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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  • Jazz

    There is something that Nashville does that bugs. I don’t know how else to say it because I loved it last fall and looked forward to it each week. It was fun escapist t.v. but it’s like they don’t have story or the stories are not interesting. I have never seen a show that has everything else right, great visuals, great music, great actors and little in the way of story to keep me coming back. I predicted every single scene. I find that I care less and less about their plights and whining. I may watch it till the end of the season but I am disappointed. I was very much looking forward to it after the long break.

  • Fred

    Very depressing numbers for just about everybody last night.
    Although Law & Order and Chicago Fire did OK.

  • Carl

    I normally think that type of talk is somewhat sexist but I wonder if the people who say that the Idol ratings are falling because of all the push for a female winner may have a point.

  • Matt

    Wow at ABC… But MF was STILL the #1 show of the night! Nashville will will still be renewed but ABC has to move it to Sundays behind ONCE or Revenge. They have to.

  • Antonio

    Oops, I meant “NOBODY”, instead of “anyone”.

  • John

    Bad for Suburgatory – the show needs to focus more on Tessa and her relationship with Ryan. Also, more Dalia. And re-energize Dallas. The show seems directionless currently.

    Nashville is also problematic. I know that Chris Carmack played a “love to hate” character on a beloved show, but The O.C. was almost a decade ago. It seems like a lot to put on his shoulders the show’s recovery starting next week.

  • charmedcraft

    is dat da rite rating for arrow? wow; im so happy spn stayed steady.

    btw, bulls vs heat last nigt was awesome. go bulls!

  • Jack Burton

    Seriously. When are we going to acknowledge that Nashville is a #3 show in it’s time slot with numbers that merit cancellation. I have never watched the show to enjoy or hate it so do not consider his a bashing on my part. That statement is nothing if not 100% bias free. The writing has to be on the wall there for fans.

    Also, I would be shocked if Arrow & Supernatural don’t both adjust to 0.9. Which despite the haters nonsense is solid considering CW numbers.

    I would also quickly point out that all returning and new comedies less Big Bang seem to be in some type of ratings decline. Modern Family had to take the hit eventually.

  • DougF


    Why if you love Supernatural would you want it to be adjusted down?

  • Dochas

    I’m happy to see Supernatural steady and maintaining :)

  • zth


    No, AI’s ratings are falling because the show is just not entertaining anymore. The judges’ chemistry is cringe-worthy compared to the panel at The Voice.

  • Melissa

    Ratings from the year-ago Wednesday (3/28/12)

    American Idol – 5.3

    Survivor – 2.9
    Criminal Minds (R) – 1.7
    CSI (R) – 1.8

    Whitney – 1.6
    Are You There, Chelsea? – 1.2
    Bent – 0.9
    Bent – 0.8
    Rock Center – 0.8

    The Middle (R) – 1.1
    Suburgatory (R) – 1.2
    Modern Family (R) – 1.9
    Happy Endings – 1.9
    Missing (R) – 0.9

    One Tree Hill – 0.7
    America’s Next Top Model – 0.7

  • jupiter

    with these numbers does nashville still have a chance at renewal because it been off the air for a couple of weeks

  • Dochas

    Martin. You want SPN adjusted down to somehow, magically, give that adjustment to Arrow? Absurd.

  • PurpleDrazi

    @Petar Ivanov
    “Idol is DEAD. I doubt that we will see it next season.”

    Woah, slow down there Petar. Idol is dying certainly but it will be a slow death. The show will definately be back next year. (probably with many changes to the judging panel)

    Neighbors. :-(

  • Wright

    Great for SPN!!! Arrow beat TVD for 1 week and the fans said it was the #1 show on the network. Now SPN beat Arrow for 1 week. What will be the fans say now?

  • zth


    Hmm, I didn’t realize American Idol was doing that good last season. It means that there is a 42% decline for this edition from last year.


    Poor IDOL…. The guys suck this year. Girls are great on the other hand…

  • s0303

    arrow :(

    really bad for abc…both neighbor and nashville should be cancelled…

    not bad for svu and chicago fire….really good for supernatural.

  • Samunto

    Idol will be hitting mid 2s for the Wednesday perfomance shows before the season is over.
    Everything else down but NBC is up! That Chicago Fire spinoff can’t come any sooner.

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