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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  • david

    NBC did great with no competition last night. Arrow and Super Natural repeated good for the CW too. Mobbed did really bad for Fox.

  • Oliver

    NBC win the first two nights of 2013.

    Who wants to bet they’ll make it three in a row? Anybody? What, nobody? I’ll give good odds!

  • beached

    Why does anyone gloat about ratings (Chicago Fire) when everyone was showing repeats? NBC stinks on Wed. and will stink again next week when going against original programming.

  • The Rookie

    I think NBC was smart having new shows last night. It was a great opportunity for people to sample Chicago Fire, a non serialized procedural on a date full of repeats. Some of those watching might actually DVR CSI or Nashville and jump on the big red truck. Personally, I have seen the show a few times and its OK, and might consider recording it for the rest of the season.

  • CharlieSheen

    As expected NBC benefited from everything being in repeats and this was the kind of night NBC needed to get some sampling from its lineup before Idol starts in a couple of weeks. NBC has some good momentum going forward with these shows but the question will be can they maintain any of the new viewers they got last night long-term.

    Chicago Fire really is this season’s biggest new hit, I remembered when people were like this the typical bland procedural before it came out and was on the Nashville bandwagon pretty hard and now fast forward three months later and see what happened. That’s why early judgement especially on procedurals should be refrained. I think Greenblatt might’ve made the scheduling move of the season when he put Chicago Fire behind SVU. Instead of Chicago Fire becoming the next Prime Suspect it became their next hit. Going forward for CF will be the battle it has against CSI which has become CBS’ strongest 10pm program. People can say what they want but without SVU there is no CF and the fact that SVU still repeats well on USA should keep this show in production through 2015 at least until the rest of the network gets better.

    For the comedies huge night for Whitney and Guys with Kids to get some sampling I was making this claim since Whitney resumed play for season 2 in November that these were the two weeks that would determine these two shows future. Both shows did very well in the demo and grew their audiences to almost 5 million viewers. The challenge for both of these shows going forward is to grow their viewership because they are really weak against original competition on the other networks so they need to get as much sampling as possible.

    I still have no idea if Wednesdays is the comedy night for NBC’s multi-cams, I still think Tuesdays would be better with the less competition but who knows maybe the patience will pay off, The Middle and Modern Family have aged quickly they’re both heading into their fifth seasons next year so how long will ABC beat NBC every Wednesday?

    A very interesting situation happened for CBS as they might’ve opened up a can of worms right now, Mike & Molly just proved it can go into the 8pm hour and to do it on Wednesdays means that they can open up that 9:30pm slot on Mondays now and transition M&M into replacing HIMYM after next season.

  • sctvlk

    Do the ratings of sports programs reflect quality and will ESPN fall? http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/40835384/

  • Sel

    I’m wondering what are the numbers for last night’s episode of AHS, judy-budy-gudy bananna-nana-lana was fantastic!

  • D’Angelo

    I’m totally on that Whitney and Guys with Kids bandwagon. I never seen these two shows before but I like them. I think I watched the whole NBC lineup for the first time in years and I like every show especially Chicago Fire.

  • BigBrotherFan

    CF is a great show! Excellent performance by lady gaga’s boyfriend last night (hahaha sorry couldnt resist!). He is one of the better leads of the show. Jesse Spencer makes me laugh everytime he is on screen and not in a good way!

    Also, I would venture to guess Chicago Fire is doing well with the Latino Community. Latino’s are represented the most on that show. Just an observation.

    Those are great for Whitney, Guys With Kids and SVU!

    SVU picked a lousy episode last night. I mean, how many times has that story been done!!?? I guessed the end once they introduced the drug prone sister.

    Guys With kids was pretty funny last night. I am really REALLY enjoying Erin Hayes! She is pretty great!

    I like Whitney but something seems off this year. It’s becoming so much more about them as a couple, and I know thats the point, but last season there was a bit more focus on Neil, Roxanne, Lily and Mark. Now they show up if the scene requires it.

    UGLY NUMBERS FOR NASHVILLE! I know it was a clip show but REALLY!!!??? That’s not good and I fear Chicago Fire just pulled ahead of this well written and excellent acted drama. CF is a great show but the two leads have nowhere NEAR the talent of even the CO-STARS on NASHVILLE. I am getting the whole boring vibe from NashVILLE but I am willing to ride it out because it’s a very well acted and written series. ABC should of moved it to Sunday at 10pm. I LOVE HAPPY ENDINGS but there is no way it will do well AFTER REVENGE or AT 10PM. They royally KILLED THAT ONE!


  • Paul

    Whoa. NBC up huge. Whitney and Guys With Kids not dead yet.

    Agree with SVU moving to a 10pm slot.

  • Fred

    Happy for NBC. Finally getting some ratings traction after years of struggle.
    Hope most of last night’s Nashville (Clip Show) viewers last night were new to the show. This way when it returns, Nashville can achieve higher ratings. Great show that needs more viewers.

  • D’Angelo

    @statik, That bartender dude on Whitney is awesomely funny. He should have more of a presence on the show in the future.

  • Survivor Fan

    Last year, January was a positive month also. Then, there was the week in February, when we were making conspiracy theories due to low ratings. Really, that started the trend for a larger spring drop than is typical.

    This fall was worse than most falls, but the numbers are getting better year-to-year. This is the anti-2011-12 in that we had a weak fall and will have a (relatively) strong spring.

  • Timmy

    If NBC actually plays their cards right guys they can become a beast on Wednesdays. It seems like Modern Family is more a fad than The Middle is. MF has slowed up some this season so if NBC eventually expands their comedy lineup to two hours they can dominate this night. Criminal Minds is slowing up that much so that can still be a problem along with FOX’s talent competitions.

  • Dave

    Glad to see Guys With Kids improving, but I’m still quite offended that there are people who actually watch Whitney!

  • T-Dog

    Will start watching Chicago Fire now. NBC has had a great season so far. Go On, Revolution are big hits. Chicago Fire and The New Normal are doing good aswell.

  • Amy

    CF is much better than Nashville. Nashville is just a primetime soap.

  • Nancy

    Whitney gets almost 5 million viewrs WOW judging these people to be honest.

  • American

    Nashville, for me, got dull after awhile. Watched NBC all yesterday night and it was great, plus seeing Chicago Fire for the first time. NBC knows what it’s doing, airing originals against a sea of repeats.

  • rob60990

    “If NBC actually plays their cards right guys they can become a beast on Wednesdays. It seems like Modern Family is more a fad than The Middle is. MF has slowed up some this season so if NBC eventually expands their comedy lineup to two hours they can dominate this night.”

    LMAO, Calm down. Modern Family is extremely far from dead. NBC isn’t even close to becoming a beast on Wednesdays if the best some of their shows can do is tie reruns.

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