TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Modern Family', 'The Middle' & 'The Neighbors' Rise, 'Chicago Fire' Dips + 'People's Choice Awards' Up From Last Year

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January 10th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/7 2.4/6 1.9/5 1.8/5 1.3/4 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/6 1.7/5 1.4/4 1.6/5 1.1/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.611 9.010 6.791 4.152 3.369 1.358

ABC was the number one network in adults 18-49 while CBS won with total viewers.

On ABC, The Middle earned a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating up three tenths from a 2.1 on December 12. The Neighbors garnered a 2.0, up four tenths from December 12’s 1.6. Modern Family scored a 4.7 adults 18-49 rating, up five tenths from a 4.2 on December 12. Suburgatory earned a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating, up five tenths from its last original's 2.2.  Nashville notched a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth from a 1.9 for its last new episode.

On NBC, Whitney earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down four tenths from last week’s 1.8. Guys With Kids scored a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down four tenths from a 1.7 last week. Law and Order: SVU garnered a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from a 2.2  last week. Chicago Fire scored a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, down two tenths from last week’s series high 2.4.

On CBS, I Get That a Lot scored a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, down three tenths from a 2.3 on January 5, 2012. The People’s Choice Awards garnered a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth from last year’s 2.5 on January 11, 2012.

On FOX, the special Stars in Danger: The High Dive earned a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too pessimistic.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, January 9, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC The Middle 2.4 7 8.445
CBS I Get That A Lot 2.0 6 7.75
NBC Whitney 1.4 4 4.176
FOX Stars in Danger: The High Dive (8-10PM) 1.3 4 3.369
CW Arrow -R 0.5 1 1.689
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 2.0 6 6.632
NBC Guys With Kids 1.3 4 3.984
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 4.7 12 11.961
CBS People's Choice Awards (9-11PM) 2.6 7 9.64
NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.1 5 8.331
CW Supernatural -R 0.4 1 1.017
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.7 7 6.987
10:00PM NBC Chicago Fire 2.2 6 7.962
ABC Nashville 2.0 6 5.821


via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:


* In night two of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" at 11:35, "Kimmel" dropped night-by-night by 14% while "Tonight" grew by 21% in metered-market households in Nielsen's 56 metered markets.


* Versus Tuesday night, Wednesday's "Tonight" was up 21% (2.9/8 vs. 2.4/6), "Late Show" was down 11% (2.4/6 vs. 2.7/7) and "Kimmel" was down 14% (2.4/6 vs. 2.8/8). And note that when nationals came in on Tuesday, "Tonight" improved its position significantly versus both Kimmel and "Late Show" in total viewers, out-delivering them Tuesday night with 3.3 million persons versus 3.1 million for Kimmel and 2.9 million for "Late Show."


* Versus Tuesday night in the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Tonight" was up 13% in adults 18-49 (0.9/4 vs. 0.8/4), "Late Show" was up 17% (0.7/3 vs. 0.6/3) and Kimmel was down 10% (0.9/4 vs. 1.0/5). And note that on Tuesday, "Tonight" grew from a 0.8 in 18-49 in the local markets to a 0.9 nationally and "Kimmel" declined from a 1.0 to a 0.7 going from these local-market averages to national numbers.


* From its first night at 12:35 a.m. to its second, "Nightline" declined by 17% in metered-market households (1.5/5 vs. 1.8/6) and held steady in the Local People Meters (0.5/3 both nights).


* Wednesday season averages heading into this week were: in metered-market households, "Tonight," 2.8 rating, 7 share; "Late Show," 2.5/6; "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5. In the Local People Meters, 18-49 season averages were: "Tonight," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.


* From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).


* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 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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  • Samunto

    Quite interesting to see how it’s the new dramas that are doing much better on NBC this season. Then again, this season hasn’t produced a single hit comedy series despite networks believing in the comeback for comedy.

    Before someone jumps on my neck..- am not counting Go On as a hit comedy because we all saw how it fell face down without The Voice. And to remember the exposure from the olympics…..

    Go Chicago Fire!!!!!!!

  • The Cool Max

    Great night for ABC! Happy for The Middle. Why is The Middle always snubbed at Emmy time?

  • Oliver

    It’s pretty clear what kills SVU/CF’s ratings is the CBS procedurals. Tricky scheduling to avoid them, though, because CBS is full of the damn things.

  • senor chang

    I mean, let’s take a look…
    Go On – only a lock for a second season thanks to the Voice. unless something big happens next week, it’s a dud
    TNN – firmly on bubble at this point
    Whitney – maybe has a future as schedule spackle, but ratingswise it’s not too good. maybe ahead of the rookie shows at its level, though, so who knows
    Guys – I’d say it’s a goner :( I like the show, too…
    Community – I’m the biggest fan of this show (look at my username!) but at this point I wonder whether it would be better to see it end than to have its suffering dragged out for another season. I really don’t know.
    UAN – ?!?!?!
    Office – ending
    Parks – one more season to go. maybe NBC’s most legit comedy hit at this point

    I mean, other than MICHAEL J FOX BECAUSE MICHAEL J FOX, what in the world are they planning for 2013/14?

  • Chuck_T

    2.2 still not bad for Chicago Fire.

  • T’Rank

    Not great for Whitney and Guys with kids, but NBC’s Tuesday block didn’t do much better (no better at all in the case of New Normal).

    Really NBC doesn’t have any successful comedies at all, so what they renew may depend on a) Whether they want to focus on single or multi-camera comedy next year (it should be multi, but I think they just don’t really like it) b) How many shows they can get away with canceling without opening up bigger holes in their schedule. Ideally they should cancel everything and go with all-new shows, but they spend so much money on this year’s flops that this might be impossible.

  • Baaa!

    Yey for The Middle, Modern Family and Subugatory. Neighbors still not a great show, but not all that bad either(pilot was did it no favors). It’s steady, but still low.

  • senor chang

    Yeah, unless NBC plans to suddenly bump SVU to Wednesdays 8 or Sundays/Mondays…not happening, haha. It really astounds me how one network’s shows can all be so damn similar.

  • Mr Mumble

    As yesterday’s designated Whitney hater… told ya ;) . The ratings drop for Whitney and GWK was so predictable. Whitney and/or GWK lovers were bashing Go On/TNN for similar ratings yesterday and have, themselves, gone very quiet :)

    Remarkably if Community can maintain 1.3-1.4s up against TBBT it’s probably third in the pecking order for comedy renewal on NBC (after Parks and Rec and Go On… that may be generous to Go On!)

  • RJ


    Guys with Kids and The New Normal tied in the demographic…not good. And by the way, I’m not a fan of either of the shows.

  • Chuck_T

    I actually like ‘The Middle’ More than ‘Modern Family’. Is it just me or has the quality of MF fallen in the last two seasons?

  • Petar Ivanov

    @NBC Dramas are doing well while comedies are crushed

    I talked on that topic a lot. But NOT only dramas and REALITY. If sunday new 2 hours reality with Eva Longoria is on TBL levels next season NBC must do what works for them now dramas after the voice – 9 pm is their best slot with zero competition and they can take it easy amd in 10 pm and unscripted Sundays and Mondays. Comedies only on thursdays.

  • Steve

    I expect Nashville to rise next week, simply because of how drastically improved the pace and story lines were last night. Its like someone lit a fire under it; instead of taking their sweet time getting stories going, the writers went full steam. If it had been written as well as last nights for the pilot, it’d be in the upper 2’s I have no doubts.

  • real talk

    I think NBC should just move Whitney and Guys with Kids to Tuesdays at 9p they keep getting crushed by The Middle.

  • Oliver

    @senor chang

    NBC will undoubtedly renew some sitcoms. Wouldn’t like to bet on which ones, though.

    My guess is they reduce their sitcom time to 3hrs, put a new 1hr comedy block on Tuesday after The Voice and a new 1hr comedy block on Thursday at 9 anchored by MJF. They will then have an hour of veterans (probably Parks/Goon) and a couple of veteran backups (probably Whitney and something else).

  • American

    Good job, ABC (except for Nashville)!
    NBC, on par with the average Wednesday now, Chicago FIre holding up well.
    FOX: dead air.
    2.6 for PCA? About what I figured it’d get. Content. :)
    Repeats on CW.
    Not bad for a Wednesday, really. Really enjoyed Modern Family last night, too.

  • SarahL

    Wow, The Neighbors! Maybe there is some hope there.

  • s0303

    really good for chicago fire and svu…nbc should be thrilled 2 shows hit a 2.0 in one night since the biggest loser is the only other nbc show to do it so far this week…

  • Kyle

    Also Monday/Wednesday’s PROVE that three shows on three different networks can co exist.

    Monday: Castle/H50/Revolution still do respectable numbers
    Wednesday: Nashville/Chicago Fire/CSI as well do decent numbers.

    Now if it was easy to fix the Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday problems.

  • cc

    Nice to see The Middle finally getting some attention. Only network show I watch on Wednesdays.

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