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.




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  • TVDude

    Let me correct myself: “SVU and Chicago Fire are the most likely victims next week.”

  • Eddy Ryan

    @ TVDude

    I doubt NBC is upset also, they have to be pretty happy but wanting more.

    Whitney and GWK gets absolutely no help every week and they still pull the best numbers out of their comedies. GWK tied TNN in the demo and did way better in viewers. Whitney’s rating was close to beating Go On, that’s embarrassing since Off Their Rockers was their lead-in.

    After seeing last week’s numbers for Whitney/GWK I think we saw what these two shows could do if they were in the right timeslot. NBC is doing them no favors by keeping them on Wednesdays to get crushed by Idol, Survivor, and The Middle every week.

    Tuesdays is there night nothing else outside of NCIS airs on this night and it would help Parenthood to have something on in front of it that can probably keep Off Their Rockers demo performances. If NBC is going to establish a two-hour multi-cam block then they need to test a night where it fits best and I think Tuesdays is that night.

  • Suan

    The PCA was beyond terrible. The presenters were awkward and not funny, the show a disaster. The winners were selected by 12 yr old fangirls voting from their phones sometimes thousands of times. How is this the popular favorite, its one fan voting multiple times. No credibility, its a joke.

  • Kevin

    PCAs still boring and one of the worst awards shows I’ve ever seen because several winners got it all wrong because the people are like mindless zombies and a bunch of sore losers. :-( :-(

  • Oliver

    I’m sure all those shill posters that offered super-optimistic predictions for the Whitney premiere a few weeks back have returned and are now posting that they should be moved to Tuesday.


  • fernando

    Yes, I’m so happy for Chicago Fire, that show desereve to stay in the 7 millions and in the 2 demos.

    It finally took Nashville half a season to get good, I loved last night episode and I never have said that about any of its episodes so far.

  • Oliver

    And, yes, moving Whitney/GWK from an good timeslot to a great timeslot will undoubtedly improve their ratings.

    That said, they’ve hardly been facing stiff competition as it is. Survivor, X Factor and The Middle are not exactly breakout hits.

  • HGFM

    @Olivier & others
    “SVU and Chicago Fire are the most likely victims next week.”

    For the next two weeks, NBC will be airing repeats on Wednesdays.
    They aired new shows on Wednesdays 1/2 and 1/9 when there was less competition. But when Fox and CBS bring back their regular programming, NBC ducks.

  • CBSviewer

    Go SVU !

  • Pete

    Is Guys with kids really awful? I really don’t understand why neighbours outperforms GWK. So weird.

  • toadytoady

    Great ratings for SVU,especially since its in its 14th year and a competitive time slot where traditionally it doesnt do well, and having lost a major character.It defies gravity!

    Once again it rose in the second half hour to 2.2 key demo and 8.8 million.
    Wow. Nearly 9million!And once again it reached premiere key demo rating.Its unusual for a show to match its opening rating, two weeks running. LOLA ratingsdropped considerably when it returned in January of the year it was cancelled.

    9pm 1.9 key demo and 7.7 million
    9.30 pm 2.2 key demo and 8.8 million.

    All season its ratings have increased in the second half. It needs to be put back to its 10pm slot.

    Congratulations SVU. Wolf and NBC must be pleased.

    Reckon they were all looking in to see what other body parts would be shown of Olivias mystery man!


    If someone doesn’t start to recognize the Middle I will scream. Its the funniest underated gem on TV. I laugh out loud every week during the show. Its my absolute favorite show on TV. Its like a modern day Roseanne. Please please give Eden Sher an emmy nod as Sue she is nothing but a scene stealer. This show needs more atttention.

    Great Wednesday numbers for NBC. Even with comeptition this week. Chicago Fire IMO deserves a full season renewel. Its one of NBC’s brighest shows.

    ABC is holding up very well. Nashville did about what its been doing in the slot. It needs more uplift though. ABC u know is really being patient with this one.

    The Peoples Choice Awards please ask the darling Kaley Cuoco to do it every year. She was a breath of fresh air.

  • Pete

    Whitney – Guys with kids – Parenthood would win Tuesday. And order more episode for parenthood and stop wasting money on Smash.

  • Fred

    If Nashville can hold a 2.0, I think ABC may grant it another season. I would like to see it moved to another night. It still feels like a Sunday show to me. Would perform better than the sitcom duo is managing in the 10:00 slot.

  • Melanie

    Good for Nashville. I watched the marathon on CMT last Sunday and liked it, so I was interested in last night’s episode. Hope it gets renewed. I think there are some great storylines that go beyond just two dueling country music singers. I like all the drama involved. I also enjoyed SVU last night. I started to watch Chicago Fire a little bit last fall but lost track of it, but good that it is doing well.

  • DD


    Sure the Middle doesn’t get a 6.1 like TBBT, but it has a dedicated audience and regularly brings in more than 2.

  • T

    Chicago Fire held up pretty good.

  • chris

    Good for SVU not a avid fan of the show but I like to see a veteran show pull in Above average network ratings. I know it was much stronger years ago but by NBC standards this good. And not bad for Chicago Fire either.

    CW repeats still good on Wednesday Nights breaking a .4 and .5 and over a million viewers a feat not many originals can do(I’m talking to you 90210 who cant even break a million viewers for its 100th episode!!!!)

    The Middle seems solid for ABC and Modern Family did good as usual.

    Hearing a lot of buzz on Kelly Cuoco and the PCA Awards. I read an article online about how she did a skit on not shaming animals.. She stated lets not shame our pets leave the public shame to the Kardashians lol she is good comedy maybe I should check out this Big Bang Theory.

  • Eddy Ryan

    @ Pete

    It’s not that at all, Neighbors was lucky enough to be in an already established situation behind The Middle. Guys with Kids is not an established show just yet and its having to do its own work trying to help build back NBC’s comedy roster without much help. If the roles were reversed you’d get the same problem.


    FOX in danger as High Dive only scores 1.3 for night

    NBC Whitney/GWK (most notably) down as entire slate back lower

    CW reruns 0.5 & 0.4 should snap back once originals begin

    CBS posts gains with original specials

    AS ABC takes night with original ep’s of entire slate

    ADELE nominated for Oscar for original song “Skyfall.” GO ADELE!

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