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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  • Carmen

    @ Cougar Town Forever

    “Don’t people get bored out of their minds watching all of the police shows on CBS. CSI, GB, CM, NCIS, POI. . .”

    What you and many others who are annoyed that CBS drama do so well don’t understand is that the same people do not watch every one of these shows.

    I watch one of them (the original CSI)and am probably very typical of overall audience.

    The fact that the audience rotates so much is why CBS is so dominant in total viewers and very competitive in demo.

  • Wright

    Good for SPN. Not bad for Arrow.

  • eridapo

    :Looks at ratings:

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

    :) LOL

  • Uofmguy423

    I hope the Neighbors perks up next week, would love to see a Season 2. One of my favorite comedies (that and Happy Endings and The Middle).

  • Ted Craig


    you were unclear. I took “on its own” to mean Tuesdays last fall.

  • Cougar Town Forever


    Have to somewhat disagree with your first comment. Betty White has done a little better most weeks than Whitney, and Community has beaten Whitney every week it has been on excluding last week. I do agree that it is definately on the bubble, but I would make the case that, as of today, both shows are a little ahead in the race to get renewed than Whitney. Of course, if the facts change, so will my opinion. I assume BWOTR is a lock for renewal, but as for Whitney and Community, I could see one, both, or neither getting renewed.

    As for survivor, I agree, boring episode. The shuffle is a pretty common thing on Survivor. It just happened to be a worst case scenario for fans that they ended up as the minority on both new tribes. As soon as the shuffle happened, you knew that a fan was going home tonight, regardless of who won immunity.

  • Ram510

    Last Man Standing can do better than Neighbors and Suburgatory on a Friday. Just think if LMS was on Wednesday instead

  • s0303

    @win…i think arrow skews older, not younger…i don’t know a lot of kids these days that read comic books, they’re too busy playing xbox and computer games…i think a lot of older people who did read comics when they were younger watch arrow…jmo

  • Bri

    Very good numbers for Criminal Minds to raise 0.4 after being three weeks off is pretty good!

    A new SVU got beaten by a MF rerun…ouch!

  • charmedcraft

    Still good for Arrow, but let’s see if it gets adjusted up or atleast doesn’t go below 0.9 from now on.

  • Brian J


    Based on what they have ordered to pilot, not so much with the procedurals. They have ordered some more traditional shows, but they have amped up the development of sci fi/thriller-type shows.

    General question: is it still possible for NBC to come in second this season? First is obviously out of the question, and third seems pretty likely, but second?

  • Bri

    Cougar Town Forever

    ‘Don’t people get bored out of their minds watching all of the police shows on CBS. CSI, GB, CM, NCIS, POI… I mean, people watch them, so I understand why CBS keeps putting them on the air. But whoever watches all of these shows, try branching out a little bit.’

    What makes you think we don’t? I watch The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, The Big Bang Theory, House of Cards, Scandal, The Americans.

  • charmedcraft

    SPN still doing really good.

  • Ashley

    Wow, soon Arrow will be beating Whitney. Sweet..NBC, another tragic night. AI keeps sliding :-)
    Let’s see how low they can go.

  • Janus

    Very impressive for SPN holding despite the hiatus and DST–strong story with Cas, Meg, Crowley and the rest with the boys.

  • Brian J

    At this point, why bother renewing Whitney?

  • Bill Lee

    Suburgatory sucks! And they thought Happy Endings was bad. Just ask Nashville.

  • Jonny C…. formerly Jon

    @Ted Craig

    Behind MF? That’s a lie and you know it. It never went down more than a 1.7 behind MF… and they had 5 episodes without it last season.

  • Percysowner

    I’m enjoying Arrow and I think the small drop was partly due to DST. I really hope it adjusts up. In any case, Supernatural is doing really well. I will be amused if it finishes as the second watched show on the CW, although I’m not expecting it.

  • Cougar Town Forever


    I understand. But so many of these shows do so well relative to everything else on TV. I used to watch the original Law and Order and really enjoyed it, and I watched the first few seasons of Castle (until the dark 4th season…then it stopped being fun, light, and frothy!). But after a while, they are all the same. Someone commits a crime, Cops go after them, the murderer gets caught. I can understand the one or two best of these shows doing very well, but they all seem to get very good ratings. Clearly, plenty of people are happy to watch the third, fourth, fifth, or even sixth best police shows on TV.

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