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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  • Melissa

    Any predictions for how The Voice and Revolution will return Monday?

  • rainbowbetty

    A Series of Unfortunate Decisions

    I would like to think that if I had been the one overseeing story development this season, I might have looked over the script for “Goodbye Stranger” and then handed it right back to the writing team with a few stern words.

    Spoilers below.

    First: You know your show has been labeled sexist and misogynistic, right? And yet you took arguably your strongest female character and gave her a meaningless death. I get the whole “we’re a boy’s club of writers/showrunners, we don’t listen to fangirls and silly female critics with their weepy vaginas, blah blah blah” but that doesn’t change the fact that Meg’s death was just a bad end to a good character who deserved better.

    And: I know you guys were super proud of the Amelia story, but I swear to god the next time you bring her up in an episode had better be to give me a reasonable explanation for Sam wasting his time with her. And for a brief glimmering moment there with Meg’s line of questioning, when she asked Sam *why* he stopped when he hit that dog, I almost thought we were going to get it. And that’s why I loved Meg. And that’s probably why you killed her.

    But worst of all: You can’t take the emotional build-up that existed over the course of multiple seasons and culminated in the powerful confrontation between Dean and Sam/Lucifer and then try and parallel that scene with the haphazard Cas/Naomi thing we’ve had this season. I actually felt a little bit bad-touched by Swan Song feelings.

    Was it an attempt to give Cas his own “Swan Song” moment with Dean? If so, it played like a low-budget, made-for-TV remake of a classic film. It’s insulting to Sam who was sacrificing EVERYTHING in that moment for Dean, and to Cas as a character who should be worth more at this point than a shoddy imitation of that scene.

    So, I’ve been disappointed in the show all season long, but I haven’t been genuinely horrified by your decisions until last night.

  • Melanie P.

    Good for Chicago Fire. Hope it gets adjusted up.

  • Joseph

    The number of people watching broadcast-network TV last night (March 20th) plunged by almost half at 10 P.M. ET/PT.

    While some people may have hit the sack and others watching shows on their DVR’s, I think many watched late local news on Fox stations, given that “American Idol” led into the late news on Fox affiliates.

    I suspect that in many markets, the most-watched TV show between 10 and 11 P.M. (9 to 10 Central and Mountain) last night was in fact a local newscast on a Fox station.

  • thensnowleopard

    Wow, I’m impressed at how Supernatural holds all of Arrow’s demo. I don’t see why people are slamming Arrow, though. It’s doing better than any other show but The Vampire Diaries, which isn’t getting stellar demos itself, this season, either.

    Strange to see Idol below a 4.0, but I suppose it had to happen, eventually.

  • Ultima

    I suspect that in many markets, the most-watched TV show between 10 and 11 P.M. (9 to 10 Central and Mountain) last night was in fact a local newscast on a Fox station.

    Or, you know, Duck Dynasty. :roll:

  • grooven 36

    Chicago Fire did pretty well after two weeks off I thought more of its audience would’ve not known it was on last night.

    Whitney repeats so solidly, NBC made the right move there filling the hour there. Whitney although not leading pack has been a lot more solid for a comedy with no help in front of it.

  • Ultima

    Actually, that would be for A18-49.

    CSI was probably still #1 in total viewers in most markets.

  • Ultima

    Chicago Fire did pretty well after two weeks off I thought more of its audience would’ve not known it was on last night.

    Why do you assume Chicago Fire’s audience is too stupid to figure out how to check a TV schedule through their cable/sat or the internet?

  • Tessa


    things were getting back to the Sam and Dean and the Supernatural we know and love.

    Just letting you know this isn’t a universal opinion. A lot of people I know of aren’t so keen on the rehash of the old wounded Sam + mother-hen Dean storyline. They, like me, watch it for the Dean/Castiel interaction now, of which there was a good amount this episode and is promised to be more toward the end of the season. Personally I wish the show would move on from the same old and improve on the brother dynamics. Enough of one brother being magically invalid all the time and the other wiping his drool. Maybe they should both be healthy or trade places for a change.

  • beached

    I watched Whitney for the first time last night. What a horrible show. I see why its ratings are terrible. It’s no wonder no one watches NBC and the garbage they produce.

  • Tessa


    You can’t take the emotional build-up that existed over the course of multiple seasons and culminated in the powerful confrontation between Dean and Sam/Lucifer and then try and parallel that scene with the haphazard Cas/Naomi thing we’ve had this season.

    Please stop.

    If that were true then one could argue the Sam/Dean scene in Swan Song was a cheap knock off of the John/Dean scene from end of season one when John was possessed by YED. See they did it again? It’s called paralleling an underlying theme.

    Some of you should stop treating this story like it’s a religion.

  • Roczane

    Supernatural 8.17 episode was amazing! Loved! :D.

  • Mark Wood


    Actually the point is still valid. John’s relationship to Dean is something nearly as central in his life as Sam is. To the best of our knowledge. Can one really say the same about Castiel? Now Castiel and his battle with his brother Uriel who fought together for eons, I can freely believe or his betrayal of his squad’s leader Anna. But in the infinitesimal part of Castiels life that Deans been a apart, I can’t reasonable find it even close.

    As much as I like Castiel and the Actors playing the roll, I have major major issues on how the show has forgiven Castus action. Or how Dean as remained unaware of some of Castiels actions & how he has forgiven Castiel for some if his actions. I do t thi m he would have forgiven John or Bobby for some of what Castiel has done.

  • Mae

    @ Tessa

    You watch SPN for the Dean/Cas interaction. Other people watch it for the Dean/Sam interaction.

    SPN however cannot exist solely on Dean/Cas interaction because SPN is and always will be about the Winchesters brothers as a unit. No Sam and then Dean and his angel friend.

    And even with Cas as a regular next season, that will not change. SPN is grounded in the brother dynamic. You can’t argue with that. Carver, Kripke, Gamble, Jared and Jensen have all said that.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    rainbowbetty: As I mentioned earlier, regardless of how it looked, I believe Meg will be back somehow at some point. It’s real easy to resurrect people on a show of this type. :-) Might not be until sometime next season though.

  • Dahne

    @Tessa – We understand that you love Castiel and want to see more of him. Yours isn’t “a universal opinion” either. It also doesn’t mean that people who don’t have invalid opinions. I found the Dean/Cas scene a poor knock off of Swan Song too and that’s not even a favorite episode of mine.

    @DougF – For someone who made it a point of saying that you were not going to read Supernatural comments, you sure seem to know what other people have said.

    @Mae – I also think it is dangerous to have the Supernatural writers on Twitter and other social media. Too many times SPN seems disjointed in the overall storytelling and I think having writers swayed by vocal fans is the reason.

    —-Anyone saying that Cas makes a difference either way in the ratings isn’t paying attention. He doesn’t. The SPN producers are also not putting Castiel in so-called difficult times as a ratings boost. That makes absolutely no sense based on past seasons’ ratings either. Cas is in the mytharc episodes. Mytharc episodes usually come at the beginning or end of hiatuses. There is no conspiracy theory here; it’s normal TV programming. The simple fact is that Supernatural is about as steady a ratings performer within a season as any show currently airing. It has nothing to do with Castiel one way or another.

  • Uia

    “I watched Whitney for the first time last night. What a horrible show. I see why its ratings are terrible. It’s no wonder no one watches NBC and the garbage they produce.”

    BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH no you didn’t you just wanted to say something bad about it.

  • Gigi

    I LOVE CHICAGO FIRE!! Tonight’s episode was AMAZING!! I sure hope NBC sees what it has in this show and renews it because this show ROCKS!!!
    Shout out to Jesse Spencer!

  • Networkman

    The Neighbors have been consistent in a sea of repeats. ABC should know it has a loyal audience and has potential for growth. I find it really similar in tone to The Middle so it really should stay in the same timeslot next season. But if ABC has to move it, I would love it on Friday after Last Man Standing.

    8pm Last Man Standing
    8:30pm The Neighbors
    9pm Girl Meets World (ABC should fight for this one)
    9:30 Malibu Country (I don’t feel ABC should let Reba get away)

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