TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Modern Family Up, But Can't Top A Steady 'American Idol;' 'Whitney,' 'Chelsea' Go Lower

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February 9th, 2012

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS NBC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.5/12 3.1/8 2.4/6 1.6/4 1.5/4 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.5/11 2.4/8 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.6/5 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 13.853 8.446 10.355 5.298 3.640 1.002

American Idol  was steady with a 6.0 adults 18-49 rating and if past history is a guide, will likely be adjusted up a tenth in the final national numbers. Steady is better than down and the 6.0 beat the combined English language broadcast competition at 8pm.  But that was still down 28% versus the fourth Wednesday telecast last year which averaged an 8.4 rating with adults 18-49 and 24.1 million viewers, though it's important to note that was a two hour telecast and the second hour is always higher rated than the 8pm hours in those telecasts.  Mobbed was up two tenths vs. last week to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC''s The Middle was up a tenth versus its last original on January 18 to a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. Suburgatory was steady with a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating and Modern Family was up four tenths to a 5.5 adults 18-49 rating.  Happy Endings was up a tenth to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating and Revenge's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating was even with 3 weeks ago.

CBS News: Person to Person barely registered with a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.  Criminal Minds was down 8% from two weeks ago to a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating and CSI was down 21% from its last original (Helgenberger's last episode) to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Whitney and Are You There Chelsea? were each down two tenths from last week to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Law & Order: SVU was up four tenths versus its last original to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, it's best rating since November 30.
Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, February 8, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol 6.0/17 18.94
ABC The Middle 2.6/8 8.48
NBC Whitney 1.5/4 4.07
CBS Person to Person 1.1/3 6.02
CW One Tree Hill 0.7/2 1.29
8:30 ABC Suburgatory 2.5/7 7.27
NBC Are You There, Chelsea? 1.5/4 3.68
9:00 ABC Modern Family 5.5/14 12.85
CBS Criminal Minds 3.4/9 13.61
FOX Mobbed 3.0/8 8.77
NBC Rock Center with Brian Williams 1.1/3 5.28
CW Remodeled 0.4/1 0.71
9:30 ABC Happy Endings 3.0/7 6.90
10:00 CBS CSI 2.7/7 11.44
ABC Revenge 2.5/7 7.58
NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.2/6 6.74

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," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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

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