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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  • tommy

    Chicago fire was so boring last night, seriously the show loose people next week

  • Lucas

    Chicago Fire has turned into a hit. How much lucky is NBC this season, huh?

  • Oliver


    Modern Family/Idol/Criminal Minds is a better example. Three genuine hits. I would bet that SVU and Supernatural will do okay too.

  • Mary 1

    I could be wrong but I don’t even think Whitney & GWK faced their normal competition yesterday and they still went down. Wait till they have to face off against NCIS next week. I expect the ratings to fall off even more.

    Chicago Fire is doing decently now so it looks like NBC may have found a successful drama show.

  • Ram510

    Aww man I was hoping Guys With Kids would hold up.

    The Middle and Modern Family didn’t do as well as I thought, considering last week TBBT hit a 6.1. I thought MF would be back over a 5.0

    I guess Chicago Fire is here to stay?

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Oliver who said:
    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).

    This will be BIG mistake. 1 hour action drama will work much better on tuesday at 9 with way better ratings than new 2 comedies and RVN prove it this year in much toghher slot with insane good competition for 10 pm(castle h5o big footbal games on espn raw on usa and even mtv and history compete there with pawn stars).

    9 pm on tuesday is widly open door for NBC to creat one more mega hit – ncis is dipping a lot even with ncis lead-in. abc is a joke. cw is joke. no big footbal games. fox is cruched. With the voice lead in good drama can be with even better bumbers than RVN. And NBC have pirate show with rumors for Hugh laurie, Dracula hanninal etc. And ALL their drama really perform well this year new one and old one. And this start from last year with Grimm.

    ps 1 hour drama will be also better for promotion.

  • Dan

    Hey, Chicago Fire rose from SVU and won the Hour. Its still good enough for NBC. Whitney and GWK are still down likely due to The Middle returning.

  • Oliver

    @Mary 1

    More importantly, they face Idol next week.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @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.

    Yep but to be fair Monday at 10 is toughest slot in the week. There is or was also big footbal games on espn – around 6.0 in demo. Also raw on usa wich is still power. And watchable mtv and history shows too.

  • Wowzers

    Stars In Danger is a huuuuuuge FLOP :|

  • Petar Ivanov

    @I could be wrong but I don’t even think Whitney & GWK faced their normal competition yesterday and they still went down. Wait till they have to face off against NCIS next week. I expect the ratings to fall off even more.

    @More importantly, they face Idol next week.

    As i said it before nbc are smart enough and they will pass next week with all their wednesdays shows.

  • Winning C.

    SVU just showed how mileage it still has left in it, there’s no way this show should be going anywhere and I think Chicago Fire could still use its help. If NBC can keep both shows together for another season or two then Chicago Fire can be an even bigger hit than it is right now.

    Now that Nashville has comeback this week we got a chance to see CF really destroy it. This battle was another case of misjudgment from people, the critically favored show got all of the buzz in the beginning but fell flat to a new sleeping giant. CF to me is the real big new hit of the season on any network. I need to see what Revolution does without The Voice before I rank it ahead of CF. What NBC should do is probably the season after next season have Dick Wolf create a spin-off of CF focusing on the Chicago police department that could even be SVU’s replacement.

    It’s gonna be interesting next week to see if either of these two shows can keep some of the viewers they’ve gained during these 3 weeks when the CBS procedurals were on vacation.

    After seeing the NBC comedy ratings its pretty clear that ABC is the problem and they need to get Whitney and Guys with Kids away from them as soon as possible. That Tuesday timeslot after Off Their Rockers looks pretty good for them plus it might be a good idea for NBC to test some different nights for their multi-cam comedies to see where they fit the best. At least Whitney was over 4 million this week and Guys with Kids was not that far behind so the shows are becoming compatible with each other compared to Whitney and Chelsea last season.

    Stars in Danger, you know what I’m not hoping on that bandwagon, I always think for myself and this show wasn’t as bad as people were claiming it to be. I switched back and forth a few times last night just to see what it was about. I’ve seen far worse than this, its pretty much like a Wipeout and American Gladiators type show with that old school ABC Wide World of Sports element mixed in it. I think the direction show failed a little bit. The ratings for it sucked but at least it nabbed a 1.5 and beat those awful FOX comedies.

  • Mayans

    Chicago Fire was awesome as usual.

  • iowegian

    Now about The Neighbors. I won’t say I told you so, but…

  • K

    The Neighbors are slowly catching on. It’s nice to see a married interracial couple with interracial kids.

  • Pete

    It’s time for NBC to drop all comedies off except Tuesday and put more dramas.
    Guys with kids…ratings so low..the only sitcom I watch. >.<

  • TVDude

    @Mr Mumble,

    I don’t remember anybody saying that Whitney would get out of the normal ratings, but that Go On and TNN aren’t capable of their acclaim without The Voice. Whitney and Guys with Kids could probably pull similar (or better) ratings on Tuesdays as Go On or TNN does. That’s what I’ve been reading.

    It’s true too. I mean, Go On did slightly better, but to be fair, it also had a 1.9 leadin, what was Whitney’s leadin? We will never know. The point is, the Tuesday shows aren’t any “better” than the Wednesday shows. They’re lucky because of where they were scheduled and I still don’t think either one of them will get canceled, but without The Voice, they’re like the rest of NBC’s shows, minus The Office.

    NBC caught on to this too, because they didn’t want to give Revolution similar treatment. I think that was smart because look at Go On and TNN. I think all of us knew this would be the outcome, now we just have data to back it up.

    Overall, I doubt NBC’s upset about Wednesday. Is it “good”? It could be a lot better, but at least they know where the floor is. Tuesdays may not have hit their low yet.

  • Eddy Ryan

    Although the ratings weren’t bad for Whitney/GWK I’m also seeing that the problem is that the shows aren’t stick out enough in that timeslot. Viewers are pretty much dedicated to The Middle. It’s a real tough timeslot for NBC to establish comedies in.

    I think NBC should put them on a night they can stick out at like Tuesdays. Outside of NCIS nobody’s establish on this night, its open season and NBC needs to take that night while the competition is still weak.

  • K


    So true. It was amazing how Axel was able to pull all those things together to get Sue and his project on time.

  • TVDude

    @Petar Ivanov,

    Do you really think NCIS has the same audience as NBC’s comedies? I doubt there will be much change at all next week. If NBC’s comedies go down, it will be something else. SVU and Chicago Fire and the most likely victims next week.

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