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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  • Ram510

    @ Craig

    For most of LMS run it has been in the 1.4-1.6 rangeon a Friday. I’m sayin if it can do that or even a 1.3 that it got last week what could it have done on Wednesday? My guess is better than Neighbors and Suburgatory. LMS already got more viewers on a Friday maybe next season it should be moved.

  • feinn

    Arrow not the hit cw needed….Supernatural is doing much better

  • JacobYates

    @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.’

    I don’t even know where to begin with that. I guess I could start with saying that POI is not just some cop show. Secondly, people do branch out. That’s why ratings have become much smaller compared to 10 years ago, there’s new programming that diversifies television.

    All I used to watch last year was Terra Nova and Alcatraz. When those got canned l, I moved on and found new shows, like:

    Vegas, Raising Hope, Modern Family, Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels, Vikings and so much more.

    People ARE branching out and trying new programs. The fact is that some shows have loyal fanbases that will never truly go away like CSI and Criminal Minds and some shows have fanbases that die relatively quickly, like Cougar Town, Alcatraz, Terra Nova, Happy Endings, and many other good shows that ended too soon.

  • Baile

    AI goes down but it still has room to last for seasons. :/

    Chicago Fire is not as procedural as the likes of CSI, it’s more kind of Grey’s Anatomy, in that it’s more about what’s happening with the characters than whatever fire took place. It does very well, especially rising from SVU numbers and I think if they aired all next episodes in a row it could go up, with promos like the one for next week

  • Dan

    While Suburgatory will most certainly be renewed the Neighbors may not be. If both are renewed I expect them to be moved go Tuesdays or Fridays.

  • Ram510

    With AI so low now Modern Family might get better ratings than AI next week!

  • Mi

    “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.”

    We’ll see Malcolm as the Dark Archer again next week, he’s going after Moira (yes, yes..) and in episode 1.21 Barrowman and Amell teased their characters would be fighting again. Episode 1.21 is titled The Undertaking and is also supposed to explain what the heck The Undertaking are with flashbacks to before the yacht with Sara, Walter, etc.

  • bob

    CBS is an incredible network. They almost don’t do anything wrong. American Idol I believe bottomed out and will get mid-3’s the rest of the Season. I am most anxious to see how The Voice will do. It won’t beat the American Idol premier but could get a 4.0 for the first show. I think it was stupid to put The Voice on twice. I know it is the only thing saving NBC but still? Having it go until June 17? Sheesh by mid-May it will be down to 1.(3-4). Really stupid scheduling for NBC.

  • Cougar Town Forever


    That’s what CBS excells at. They make shows which are easily digestible. You can walk in 3 seasons in and not feel lost. Presumably, this is why they are so successful. While they may not have the #1 hit at any given time, most of their shows pull very good numbers every week.

  • charmedcraft

    I really hope TN gets renewed, they are so clueless it’s funny. Last nights episode was so funny with the girlscouts.

  • Jonny C…. formerly Jon

    @ Ted Craig

    It’s obvious neither one of these shows ( Neighbors, Subagatory, HE, and the departed ( shouldve been departed last season) Apt 23) could stand on their own, but ABC screwed the pooch with HE. First, moving it from the MF spot which out the 4 shows I mention retained the most out that leadin. Then moving it into a night where two other networks have comedies which wouldn’t be such of a problem if New Girl wasn’t such a hit and Go On didnt have such a lead in like the Voice ( which is obvious now). Fans cried foul the minute that decision was made. It’s obvious that if HE ( and to Subagatory to some degree) were never moved in the first place, ABC wouldn’t be in the position it’s in right now.

    Though I doubt HE wouldve helped boost Nashville’ ratings much…..

  • bob

    American Idol so low???? lol. With shows getting mostly 1’s now a days, I would say a 3.5 is terrific.

  • sally

    i cant stand Idol, i watch Crimanal Minds and CSI, everything else i watch is on cable. I dont watch anything on ABC or NBC

  • Mi

    “Arrow not the hit cw needed….Supernatural is doing much better”
    The problem is the CW, people still think it’s a network targetted to 18-34 girls and teenage girls and don’t take their shows seriously nor bother to check them.

    I honestly don’t know how they could change it and in this rate, their new shows next year won’t do better than this year’s bunch either.

  • CookyMonzta

    Assuming Idol is adjusted up to 3.6/10 and 12.9 million viewers, that rings incredibly scary prospects for tonight. We may see as low as 2.8 or 2.9 for the results show, and possibly as few as 11.2 million viewers.

  • Jonny C…. formerly Jon

    @ Ram510

    A multicam comedy on a singlecam comedy night…..yea that won’t end well.

  • Just Desserts


    How do you know that, LMS was on Tuesday last year and it hovered barely above what Happy Endings got for this year so it got the pity renewal to Friday. Do you really think it will get better ratings with Modern Family?

  • DougF


    Ah yes there it is. The “Secondary Characters” complaint. Such an utterly baseless and stupid complaint.

  • Pepper

    Arrow was dreadfully boring last night, and the only reason I stayed tuned was to watch Supernatural at 9pm. If Arrow and SPN split up next year, I’ll probably quit watching Arrow.

  • david

    Good to see Arrow down just a little bit and great to see SPN steady at a .9 again. They were both good last night.

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