RATINGS RAT RACE: New ‘American Idol’ Low, ‘Survivor’ Dips, ‘Suburgatory’ Hits Series Low, Fox Wins Night

March 7, 2013

On the second night of its three-night live round American Idol (3.7/10) saw a surprising flameout by contestant Charlie Askew over criticism from the judges. Besides the profound dismay from judge Nicki Minaj over Askew’s performance, the two-hour show also saw Idol continue its weekly Wednesday ratings slide. While a final numbers adjustment is likely, last night’s Idol slipped 3% in fast nationals from its February 28 show to hit a new in-season Wednesday result. That’s the fourth week in a row for the show to hit such a low and the worst Wednesday performances since Idol’s first season in summer 2002. Also down in total viewership with 12.7 million from last week’s 13.1 million, last night’s Idol was up 9% in fast nationals from Tuesday’s broadcast. With Idol as the most watched show of the night, Fox won Wednesday in total viewers and among Adults 18-49.

Survivor: Caramoan(2.5/7) saw the Fans team lose yet again to the Favorites. The second most watched show of the night with 9.36 million viewers and the second program of the night among the 18-49, the fourth week of the competition show’s 26th season dipped 4% from last week’s show. CBS ran repeats of Criminal Minds (1.7/4) and CSI (1.5/4) to close out Wednesday night. NBC aired a new Whitney (1.3/4) last night, which rose 8% from last week and delivered the comedy its best rating in five weeks. The rest of the network’s night was encores with another Whitney (1.0/3) followed by Law & Order: SVU (1.1/3) and Chicago Fire (1.0/3)

ABC had the only other new shows of the night with The Neighbors (1.7/5) at 8:30 PM and Suburgatory (1.7/4) at 9:30 PM. The former was flat with last week while the latter fell 23% to hit a series low. Otherwise it was all repeats with The Middle (1.6/5), Modern Family (2.0/5) and Nashville (0.9/2). The CW had encores of Arrow (0.4/1) and Supernatural (0.4/1)

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