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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  • ABC hater

    Chicago Fire! :O

  • Austin Lauran

    I have one complex question to ask:

    Why does Modern Family have higher The Middle?

    (Did I already ask the question?)

    I’d like people’s opinions on the question?

  • Networkman

    Great results for Chicago Fire. I also decided to watch the show last night. I am happy that NBC has some new dramas that are peaking viewers interest. But I must say that in my opinion, the episode was really weak. There are some good looking actors/actresses on the show but some of the acting is quite poor. Eamonn Walker really deserves better than this show.

  • Ray

    It’s amusing how many commenters are saying “NBC did great against no competition” or “Chicago Fire did great…” without any sense of sarcasm or irony.

    In other news….

    The President of Burundi won re-election when his opponent dropped out and was replaced by a dog.

    The Chiefs scored 72 points against the Broncos when the Denver team missed its flight to Kansas City.

    The Hudson River Ferry company had the highest number of passengers in its history yesterday after the closing of all vehicle and train bridges and tunnels into Manhattan.

  • Kaylie

    Arrow Repeat!!! Better than 99% of the originals.

  • Lindz

    I am really starting to like Chicago Fire. I think this show is going to be around for a while.

  • alvar

    nothing to boast about NBC…Whitney tied with The Middle and was beaten in total viewers, Guys with Kids only just beat Mike & Molly and was beaten in total viewers and SVU tied with Modern Family. The only real winner was Chicago Fire at 10pm.

  • Brad

    Chicago Fire seems to be building itself an audience. Hopefully it sticks and NBC renews it for another season.

  • John A

    Sure Chicago Fire had no competition but plenty of shows dont rise with no competition or even fall. Parenthood dropped 3 tenths with no competition either yesterday.

  • ann

    Good news for Chicago Fire, that’s two weeks in a row of good ratings(minus last week’s repeat). They’re usually up-down-up-down in ratings and I just hope they stabilize…up.

  • Nick

    A really interesting day for repeats.

    -Nice repeat ratings for the Middle. It’s within half a ratings point of it’s last original, I think. Possible preemption?

    -Nashville Clip show underperformed. The two Revenge clip shows got 1.6.

    -Great repeat ratings for Mike & Molly, considering it’s out of it’s usual timeslot.

    -Arrow & Supernatural repeated well. That 0.5 must be the highest repeat rating for any show on the CW in forever.

    -Mobbed did better than I expected.

    -All of NBC shot up. However, they’re still toast (except SVU), if they don’t retain some of its audience.

  • Nick

    @Austin Lauran

    Why does Modern Family have higher The Middle?

    How can something have “higher The Middle”?

  • senor chang

    I am speechless. Absolutely speechless.

    If anything, tonight’s results show that there’s an audience for NBC’s Wednesday lineup if they schedule smart and figure out what slot each show fits best into. I’d say that keeping the comedies-SVU-CF chain into the spring is the best move: it would allow CF to build even more…firepower (I hate myself) behind SVU and establish a comedy presence at 8.

    Next fall, you can flip CF and SVU: CF does better when it’s not against CSI, a very similar procedural, and historically, SVU has always been strongest at 10. Multicams can go at 8: see how Whitney/Guys do in the spring, then order multicam pilots according to how many of the two you’ll need to replace.

    One possible counterpoint is that we haven’t seen it go up against Criminal Minds…I don’t know. Maybe in that case, NBC could counterprogram with Revolution at 9, keep CF at 10, and bump SVU off to a vacant slot, likely Thursdays at 10 since Do No Harm looks DOA (fingers crossed, though!) and a veteran drama could inject some life into that hour.

    All of this leaves the question of what the heck NBC does on Thursdays, but maybe that’s just a problem that’ll take some more time.

  • BxActor

    Yessss Chicago Fire

  • Austin Lauran


    I meant to say higher ratings. Anyways, what’s your opinion for the question?

  • senor chang

    Modern Family’s a far more popular show and it airs in the 9:00 hour, which has higher viewing levels than the 8:00 hour.

  • chris

    I say good for CW for repeating at decent levels. I mean when is the last time a CW show repeated over 2 million viewers? Wednesday Nights are good for CW whether original or repeats. Maybe CW should try airing a new show after Arrow next year and quit putting new shows behind VD. Let SpN move behind VD, and the other 2 new series be self starters.

    CW Please quit putting weak shows as leadins for potentially decent shows with a good premise(i.e. hart of dixie, 90210, or anyother show that scores below a 1 demo which is pretty much everything but three shows)..

  • Justin121

    @Austin Lauran,

    Fact: Quality =/= quantity.

    Fact: Tasets differ.


  • Nick

    @Austin Lauran

    Because Modern Family has so much exposure from the Emmys. It’s enabled it to become a superhit. If The Middle had that kind of exposure, I assure you it would get much better ratings. It still wouldn’t beat Modern Family, though. MF also has the advantage of appealing to a wider range of people than the Middle. The type of humor is different.

  • K


    So true.

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