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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  • Dante


    Thank you. I wasn’t sure because people keep saying ratings are relative to the overall networks and Revolution does really well and if Hannibal premieres and does well, I fear Chicago Fire will be cut loose.

  • eridapo

    AI 2.7 10.48/ 3.2 12.21/ 3.3 12.59/ 3.3 12.84

    Nashville 1.6 5.17/ 1.5 5.11

    Arrow .8 2.46/ .9 2.76
    Super 1.0 2.25/ 1.0 2.24

    LOSVU 1.6 6.08/ 1.8 6.97
    CF 1.8 6.91/ 1.7 6.89

    Survi 2.3 9.13/ 2.4 9.18

    The collapse of Idol continues. Will it be below a 3.0 before the finale?

  • Carl

    DougF, I know SPN has a younger audience than Arrow, but most of this winter/spring they seemed to be level, or Arrow a little higher. But I’d forgotten about DST and Spring Break. I’m sure Arrow will be back soon. I’m happy SPN held up though. I wasn’t sure if they would.

    SPN was sort of filler, but was a good character-based episode for Dean and had some nice performances. They also focused heavily on a female teenage recurring character – maybe a few fans tuned in for her, I don’t know.

  • rob60990

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

    Not sure where you live but in NY, it’s been warming up into the 50s now.

  • Colin

    @ Petar: If you doubt that Idol is back next season, something is SERIOUSLY wrong with you.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    @Melissa, People will never understand, I mean, we still have people coming here, saying, “but X show beat Y show in total viewers!!!11″

  • RyanCanada

    Supernatural seems to be CW’s second best preforming show lol…love it btw

  • zth


    You’re right, however, statistically, it is much more likely that a show MIGHT adjust to let’s say 0.9 if its half hours are 0.8 and 0.9 than if its half hours are let’s say 0.8 and 0.7. The fact that there the second half hour is higher will lead to an upward adjustment in the case of an overrun.

  • Alan

    This is the first New episode of the middle in 3 weeks so Not surprised it will bounce back ….Hopefully:)

  • juliedawn

    Holy $*&#% – SPN beat Arrow. Wow that is great. Not that I want Arrow to do badly, but I think even 8 seasons in, SPN is vastly superior and I’m so thrilled to see how well they’ve been doing this year.

    I still watch Arrow but I’m having a hard time staying interested in it, some of the storylines totally bore me, and the Oliver character is becoming less sypathetic imo, and therefore less likeable. Perhaps I’m not the only one feeling this way!

  • David Howell

    Looks like Duck Dynasty won the night, possibly by a fair margin. Even the traditional 0.1 adjustment to Idol will tie it with MF, which may itself adjust up, but I’m sure DD pulled a 3.4 or better.


    Arrow will likely adjust up to a 0.9 this week, but I think 0.8 will be its spring level eventually. And that’s still not bad for the CW!

    I see Neighbors possibly moving to TGIF.

  • SP

    ‘Whitney’ was preempted for the entire hour by the Detroit affiliate for a local special, for those fans interested in the show’s numbers.

  • eridapo

    AI beat MF in head to head competition 3.3 versus 3.2

  • BG

    @Jonathan I agree–It’s been 50 during the day(NY), but hits 30’s at night.

  • Jimbo

    Hard to say that anyone really “won” Wednesday night this time around. Pretty atrocious numbers.

  • zth


    You mean if AI will be below a 3.0 in the Wednesday show? Yes, that will happen next week.

  • Martin

    Love both shows and already renewed so don’t really have to worry but hope Supernatural is adjusted down a tenth tenth and Arrow is adjusted up.

    Chicago Fire still pulling in decent numbers and winning the hour, maybe police centric spinoff isn’t such a bad idea.

    I know it’s only one week and all, but starting to think, especially considering tax incentives, Body Of Proof might squeak in a renewal over Nashville.

    Is that a new series low for Modern Family?, ouch. Considering lead ins drops Suburgatory and The Neighbours didn’t do too bad. Hope The Neighbours squeaks in a renewal.

    Idol down a lot, it still has at least two more seasons in it, but wonder how low FOX will let it go before canceling it.

  • Antonio

    American Idol is officially doing X-Factor numbers, which I’m sure ANYONEA expected.

    It’s gonna be interesting to see how hard TXF will fall when it returns without Britney Spears.

  • Jonathan

    FOX will appreciate X Factor more than and learn from their stupid scheduling mistakes that lead to lower ratings for it.

  • Kerry

    Suburgatory was the only thing that earned more than a .1 bump. That’s… a bad night for TV.

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