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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  • Fred



    I missed Cougar Town Tuesday on TBS. Hope to catch it ON DEMAND soon.
    Still enjoying Happy Endings. Shame it is performing so poorly.

  • Led

    One thing that I noticed about the ABC comedies is that NBC has actually slowed them down a lot ever since Whitney got there. They were way higher than two years ago so maybe its a strategy played out by NBC.

  • Nick

    Wow, NBC absolutely killed ABC in their latenight press release. Haha. That made my day!

  • Charlie

    PCA increasing its audience from last year is rather interesting. Critics blame these awards just because they’re not involved, but it turns out PCA actually shows what the audience like. So glad for Chris Colfer (best comedy actor) and The New Normal (best new comedy). Hopefully Glee and TNN will gain more fans.

  • CBSviewer

    With CSI return on January 16, things will turn bad for Chicago Fire :)

  • rob60990

    So the same people who were trashing The New Normal think NBC should keep Guys With Kids? LOL. Talk about double standards.

  • usa4evr

    chicago hold up very well, considering the competition and the ratings are increasing compared to fall, best new show this season

  • rob60990

    “With CSI return on January 16, things will turn bad for Chicago Fire”

    Chicago Fire isn’t on the next 2 weeks.

  • Greg

    NBC should keep this Dick Wolf block next season. The two dramas seem to be helping one another at this point.

  • Tessa

    The best part of the PCAs was Jensen and Jared on stage, finally being recognized for their good work on a highly underrated show that won the Best Network TV show award AND Best Scifi last year and wasn’t even mentioned. Looks like all the emails, tweets and comments on their websites shook up the PCAs and they made sure to amend for their mistake. Not only did they invite the boys and their wives, they cut to shots of them during the show, as if telling the fandom, “Look, look, we invited them. We didn’t kick them out after they got their award. See? They’re there. Please don’t kill us.” Lol. :D

  • Chris

    In Knoxville CBS was preempted from 8-10 pm for Vols basketball. I Get That a Lot and the first hour of the People’s Choice Awards were aired at their regular times on the MyNetworkTV-affiliated digital sub feed. The main CBS affiliate joined the PCAs after the game and as a result, both the main feed and subfeed were airing the PCAs in the 10 pm hour.

  • Melissa


    Like are there hidden cameras installed in our televisions where the people can see us and know our gender and age?

    Lol, that’s a joke, right?

  • Chris

    Any guesses on CSIs return demo?

  • toadytoady

    Im hoping they dont keep SVU and CF together.
    The 9pm slot for SVU has damaged its potential.Its been sacrificed to get CF off the starting block.
    I hope SVU gets its traditional 10pm slot back next season. Its content is just not suitable for 9pm viewing.

    Id prefer SVU with Grimm.

  • toadytoady

    Greg, how on earth is CF helping SVU?
    It isnt.

  • Ann

    Last week Chicago Fire hit a series high and this week they didn’t drop off much with new competition. Looks like they’re finally finding consistency. I certainly hope so.

  • eridapo

    The following represents the rating for ABC Scripted Television shows from 9/3/2012 to 1/8/13

    # of Airings Avg Viewers A18-49 A25-54
    Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23 9 2.985 1.133 1.322
    Happy Endings 9 3.826 1.311 1.567
    Private Practice 11 4.628 1.327 1.736
    Last Resort 10 6.504 1.45 1.97
    666 Park Avenue 9 4.658 1.511 1.811
    Malibu Country 8 6.797 1.55 2.138
    Last Man Standing 8 7.001 1.55 2.1
    Castle 10 10.081 1.98 2.74
    Nashville 8 6.45 2.013 2.463
    The Neighbors 10 6.671 2.04 2.59
    Scandal 9 6.535 2.111 2.622
    The Middle 9 8.341 2.478 3.144
    Suburgatory 7 6.951 2.557 3.143
    Revenge 10 8.053 2.61 3.12
    Once Upon a Time 10 9.631 3.25 3.66
    Grey’s Anatomy 9 9.482 3.344 4.022
    Modern Family 10 12.15 4.73 5.63

    ABC 7.147 2.186 2.706

  • eridapo

    The following represents the rating for CBS Scripted Television shows from 9/3/2012 to 1/8/13

    # of Airings Avg Viewers A18-49 A25-54
    Made In Jersey 7 4.204 0.6 0.857
    CSI: NY 11 9.534 1.382 2.009
    Blue Bloods 10 10.791 1.39 2.09
    The Good Wife 11 9.594 1.745 2.473
    Vegas 11 11.022 1.773 2.564
    The Mentalist 11 9.578 1.791 2.5
    Partners 6 5.877 2.067 2.5
    Hawaii Five-0 11 8.873 2.145 2.855
    Elementary 11 10.887 2.382 3.264
    CSI 10 10.676 2.42 3.21
    NCIS: Los Angeles 11 15.776 2.927 4.109
    Person of Interest 11 14.439 2.964 4.191
    Criminal Minds 11 11.832 2.991 3.873
    Mike & Molly 10 9.532 3.05 4.06
    How I Met Your Mother 11 8.172 3.173 3.645
    NCIS 11 18.737 3.373 4.873
    2 Broke Girls 12 9.978 3.533 4.417
    Two and a Half Men 12 13.28 3.883 5.175
    Big Bang Theory 12 16.418 5.2 6.683

    CBS 11.318 2.649 3.549

  • eridapo

    The following represents the rating for CW Scripted Television shows from 9/3/2012 to 1/8/13

    # of Airings Avg Viewers A18-49 A25-54
    The L A Complex 2 0.48 0.2 0.25
    Nikita 6 1.026 0.317 0.35
    Emily Owens, M D 7 1.277 0.371 0.429
    Gossip Girl 10 0.887 0.44 0.38
    90210 9 0.976 0.489 0.456
    Hart of Dixie 10 1.411 0.56 0.6
    Beauty and the Beast 9 1.809 0.678 0.689
    Supernatural 9 2.094 0.889 0.9
    Arrow 9 3.558 1.178 1.378
    The Vampire Diaries 9 2.91 1.378 1.289

    CW 1.764 0.705 0.723

  • David Howell

    CF is definitely looking good for renewal now.

    Stars In Danger did better than I thought, and should have done its job hurting ABC.

    Whitney’s drop is good news for TNN, like it or not.

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