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.>




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

    WOW amazing night for NBC!!

  • Samunto

    Great for Chicago Fire!! Imagine how well it would do with a stronger lead-in. So that jump it had after airing after The Voice wasn’t such a flux. Lots of potential there! Great start for NBC in the new year.

  • RG-X

    I bet FOX is wishing that AI was on now.

  • Samunto

    And yes, tonight we might be seeing series highs for TBBT POI & Elementary. And ABC is already prepping a press release of how their repeats beat rpts of FOX etc…

  • Dan

    @Max – It wasn’t just airing against repeats, Chicago Fire built on SVU when it usually drops

  • Azzman

    Even though there was no competition, I’ll take it–GO WHITNEY!!

  • Steve

    This website seems fairly messed up. Going to the home page automatically defaults to only 2012 posts, as does clicking on “all posts”. If you keep reloading the home page and can get the 2013 posts to display, then once you hit the page numbers at the bottom, it again takes you back to 2012 posts. You have to refresh each numbered page to get back to 2013 posts. I seem to recall the same thing happening last year after the new year, and it took a few weeks to get things back to normal.

  • Steve

    Also, the search feature doesn’t seem to be working.

  • Sam

    Good job GWK, I am impressed, NBC this show is a keeper! Zack Cregger is funny!

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  • s0303

    checked out the middle last night and i was impressed…very good show…the neighbors was awful, switched to gwk and that wasn’t very good either :)

    really good numbers for chicago fire…especially airing at 10 and doing the best of the night…definite renewal…

  • Safari

    Cheers to GWK fans, the show is growing in audience, wait and see it winning peoples choice award

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Steve: yep, our archiving is somewhat constrained by our wordpress set up. I’ve pointed it to our 2013 archive so soon (once cache is updated) “All posts” will point there. If you want the older stuff just go to:


  • Californiadgd

    Great for Chicago Fire, but it will be adjust down I think..The Neighbors does good actually.

  • Austin Lauran

    I guess I’ll never know the answer to this complex question:

    Why the heck is Modern Family ABC’s highest rated sitcom when most people agree that The Middle & a few of ABC’s other sitcoms are better than Modern Family?

    (I’m not forcing people to like one show or the other, I’m just asking a complex question)

  • Honey

    GWK was funny, who is saying it is not? The two friends fighiting, that always happens when one gets married to a dominant woman, especially a lawyer, see, I would watch GWK anyday, anytime, but tNBC needs to move it from Wednesday, put is on Friday night, competing against Idoal and X factor or Survivor is impossible.

  • don juan

    nbc has been very aggressive all season about giving their shows a jump start when competition is low and it seems to really be paying off

  • Blake

    Prior to last night, SVU has averaged a 1.76 rating and Chicago Fire a 1.72 rating, which makes CF now building on SVU even more impressive.

    Except for that one airing with the Voice lead-in, CF had always been below 2.0. So, this is great even with weak competition.

  • Ted Craig

    A new episode of Whitney tied with a rerun of The Middle and that’s reason to break out the champagne?

  • chrisss

    @ Austin Lauran

    What is “most people”? A few people on this site?

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