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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  • eridapo

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

    # of Airings Avg Viewers A18-49 A25-54
    The Mob Doctor 13 3.26 0.9 1.075
    Fringe 10 2.79 0.97 1.18
    Ben and Kate 11 2.898 1.382 1.473
    The Mindy Project 10 3.347 1.66 1.75
    Raising Hope 11 3.901 1.664 1.918
    Cleveland Show 6 3.74 1.783 1.55
    Bones 9 7.378 2.1 2.463
    Bob’s Burgers 10 4.578 2.14 2.09
    American Dad 8 4.676 2.275 2.05
    Glee 10 5.833 2.34 2.3
    New Girl 12 4.584 2.383 2.442
    Family Guy 10 5.823 2.86 2.7
    The Simpsons 9 6.638 3.078 3.156

    FOX 4.511 1.93 1.994

  • eridapo

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

    # of Airings Avg Viewers A18-49 A25-54
    Animal Practice 5 4.216 1.22 1.56
    30 Rock 8 3.321 1.225 1.425
    Up All Night 11 3.012 1.236 1.473
    Whitney 5 4.163 1.4 1.74
    Guys With Kids 11 4.297 1.491 1.73
    Parks and Recreation 9 3.37 1.644 1.744
    Grimm 12 5.206 1.683 2.188
    Law & Order: SVU 9 6.374 1.767 2.222
    Chicago Fire 11 6.384 1.782 2.291
    Parenthood 13 4.993 1.831 2.255
    The New Normal 12 4.849 1.858 2.078
    Deception 1 5.657 2 2.4
    The Office 9 4.207 2.1 2.278
    1600 Penn 1 6.88 2.2 2.7
    Go On 11 6.69 2.482 2.789
    Revolution 10 8.37 3.09 3.556

    NBC 5.073 1.817 2.128

  • eridapo


    As of 1/8/2013, the overall averages for Broadcast (English) Scripted shows are as follows:

    avg viewers per television show 6.83
    avg A18-49 per television show 2.03
    avg A25-54 per television show 2.485
    The nightly average in viewers combined is 34.15M viewers

  • RG-X

    Dear FOX – that was the biggest piece of crap TV you have aired.

    Stars in Danger? Really?! It would have been better to go real old school and re-do “Battle Of The Network Stars”

    That stuff you played last nite was stuff you used to air when you were struggling to become a Network…or are you returning to your old roots?

  • RG-X

    Boy – do I miss CSI – is that back next week?!

  • eridapo

    ABC 9pm Wed year-on-year comparison:

    2012 – Modern Family: 5.7, Happy Endings: 3.2 – 56% retention
    2013 – Modern Family: 4.7, Suburgatory: 2.7 – 57% retention

    Really weird.

    Not really… 60% retention is the average for most shows following a really popular show in most cases. If you look at The Voice and the shows that follow it, 60% is the usual retention rate….

  • eridapo

    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?

    When you become a Nielsen Household each family member is identified and assigned a number and remote. When the person watches a show, the person first inputs their assigned number. This tells the Nielsen box who is actually watching. When the show airs the Nielsen box prompts the user to push a button on the control to verify that the person is watching. If the button is not push, the Nielsen box assumes that person is not watching the program.

  • Dan

    Jeez Chicago Fire’s ratings are all over the place. One week it gets 4 million another week it gets 7 million.

    At least Nashville is consistent but i do agree it should be doing better, its such a great show. I hope it gets a second season.

  • Ray

    The Middle is the funniest show on Wednesday night.

  • Networkman

    There is still an audience for Law & Order:SVU. And we all see that it improves without the competition from Criminal Minds. But I still feel it should end after this season. Let it go out on a fairly high note. I feel that its series finale could see at least 11-13 million.It is a respected program, part of a respected franchise. But, its quality is starting to slip. NBC should now realize that they have new dramas that viewers are willing to watch. They simply have to scheule them effectively. But Chicago Fire, Revolution and Grimm are the future of the network. And they have ambitious programs such as Do No Harm and Hannibal that could fit in nicely. Also Parenthood is a consistent player.

  • Networkman

    I actually enjoyed The High Dive on FOX. It was simply entertaining, seating on the edge of my seat, curious to see if the “star” would flop hard in the water. I was immerse in the competition and then had certain “stars” that I actually starting rooting for to win. Instead of Dancing with the Stars, it was simply Diving with the Stars. I saw potential with this reality show.

  • Jordan

    CBS carried local basketball from 8-10 in the Raleigh area.

  • Dahne

    Pleasantly surprised by Supernatural’s ratings since many fans were watching the leads at the People’s Choice Awards instead. As for the PCA’s, as terrible as the writing was it was still a vast improvement to last year when they inserted a several minute long commercial as a show skit and tossed awards from the stage at people. Last year was the least professional joke of an awards show I have ever seen.

  • Patrice

    Why is EVERYONE in the Middle always ignored in Award shows?
    I love that show.

  • rob60990

    The Neighbors (2.1), Nashville (2.1), PCA (2.7) adjusted up

    Suburgatory (2.6), I Get That A Lot (1.9), Arrow (.4) adjusted down

  • eridapo

    Wednesday Finals
    Net Time Show HH Viewers A18-49

    ABC 8:00 The Middle 5.3/ 8 8.391 2.4/ 7
    CBS I Get That a Lot 4.7/ 7 7.456 1.9/ 5
    NBC Whitney 2.7/ 4 4.114 1.4/ 4
    FOX Stars in Danger: High Dive 2.0/ 3 3.333 1.3/ 4
    CW Arrow 1.1/ 2 1.619 0.4/ 1
    ABC 8:30 The Neighbors 4.2/ 6 6.651 2.1/ 6
    NBC Guys with Kids 2.6/ 4 3.974 1.3/ 4
    ABC 9:00 Modern Family 7.1/11 12.042 4.7/12
    CBS People’s Choice Awards 6.3/10 9.723 2.7/ 7
    NBC Law & Order: SVU 5.5/ 8 8.423 2.1/ 5
    CW Supernatural 0.6/ 1 0.924 0.3/ 1
    ABC 9:31 Suburgatory 4.2/ 6 6.84 2.6/ 7
    NBC 10:00 Chicago Fire 5.2/ 9 8.037 2.2/ 6
    ABC Nashville 4.0/ 7 5.922 2.1/ 6

  • Rebecca

    Enjoy the CT premiere – I liked it. TBS.com has the episode the day after it airs. I’ve mostly been happy with HE – I found the Tuesday episode to be better than Sunday’s. It always depends on if the actors are too over the top or not…when they’re too manic or overdoing it, the show isn’t as good. Tuesday’s airing was great.

  • SP

    I only really like Modern Family and Chicago Fire on wednesdays, it’s kind of a *shrugs* day when it comes to network television.

  • SP

    Without the 5 cartoons that have football as a lead in, Fox is pretty much done for when it comes to scripted television.

  • alffan

    If NBC wants to maximize Parenthood and SVU, it would do a Voice/Parenthood/SVU block on Tuesday. Parenthood could do SO much better at 9pm and SVU belongs at 10pm. Still have no idea why a family show like Parenthood runs at 10pm.

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