Ratings: Survivor Premiere At All-Time Low, Idol Dips, Arrow Rises to Outdraw NBC Sitcombo

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Season PremiereSurvivor: Does the Subtitle Really Matter Anymore premiered on Wednesday night to just under 9 million total viewers and a 2.4 rating, down 23 percent in the demo from the series’ spring 2012 opener and marking another all-time low for a premiere.

Leading out of the Big Bang repeat (5.8 mil/1.6) that followed Survivor, CSI (9.1 mil/2.1) was down 17 and 12 percent, hitting a series-low demo.

American Idol drew 13.4 mil and a 4.3, down 6 percent week-to-week and delivering, a rival whispers, its smallest audience since Aug. 14, 2002 aka Season 1.

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Over on The CW, Arrow (3.26 mil/1.1) gained 10 percent with its renewal news and topped NBC’s combined sitcombo in total audience, while Supernatural (2.47 mil/1.0) rose 8 percent in total viewers to its second-largest audience of the season (while steady in the demo).

ABC’s The Middle (7.6 mil/1.9) fell 7 and 17 percent, while The Neighbors (5.9 mil/1.7) was flat. Modern Family (10.03 mil/3.8) ticked up a bit and Suburgatory (6.07 mil/2.2) rose 6 and 10 percent. Nashville capped ABC’s night with 5.7 mil/1.8, up 8 percent and a tenth.

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Last and in some ways least, NBC’s Whitney (3.6 mil/1.2) was flat, Guys With Kids (2.85 mil/1.0) dropped 17 percent to series lows, SVU (6.3 mil/1.6) rebounded 10 percent and a tenth from Mike Tyson-gate, and Chicago Fire (6.65 mil/1.9) was steady.

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Comments (34)

  • 1.5 hour Survivor! A Big Bang replay aired at 9:30.

    Comment by Amy – February 14, 2013 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • OK.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – February 14, 2013 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • go arrow!

    Comment by j – February 14, 2013 10:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Time to retire Survivor… It’s gotten boring.. always bringing back former contestants…. time to let it die.

    Comment by Lincoln – February 14, 2013 10:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And not the good kind this season……poor choices on returnees.

      Comment by Shaun – February 14, 2013 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Completely agree. Like wtf. Such an awful selection of returning contestants.

        Comment by Mark – February 14, 2013 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So happy for Arrow and Supernatural. It was great to see the CW give them both early renewals.

    Comment by Mikaylah Roggasch (@mkroggasch) – February 14, 2013 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Supernatural is at it’s best this season it’s much better then the past two seasons combined. Arrow was great as always, I will l be getting on Arrow on dvd. F*** Bluray.

    Comment by Adam Bramble – February 14, 2013 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i agree….. with everything you just said.

      Comment by ed – February 14, 2013 02:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome news for Arrow & Supernatural!

    Comment by rissa – February 14, 2013 10:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Go Arrow!

    Comment by Fan – February 14, 2013 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love Survivor, I’ve never missed an episode but these reality series need to stop bringing back repeat players. Big Brother does it also and it’s very annoying. Glad to see Chicago Fire is steady, waiting for Season 2 news for that one. Haven’t had a chance to watch Arrow and Supernatural yet but I’m sure they were great as well.

    Comment by wrstlgirl – February 14, 2013 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hate reality TV, they could get rid of all of them. I do love Supernatural and am glad they at least renewed it for next year. CSI Vegas I find boring and the characters annoying…put CSI NY on instead!

    Comment by Tracy Hazenstab (@tlh45) – February 14, 2013 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Arrow didn’t out rate Whitney in the total viewers or in the demo.

    Comment by Phillip – February 14, 2013 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • WHITNEY plus GWK averaged 3.22 million total viewers to ARROW’s 3.26 mil, while ARROW matched the NBC hour’s demo rating of 1.1.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – February 14, 2013 10:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thanks for clarifying. 😉

        Comment by Phillip – February 14, 2013 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He said it outdid the combo of Whitney and Guys with Kids, which it did.

      Comment by Mike – February 14, 2013 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not surprised at all about Survivor. It will be the lowest rated season ever. Absolutely horrible players this time around. Philip? Really? And I don’t think “a new Dawn” was necessary, either.

    Comment by TMW – February 14, 2013 10:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh come on now…”a new Dawn” may have been the funniest line of the show!

      Comment by dan – February 14, 2013 12:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay for arrow!!! Last nights episode was the best so far this season!!! Love Slade Wilson!!

    Comment by Lea – February 14, 2013 10:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How did The Americans do in the ratings? With Arrow at 8, Supernatural at 9, and The Americans at 10 Wednesdays have become destination TV night.

    Comment by Dicie – February 14, 2013 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aww, last night’s Middle ended up being one of my favorite episodes ever. Both Sue and Axl were great. Even the AV Club gave it an A. Wish more had tuned in!

    Happy about Supernatural’s numbers though!

    Comment by Mary – February 14, 2013 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about the season premier of Southland??????

    Does anybody know how much time has passed since last year?

    Comment by Dee – February 14, 2013 11:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just got back into watching the show the last few seasons, I think the last I’d watched before was season 2 or 3. I think the fact that I sat out so long keeps it interesting enough for me, but at this point I think they really need to change it up to make it fresh again.

    People have been watching for almost 13 years now, it would be nice to do something that throws all strategy learned from the previous seasons out the window. Like surprise them by starting out with individual immunity from the start, instead of tribal. Or perhaps alternate from week to week, or something. It’s just become routine, even with the “twists,” that there will be a merge, a tribe shuffle, a food auction, etc. There are so many unexplored possibilities!

    Comment by B – February 14, 2013 11:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ratings update on Southland?

    Comment by Tran – February 14, 2013 11:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • CSI still wins the time slot even with the last minute TBBT repeat lead-in and trimmed down Survivor. I don’t know what CBS was thinking last week.

    Comment by Chicago Dan – February 14, 2013 11:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m confused: wasn’t Survivor supposed to be a 2-hour premiere or was it always a 90 minute episode?

      Comment by dan – February 14, 2013 12:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It was supposed to be 2 hours – they cut last week to 1.5. Can’t remember where I read about it though.

        Comment by Kristoffer – February 14, 2013 05:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Damn, I thought it started next week! Have to get it on demand to catch up!

    Comment by TrulyRoxie – February 14, 2013 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Shame about Guys With Kids, it’s really developed into a solid show.

    Comment by OMED-Josh – February 14, 2013 12:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree with you, Guys With Kids is one of the best new comedies NBC has along with Go On.

      Comment by Julio – February 15, 2013 01:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Excellent news for Arrow, a CW show beating out one the big 4 networks! It really is a good show, and it keeps getting better!

    Comment by Mikael – February 15, 2013 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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