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.





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  • thesnowleopard

    Good to see Arrow stay above a 1.0. Good to see SPN keep a 0.9 in a week when other CW shows continue to sink (or just plain start their lives in a bad place). Too bad the SPN episode was so divisive. Horrible ending, there. It could affect next week’s episode, but Charlie dislike is more likely to do damage, assuming the ratings drop (They might not).

  • Ultima

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

    Gunsmoke had a 25.5 rating in its 13th season, so there!


    RE: AI update–COOL

    @ Keith

    I think Revenge will soon be a “bubble” (as in “Tiny Bubbles”) show, also.

  • KS


    I do remember him saying something, “You are defenseless, there is no point in killing you” at the beginning of the episode. I guess that’s the answer.

  • Tessa

    Here’s an example of fan reaction. This is from a random Tumblr account among many of such messages that’ve been popping up since last night. I don’t even know who this is, just that they care enough about the show to blog about it:

    ’ve always been ok with Supernatural being a little gory. That’s just part of hunting monsters, but the torture of Samandriel last night just was too much for me. It wouldn’t have been quite so bad if they had been successful in saving him, but to put him through that and then kill him didn’t make me like the show at all. It’s getting to be nothing but angst, depression hopelessness. That doesn’t make for a good drama for me. It needs some kind of hope. Sam and Dean being jammed together at the end, still disliking each other, but stuck together like 2 abused spouses does not give hope.

  • Ruan

    There are too many singing contests on TV. Who could blame viewers for being tired of them?

    NBC should run only one cycle of “The Voice” per year, and FOX should really get rid of “The X Factor”. Somebody said they’re competing with themselves and that’s true.


    @ Ultima

    Gunsmoke had a 25.5 rating in 1970-71 which would have made it its 16th season, so there!

  • SweetD


    I know, but regardless it is still performing well for NBC, despite it’s Wednesday night competition, or lack thereof.

    At 10PM up against all originals, CF does better than most other things W-F on NBC.

  • I Love TV!

    “Ehm no. They had a 16.3 after the Super Bowl remember? Every blind audition and a couple of battles of that season had 5?s and 6?s”

    First of all, we’re talking about the Super Bowl when the show was in a huge hype, as far as I know American Idol never had that pos-bowl slot. Second of all, 5?s and 6?s??? Show me when please

  • I Love TV!

    The 6’s of course

  • Ultima

    Gunsmoke had a 25.5 rating in 1970-71 which would have made it its 16th season, so there!


  • rob60990

    “It’s funny how Scandal/Nashville and Revenge have swapped places.”

    Neither of those shows would hold up any better if it had to go against the competition Revenge has on Sundays.

  • DougF

    “They are tired of watching their favorite characters getting physically and mentally tortured and killed”

    I can read and like I said they aren’t hardcore fans, just Sam, Dean or Castiel fan girls. These are the people who have a stop watch to see how much screen time their character gets and count how many words their favorite has.

    It is very clear that them being character fan girls has blinded them to the fact that the hunting life is a depressing, soul torturing thing. They have been drilling that into the fans heads for years.

    It would be unreal if Dean and Sam were Season 1 Sam and Dean or even Season 4 Sam and Dean.

  • Ultima

    @I Love TV!
    The 6?s of course

    Ratings for The Voice in 2011-12 – 16.3, 6.7, 6.0, 6.0, 5.4, 6.2, 4.6,…

  • KS


    Based on your Tumbler post:

    Actually I really enjoyed Castiel killing Samandriel. All that Naomi-Castiel stuff was incredible and it was surprising and unpredictable. And did you forget this is “anything can happen Supernatural”.

    I guess we don’t really need to discuss anymore about the issues between brothers or their personal lives because, they never cease to exist. They have to sacrifice friends, lovers, normal apple-pie life or any other comforts for saving people, hunting things and for FAMILY.

    All I did not like was what happened with Benny. They have definitely underused the actor.

  • Tessa


    No he said, “You know you’re powerless, you wouldn’t dare move against me again. That would be pointless. So I have no need to kill you. Not now.”

    Which implies he would kill them if they moved against him. Which they did, by summoning Death. Still, when Castiel showed up and defeated them once again, he still didn’t kill them. Even when Dean told Death to “kill him already,” right in his face. He didn’t lift a finger against Dean. I know I would’ve offed him right there and then if I was a power hungry bad guy since he had proven to me he was a threat. Please tell me why Castiel didn’t?

  • Ruan


    Really? “The Voice” got a 16.3 in its premiere?

  • KS


    Just saw your reply regarding Anna and Castiel. I thought, we discussed that issue that the number of episodes doesn’t matter. It only matters how important a character is. And yeah, just because fans want something, it can’t be on the show. Writers need to do justice to all characters equally, not just the ones fans demand.

  • Ultima

    Really? “The Voice” got a 16.3 in its premiere?

    It was after the Super Bowl.

  • Freyja

    @Tessa- But your taking one person’s overreaction to the episode and trying to make a point that everyone feels that way.

    I don’t feel that way, and I am sure others don’t feel that way…

    The show doesn’t need any hope or everything all tied up in a nice neat bow at the end of each episode. Cause hell if you all want that go watch the Brady Bunch, this is Supernatural where it’s dark, gritty and realistic.

    Sam and Dean will work with each other for the greater good despite their feelings towards each other, I love they haven’t completely forgiven each other and still hold that animosity, but are willing to work towards stopping Crowley and his minions..

    Sam and Dean remind me of what my brother and I are going through right now, I can’t stand him, yet I will put aside my differences to help my dad out who needs us since my mom passed away last week.

    Tumbler isn’t that where most of the psychotic fandom hangs out now?

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