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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  • Oliver

    @senor chang

    I think you’re overreaching. NBC did well, but they were facing repeats and, no matter how well NBC schedule, they are always going to be facing some competition. It also doesn’t hurt that NBC had a three-hour-long 10.5-rated football game on Sunday to promote them.

    Personally, I believe Whitney, Guys With Kids and Chicago Fire have pretty decent, open, timeslots facing increasingly weak and aging competition. GWK/Whitney have been facing X Factor, Survivor and The Middle/The Neighbors, which isn’t exactly a list of big hits, although the impeding return of Idol makes it trickier. Chicago Fire face CSI and Nashville, and neither show is setting the world alight.

    NBC should really leave SVU in the 9pm timeslot at this point because it’s doing respectably in an NBC death slot despite facing some incredibly tough competition in Criminal Minds and Modern Family. The timeslots list of recent occupants, barring SVU, says it all: Bent, Rock Center, Harry’s Law, Chase and Mercy. SVU also gives Chicago Fire a respectable, compatible, lead-in, plus giving NBC’s drama lineup some stability for once is probably a good idea. It’s not the end of the world to depress the ratings of a aging veteran towards the end of its run.

    Putting Revolution against Modern Family will just kill it dead.

  • RW3

    “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.”

    The guy was looking far ahead into the future and I think he might be right. Most of the dominating lineups in television grew overtime over a period of about 2-4 years. Some of them instantly take off, all it takes is one hit to shape the whole night around.

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

    Man who are you supposed to be dude? People can watch whatever they want to watch. Just because you hate a show doesn’t mean other people can’t watch it. I remember when Whitney became a punching bag last season and when I finally watched it late last season to see what the big fuss was supposed to be I found it to be a decent comedy. Now maybe the first few episodes were terrible or whatever but a lot of comedies especially the great ones like Seinfeld start out really slow. Talkin’ about I’m offended, get outta here dude. The joke is on you as Whitney is on its way to season 3 and all you can do is sit there and watch it grow.

  • Oliver

    Initial. Finals will have been delayed due to the holidays.

  • Justin121

    I actually think The Middle has a much-broader appeal than Modern Family.

    Even their ratings were somewhat close in their first season. The 9 pm slot played in Mod Fam’s favour.

    Critical praise and consecutive, multiple Emmy wins are what made the gap increase.

    It’s shriking back again, though.

  • senor chang

    I disagree, but that’s fair.
    I wonder what NBC will do with Revolution in season 2. They can keep it Mondays @ 10, move it to launch a new drama in that slot, or…push it to midseason? What are their options here?

  • Reed Addison

    I agree with Justin121 that The Middle seems to be much more broader and I see it lasting longer than Modern Family.

    Modern Family like a lot of people are saying is just a fad like most of ABC’s recent hits like Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, and Lost it’ll rare off real soon probably within the next couple of years. The Middle actually might have staying power to last longer.

    On NBC there’s a lot of potential with this lineup. I think an installation of a two-hour comedy block is the direction NBC needs to go in especially if you’re going to be in the multi-cam business. I think Chicago Fire has grown its audience now to the point where it should be able to hold its own next season without too much of SVU’s help. SVU can benefit moving back to 10pm next season but SVU did its job successfully this season to SVU keeping Chicago Fire from being the next Prime Suspect like somebody mentioned before. NBC just needs to make sure they get a comedy that hits. I would move Whitney to the 9pm hour as well and see what they get out of this new Up All Night maybe have Guys with Kids and Up All Night share the 8pm hour or have both shows rotate during the year just in case NBC orders two multi-cams instead of one.

  • disney rocks

    Heres what NBC will obviously do with The Voice/Revolution next season-

    Fall- The Voice Monday @8 and Tuesday @9, on Monday a new drama @10
    Spring- Revolution Tuesday @9

    IDK about Tuesday@10, another new drama?
    Tuesday @8- 2 sitcoms

  • Baaa!

    @Reed & Justin-I like The Middle and Modern Family. The Middle has broader appeal??? Don’t see that. It simply appeals to you more, which it does for me as well. MF has a larger cast and with that cast a larger scope for their storylines. The Middle has 5 major characters all members of the same immediate family. MF has 3 families with two parents each with different mixes of kids. Its like having three “The Middle” families all with different characters/storylines that people can relate too.

  • Brian

    WOW! CHICAGO FIRE ! WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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