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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  • HT

    Nashville is crap! It is slow and painful to watch at times.

  • Austin Lauran


    Most people are people on TV websites & etc.

  • rob60990

    @Austin, pretty much what chrisss said. The people who post here and on other websites don’t make up for the majority who watch these shows.

  • statik

    Whitney actually has some potential, there’s some real funny moments, if they keep the dialog long as she keeps somewhat neutral instead of the usual “bitter sisters” crap then the show actually has a couple of interesting characters

  • a p garcia

    Whitney & Chicago Fire did pretty good considering there wasn’t much competition.

  • David Howell

    NBC Wednesdays get a nice sampling boost against reruns.

    Wow at Mobbed losing so badly to CBS reruns.

  • disney rocks

    NBC 2013-2014 schedule-




    7-Dateline NBC
    8- Go On
    8:30- new single cam sitcom
    9- MIchale J Fox sitcom
    9:30- New multi cam sitcom
    10- Fashion Star


    8- The Voice/Midseason-TBL
    10- NEW DRAMA (September-May)

    8- Guys With Kids
    9- The Voice
    10- Deception (September-February; 22 speedy episodes)


    8- Guys With Kids; new multi cam sitcom finish out through February; 22 speedy episodes
    9- Revolution (24 episodes; January-may)
    10- Decption finishes; New drama premieres

    8 Springtime- New Normal With new single cam sitcom or Dracula, or that other dram they;re launching this spring that’s not Deception


    8- Parks and Rec (Final season, ends in January)
    8:30- New single cam sitcom
    9- Dateline NBC
    10- Chicago Fire


    8-9: Probably The New Normal and the new single cam sitcom, if not probably a drama
    9- New reality
    10- Chicago Fire


    8-9- Parenthood (Final season through February)
    9-11- NBC Thursday Night at the movies

    Springtime (February-May)-

    8-8:30- Whitney
    8:30-9- New sitcom
    9-10- new drama
    10-11- SVU


    8-9- Dateline
    9-10- Grimm
    10-11- New drama; Hanibal

  • Ram510

    Guys With Kids!!!!!! They really should pair this with Go On!

    Just think, what if NBC would have premiered Chicago Fire in September when Wednesday at 10 wasn’t so crowded with Nashville, CSI, American Horror Story ect it probably would’ve done even better than a 2.2 or even better than 2.4. Especially considering how much promotion the show got during the Olympics.

    I know I didn’t watch the premiere cause I was too busy with Nashville and AHS (wow has AHS been a bust). Still not a fan of CF though

  • SnakeTheCritic

    Chicago Fire

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    Damn Damn Chicago Fire is becoming the little engine that could. IMO NBC should be patient with this one. I think they should move it to Thursday nights at 9pm and IMO they need to IMO break the comedy night on Thrusday. It doesn’t work at all IMO. Third Watch did well on Thursdays. Great night for NBC last night. NBC have some good night without the Voice on even though it was repeat city. With SVU I would make the 15th season next year the last. Lets cap it off with a big finish for SVU. Bill it as the series ender season.

    Also the Middle had a strong repeat IMO and had higher viewers thna MF. Also Mike and Molly thats strong on the repeat side of the fence. Mike and Molly is guarenteed a fourth season as it makes it way into syndication.

    My question is how strong will Biggest Loser be on Sunday night? It was smart for NBC to now make this a one season show and use it as filler for the Voice.

  • Potato

    @Austin Lauran

    Maybe it’s that the people who are interested enough to go on TV websites are a minority. So it’s not an accurate sample of widespread opinion.

  • Peter

    I don’t work in the entertainment industry, but look at what happens when you have Bob Greenblatt from Showtime running your network and allowing the creative people to do their work, you get something as good as Chicago Fire. At least Greenblatt seemingly doesn’t water down and giving notes that make his shows stupid. Now, some might point to Smash, and they might be correct, but that could have been the previous drama department heads fault and Theresa Rebecks fault too. I could be wrong about Smash

  • Oysterdude

    Awesome repeat numbers for the middle! It can get a season high next week with a new episode!

  • Ram510

    How pulley Gus With Kids starts to consistently do well and better than The New Normal and 1600 Penn. TNN especially just isn’t good and 1600 I’ll give another try, but I’d rather watch GWK any day over those

  • Bob

    Guys with Kids is AWESOME!!! Please NBC bring this back! And while you are at it, let’s make it a 22 or 24 episode season this season instead of 18….Yep I will ask for as much as possible. Guys with Kids is much better than that HORRID 1600 Penn which I will thankfully never have to suffer through again….I was so hoping for a really good show. Unfortunately it sucked!!!


    Smash season 2 looks fantastic. I loved the first season of Smash and I am hoping the second season is as good as the first. Bob Greenblat has been great for NBC. Finally someone with creative juices and rewriting all the bad Zucker years. He took a total slap when he aired the Voice on this fall that turned into be the biggest success story of the fall. Plus come end of March I will be looking foward to the next Voice mainly because its a new cast. I love the chemistry of the coaches for the first cast but Adam Levine said the chemistry is so different with Shakira/Usher that people will be look WOW its really different.

    Idol is premiering in two weeks. Do you think Idol will match its season premiere a year ago which was 21 or 22 million or will be down and how much down?

  • Joseph

    ESPN’s coverage of the Sugar Bowl probably won the night in total viewers and key demos.

  • Gregg

    January and February are (relatively) cold months across the US and people want to settle in a comfortable chair and watch some TV. It amazes me when the networks insist on scheduling reruns during these weeks just so they’ll have new episodes in May, when more people are out doing other things.

  • thesnowleopard

    Nice to see Arrow and SPN repeat so well. They even match some of the originals.

    Oh, Nashville, I wish I knew how to quit you. I know there’s not much else in that slot, but must you be so dull?

  • charmedcraft

    good numbers for CW re-peats!

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