Wednesday Ratings: American Idol Down But Still Dominates

American Idol ratings drop, but continue to dominate Wednesday nights. Survivor edges up.

Via TVByTheNumbers

On FOX, American Idol scored a 4.1 down from 5 percent from last week’s 4.3 adults 18-49 rating. This is the series’ lowest adults 18-49 rating for a Wednesday since at least July 10, 2002.

On CBS, Survivor: Caramoan: Fans vs Favorites earned a 2.5 up 4 percent from a 2.4 adults 18-49 for last week’s premiere.


FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 4.1/11 14.24
CBS Survivor 2.5/7 9.45
ABC The Middle 2.2/7 8.17
NBC Whitney 1.1/3 3.26
CW Arrow 0.9/3 3.12


ABC The Neighbors 1.9/5 6.29
NBC Guys With Kids 1.1/3 2.96


ABC Modern Family 3.9/10 10.57
CBS Criminal Minds 2.7/8 10.74
NBC Law & Order; SVU 1.7/4 5.71
CW Supernatural 0.9/3 3.12


ABC Suburgatory 2.0/5 5.89


CBS CSI 2.3/7 10.54
NBC Chicago Fire 1.9/5 6.42
ABC 20/20: Mad About Oscar 1.3/4 4.98

Half Hour Breakdown by Marc Berman

8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Middle
Viewers: 8.17 million (#3), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#3)

CBS – Survivor: Caramoan
Viewers: 9.35 million (#2), A18-49: 2.5// 7 (#2)

NBC – Whitney
Viewers: 3.25 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 13.21 million (#1), A18-49: 3.8/12 (#1)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 3.11 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#5)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Neighbors
Viewers: 6.29 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 5 (#3)

CBS – Survivor: Caramoan
Viewers: 9.54 million (#2), A18-49: 2.5// 7 (#2)

NBC – Guys With Kids
Viewers: 2.96 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 14.47 million (#1), A18-49: 4.2/12 (#1)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 3.14 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#5)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 10.57 million (#3), A18-49: 3.9/10 (#2)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 10.71 million (#2), A18-49: 2.6/ 7 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.39 million (#4), A18-49: 1.6/ 4 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 14.70 million (#1), A18-49: 4.2/11 (#1)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 2.36 million (#5), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – Suburgatory
Viewers: 5.89 million (#4), A18-49: 2.0/ 5 (#3)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 10.77 million (#2), A18-49: 2.8/ 7 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 6.02 million (#3), A18-49: 1.7/ 5 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 14.58 million (#1), A18-49: 4.1/11 (#1)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 2.07 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9/ 2 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – 20/20: Mad About Oscar With Katie
Viewers: 5.05 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#3)

Viewers: 10.57 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.44 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 5 (#2)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – 20/20: Mad About Oscar With Katie
Viewers: 4.91 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3)

Viewers: 10.50 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.40 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 5 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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  • Landon Cox

    Ugh go back to Tuesday/Wednesday

  • Jenny Williams

     Before long, Idol won’t even be the number 1 Wednesday show anymore.

  • fantoo1

    The good news is that it’s up by 6% in total viewers. The ratings usually go back up once the finals start(top 12 or whatever) so I think we will see a rise then.

  • ptslittlecomment

    Idol got a nice plug from The View today, Seems Nikki has won Joy over and she is now watching the show as Elizabeth and Sherri have been. They called Nikki the new Simon and Mariah the new Paula.

  • Sassycatz

    I’d like it to move back as well, but FOX won’t do that. American Idol, I believe, is the network’s best performing show. Thursday night is the most competitive night in television, so FOX wants its best performing show on that night to handle the competition the best it can. What FOX needs is more competitive programming, so it doesn’t have to rely only on Idol.

  • John S


    Gaude Paez Morose

    Last night’s @AmericanIdol grew +6% from last week’s prelim ratings (14.2 vs 13.4 Mil viewers)! Idol has now been #1 for six Weds in a row.

  • Tess

    Just read some scathing reviews of last night’s show.  Obviously some in the media aren’t to thrilled with the new and improved American Idol and the girls got some blanket reviews as BORING.

  • John S

    There will always be mixed opinions. The majority of the reviews I saw loved the judges(particularly Keith and Nicki) and thought there was some talent. Kree Harrison and Amber Holcomb especially got some great reviews! The judges are getting some well deserved positive press right now.

  • Eric Mitchell

     I do like the new judges but I can see how the girls could have been seen as boring. None of the girls really stepped above the rest of the crowd and the song choices in most cases were on the weaker side.

  • elliegrll

    They get more advertising money on Thursday’s, because that’s the day when movie studios buy ad time.  

    Thursday’s aren’t that competitive anymore, NBC’s entire lineup on Thursday is horrible, 8 o’clock is bad for ABC, and Grey’s ratings are falling.

  • georgespelvin2

    Actually, the reason they are on Thursday is that Thursday shows command the highest ad rates.  This is because it’s the last night of the week people are still watching TV in large numbers and planning their weekends, so movie studios, retail outlets, etc. will pay top dollar to reach viewers.  If Fox could figure out a way to do a 2 hour results show every Thursday, they would.

  • elliegrll

    The show being up in total viewers, but down in the demo, isn’t a great thing, but hopefully it’s a sign that the demo number will be raised, when the final numbers are released.

  • Sassycatz

    Yes, and that’s why they have their highest rated show scheduled for that day.

  • MellyPer1692

    Hmmm…the Ash Wednesday excuse isn’t in play or any other holiday and ratings went down further. It will be interesting to see what tonight’s show does.

  • bridgette12

     Can’t use global warming, mayan calendar or asteriod flyby as an excuse either.

  • elliegrll

    How about the excuse that a show falling 5% from one week to the next isn’t a big deal?  

  • John S

    The total viewers were up by a million.

  • curly_yenta

    The 18-49 demo was down again and that’s the only thing advertisers are concerned with.  It’s a continual decline for Idol, week after week.

  • Susan Reiter

    The girls last night blended all together for me . . . after about the third one I couldn’t even stay focused.  I feel no connection to any of the talent or the judges at this point.

  • MellyPer1692

    How about the excuse that a show falling 5% from one week to the next isn’t a big deal?

    Well, considering that the previous week the show had its lowest demo numbers since 2002, this weeks decline is a big deal. When the shows demo ratings decrease each week, I think it’s something Fox has to look at. Tis season demo numbers just for Wednesdays have gone

  • Shoriagirl

    I suspect that the demo decline is just because every week some number of viewers turns 50 and ages out of the demo, so to speak.

  • MellyPer1692

    I suspect that the demo decline is just because every week some number of viewers turns 50 and ages out of the demo, so to speak.”

    Well, yeah that’s the problem. The core audience is just getting older and the show isn’t picking up young viewers to take their place.

  • John S

    I read somewhere that the 18-34 demo is up this year.

  • John S

    Just like any other season, there is usually a gradual decline every week. This season is no different.