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TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol' Down From Last Year, But Still Dominates + 'Nashville', 'CSI' & 'Arrow' Rise (Updated)

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January 17th, 2013

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS UNI CW NBC
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 6.0/16 2.5/7 2.1/6 1.6/4 1.0/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.9/15 1.9/6 1.3/4 1.5/5 0.9/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 17.900 7.470 10.668 3.906 2.599 2.895


FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

UPDATE: We’ve received time zone adjusted ratings (essentially, finals) and American Idol's total viewers last night went up to 17.9 million from 17.8. There was no change to the 6.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, the premiere of season 12 of American Idol earned a 6.0, down 19% from last year's 7.4 among adults 18-49. This is the lowest premiere rating since the first season (which aired in the summer). Your predictions were too optimistic.

On ABC, The Middle earned a 2.3, down a tenth from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. The Neighbors garnered a 1.9, down two tenths from last week's 2.1. Modern Family scored a 4.3, down four tenths from last week's 4.7 adults 18-49 rating. Suburgatory earned a 2.4, down two tenths from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.  Nashville notched a 2.2, up from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Criminal Minds returned to a 2.8, down three tenths from its last original's 3.1. CSI earned a 2.3, up a tenth from its last original's 2.2.

On The CW, Arrow returned to a 1.1, up a tenth from its last original's 1.0 rating a month ago. Supernatural was even with its last original's 0.9.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, January 16, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol -P 6.0 16 17.90
ABC The Middle 2.3 7 8.201
CBS NCIS -R 1.1 3 8.375
CW Arrow 1.1 3 3.127
NBC Whitney -R 0.8 2 2.663
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8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.9 5 6.166
NBC Guys With Kids -R 0.8 2 2.355
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9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 4.3 11 11.019
CBS Criminal Minds 2.8 7 12.532
CW Supernatural 0.9 2 2.071
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 0.6 2 2.73
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9:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.4 6 6.351
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10:00PM CBS CSI 2.3 6 11.100
ABC Nashville 2.2 6 6.541
NBC Chicago Fire -R 1.0 3 3.447

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via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

 

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5.7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.3/6.

 

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: " The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, " 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.

 

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

 

* From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

 

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 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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  • Max

    IN B4…

    “IDOL is dead”
    “IDOL is dying slow”
    “IDOL is down so much”
    “IDOL is over”

    And I’ll just reply with… show me the numbers for another reality-competition show with these ratings in season 12. Furthermore, let me know what type of ratings The X-FACTOR and THE VOICE have in season 12.

    Oh right, neither will ever make it there.

  • rob60990

    Glad for ABC that Nashville is finally gaining a little bit of an audience.

  • Vasco Silva

    Go Arrow =)

  • Me

    Go ARROW!!

  • CBSviewer

    Good for CSI and Supernatural :)

  • Danity

    Yes Arrow.

  • Kaylo

    Dying show. I’m giving it 5 more seasons max. Reality singing show genre is played out. They need to let it go away for a while.

  • SimonSays

    Amerifail Idol… and everyone thought Mariah and Nicki would bring in mega ratings. lmfao.

  • Max

    Both NASHVILLE and CHICAGO FIRE seem to benefit when competition is away.

    CF does better without CSI.
    NASHVILLE does better without CF.

    When all three are on, they all dip.

  • Liam

    So happy for Nashville, its finally getting the audience it deserves. I think season 2 is definitely in the cards.

  • Adien

    American Idol might be down (not ENOUGH) but still bulldozing the competition….
    Criminal Minds had a great episode last night but ratings at a season or even all time low?
    ABC comedies all fell…
    CSI should have done better
    Come on scripted shows, do your thing!

  • Donovan The Blogger

    I was right on the mark. It’s okay…these are very respectable numbers for a show in its 12th “season.”

  • Steve-A

    Wow. I was expecting over 20 million total viewers. I guess the buzz surrounding the “feud” didn’t really generate much interest.

  • marian

    go Nashville!

  • Truth

    The Voice ratings keep rising every cycle, while Idol and X Factor keep dropping and dropping. The latter 2 will make out who The Biggest Loser is. One will definitely Wipe Out sooner than later.

    Looks like The Winner is The Voice and they will be The Next biggest thing on TV. Probably because the audience prefer a good Sing Off rather than staged and scripted gimmicks.

  • RyanCanada

    So AI lost Demo this year? i wonder why? i wonder how many viewers AI premiere to last season.

  • leonard

    Idol is so over…

  • @Max

    @Max, thanks for playing Fan Excuse Bingo :)

  • Tim

    fox will finish 3rd. Please make this a reality A.I fall, fall even harder! Thanks.

  • BH

    Thats amazing for Arrow.

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