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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  • Mi

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

    Maybe you need to get yourself some new glasses..

    It was another good episode of Arrow and I hope it adjusted up in the finals.

  • David Howell

    CBS Wednesday works. The only change you can viably make to it IMO is moving Survivor to open up a singlecam hour.

    NBC Wednesday doesn’t work. Ouch. And to think everything that aired last night could be renewed!

    The Neighbors feels like a legitimate bubble show at this point. Although if this scheduling is to set up How to Live with Your Parents…

    Idol is a very viable target for The Voice to beat this spring. Very, very viable. I’d go as far to as to say that NBC *need* that to happen!

  • Grey

    Wednesday is a dead night for me and I guess a lot of others too.

  • michael

    ABC will renew THE NEHIGBORS, though I see it moving to a different night. I also see ABC with 2 two hour comedy blocks next year.

  • forg

    The Middle and MF returns next week after 3-week hiatus but since ABC shows struggle after hiatus they might return to season lows I hope I’m wrong

    Good night for CBS and FOX. Idol weaker now and this season lacks buzz but still good numbers

  • Shawn

    I don’t understand why networks take a new show that is doing well like Chicago Fire, and go 3 to 4 weeks in between new episodes of it. It loses steam and makes no sense!! A 1.7 is not a bad number, esepcially on NBC for a 10 pm show, but it was up to a 2.0 the last time it was on, and not it lost the momentum it has. It is frustrating!

  • BigBrotherFan

    hmmm..I’m pretty sure HAPPY ENDINGS didn’t do that bad on it’s own LOOK at those Suburgatory numbers!

    Regardless with Whitneys ratings it’s still on the THE BUBBLE when compared to the rest of NBC comedy shows. New Normal, Go On, 1600 Penn, Betty White, Community?, all do worse.

    These breaks are hurting the serials but CHICAGO FIRE should bounce back up to 2’s again, I’m sure. NASHVILLE I’m worried for. I can’t imagine this insane breaks are gonna be any good for it. I fear it could come back to under a 1.5

    *spoilers below*
    Survivor did okay but I found last nights episode boring and extremely unfair. What in the world was the reason to switch the tribes up? In all fairness it’s really screwed up the favorites who have done a good job thus far beating the fans now Reynold and the dude with the lisp (his buddy) are going to make the merge no problem thanks to this unfair twist. Other than that it was boring. I’m so tired of all the camera time Philip gets. He’s not entertaining he is just BORING! It’s so played OUT that STEALTH nonsense! Malcom becomes more and more unlikeable day by day. Corrine is okay, however, she does come across as a bit annoying at times “play with gay” huh? (the gay dude should run and hide behind tree’s NOW!) and she needs to shut her mouth. She was blabbing stupidly at Tribal.

  • Win

    @Timotey Or Arrow just skews a lot younger in a different demo, teens 12-? That’s my guess as to why more eyeballs watch arrow. Its skews younger to a different crowd. I could be wrong though.

  • Just Desserts

    Whew! The Neighbors is safe

  • Jonny C…. formerly Jon

    This is what you get ABC for not cancelling the Neighbors in the first place.

    Disgruntled HE Fan

  • Ted Craig


    HE did worse on its own. A 1.5 would have been a high.

  • gerry

    supernatural is on par week on week on week. cw must be happy with that. hoping for an upward adjustment for arrow.

    i can’t believe idol is falling like this week on week. its still got a few years left, but not but so many with these falling numbers.

  • Mi

    @Win @Timotey
    It’s known that Arrow has higher 25-52 ratings than 18-49, so some of those viewers are definitely older. I think there are some more teens though too and that it’s a combination of both.

  • Anonymous

    @David Howell

    Yes, Chicago Fire was down from last month but 1.7 rating was by far better than Go On and The New Normal combined last night! CF still did well.

  • Ash

    @Cougar Town Forever

    POI is not a cop show like the rest you listed ;)

  • DougF

    :Looks at ratings:

    :Leaves immediately before the comments section is bombarded by other Supernatural fans complaining about the episode for no reason:

  • BigBrotherFan

    Ted Craig

    What are you talking about? When it air Wednesday @9:30pm last season WITHOUT THE MF lead-in as new it was doing BETTER than a 1.5! C’MON!

  • Petar Ivanov

    @CBS Wednesday works. The only change you can viably make to it IMO is moving Survivor to open up a singlecam hour.

    And with single cam bomps hard survivor will be back with 2 or 3 weeks later.

  • DenverDean

    CSI is NOT moving to Friday. With the exception of the Survivor premier and TBBT (R) lead-in and Duck Dynasty premier night, it has been solid – usually CBS’ top 10 p.m. performer. Why on earth would you banish to Friday when so many other series could fit bill – TGW, TM, etc. Besides, rumor is that Danson signed a two-year contract again, so next season does not appear to be last.

  • Andrea

    Cougar Town Forever,

    People generally don’t want to branch out. They like what’s comfortable. Repetiveness and likeability of characters are what keep people sticking to procedurals.

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