TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Chicago Fire' Hits Series High, 'Law & Order: SVU', 'Whitney' & 'Guys With Kids' Rise, 'Mobbed' Returns Down

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January 3rd, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.1/6 1.6/4 1.5/4 1.5/4 1.1/3 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.5/5 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.942 4.012 5.011 6.433 2.962 1.759

NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On NBC, Whitney earned a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating up 29% from its last original's 1.4 on December 12, scoring its highest ratings since its timeslot debut on January 11, 2012. Guys With Kids returned from winter break to a timeslot-high 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, up 21% from a 1.4 for its most recent new episode on December 5. Law and Order: SVU returned to a 2.1 up 31% from a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating on December 5, and matching its highest rating since November 30, 2011. Chicago Fire scored a series-high 2.4 adults 18-49 rating up 26% from the 1.9 adults 18-49 rating for its last new episode on December 19. Airing against repeats on ABC, CBS and the CWdefinitely helped NBC’s entire line-up.

On FOX, the return of Mobbed earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating at 8PM and a 1.1 at 9PM down 67% and 63% from a 3.0 for its last original episode on February 8 when it had American Idol as a lead-in.

On ABC, a Nashville clip show notched a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Its last original episode earned a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating four weeks ago.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, January 2, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC The Middle - R 1.8/5 6.63
NBC Whitney 1.8/5 4.99
CBS Mike & Molly - R 1.3/4 6.24
FOX Mobbed 1.0/3 3.18
CW Arrow - R 0.5/1 2.13
8:30 NBC Guys With Kids 1.7/5 4.35
CBS Mike & Molly - R 1.6/4 6.67
ABC The Neighbors - R 1.3/3 4.81
9:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.1/5 7.75
ABC Modern Family - R 2.1/5 6.50
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.6/4 6.61
FOX Mobbed 1.1/3 2.75
CW Supernatural - R 0.4/1 1.39
9:30 ABC Suburgatory - R 1.3/3 4.24
10:00 NBC Chicago Fire 2.4/6 8.41
CBS CSI - R 1.3/4 6.24
ABC Nashville - Clip Show 1.1/3 3.94


via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:
> * In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.7/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.6/2; "Nightline," 0.9/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.
> * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2 with an encore).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 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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  • RyanCanada

    Great episodes of Whitney and Chicago Fire, i watched guys with kids, and that was a struggle, wow, not a good show, i dont get how the middle is so high, that show is not that good, i hope it adjusts down.

  • moshane58

    Love Chicagp fire,,,,

  • DryedMangoez

    Wow, those are very pretty numbers for NBC. That’s great to see especially on a Wednesday. Maybe they should’ve gone all-new tonight as well.

  • Billy

    NBC did well. It will be interesting to see how they do next week against original competition from the other networks.

  • Dennis

    @Austin Lauren

    Modern Family is rubbish, The Middle is far better….

  • Dan S

    Not taking anything away from NBC last night but they got a free pass with no new competition. Ironically tonight NBC is all reruns while CBS is all new. Any chance POI can hit a series high ?

  • The Cool Max


  • Oliver

    Series highs for TBBT tonight given the lack of competition?

  • Rob3008

    Network scheduling is so bizarre. Why would NBC run all new shows last night, then go back to repeats for tonight? Surely they should have been trying to build on this momentum, not stifle it.

  • Dennis

    I’m guessing CBS will have a brilliant night tonight…

    Will Elementary hit a season high?

  • Austin Lauran


    But do you know why Modern Family gets better ratings & lots of Emmys compared The Middle, even though lots of people online can agree that The Middle is a better show at this point?

  • Dennis

    @Austin Lauren

    It’s safe?
    Look at Big Bang Theory….CSI….etc….monster ratings..

    and show’s like Awake, Community, Firefly, Arrested Development etc get terrible ratings and cancelled

  • John A

    Nice to see NBC do Well. But still The Middle repeat tie a new Whitney is embarrasing.

  • Jesse Cardoza

    Wow Chicago Fire really caught a big win last night. And SVU had a pretty interesting story as well.

  • TVDude

    If these shows did this well all the time they would all be renewed. Unfortunately, they don’t, but still, a good night’s a good night. Chicago Fire will definitely be back next season between the positive buzz and higher ratings… isn’t a 2.4 kind of close to Revolution’s last rating? The difference of course is Revolution had competition that night, but still, my point is that Chicago Fire is doing pretty good.

    I think one of either Whitney or Guys with Kids have a shot at coming back next season, but I will be shocked if both of them do. It will come down to how they perform over next four to five months.

  • Winston Mize

    I Have not watched NBC on wednesday at all this season, but last night, there was nothing on, so I actually turned on nbc. I am not sure I can fully express the awful feeling this gave me. I was Bored-watching. I was watching because I had a headache and was not up for doing anything else, but nothing was on. I laughed maybe once during whitney/guys with kids. Law And Order had me falling asleep and CF…maybe I’m just confused about what was going on. I wanted to be interested though…anyways, not that I matter. I’m a diary home, not a box home.

  • Phil

    Congrats to NBC on a rare win.

  • Donof

    @Austin Lauren………….Modern Family gets higher ratings because it started out with decent quality and had people like Ed O’Neil and Sofia Vergara. It peaked everyone’s curiosity in the promos to see how Al Bundy is dating such a young hot wife. It’s also on at 9 pm which gives it a built in advantage in ratings over The Middle. As for Emmys, that’s a mystery as I agree and most people do……that The Middle is WAY better in quality and has been more consistent over the years. Award shows in general look at popularity even if they aren’t supposed to. Maybe it’s to get people to watch the awards and a bunch of lower rated shows won’t be a big draw. I believe The Blind Side got a best picture nominee over A Serious Man at The Oscars a few years back. The Blind Side was a average movie at best even if it was an enjoyable story. A Serious Man is a deep, thoughtful, hilarious, Coen brothers masterpiece. Just to give one example why award shows are meaningless.

  • KevinSW

    Lucky for NBC this was one of Whitney’s better episodes this season, since they have been horrid, I must admit. The second half of last season was good, but this season started out shaky. But this Episode, is a step in the right direction.

    On the other hand, not the best episode of “Guys with Kids”, though, it has been performing pretty decent and I really hope it gets a second season. It’s one of the comedies you can watch just anytime and has a real old school vibe to it.

    Chicago Fire, was actually good last night, usually i just skim through it and not focus but this week was way better.

    Honestly, NBC’s wednesday won’t suffer much with other shows coming back. Whitney will fall back to the 1.6-1.7 regular, Guys with kids to a 1.5-1.6 regular, which i think is good enough to bring both back since come on, they are competing against Idol after all.

    while SVU to it’s usual 1.8-1.9 and CF to it’s 1.9 and rare 2.0.

    Wednesdays is fixed IMO, they shouldn’t touch it unless it’s to move SVU to thursdays to see if it survives the death slot. and introduce something new on Wednesday at 9.

    Also someone said moving Whitney and GWK to tuesdays, sounds good to me too actually, OTR is one of the old shows, which would fit in well right before SVU, and could make for a stronger Wednesdays.

  • Noname_Rex

    It’s ALWAYS so HILARIOUS seeing the number of people who legitimately seem to get so PISSED when NBC has a good night.

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