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.

  • Leonard P.

    NBC is lucky to even still have SVU on its roster people act like SVU isn’t the reason why Chicago Fire was successful in its freshman season. People forget that it could’ve easily been the next Prime Suspect if it had been scheduled on Thursdays instead of Wednesdays behind SVU.

    “NBC needs to go ahead and give Jimmy Fallon a package deal renew Guys With Kids and give him the Tonight Show”

    I agree if they have this much confidence to give Fallon that Tonight Show spot then they need to package a deal and renew Guys with Kids to go with it.

  • Jo B.

    People gave Chicago Fire a chance not because it’s behind SVU – they gave it a chance because it’s a DICK WOLF show.


    Why does it bother you so when people don’t like Warren Leight or miss Chris Meloni. Get over it. We are entitled to our opinions. And again, SVU’s dismal ratings and it’s less than stellar reviews are all FACT NOT OPINION.

    Stop being such a know it all.

  • Moose

    I have always hated SVU. I just don’t understand the appeal. Character after character getting on their collective soapboxes spewing their drivel. Sorry, as a sometime viewer, I have no interest in a poorly written drama’s attempt at emotionally influencing me. And don’t get me started on Cragen, who has to be the most ineffective inept boss in the history of police procedurals.

    I am also not a fan of protagonists who continually break the law in an effort to enforce their brand of justice. Hypocrites.

    This show really needs to go away. At some point NBC needs to clean out the barn and start fresh.

  • John A

    At what point does SVU become unprofitable for NBC? A 1.5 for a old show seems very low. I suppose it doing well in syndication also helps.

  • Bev

    It wasnt 1.5. It was 1.6. Chicago Fire was 1.7.

    get your facts right. Under warren leight Criminal Internt had a run of episodes above 4million during season 7 which was never repeated again.He was a very successful showrunner. Season 8/9 fell dramatically. It took Wolf a year to find a replacement for leight after he was head hunted for In Treatment.Season 8/9 were a disaster. Season 10 returned to form with Brancato and leight and DOnofrio all pulling together. Great ending to a great show.

    You are making this site into a fan site for your own amusement because no one is listening to you elsewhere. Carry on. Who cares?

    Well maybe Bill cares if the site degenerates into a mud slinging match.
    This is a ratings site. And ratings wise NBC will keep SVU with its current production team…whatever your efforts to lobby it down.

    Its arrogance to assume you have this power.

  • Alen


    Castiel also doesn’t bring the ratings up. He doesn’t affect the ratings at all. Do you want me to rub this fact in your delusional face, too?

  • tj

    Glad my show SN was adjusted up. I myself like Cas. Everyone can have their opinion but I’m suprised at the harsh comments. I never felt he was on the show enough that it took focus from Dean and Sam. I’m sorry but it would be unrealistic for Heaven, God , or the angels to have assisted Dean and Sam and then just all of a sudden stop. So it makes sense to me that the angel arc still exist. As for SVU, I have not watched since Meloni left so I don’t know how bad it’s going. I wish the show well but I’ve never been much for change. The only thing I have to say on that debate is other than the Voice what other show on NBC could you pair Chicago Fire with? You would be having the same argument but only SVU would be replaced by_____? Good luck for Non reality T.V.! I do miss Fear Facctor…sorry random I know

  • CookyMonzta

    Posted March 21, 2013 at 10:45 PM
    “@cooky……The Idol run is coming to a natural end. Nothing lasts forever, save for maybe 60 minutes, Saturday night live, and The Simpsons. Changing casts once again isn’t going to change the fact that the show is 12 seasons in, and the demographic of the show is shifting. One of the main reasons for bringing in someone like minaj was to try to hold on to the bottom end of the demographic. At this point I really don’t think it matters who is on the panel, you will still have the die hards who will hold out till the end, but it’s just so hard to bring in new and younger viewers to a show that’s 12 years old.”

    Tell that to the die-hards who believe the show will NEVER end (certainly not within the next 2 or 3 years), because, as they say, it is cheap to produce. But right now, the advertisers seem to have made it obvious to the show that they will not pay anything close to the rates they did 5 years ago. A show drawing 4s and 3s, and perhaps even 2s (which we’ll find out today), does not justify paying even half the $500,000 that they used to pay for a 30-second ad when this show was drawing as low as 9.0, let alone 10 and even higher.

    The show that is beating the odds right now is NCIS, which is only 10 months younger than Idol, yet it has gained viewers over that long period, and if they can sustain a weekly draw of 21 million viewers for the remainder of the season, it will finish as the #1 show for the first time, a far cry from 5 years ago, when it could not break into the top 10.

  • CoCo

    That’s my POINT Jo B. I’m over it. I got over it like a year and some months ago. You seem so stuck on pause….I agree with Bev, this is a ratings site and that’s all I’m trying to talk about. The difference between the ratings of the two show now…. Not Chris Meloni and the rest of that baloney. That’s old. Press the play button. It’s ok to move forward…

    LOL…I defend Warren 1 time in 1 post and I’m a Warrenbot. LOL…You need to stop. And you’re saying this while praying to the Holy Meloni.

    Back to ratings where I’m trying to keep it. I’m not arguing that CF doesn’t have better ratings than SVU (dah). I’m just saying, I wonder if the ratings would hold up under stiffer competition. I could be wrong but I still wonder. I agree with you that if SVU comes back it should have a different time slot.

    You know we could probably have a decent conversation if you would dismount the attack horse you rode in here on.

  • Wright

    Good for SPN and Arrow!!!

  • laddie

    funny how CF fans hating on SVU, “it needs to get cancelled or moved to friday” but also want CF to move to monday or tuesday.. really want the voice lead in, and then say see how good CF is.. Smash looked decent too behind the voice..

    If CF is this great stable show, then it shouldnt get the voice lead in, that spot is for new shows

  • bob

    The only worthwhile ratings tonight are American Idol and Criminal Minds. Everything else is blah…

  • Joe

    SVU is NBCs 4th highest rated scripted show and its pulling Chicago Fire down? NBC will NEVER cancel the show this year. It will 100% be back next year. After that I can’t say. But thats just the truth whether you like the show or you think it should be cancelled. End of story.

  • Jared

    Happy to see Arrow adjusted up. Great episode. I’m nervous to see how Nashville does when it returns. The repeat numbers have been pathetic and the new episodes haven’t done that great either. I watch Nashville,basically just for Hayden but I dont get all the hype.

  • Bella Bellini

    Go Supernatural! I caught up on all 7 seasons on Netflix. So this was the first week I could watch it live.

    It has surpassed PLL & TVD as my favourite guilty pleasure TV show. It shouldn’t even be a guilty pleasure because the acting and writing are consistently good.

    I’m a fan of Castiel. The show needs good supporting actors to maintain interest & longevity, especially if they want to do 10 seasons.

    I think they could even do an Angels & Demons spin off at the end of season 10 with Castiel and Crowley as the lead actors.

  • Volta

    Nice to see Supernatural adjusted up! Wednesday’s episode was fantastic.

  • Janus

    SPN–what a beast. With Cas, he’s great and just adds to the boys and the show. Which is why they are making him a regular again.

  • Volta

    I think SPN’s view numbers are up from last year for a few reasons. One, it moved off of Fridays which is huge and the second, the series was fairly recently added onto Netflix streaming and seems to have gained quite a few “newbies” who were able to discover the show and/or catch up on it despite it being in its 8th season. Third, it seems like many feel this season is stronger then the last, so that might be a factor too (but probably less so then the other two).

  • Robin Vogel

    I have tried watching ARROW and can’t get into it. I was a huge fan of SMALLVILLE from first ep to last and a staunch watcher of SUPERNATURAL from day one, even though I found seasons six and seven less than sterling. Season eight has been much better, and last night’s show superlative in every single way. Jeremy Carver as show runner has infused new life into the show, and I’m thrilled to see the ratings reflecting this. Go, SUPERNATURAL!

    Robin Vogel

  • Michael Lo.

    I don’t care what anyone says, cruddy ratings are cruddy ratings. SVU could have ended years ago on a positive note. The newest seasons aren’t the same show, it’s so much different now and don’t even accuse me of being a Meloni worshipper. My favorite character has always been Olivia because of her history, being the product of rape and it doesn’t even look like the writers even know that now. Though the shows not horrible, it isn’t completely “revived” either. I hardly recognize the character of Olivia anymore. She used to take cases to heart and there was PLENTY of character development in the show’s hay-day. Now she’s running around with no sense of direction and leaving early to go screw an old one night stand. And she looks desperate just like the show-runners are for ratings with this hand ploy. I’d say even through all of this, she’s the only reason the ratings are staying above 5 mil right now, so it’s getting sad to watch. TBTP go back and watch older eps and figure out what the show used to be about and maybe you’ll earn better ratings that way, well maybe better than 6 mil an ep. This is proof in the pudding. Hate to burst your bubbles. I’ve stuck by it the whole time with an open mind, so it’s pretty hard to criticize your once favorite show.

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