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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  • Ashton Butcher

    Criminal Minds and CSI got their mojo back this week as CSI was up from past airings with CBS already confirming CSI to comeback next season and Ted Danson signing a new 2-year deal the show is beyond safe but the question is if they will keep CSI behind Criminal Minds next season especially if NBC keeps Chicago Fire where it is.

    Idol is real weak this season people just don’t seem to be responding that well to the new judges and the contestants but overall still a powerful number for FOX at this point but things can get even scarier for Idol next season.

    Neighbors and Suburgatory are some real losers in my book when you compare the comedies to the Friday ones. Family Tools is going to have to come in as a solid hit or this block is going to continue to decline.

    Chicago Fire came back pretty strong after the two-week hiatus and against an original CSI. CF is still growing as a series so NBC is going to have to start thinking about giving it either a better lead-in which probably isn’t really available on this network outside of The Voice or move it up an hour to a different timeslot. After looking at Revenge they might be better off keeping it where its at but the trouble with that is will it grow beyond these numbers in the coming years if it stays there. SVU services are no longer needed on Wednesdays after this season, I’ll probably be one of the only few to give SVU credit where it is due, it got the job done keeping CF from flopping. Now SVU needs to help repair NBC’s image on Thursdays next season.

    Whitney has one more week left this season, I think the major benefit for Whitney is that the other comedies are doing so badly that NBC will have no choice but to bring it back plus it will reach season 3 so syndication time is coming in 2016. NBC can probably still save Whitney as a series but they really need to break down some walls on their comedy’s timeslots next season.

    A lot of that beginning magic for Arrow has worn off but its still a solid player at this point at the start of the spring and Supernatural is still helping the back end keep afloat. I wish though that The CW would’ve given Cult a sampling for one week out of Arrow though.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Wow! Criminal Minds and CSI really bounced back. A bit of icing on the renewal cake for CSI.

  • Ted Craig


    Mark Curry was 32. Tim Allen is 59. And how much promotion for Malibu Country centers on June and Cash?

  • Ultima

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


    Ratings from the ten years-ago night (3/19/03)

    American Idol (8-9pm) – 7.9
    The Bernie Mac Show – 5.3
    FOX News – sustained

    Survivor – 6.1
    Star Search – 3.8
    CBS News – sustained

    Dateline Wednesday – 3.8
    Law & Order (R) – 3.7 (preempted before completion)
    NBC news – sustained

    My Wife and Kids (R) – ?
    George Lopez (R) – ?
    The Bachelor: Where Are They Now? – 4.2
    ABC News – sustained

  • Spencer

    WOO Criminal Minds!! #1 scripted show and #2 show and #2 in viewers! Granted…Modern Family wasn’t new…but still it gets a 3.0 in it’s 8th season. Good for CSI too.

  • Ted Craig


    Also, you believe viewing habits today are the same as 20 years ago?

  • OMGInYourRice


    No, he didn’t get bashed because of his opinions. You got that much right. Half the time no one even bothered to read what his opinions were simply because of his screenname.

    It was sort of a “Oh, he likes Big Brother so he’s got no business commenting on anything else” sort of thing.

  • Ultima

    Ratings from the ten years-ago night (3/19/03)

    For the curious, that was the first time an original American Idol and Survivor aired head-to-head (resulting in a season low for both shows).

  • PurpleDrazi

    @Cougar Town Forever

    “Don’t people get bored out of their minds watching all of the police shows on CBS…”

    No. But I get bored out of my mind listening to people complaining about them.


    Idol is clearly getting a revamp for season 13. I think they will keep Keith Urban because he only cost four million and he has done a very good job and has been a much bigger improvement over Steven Tyler. Randy Jackson has been the glue that holds it together. Mariah Carey has been the biggest dissapointment. She has been divaish, disconnected from the judges/talent, doesn’t look like she wants to be there and shes 18 million dollars expensive. Look for FOX and Carey to part ways after this season she hasn’t worked. Nicki Minaj is a total wildcard she really caused lots of controversy against Idol but she has given good critiques at time even though a bit wacky. I have a feeling that they might extingsh her mainly because she doesn’t fit Idol’s audience. IMO Idol should go back to a three judging panel with Urban-Abdul-Jackson. It would be a great treat for FOX to bring back Paula after many years, she is still loved by the Idol audience and would be nostalgic.

  • Chris

    @Ted Craig Sadly, no I don’t believe viewing habits are the same as 20 years ago. Neither is promotion because today the networks are cheap and only care about promoting one of their shows i.e. Modern Family. Step by Step still had way older leads and was still focused on the entire cast however.

  • Melissa


    Ratings from the ten years-ago night (3/19/03)

    Ah, those were the days!

  • Fed


    That doesn’t matter, always Survivor > AI :)

  • rob60990

    When’s the last time The Neighbors pulled a 2.0? I believe it was in January but I’m too lazy to check. Yea ABC will totally renew a show that can’t pull a 2.0 in between 2 comedy hits.

  • Glue


    “… Right now ABC has evidence that if The Neighbors and Suburgatory are moved to Tuesdays for the 2013 – 2014 season, both shows will do worse than The Middle.”

    You’re making me feel like The Middle has bad ratings. The Middle has stable and good ratings. It is a self starter and it’s very good.

  • Ted Craig


    We get it, you hate The Neighbors.

  • rob60990

    I don’t hate The Neighbors. Its ratings are bad in a good timeslot and warrant cancellation

  • k:Alex

    Chicago Fire must have one more time a voice boost to get a bigger audience, because the 18-49 rating is good.

  • Mae

    “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.”

    @ Tessa

    See I would not mind this next season because it would shift the show’s focus away from heaven/more angels. If the show did this though, I want to see the writers balance out Cas’ relationship with the brothers.

    Right now, when Cas is around, the writers focus on his relationship and interactions with Dean. And Sam is the odd man out. There is so much potential for the writers to explore Cas’ relationship with Sam as well. Misha and Jared have not been given much opportunity to explore their characters relationship and it is a shame. So much to work with there – from Cas letting Sam out of the panic room in season 4 to Cas taking Sam’s hell memories.

    Cas is Sam’s friend too.

  • DougF


    DVR viewership of Supernatural isn’t down.

    12 of the 16 episodes +7 alone have been between 0.4-0.6. The 4 episodes that didn’t get between 0.4-0.6 were episodes 2,3 5 and 6.

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