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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  • John

    Someone answer these questions please. How is it known what type of person is watching a show? Like if it is a female or male in order to determine the demographics? Like are there hidden cameras installed in our televisions where the people can see us and know our gender and age?

  • Eddy Ryan

    @ Pete

    NBC really shouldn’t had put Smash there on Tuesdays, Parenthood should’ve gotten a full season order. If NBC doesn’t put Whit/GWK there before Smash premieres that show is in trouble behind The New Normal.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Thats great for SVU! Glad to see it doing well but when CM returns in will go back down, sadly.

    NASHVILLE NOT GOOD!!!!! I can’t believe that even with the GOLDEN GLOBE buzz it was taken down by CF!? Granted, I really enjoy both shows but there is a big difference in the caliber of acting here. If Nashville wins in the categories its nominated ABC will eat that up and make sure to milk that. Could give NASHVILLE the edge again and have it around 2.3.

    Whitney is coming back for sure. It was almost around GO ON this week. It’s a pretty stable performer for NBC.

    GWK too bad for this show because its not half bad.


    I would think SMASH and THE NEW NORMAL actually share the same viewers.

  • Paleonut

    I’m impressed at the ratings for the Supernatural & Arrow ratings. Especially SPN’s considering that much of the fandom (& the crew too!) were watching Jared & Jensen at the PCA’s…(It was known beforehand that they (and Amell) would be at least presenting)

  • Pete

    @Eddy Ryan
    NBC should consider family block like ABC does on Wednesday.
    That is Tuesday for NBC. But NBC just gives more chances to Perry’s show and Rian Murphy. Whitney – GWK – Full season Parenthood have so much potential.

  • Oliver


    I’m not criticising The Middle’s numbers, just saying it’s hardly TBBT, MF, or Idol. Another show, even a similar one, should be able to compete in that slot.

    Any show stuck between The Middle and MF will do reasonably well. Look up how the short-lived shows wedged between Friends and Seinfeld did.

  • rob60990

    Nashville did alright. At least it broke a 2.0 but still a bit disappointing.

    Not that satisfied with how The Middle did either. i was hoping for at least a 2.6.

  • Fred

    So happy that tv’s most underappreciated sitcom MIDDLE won the time slot, by a fairly wide margin at that.
    MODERN FAMILY is a fantastic show, however the glow it shines casts a shadow on MIDDLE.

  • ALBN

    Very happy with the numbers os SVU. I still lack of Stabler. But fans still delighted with the good stories in the series. The beautiful black eyes Mariska still has its magic. Last episode was great.

  • Azzman

    Whitney could MAYBE get a few more eyeballs/tenths from us few folks here in Detroit who watch the show..They’ve pre-empted it here in Detroit 2 out of the last 3 episodes–AND I’M SICK OF IT!! BASTAAAARDS! Why?! Whyyyyy?!

  • thesnowleopard

    Heh. I wondered how things would go for the Supernatural repeat, since the show’s stars were at the PCAs at the same time. Looks like there wasn’t a lot of difference. My local CBS station made it very easy for me by having basketball the whole first hour.

  • Danimals

    Was hoping for The Middle to go down.

  • Brian

    There goes Whitney/Guys with Kids momentum down the drain along with the celebs on Splashing with the Stars, er Stars in (No) Danger.

  • Ben

    I know Modern Family is still doing aamzing but I don’t understand why it’s so much down from last season :(

  • Holly


    Someone answer these questions please. How is it known what type of person is watching a show? Like if it is a female or male in order to determine the demographics? Like are there hidden cameras installed in our televisions where the people can see us and know our gender and age?

    Start by watching this video. If you still have questions, come back and I’ll try to answer them for you.

  • Eddy Ryan

    @ Pete

    That was my vision for them also is to counter ABC’s family block by building the block around Guys with Kids and potentially the new look Up All Night. They need like their own Modern Family and it needs to be a new comedy that breaks out for them instantly.

    Whitney can try to build an adult theme block on Tuesdays. I remember in the early 90s when Cosby went off the air, Seinfeld started to become the franchise comedy player of the network and they started gearing the shows more around adult-oriented themes which is probably why we got Friends and later Will & Grace during that era.

  • Eddy Ryan

    @ Ben

    I’ve heard some people say that Modern Family is a fad so it’s possible its legs are starting to tire out on them unfortunately.

  • Rebecca

    MF is just aging, that’s all…bound to still do well but not as well as it used to. I still like it and will watch it as long as it airs.

    Way to go, The Middle! Love that show even more than MF, and someone here said Sue Heck’s portrayer should be up for an Emmy – I agree, she’s very good. Axl can be a genius sometimes, and last night showcased that for him.

  • Ted Craig

    MF is still the second-highest rated sitcom behind TBBT, so all this talk of it being a fad is nonsense. Talk of NBC building anything off these weak comedies it currently airs is even sillier.

  • Oysterdude

    Hoping the middle gets adjusted up. Its funnier than MF

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