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

via press note:


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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  • rob60990

    The weather is getting warmer in the East Coast so I think DST is going to start having more of an effect.

  • Dillan

    Wow, SPN beat Arrow!

  • Melissa

    Half-hours per Marc Berman

    Survivor – 2.3/2.4
    American Idol – 2.7/3.2/3.3/3.3
    Arrow – 0.8/0.9

    Criminal Minds (R) – 1.3/1.3
    Law & Order: SVU – 1.6/1.8
    Supernatural – 1.0/1.0

    Nashville – 1.6/1.5
    CSI (R) – 1.3/1.3
    Chicago Fire – 1.8/1.7

  • Dante

    Are these good or bad numbers for Chicago Fire? As in, good for renewal or still unsure?

  • zth

    Looking at the half hours, Arrow might adjust up to 0.9. I guess it performed worse than Supernatural because of the daylight savings.

  • DougF


    More 18-34 & 18-49 watch Supernatural. Arrow’s big viewership is in 24-54

    So it is about right.

    But the half hour for Arrow was 0.8 2.45/0.9 2.76. And it could always adjust up to 0.9

  • feinn

    The week leading up to easter usually has low ratings ?

  • Ted Craig

    I forgot that a lot of schools are on spring break this week. That probably played a really big role. Expect similar results next week.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Idol is DEAD. I doubt that we will see it next season. If we see it will be on low 2s teritory with result show below 2.0 i foubt that this expansive show can go that low.

    I have a question to Holly or Ultima or whoever else know. How long are original contracts in USA? I mean for actors in scripted shows. I hear 3 years, 4 years and 5 years. Where is the truth. For example TBBT acrors after 4 seasons sign for 3 more years. So i guess 4 years but is that the rule or depends from networks, producers, actors etc. Thanks a lot.

  • Melissa


    Are these good or bad numbers for Chicago Fire? As in, good for renewal or still unsure?

    Chicago Fire is certain to be renewed.

  • Charmed

    Nashville will probably adjust up.

  • Jonathan

    The weather on the east coast is not getting warmer. It’s been 30 and snowing all week.

  • Ashley

    Bye bye Idol in a couple of more years. Thank goodness. Good job SPN! Can’t believe it beat Arrow. Modern Family, a former show darling. I never watch the show but is the writing getting worse? Nashville…oohh…has it been renewed yet? If not, not looking good.

  • zth

    @Peter Ivanov:
    You’re right. American Idol is declining like a rock. It woudn’t surprise me if one of the results shows would get a rating in the 1’s in a few weeks.

  • Billy

    What in the world has happened to Modern Family ? That show once was able to compete with TBBT. It is now closer to the CBS Monday sitcoms that TBBT. Wow, has that show dropped throughout the season.

  • Melissa


    Looking at the half hours, Arrow might adjust up to 0.9.

    HALF-HOUR RATINGS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ADJUSTMENTS. I seriously don’t understand how many times it needs to be said before people understand this. These are preliminary, rounded half-hour ratings.

  • victor hugo

    Maybe the only winner last night was Supernatural

    Ouch for ABC and Arrow

  • DougF


    Can’t use that fan excuse bingo. As Arrow had 1.0 and 3.02 million viewers last week

  • BG

    Can’t believe SPN beat Arrow!!!

  • RyanCanada

    Whitney was soooooooooooooo good last night, i hope that show gets renewed ugh, stupid NBC, anway thats all i watched last night! PVR’d Arrow, SPN, and ChicagoFire

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