Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Arrow', 'Supernatural', 'American Idol', 'Survivor' & 'Law & Order:SVU' Adjusted Up; 'Whitney' Adjusted Down

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March 21st, 2013

American Idol March 20

American Idol, Survivor, Law & Order: SVU, Arrow and Supernatural were each adjusted up a tenth while Whitney was adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Wednesday broadcast ratings.

Want to know why adjustments occur to the preliminary ratings? Read this.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Wednesday, March 20, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.6/10 12.94
CBS Survivor 2.6/8 9.79
ABC The Middle -R 1.2/4 4.78
NBC Whitney 1.0/3 3.13
CW Arrow 1.0/3 3.02
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 1.4/4 4.76
NBC Whitney - R 0.8/2 2.52
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 3.0/8 11.58
ABC Modern Family - R (9-9:31PM) 1.8/5 5.42
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.6/4 5.51
CW Supernatural 1.0/3 2.16
9:30 ABC Suburgatory  (9:31-10PM) 1.5/4 4.19
10:00 CBS CSI 2.3/6 10.53
NBC Chicago Fire 1.7/5 6.39
ABC Nashville - R 0.6/2 2.47

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Clarke

    Scared for The Neighbors . I really want the show to survive. Hopefully next week the season finale (with Mark Hamill) will rise to at least a 1.8.

    Good night for CBS. Watch all their Wednesday shows and think they have a perfect lineup.

  • Kavyn

    It’s pretty crazy how there’s a 1 million viewer difference and yet both Arrow and SPN have 1.0 ratings.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    m begining to think NBC should just let SVU go now too… SVU is dragging down Chicago Fire (which is a lock for renewal).”

    SVU is NBC’s third (oops, fourth if you include Parenthood) highest rated scripted show that will return. It’s completely nuts to suggest it not be renewed.

    I’m not exactly sure what the crazy cadre of people online have against Mr. Leight, I don’t watch the show, but you’re going to be disappointed when it gets renewed this season.

  • Percysowner

    I just realize Supernatural had a 0.6 demo at this time last year. What the hell did Arrow help the show that much? Or did they pick up new fans?

    Arrow helps, but moving to Wednesday helped more, IMHO. Supernatural always had a big DVR rate. On Friday their fans may have gone out, on Wednesday, they can stay in and watch live. Don’t get me wrong, having a strong compatible lead in is a big advantage, but the show’s fan base has always been there and been loyal. Now the timing is more convenient.

  • charmedcraft

    Awesome for SPN and ARROW!

  • starship


    Supernatural reruns are constantly on cable and they’re getting solid ratings, so that sure helps, but overall with the move off Friday more people started watching it live, which is the big reason for its ratings surge.

  • DougF


    Because Preliminary half hours have nothing to do with Finals

  • lll

    Nikita killed Supernatual’s ratings last year and this year a new show in Arrow props it back up? Lets not forget that Arrow had to hang in there by itself because it has no lead in. That is strange, but at the same time the arrow fans are mostly (not all of them) Smallville fans or fans of Green Arrow comic books. CW is trying to create the Smallville/Supernatural magic in Arrow/Supernatural and it working. If the CW breaks them up next year, it will be a mistake.

  • lll

    ^it’s working.

  • Susan

    @Susan, You’re probably right. SVU used to be quality from minute one to the Dick Wolf insignia at the end. Even in it’s prime it had quality SVU story line with character back-story with Benson/Stabler. Now it seems to be anything but. I never egged on the two main detectives relationship like many, but I’d take that relationship furthered over what they’re doing now. I never watched L&O CI but I can understand where you’re coming from.

  • Freyja

    Very nicely done Arrow and SPN =) Enjoyed both shows last night, I actually stopped playing WOW during SPN..

  • Susan

    That was supposed to be @Sandy.

  • John A

    Finally a respectable night for CW.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I remember reading that the half hours for SPN were both .9, so how did it adjust up?”

    Those confused about why adjustments occur should read this


  • eric

    wow i can’t believe how bad csi crushed chicago fire. I mean it wasn’t even close. Csi still killing it and in it’s 13th season no less!!

  • Sandy


    It’s too risky to let Chicago Fire on its own next season. It needs one more season behind SVU. Also, we don’t know that SVU is dragging CF. It might be that SVU is helping CF.

    When Chicago Fire was paired with The Voice it did OUTSTANDING, when it’s with “the new SVU” it does fair… Chicago Fire is being dragged down by the crappy version of SVU, move it to 10PM Fridays next year NBC and let it go.

    Chicago Fire will be fine w/o SVU, as long as NBC doesn’t do something stupid and put it up against NCIS or Person of Interest or move it to Thursday.

  • JulieDawn

    Great for SPN – love that they are doing the same numbers now as Arrow (not that I don’t watch Arrow, I just don’t love it the way I thought I would, it’s mostly ‘okay’ with some eps boring me). But SPN just keeps going and going and going!

    Hope Chicago Fire can hold on, keeping fairly stable lately, it’s another favourite of mine.

  • Ben Thompson

    Arrow has everything to do with Supernatural being up. If it was on Mondays at 9 with TCD, it would be doing exactly the same as last season.

  • Dean/Sam/Cas

    Supernatural yeahhhh!!! Was one of the best episodes of the eighth season.:D

  • starship

    @Ben Thompson
    Disagree, Supernatural will be doing the same numbers +/- 0.1 on any night of the week, except for Friday. And it will be proven next year if the CW move it to Tuesday at 9 to give the post-Arrow slot to a new show. Supernatural has its own established fanabse and might get the occasional viewer from the earlier show sticking around, but there are very few people who’d start watching a show in its 8th season, without catching up on the rest of the series first.

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