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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  • Carl

    I didn’t feel like Dean and Sam were secondary characters. Sam got to talk more about himself than he has in a while. Sam and Dean worked through their usual communication problems in a mature way. Dean’s scene with Cas at the end was phenomenal. Jensen Ackles was unbelievably good. If this was a network anyone cared about, he would get an Emmy for that scene.

    @RSH, the tablet now seems to be guiding Cas and his decisions. Crowley basically called Naomi on no longer having Cas. I think that’s also why he took the bus – so he can’t be tracked by the angels.

    My only real complaint is that I wouldn’t have killed Meg.

  • Petar Ivanov

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

    How low result show will be is real question. May be not this week but when BEASTY CBS thursday line up is there again.

  • Petar Ivanov

    ps. sorry and yes MF will beat Idol next time around.

  • Dawg

    CookyMonzta oh yeah I forgot about thursdays, I think you’re going to be right.

  • randyaw

    Cancel em all and replace them with reruns of Matlock.

  • Just Desserts

    I’m so glad LMS is ending this week. Let’s just see on Wednesday next which of it and The Neighbors gets a better season finale.

  • Lena

    Good to see Arrow down? I see the haters are out. Sorry to disappoint all of you, but Arrow is still the second highest rating show on the network. Get over it. It will, in the coming weeks, go back up like it always does and what will you say then?:)

  • Sunset

    Well I, for one, am VERY interested in Naomi’s agenda. Everyone seemed so focused on the Angel Tablet. Was it ever confirmed what it’s purpose is? I LIKED last night’s episode. And yes, Jensen is a phenomenal actor.

  • CSI

    Let’s be honest here, FOX only won the night because they don’t have 10pm shows.

  • David Howell

    “You can walk in three seasons in and not feel lost.”

    Which is also why their shows rerun so well both on and off the network – each episode of a procedural stands alone and CBS do them better than anyone. They might not get massive launches, but they can build off them. NCIS was moderately successful counterprogramming against Idol at its Death Star peak, now it’s the top drama in broadcast in the demo and the most watched weekly show in all of television (with almost the same demo ratings, I should note!). Criminal Minds has soared up the totem pole by staying still too. More recently, POI looked like a bubble show on launch, now it’s firmly in the top tier of all network TV dramas.

    The first two of these shows have huge syndication deals, and POI will presumably get one too. That frees up money (especially on CBS owned shows, hence CBS risking Elementary in the SB leadout slot) for development of more big shows – which also get good promotion from CBS having a large audience in the first place who’ll watch those trailers. And they can just keep building from there.

    They still skew old, and could really use a summer reality hit, especially one that could later make the transition to the regular season once Survivor and/or TAR are gone. But in an age where the top hits are unscripted, isn’t it amazing how CBS are atop the pile with only three (four when UB runs) unscripted hours out of nineteen on the Sun-Fri schedule? Fox has four (out of thirteen), I think ABC has eight this week (!), and NBC has… Six, I think.

  • CookyMonzta

    Posted March 21, 2013 at 9:29 AM
    “bob, you’re not thinking straight if you really think that The Voice will go as low as 1.3 or 1.4. I know you like Idol and all but damn boy..”

    Don’t be too hard on Bob, Dawg. They thought I had lost my marbles when I predicted that Idol could be in THIS much danger of falling into the 2s (which could happen with tomorrow’s release of tonight’s ratings). Now that Idol has coughed up a 3.1 last week, nobody is laughing anymore.

  • Mary

    @Carl – I completely agree with you about Jensen’s acting. His face can portray so much with just a quick look. :)

  • Petar Ivanov

    Can we really see fox stoping idol for 3-4 years? People are so tired of it and The voice format is so much better now. I think all over Europe the voice is killing Idol/x factor fortmats. Even in GB.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    @BBF never seen a single episode of Glee, I don’t know how I can be a fan, Big Brother fan, ouch, typing that out is embarrassing, can’t believe how actually choosing that username feels.

  • Tessa

    @Richard Steven Hack

    I believe last night was THE night that Castiel finally and irrecoverably broke out of Naomi’s hold and he is now operating on his own. Be it because of touching the tablet or his history of saving and caring for Dean interfering with his conditioning, when he told Dean about Naomi I knew he was free. What intrigued me though was his line to Dean, “To protect the tablet from Naomi…, and from you.” I wonder what is it about Dean that the tablet needs protection from.

    Also kudos to Amanda Tapping and Mark Shepard, they both have little screen time yet are a presence on the show. The scene they met was excellent, like Dr. Evil meeting Maleficent. The air sizzled with delicious evil. :mrgreen:

  • BigBrotherFan


    You’re so SASSY making fun of my name..as if it hasn’t been heard before! lol

    Please! I saw you on a rampage defending it a few months or more ago. Give me a break, dude. Making fun of me for liking BigBrother from one who likes GIRLS?LMAO

    Yes yes..Lets say this for the 450th time…My favorite shows are NASHVILLE, DALLAS, THE FOLLOWING, SHAMELESS CHICAGO FIRE, LAW AND ORDER SVU…Big Brother wouldn’t even make the top 10 LOL

  • Oliver


    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.

    Aha, so you’re the one who watches all these crappy dramas.

  • Darkridedan

    Amen @ Couger Town Forever

    Suburgatory is still pretty good but if they made some of the cartoony characters a little more relatable, I believe more people could relate and be won over. The “weirdness” of some of the characters have to be off putting for the masses.

  • Carl

    @Mae, that is a noticeable drop, but it doesn’t seem too bad to me. I don’t think it had much to do with people suddenly deciding they didn’t want to see the tablet story, since this had been promoted for weeks as specifically being about the tablets. The main problem with the story is the pacing – they could have built up Cas being controlled but instead he just comes and goes, being used by various forces, but we never quite get the chance to connect with him personally. I care about Cas, but without Dean, I’m afraid Cas veers toward plot device status. He can do more. I think the network believes Cas has an impact on ratings because they usually put him in episodes that air at difficult times – usually right after hiatuses. And their ratings holding up from pre-DST, pre-hiatus, suggest they have a point.

    Amanda Tapping has been chilling as Naomi. I’d go as far as to say she’s the best villain they’ve had since the Yellow-Eyed Demon (Azalel) from the first few seasons. I’m not bored by her, like I was with the Leviathans, I don’t want someone to give her a hug and tell her it will all be OK, like I did with Lucifer. She’s just fascinating to watch.

    @LisaM, I think they’re trying to say Crowley is much older than he claims to be. I’ve seen people saying he might be a fallen angel.

  • Jonny C…. formerly Jon

    @Just Desserts

    It’s reasons like this that I feel the Neighbors shouldve been cancelled a while ago.

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