TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Nashville' & 'Arrow' Slip, 'Chicago Fire' & 'The Neighbors' Up + 'Modern Family', 'American Idol' & 'The Middle' Hit Lows

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March 28th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/9 1.9/6 1.7/5 1.5/4 1.5/4 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.4/8 1.4/5 1.0/3 1.1/4 1.3/4 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 12.029 6.164 7.269 5.510 3.678 2.426


FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX, American Idol earned a 3.1, down half a ratings point after last week's 3.6 adults 18-49 rating. This is American Idol's  lowest Wednesday rating ever in adults 18-49.

On CBS, Survivor scored a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating down two tenths from last week’s 2.6.

On ABC, The Middle earned a season low 1.8, down three tenths from its last original's 2.1. The Neighbors earned a 1.5, up a tenth after last week's series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic. Modern Family earned an season low 3.2, down seven tenths from its last original's 3.9 Suburgatory earned a 1.9, up four tenths after last week's series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville returned to a 1.5, down a single tenth from its last original's 1.6.

On NBC, a double shot of Whitney garnered 1.0 at 8PM and a 1.1 at 8:30, with the latter up a tenth from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Law & Order: SVU scored a 1.7, up a tenth from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Chicago Fire scored a 1.8, up a tenth from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating .

On the CW, Arrow earned a 0.8, down two tenths from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.   Supernatural was even with last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.



Overnight ratings for Wednesday, March 27, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.1 9 12.03
CBS Survivor: Caramoan 2.4 7 9.16
ABC The Middle 1.8 6 6.81
NBC Whitney 1.0 3 3.11
CW Arrow 0.8 3 2.61
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.5 5 5.51
NBC Whitney 1.1 3 3.09
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 3.2 9 8.97
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.7 5 6.53
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.3 4 5.73
CW Supernatural 1.0 3 2.24
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory 1.9 5 5.41
10:00PM NBC Chicago Fire 1.8 5 6.90
ABC Nashville 1.5 4 5.14
CBS CSI -R 1.3 4 6.92

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In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.

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," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Rebecca

    Enjoyed The Middle, The Neighbors and MF last night. Esp The Neighbors…excellent season finale. “An A of Balls,” lol. Love that Larry Bird.

  • Josh

    Come on Nashville get adjusted up such an incredible episode. ABC really screwed up by showing repeats for 3 weeks straight. Lets hope it climbs up next week.

  • Mike

    Um, if Duck Dynasty retains its average of mid-3.0s, 18-49 — it will beat ALL of these shows outright.
    Now THAT will make me laugh.

  • Ted Craig

    @Ashton Butcher
    “In looking at Neighbors numbers I don’t think the show deserves to comeback honestly as it has lost pretty badly to the Friday comedies this season.”

    Really? When?

  • Jay

    Personally, I think Arrow is the best quality show on the CW right now. Season 1 of Arrow is better than the current seasons of SPN, VD and Nikita.

    Well I certainly hope so because SPN and TVD been around for a while.

  • Carl

    I’d be very happy if SPN isn’t adjusted down. It’s just so strange to see it above Arrow, and by .02. SPN down and Arrow up seems more likely, given their history. But I will be happy if it stays the same.

    @Tom, I think the standalone filler problems began in season 4/5, when you took breaks from the apocalypse to break someone out of a mental institution or meet Paris Hilton. I actually feel like this season has moved toward restoring a show where you have more than Dean/Sam/sometimes Cas. There’s Kevin, Charlie, Benny (if he makes it). I don’t need permanent consequences because seasons 5-7 overdid those and made the show depressing and joyless and needlessly bleak. I just want tighter pacing and better streamlined storytelling, and more energy.

    I think the show’s big mistake this season was in having Sam not look for Dean. I almost think they have gone overboard with Sam suffering since then to try to make up for it. The story is dull so I am hoping Dean might have the angel tablet story as a balance.

    @Tessa, good point about last week’s episode helping ratings. I guess that may mean a drop next week, although this episode was OK (and didn’t drop in the half-hour). I think Arrow has helped SPN a great deal but I also think the show’s tone this season, which is by no means cheery, but which is less relentlessly grim, has helped with viewers. Dean is a charming, funny guy, he’s not always misery guts. This is the first season in 2-3 years to remember that.

  • SarahL

    The Neighbors’ season finale was sweet and funny. I loved that Reggie Jackson and Amber finally kissed and that he has two tongues. LOL! Larry Bird and Jackie Joyner Kersee getting married was so sweet. All Dick Butkus’ scenes were hysterical. Larry Bird standing up to his father George Takei was another great moment. If that was the final episode, then the show went out in style. I will miss it.

  • Rick

    On IDOL, the problem with the Minaj/Carey “feud” is that it’s all off-screen.

    They COMPLETELY ignore each other during the show, and that’s more boring than anything. At least Minaj is interesting. Mariah Carey rattles on and on and says nothing. Last night she seemed drunk and wouldn’t shut up.

  • Jazz

    So, week to week, the questions more or less are…

    – what setback will be dumped on Britton next?
    – what is Panettiere’s latest mental breakdown?
    – can Jackson make an even bigger a** from himself?
    – can Bowen look even more desperate than she already is? And in which band will she be this time?
    – can Britton’s sister even be more annoying, and where is Boothe with his latest Pinky and the Brain scheme?


    This is exactly what is wrong with the show? Usually things like this are fixable. It’s just the writing. Nothing else really needs to be fixed in my opinion. But week after week there are more storylines where I am like, “I don’t care.” I enjoy Deacon scenes when he is not pining about Rayna. To date I have not see why she is such a big deal. Highly unlikable lead.

    I think the problem with these ABC shows is that they seem to have lost their creativity. I struggle with Once Upon a Time and Revenge as well. Modern Family too. Scandal seems to be coming up with new and different material, at least for now.

    A lot of the leads and main characters are highly unlikable. I don’t know who to root for and I no longer care. A number of their dramas/soaps seem to have this in common. Stuff seems thrown on the screen and there’s no one or nothing to connect to. Why should I come back?

    I think it’s much less an issue of the breaks and more so slacking creativity. Revenge can’t have breaks. I think Nashville can but it has to come back strong after a break. There are so many unhappy characters on these ABC shows. I don’t know if that is their perception of drama. I watch more ABC dramas than other networks so I don’t have a lot to compare it to. The characters are often sad, depressed angry or bitter. Some are all.

  • Z

    Is it me or for the most part during the Fall, Supernatural is always 3rd or fourth in the and when Winter/Spring hits it becomes second.

  • LeChoke

    @ Ted Craig

    To the delusional Neighbors fan, the Friday comedies have embarrassed that show, those shows air on a Friday with no help and Neighbors has been airing on Wednesdays behind The Middle. I think you’re question was answered.

    @ Dan/Numb3rs

    Whitney was very good last night I loved that finale, it made me miss Chelsea Handler in a comedy she needs to get on Whitney next season as a regular. As far as Whitney making it season 3 I still think it will make it there even though the numbers were down year-to-year.

  • Jazz

    Really enjoyed Neighbors last night. Great series or season finale. I think the silly aspect of it may have turned people off sooner. That or it isn’t broad. Very clever and smart. It’s a little uneven with men’s and women’s roles. If they return I hope they find their way and make the shows a little more consistent. Sometimes it felt like they were making stuff up that did not fit in with earlier shows.

  • Thorn

    To you morons saying “Whitney will be back” No she won’t, it has fallen and fallen and if it does get renewed next year it will be beaten by the CW.
    NBC has ordered more Comedies than ever before, Whitney is not making NBC money, no quite the opposite.
    3 of the cast have moved on and 1.0, 1.0 & 1.1 are not good numbers for NBC. NBC will be cleaning house too with all the attention Jay Leno has brought to their horrible ratings.

  • Sonya

    ABC has no one to blame but themselves for Nashville’s numbers. Who wants to work so hard to keep track of new episodes? When was the last new one three weeks ago? As dopey as NBC is, ABC is the King of show killing because of their scheduling stupidity.

  • Mickey

    Wow, Supernatural beat Arrow by 0.2. Quite the feat. That’s awesome for Supernatural, but I hope Arrow adjusts up and rebounds next week.

    Good to see Chicago Fire up, and still gaining on its lead-in. Though SVU being in its fourteenth season, it’s impressive it’s still doing so well.

    I get the impression NBC is sliding into the same position the CW has been in for the past couple of years. As viewers desert the network, new shows are having a hard time finding an audience, whereas older shows that already have loyal followings are solidly holding up as the network declines around them, like SVU on NBC and Supernatural on the CW (and TVD, which was the last show to make it before the CW started its freefall.)

  • rob60990

    Do the delusional Nashville fans want to clue us in how ABC should schedule 21-22 episodes in a 35 week season? Heck, the show even started 2 weeks into the season.

  • rob60990

    oh and whats with this nonsense that Arrow will adjust up leading SPN to adjust down? Last week both shows adjusted up in the finals.

  • joel

    But American Idol will still have record numbers of viewer votes because they’ll give each of the 23 remaining voters 10 million votes each.

  • Justin121

    – American Idol down BIG

    – Modern Family down BIG – wait til the finals to see who won

    – Chicago Fire: NBC’s unsung hero. Outrated lead-in, beat 8 pm by wide margin.

    – Arrow series low

    – Arrow lower than Supernatural

    – SPN beat Arrow by 2 :D

    – Neighbors did worse than Nashville, comperativly speaking.

  • Mark Wood

    Tessa just because fans predicted Sam, doesn’t mean that it’s the actual pattern. For the shows history Sam has been the unknowing pawn of Hell/ Lucifer working to advance there goals. Dean as been the one who has always been working to counter Hell.

    To fit the pattern did would need to be the agent working against Hell.

    As for Sam carry for Dean. The show has done that, and more then once. Heck even the earlier part of this season was Sam trying to take care of Dean and looking out for him (Benny, dealing or not dealing with his issues with Purgatory).

    But the caregiver role isn’t as strong an aspect to the character nor should it be. Dean actually functioned for most of Sam life in a role as a caregiver. That I’d of course going to be a stronger part of his character.

    I mean take a parent and a child. A parent is always going to (unless they are a bastard) worry/ care/ look after their child even until adulthood. That’s natural and normal. A child isn’t going to have that same every day reaction to normal day to day living. Typically that doesn’t occur until the parent is nooner capable of taking care of themselves, and even then a huge part of US culture would still not make that care a priority in life.

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