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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  • Just Desserts

    People should just quit with this “The Neighbors is done” crap.

    It kept 100% of its ratings, there’s only one episode left. It’s going to get renewed. ABC shou ld think twice about moving it though.

  • BigBrotherFan

    @Cougar Town Forever

    Fair enough. I was really only refering to the past aired episodes of those series.

    I was watching SURVIVOR as a boy but it just seemed real unfair to switch it up? they haven’t done that in a lot of seasons. The show got even more boring. On paper I would actually think Reynold was a cool guy but he comes across as so arrogant yet dumb this seems to be the mentality that Malcom has taken up this season, as well. Brenda gets 0 airtime and is likely one of the most underrated plays of all time. Yawn. I may stop tuning in.

  • Billy

    American Idol keeps sinking and sinking and sinking.

  • Ted Craig


    See above. Also, last year MF re-runs never dropped below a 2 last year and ABC ran fewer of them in March.

    @Bill Lee
    You really think HE would have helped Nashville’s ratings?

  • Jonny C…. formerly Jon

    @ Brian J

    The way it’s goin it might end up 4th behind Univision lol.

  • Billy

    NCIS and Criminal minds both beat the CBS Monday sitcoms this week. When is the last time CBS dramas beat the sitcoms ?

  • Ted Craig


    The last LMS drew a 1.3, lower than both shows. And that was against minimal competition.

  • Ash


    Nice choice of tv shows.

    @Cougar Town Forever

    Not all of us who watch procedural JUST watch them. The only show I watch on CBS is POI. The rest is mostly on cable with TWD, Homeland, Boardwalk Empire and Game on Thrones ;). We’re all not those old geezers that “supposedly” watch CBS.

  • tv_viewer

    I don’t have a problem with ABC experimenting and wanting to find out how Suburgatory and The Neighbors would do without help from new episodes of The Middle and Modern Family. 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. If ABC really wants The Neighbors to last at least 3 seasons, they will keep the show on Wednesdays. If ABC only wants The Neighbors to last one more season (like V), ABC will move The Neighbors to Tuesdays next season.

  • KS

    Gud 4 SPN & ARROW. Okay-ish SPN episode, where Winchesters are back to being secondary characters again. Thank God, Castiel didn’t bore me much!

  • Melanie

    American Idol – I dunno — I’m just not hearing the same thing as the Judges, I guess.

    Not bad for Arrow — only down a tenth and a chance to adjust up – DST didn’t affect it much. Really good to see Supernatural steady. :)

    Quickly follows @DougF “before the comments section is bombarded by other Supernatural fans complaining about the episode for no reason”

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Supernatural episode was good – any episode with Mark Sheppard as Crowley is usually good, and having Meg back hitting on Castiel was icing on the cake, not to mention Amanda Tapping had much more time on camera, too. I assume the “angel tablet” will be another long-running arc keeping Castiel out of the limelight for a while since he has to protect it from the Winchesters, all of which will probably tick off the fans.

    The thing I don’t get is if Tapping can bounce Castiel back and forth why she can’t just prevent him from running off with the thing. I know he got out of her control by grabbing the tablet, but still it seemed to me she had the power to get it back.

    Not surprised at Arrow. I suggested it might drop to .9, although I thought it would hold 1.0. Episode was good. Even more babes on that show now with Janina Gavenkar and then de Guuw’s appearance as the Huntress. I do wish they’d do more with Barrowman as the archer. Still don’t see any need for Willa’s character, she’s purely a side issue. Her wannabe boyfriend had some moves in this episode so maybe they intend to hook him up with Arrow at some point as a “boy sidekick” a la Robin. :-)

    Seems a lot of people know Oliver is Arrow now – Diggle, Felicity the hot IT girl, and now Tommy. How long before Laurel knows? Or his mother? How long before Merlyn knows? His “disguise” never made much sense, about as bad as The Cape’s. :-)

  • Ram510

    @ Cougar Town Forever

    Procedural dont have much of a story week to week like say Once Upon a Time were if you miss a few episode you can feel lost. Procedurals are almost the scripted equivelant of reality TV, people really don’t have to think when they watch those shows

  • 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. . .”

    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.’

    Good point of all those shows I watch CM and from time to time CSI.

  • Carole Pusey

    I expect more under 18s watch Arrow than Supernatural rather than Supernatural skewing younger than Arrow. It amuses me that in the USA they don’t care about people under 18 and they don’t seem to think under 18s watch TV.

  • Cougar Town Forever


    Don’t want to veer this too far off into talking about a particular show, since this board is really for talking about the ratings and renewal chances of a show.

    I agree that it isn’t really fair. Almost universally, someone ends up getting screwed when they do a shake up like that. But Survivor has been working hard the last few seasons to make sure that people don’t form a 5 or 6 person alliance on day one and ride that to the end. While that may be fair, it can get dull pretty quick. The producers aren’t trying to be fair, they are trying to make good TV.

  • Ele

    Well done by Criminal Minds! This year CBS has done a very poor job of promoting this show, plus we haven’t had too many new episodes on a row but still CM does well. I hope all the actors stay put and we get another season!

  • Petar Ivanov

    @NCIS and Criminal minds both beat the CBS Monday sitcoms this week. When is the last time CBS dramas beat the sitcoms ?

    PoI and ncis la beat them too. Only big cbs comedies on Monday are HIMYM and 2BG. Mike and Molly already is past from both NCIS and PoI in ratings(look at cbs page) and may be soon will be pass from other two dramas ncis la and CM. Rules is not even in competition.

  • Just Desserts


    Finally, someone talking sense. The Neighbors is still profitable wth a 2.0. ABC should consider that than investing in a bews show.

  • Christian

    The Neighbors was great.

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