Wednesday Final Ratings: 'American Idol', 'Survivor' & 'Arrow' Adjusted Up; 'Whitney' and 'Chicago Fire' Adjusted Down

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March 28th, 2013


American Idol, Survivor,  and Arrow were each adjusted up a tenth while Whitney (8:30) and Chicago Fire were each adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Wednesday broadcast ratings.

Want to know why adjustments occur to the preliminary ratings? Read this.

Final broadcast primetime 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) 3.2 9 12.33
CBS Survivor: Caramoan 2.5 7 9.43
ABC The Middle 1.8 6 6.90
NBC Whitney 1.0 3 2.92
CW Arrow 0.9 3 2.65
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.5 5 5.52
NBC Whitney 1.0 3 2.88
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 3.2 9 9.09
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.7 5 6.61
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.2 4 5.57
CW Supernatural 1.0 3 2.23
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory 1.9 5 5.33
10:00PM NBC Chicago Fire 1.7 5 6.85
ABC Nashville 1.5 4 5.18
CBS CSI -R 1.3 4 6.96

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Jon

    @ David Howell…..and that part of tv history is what saddens me. The fact that more people are watching Duck Dynasty than any other show on weds night is truly a we are done as a society moment

  • Jon

    I wonder why Modern Family’s ratings have dropped significantly. Last nights episode was as good as ever.

  • Jon

    @ Lance B. when looking at those ratings it’s hard to justify renewing any of them quite frankly. Go on has tanked so hard it’s unbeleivable. Has any show ever fallen that far down in just 20 episodes? Is there really any reason to renew a show that has fallen from a 6.4 to low ones.

  • thesnowleopard

    Good to see Arrow move up.

    Obviously, moving SPN to Wednesdays was one of the CW’s better ideas. Gee, I wonder how the network might have fared its first few years under a network top dog who wasn’t an air-head?

  • Claire

    There’s no way Whitney can be renewed over Go On and/or The New Normal. No way at all.

  • Travis

    The baby added to Modern Family has changed the tone. Lots of people are turned off of that storyline.

  • Justin121

    I actually think CW is covered for next season:

    Monday flagshiped by SPN.

    Tuesday solid with Hart of Dixie and Beauty and Beast.

    Wednesday Arrow anchor plus another comic book hit.

    Thursday Vampire night and its spin-off.

    Nikita got Fridays.

  • wolf

    I love chicago fire so much.

  • Chelle

    Freaky dip for Arrow, it’s normally hitting around 3 million every week until now.

  • bjssp


    I think syndication can Definitely add viewers for show, but that’s not always the case. Might be a case of the show being popular enough to get to syndication in the first place. We’ll get an interesting test next year when both The Middle and Modern Family go into syndication.

  • To Billy

    It is probably too late for you to see this but… Most shows may not go up in ratings from syndication but the fact that they are able to maintain them may have a lot to do with syndication, since a lot of original viewers may stop watching a show. In other words syndication may help bring in new viewers that are essentially replacing soon to be lost viewers. That can’t be absolutely proven but it is a potential factor that you seem to have completely dismissed.

  • Mae

    @ Chelle

    I’m not sure I would call Arrow’s 0.9 a “freaky dip” – it has it 0.9 before this season. Only difference is that when it did, SPN also hit a 0.9.

    I think the fact that SPN did not drop this week and held @ 1.0, made Arrow’s dip seem more significant.

  • Chelle

    I’m not surprised at the 0.9 which is ultimately what matters most. I was talking about the loss of around 400k in viewers. I made a mental note that Arrow tends to get over 3m in viewers every week, and when it does go below, it’s been very close to 3m (2.97 for eg).

  • wade

    remember when Last Man Standing and Suburgatory were both new sitcoms on ABC, and it looked like Suburgatory was the better performing sitcom of the two. now Suburgatory cant even pull in the viewers on wednesday that Last Man Standing pulls in on a friday (friday is the worst night of the 5 day work week for veiwers). the timeslot is different, but Suburgatory loses 4 million viewers prom its lead in!

  • Aleksandra

    Supernatural !!

  • joel

    I just watched Neighbors and it was brilliant. Lots of double meaning winking references that broke the 4th wall regarding their cancellation/renewal/syndication prospects. George Takei as the symbolic representation of the cancellation bear. The shout out of affection to Reba whom they’re in competition with. The dialogue about needing to stay on earth for eight or nine more years instead of leaving right away, or maybe just four would be OK (at least). Hilarious.

  • Melanie P.

    @KellyL, excellent points. Whatever shows or actors we think are great or suck, is totally a matter of personal taste. Honestly, I WOULD NOT call Hayden Panetierre the next Meryl Streep by ANY means! LOL. To me, Hayden doesn’t do serious drama that well, her trying to be a mean girl seems forced. I think she would do better at romantic comedies. I don’t care how pretty she is, she isn’t drawing in a ton of viewers . On the other hand, I personally think Chicago Fire is great from beginning to end. Like I said, it is all a matter of personal taste.

  • jupiter

    i hope nashville gets renewed

  • Fakeem


    I think the CW’s “Everybody Hates Chris” debuted over 6.0 and dropped quickly, but managed to stay on the air for years.

  • snoopy

    Great news for SVU with key demo rising to 1.7 and holding steady in that competitive time slot.
    NBC should state its renewal now and also its return to a 10pm timeslot….because its one of the few reliable shows they have. Chicago Fire remains volatile,dropping this week despite fact CBS was in repeats.

    Ive never doubted that SVU will get a season 15.

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