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TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Modern Family' Falls, Still Tops Night; OK-ish Start for 'Are You There, Chelsea'

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January 12th, 2012

Scoreboard ABC CBS NBC Uni FOX CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 3.2/8 2.3/6 1.9/5 1.4/4 1.1/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.5/8 1.7/5 1.3/4 1.5/4 1.0/3 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.828 8.877 7.753 3.13 3.035 1.286

ABC comedies led ABC to an easy victory with adults 18-49 (CBS had a slight edge with press release friendly total viewers). The Middle was even with last week with a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating.  Suburgatory was also even with a 2.9 rating. Modern Family fell nearly 11% to a 5.1 adults 18-49 rating though it was still easily the night's highest-rated show. Happy Endings was down a tenth to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. Revenge dropped a tenth to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

The new day/time for Whitney drew a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating at 8pm, up 11% from its last telecast on December 8 (at 9:30p on Thursday, following a new episode of The Office). The debut of Are You There, Chelsea? drew a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Sadly, the real question is "Are You There, American Idol?" Last night the answer was no, but next week is a different story... Harry's Law returned up nearly 17 percent to a season-high 1.4 adults 18-49 rating versus its last original on December 7. Law & Order: SVU was up a tenth to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

A new episode of Mobbed at 9pm averaged a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up 8% from last week.

CW's One Tree Hill returned with the best numbers in the time period for nearly a year, with a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, a 1.2 adults 18-34 rating, a 1.8 women 18-34 rating to go along with its 1.75 million viewers.

The People's Choice Awards scored a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating between 8-10p, down 7% from last year's 2.7 and a record low excluding the 2008 telecast that happened during the WGA strike.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, January 11, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC The Middle 3.0/6 9.59
NBC Whitney 2.1/6 6.06
CBS Criminal Minds (R) 2.0/6 8.87
FOX Mobbed (R) 0.9/3 2.73
CW One Tree Hill 0.9/2 1.75
8:30 ABC Suburgatory 2.9/8 8.96
NBC Are You There, Chelsea? (Premiere) 2.3/6 6.43
9:00 ABC Modern Family 5.1/13 12.33
CBS People's Choice Awards 2012 2.7/7 9.85
NBC Harry's Law 1.4/3 8.65
FOX Mobbed 1.3/3 3.34
CW One Tree Hill (R) 0.3/1 .82
9:30 ABC Happy Endings 3.1/8 7.07
10:00 ABC Revenge 2.4/6 7.51
CBS People's Choice Awards 2012 2.3/6 7.91
NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.0/5 8.36

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via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.2/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.5/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1,0/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/6 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" (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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