor (thanks to The Voice Uk lead-in, BGT lost out the ratings war against The Voice UK at first when they overlapped, but BGT eventually won when they scheduled right after The Voice Uk.

    XFactor will go down like Idol is going down in the USA due to newcomer The Voice UK.

  • Ultima

    @Brian J
    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.

    most stay where they are now

    Nonsense. That would be the most shifting in a CBS lineup in recent memory. Even more than when they moved Big Bang Theory, Survivor and both CSI spinoffs (and they had very good reasons for doing those moves).

    That schedule is terrible.

  • layla

    the irony of the cw’s weds night is that ALOT more women watch these shows. than what the networks intended. if they would base the numbers off woman alone like abcfam with ppl, s@b and tlg, im sure theyd see bigger numbers where thats concerned. im not saying guys dont watch these shows, they do but i think the numbers would be bigger if they tried an all womans demo number week.

  • arnoldziffel

    I didn’t watch/DVR Suburgatory as usual because every schedule I saw said it was a repeat – and it wasn’t.

  • CSI

    Ultima sure loves the words nonsense and asinine. :D

  • Ted Craig

    Enough with this “the schedules said my show was a repeat.” That may explain a sudden decline, maybe, but not a consistent number like last night’s Suburgatory.

  • Melissa

    Ratings from the year-ago night (03/21/12)

    American Idol: 4.9

    Survivor: 2.7
    Criminal Minds: 3.2
    CSI: 2.5

    The Middle – R: 1.2
    Suburgatory – R: 1.3
    Modern Family – R: 2.0
    Happy Endings: 1.8
    Missing – R: 1.3

    Whitney: 1.6
    Are You There, Chelsea?: 1.4
    Bent: 1.0
    Bent: 0.9
    Rock Center: 0.7

    One Tree Hill: 0.7
    America’s Next Top Model: 0.6

  • Pavelsauce

    @Brian J
    What Ultima said. Why would they move CSI and NCIS:LA to Fridays? The shows are shuffled around too much.

  • Alan

    Ouch Arrow, Suburgatory!

  • CBS#1


    Fox are cheating with their we-dont-need-10-pm-shows-schedule!!!

  • Chris

    @Ted Craig so just because Last Man Standing and Malibu Country have older leads, that means they skew old? Uhhh NOOOO. Hangin With Mr. Cooper was centered on Mark Curry and old lead and that didn’t skew old. Step by Step was centered on Patrick Duffy from Dallas and Suzanne Sommers from Three’s Company and that show didn’t skew old. Both shows have kids on them so that’s what makes the shows family oriented sitcoms as opposed to just shows for adults like The Jefferson’s and All In The Family.

  • CBS#1

    Schedules showed my show was a repeat should be added to the fan excuse bingo

  • Chris

    @Ted Craig and by the way, Disney Channel doesn’t have anything covered. They may be able to churn out mind numbing crap for kids but as far as family shows go, which is what TGIF was all about, it has nothing on that. All disney has is just a bunch of wannabe pop stars or dancers on their shows. That’s hot garbage and is nothing like TGIF. Like I said before LMS and Malibu Country are FAMILY shows. They don’t cater to old people and they don’t cater to kids. They cater to everybody. They’re like ABC’s Wednesday shows.

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