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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  • Dochas

    @rob60990 –

    We do have the DST effect but I live on the East Coast where we are having below average temps, again. The weather here is in no way warm or spring like. I do expect us to skip Spring all together. We’ll probably jump from 25 degree’s to the 90’s within the month. Just last week, Monday started with 20 degree snow, sleet and rain and ended up with 50 degree sunshine.

  • Kevin

    Once again, ABC ruins their shows with their terrible scheduling. Nashville has more repeats than it has new airings.

  • feinn

    Bad for ?

  • Melissa


    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.

    American Idol was doing “good” in the sense that it still pulled above 5.0. But it wasn’t doing “good” for American Idol. American Idol’s 2 years-ago telecast (3/31/11) notched a 7.7.

  • eridapo

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

    Yes.. There is always a chance of renewal. The key to it is how ABC feels about the pilots currently in development. If ABC doesn’t have confidence on the pilots currently in development, Nashville will get a second season even with those ratings.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Jennifer Lopez knew what she was doing when she didn’t come back this season!

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Woah, slow down there Petar. Idol is dying certainly but it will be a slow death. The show will definately be back next year.

    Last year Idol 5.3 this year Idol 3.1…………….lose 2 FULL RATING POINT. and two tenths. TWO FULL PONTS. For one year. Next year will be what 1.1………

  • Michael

    Arrow is weak!

    American Idol continues to slip weekly. While, the show is obviously still a cash cow for Fox, and it will instantly be renewed for another season. The producers have to brainstorm ASAP and come up with new fresh ideas and change the format to bring old viewers back! The panel just isn’t working, IMO! Nicki Minaj only cares about critiquing style, not talent.

  • PurpleDrazi

    OK this is definately a new on for the fan excuse BINGO card but…

    Seriously, I haven’t watched a network TV show all this week because Comcast is having their Watchathon. HBO,Showtime,Starz and a bunch of other premium cable chanels all agreed to make their shows available On Demand even if you don’t subscribe to the channel.

    I don’t know about everyone else but I spent all week watching Game of Thrones, Spartacus, and Strike Back. I wonder if that might be affecting some of the ratings.

  • Jonathan

    I think The whole judges panel on Idol will be gone.

    I loved the panel on X Factor minus LA Reid, he’s just rude. I thought they all blended pretty well.

    Idols new panel is a disaster.

  • Mon

    Ouch at Modern Family. 2 Broke Girls’ 3.0 last Monday against full and stiffer competition looked more admirable than it should. But I’m sure Modern Family will hit high 3s again. It’s a superstar that came back from a month of vacation. Also no worries about The Middle and Arrow. Shows hit lows every spring and will rise up again come fall.

    Survivor was so boring last night. Philip needs to go ASAP!!!

    Chicago Fire is really going to have a spin-off?!?!?!

  • BigBrotherFan

    That’s it I’m sick to death of ABC horrible prgraming sched. No wonder NASHVILLE is getting a 1.5 and sadly I was dead on with that prediction. The not-as-good Chicago Fire is clearly overtaking it now. :(

    I HATE YOU ABC! You’re killing my shows!

  • rob60990

    American Idol should just get rid of Nicki Minaj now. I think she has contributed a lot to these falling ratings.

  • Petar Ivanov

    ps Also NO ONE TRUE STAR will want to go to Idol-factor anymore. No one will want to be part of collapsing ship. Fast collapsing ship.

  • cris

    chicago fire wins at 10 pm :)

  • starship

    I’m not shocked Arrow is down, I expected it to hit 0.8 at some point before the end of the season, though it might still adjust up a tenth. Not surprised Supernatural is steady, it’s never been dependant on Arrow’s performance, it’s an 8 year old show with its own fanbase, they should definitely move it to Tuesday @ 9 next year to fill the death slot where every new show fails and launch a new show out of Arrow, like The Tomorrow People for example (as long as the pilot isn’t crap).

    I really hope NBC renew Whitney, it’s the only sitcom apart from Parks and Recreation which deserves a renewal. Last night’s episodes worked as a brilliant series finale though, so it wouldn’t be too bad if it got cancelled.

    The Neighbors finale was amazing as well, hope it gets renewed, it’s the best new sitcom on all networks this year, but the ratings aren’t looking too great. They wrapped up all story lines, though, so it was a satisfying ending nonetheless.

  • Melissa

    @Petar Ivanov

    Last year Idol 5.3 this year Idol 3.1…………….lose 2 FULL RATING POINT. and two tenths. TWO FULL PONTS. For one year. Next year will be what 1.1………

    The 5.3 that American Idol notched on the year-ago night was down 2.4 points from the 7.7 it earned on the 2 years-ago night. 7.7 to 5.3 is a bigger drop than 5.3 to 3.1. The show came back this year despite a huge drop, so we can only expect the same with a smaller drop.

  • r0ckmypants

    @BigBrotherFan – You can’t just blame ABC’s scheduling because you feel like it. Nashville had an entirely original line-up for its lead-in. It has been off the air in chunks, not one on/one off. What exactly is your problem with their scheduling?

  • Funeral Dinner

    Not complaining, but why was there a double dose of Whitney? Were they the final episodes?

  • Peach

    With all the past ratings data that is available, whether half-hour ratings have anything to with adjustments should be a testable hypothesis. Also whether any given show is likely to adjust up/down in finals should also be a testable hypothesis (e.g. certain shows like TBBT seem to almost always adjust up). I wonder if anyone has ever tried to collate all this?

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