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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  • Carl

    @Diane, what did she say?

    I mostly think Nashville is on the wrong network, was miscast (Hayden and Connie both seem to struggle at carrying a major show – Hayden did with Heroes too), and feels somewhat ashamed of its subject matter.

  • Carl

    @Tessa, I’d like to believe they would give Dean a better myth or arc plot than what they give Sam. I’m sure Jensen Ackles could pull it off beautifully. I wish I had the trust in the writing. I mostly become annoyed when I see some Dean fans who say he’s useless and any character, like that idiot Garth, could replace him, and no one would notice. I think they severely underestimate the role of the character, and what he brings to the show. I envision some of these same people who say he’s useless trying to praise a story where he only shows up long enough to stand around and cough into a Kleenex. I don’t know why everything about the character needs to be criticized in order to want more for him.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Diane – What are you talking about? I can’t find anything about Connie Britton and a controversial statement surrounding Nashville.

  • Shabbir

    Can understand The Middle’s low ratings as it was the worst episode of the whole series.

    I was struggling not to fall asleep. It was the first of 2 parts and so
    really hoping next weeks episode is much better. Expect similar low ratings as dont think many were impressed with last nights episode.

    Its supposed to be a comedy show but it turned out to be more drama and not many laughs.

  • melody

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Arrow, but heck, I have to praise Supernatural and the fans (of whom I’m among) for actually beating out its lead-in. I hope Arrow comes back up of course, but it’s still cool to see those numbers for such an old show. Just simply awesome.

  • Laura G

    Nashville will be fine same ratings as glee and it’s already renewed basically and I’m assuming like glee they sell songs for the network? Not going anywhere.

  • Patrick Gillease

    I really hope ABC lands in last place this season in the demo! They and their leader deserve it! Fire Paul Lee already!

  • Rave Mystery

    I don’t think NBC did a good job at promoting Whitney or Community like they said they were because if I didn’t look online I wouldn’t have known why they didn’t air when they were supposed to or when they finally came back. What happened? networks used to know how to promote shows and actually had commercials for their programs.

  • ~Sher~

    The fact that NASHVILLE has had “repeat” episodes for a few weeks hurt the show’s ratings last nite…jmho

    Patience is not necessarily a virtue when it comes to TV viewing..

    New shows especially need to have new episodes each week..

  • Marie

    I love Nashville, just hoping it doesn’t get cancelled.

  • POIFanatic


    “No! No Amelia! :) Anything but Soapernatural again! :) They can’t kill Sam or Dean, they can’t really close the gates of Hell (cuz really, what good would that do? It would only eliminate demons, not all the other monsters) and they can’t give Sam the ‘normal life’ he keeps whining about. So what is the point of all this? Remember when the boys used to actually save people? All by themselves? :) Still waiting for that show to come back. Season 9 maybe?”

    I’m sorry, but the amount of whining the so-called ‘fans’ of this show do can never be surpassed by Sam’s whining. Anyway, he has stopped whining and hence your comment is foolish. As for me, I just go with the flow and Supernatural is fun once again.

  • SueP

    @POIFanatic – Well good for you. Reread your first sentence. You foolishly agreed with me. I love it when people jump into conversations they have no part of and try to be clever. Thanks for that.

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