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

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January 17th, 2013

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
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.9 5 6.166
NBC Guys With Kids -R 0.8 2 2.355
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
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.4 6 6.351
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


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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  • Hobbit

    @ DJB -The Voice and X-Factor have only started since 2011. Give them some time, not every season winner of Idol have “made it”, far from it even.

  • Leondre

    The Simpsons 12th season-7.9
    ER 12th season-6.2
    Law & Order 12th season-7.4

  • eridapo

    When the Voice returns, both (Idol and Voice) will still be strong but will further weaken the reality singing competition genre.

    For those who expect the Voice to do as well as it did in the fall or better, you will see a drop of 5/10 of a point on average. It will not be the fault of the new judges. Instead the drop will be due to the saturation of Singing competitions. 2 singing competitions in the fall and 2 in the spring is one too many, and I do think people will stick with Idol over the Voice simply because by March they have gotten to know the contestants.

  • Hobbit

    @ Mula – she’s only just started working on her album. At least give her some time lol. And she did dominate the charts during her time on The Voice, she has 4 number 1’s remember?

  • snoot

    Oh man, Idol will continue to fall and TBBT will destroy it on Thurdays. Still if you want to compare idol with other competition reality shows, it is the winner.

  • Hobbit

    @ eridapo, The Voice average ratings have actually gone up by each season unlike with the other 2 shows.

  • Tessa


    The brothers got together, so what? It wasn’t a happy reunion. In fact it was one of the saddest images of this season if you ask me. Not like “A very Supernatural Christmass,” when they sat together enjoying each other’s company. It was like after Bobby had died. They just sat there, each thinking of the person they’d lost, in a room they had to angel proof to keep the only friend they had left in the world out because something once again was messing with their lives. If you asked me the ending was even more depressing than the whole Naomi/Castiel/Samandriel bit, and that was a tragedy.

  • Melanie

    @Leondre OK, but what year did those 12th seasons happen? Any further back than last year, the comparison to Idol this year is meaningless.

  • KS


    More or less, you got it right.


    I don’t know why, I personally feel, Castiel is a power-hungry angel. What if he had that ulterior motive all the time and that is why he rebelled against heaven and helped(which I really doubt he did) Winchesters, finally grabbed souls?

    The proof for that is, in “Meet the New Boss”, he was drunk with power for most of the episodes and he would have killed Sam and Dean. Let’s attribute that to the millions upon millions of souls within his vessel.
    But, towards the end, he still have souls with himself, but he literally bowed down to the Winchesters and Bobby because now he has turned extremely weak.

    One more proof is, he broke Sam’s wall, because that would lead him to the throne. But he repaired it himself, when he was in a helpless state, just to regain sympathy from Winchesters.

    Isn’t Castiel a potential terrorist, given the fact he can be manipulated more easily than a human and he can be turned against a human?

    I wish this theory is true and that is the kind of character I want to see on this show. Not the “Always ready to Bleed/p00p for Winchesters” kind.

  • Tessa


    Well Au revoir to those “hardcore fans” If they were really hardcore fans. They were probably fan girls that didn’t like how dean looked at sam or some stupid thing.

    Can you read? I already said in my post why they were upset. They are tired of watching their favorite characters getting physically and mentally tortured and killed. Is that such an unreasonable excuse to want to take a break from a show? And why does everything have to trigger you to bash the female fans, because they like things that are different from you? Jeez.

  • KS


    Castiel was being controlled by Naomi and couldn’t control his actions..

    My earlier reply to you was for this statement. I am sorry I forgot to add this before.

  • Melanie

    @Tessa I guess you and I got very different things out of that reunion. They chose to be together –finally. Neither forced the other’s hand. Each could have gone, neither did. I thought it was a comfortable, campanionable scene.
    They are obviously onto something being wrong with Castiel – they need to be able to discuss it without him hearing – its not like he was hanging around with them before Naomi sent him to get Alfie – I just didn’t see it as a big deal.
    I can’t wait for the LARPing!

  • SweetD

    The Neighbors needs to go, right in the middle of the comedy block and it’s the least watched. ABC would be better off with last years wed. line up.

    NBC has to be pleased with Chicago Fire, most watched show in a night of repeats and at 10 PM.

  • Tessa


    I’m astounded at how backwards your views are regarding Castiel’s chaaracter and motives. Seriously man, watch the show again. The majority of the fans disagree with you because that’s not who Castiel is, and that’s why they care about Castiel and his redemption. No wonder you’re surprised.

    Also, in “Meet the New Boss” Castiel had multiple occasions to kill Sam and Dean, especially in the beginning when they were completely defenseless against him. Please tell me why he didn’t do it if he was as power drunk and evil as you make him to be?

  • bigbrotherfan


    Thats because CF repeat wasn’t up against IDOL and SVU had stiff competition!

  • ThatsRightISaidIt87

    As expected American Idol is nearing the end of the road. No one interested in the Barbie/Rainbow Bright feuding. It’s great to see other shows like Arrow & Supernatural hold up.

  • KS

    They just sat there, each thinking of the person they’d lost, in a room they had to angel proof to keep the only friend they had left in the world out because something once again was messing with their lives.

    How is it practically possible for two 30+ year old males not to have a few minor misunderstandings? Something or the other is going to be there, like forever hereafter.

    “A very Supernatural Christmas,” when they sat together enjoying each other’s company.

    Are you sure they were enjoying in that episode? One was about to die and other was incredibly sad about it. The very memory of that scene makes me cry.
    They were definitely happier in the last night’s episode. Dean would be happy because, Sam has finally cut all the crap. Like Dean has already said, “He is best in Impala, besides Sam, hunting evil SOBs”. I am sure, Dean is at least partly happy. Regarding Benny, I am not really good with this relationship stuff, so I guess its better if I don’t comment on this.

  • Keith

    You have two 10 p.m. shows (Scandal and Nashville) beating a 9 p.m. show (Revenge) last week. If Scandal and Nashville hold steady/keep increasing while Revenge stays at a 2.0/keeps dropping, then I think Revenge will be a bubble show/potentially cancelled. Shouldn’t 9 p.m. shows be doing better than the 10 p.m. shows? It’s funny how Scandal/Nashville and Revenge have swapped places.

  • Bob

    The year American Idol goes away will be the year that Ryan Seacrest says “Enough”. The only thing I hope is that he gives notice that American Idol will finish at least one season before this happens so they can have a FINAL Season with Simon, Randy, Paula and Ryan as a swan song and then put the show to bed. I seriously hope it happens exactly this way. The other hope I have is that it goes out relatively on top and not basically “forced” out. I would say Ryan says, “I am hanging up my American Idol experience in 2016 for example”. In 2015, they begin talks to prior judges and make the last season one to remember!!!! Maybe bring back all the Idols at the final moment with the 14 winners or so. Man I can see it now…go out with a bang!

  • ThatsRightISaidIt87


    Last night’s episode of Supernatural was way too depressing. Already a number of hardcore fans are saying they’re going to take a break from the show. I don’t know what the producers are thinking but watching the show has almost become like a practice in self harm because of the terrible things they put these poor characters through.

    They won’t, and you shouldn’t listen to silly internet fans when they moan and make huffy statements like that. Supernatural fans are the biggest bunch of whiners there are and they will find something to nit-pick and make a crap-storm about no matter what the show does. Still they’ll vote into the wee hours of the morning for the show to win popularity contests like the People’s Choice Awards.

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