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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.
Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

Definitions: Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • THE OLD MAN

    @ Ultima

    1972-73 is my fave, when Gunsmoke in its 18th season tied the Mary Tyler Moore Show (3rd) w/ a 23.6 & MTM ran on a Sat night!

  • KS

    @SueP

    Completely agree with you too. But still not very clear why, why Dean trusts Benny so much in the first place and why Sam does NOT trust him at all?

    @Tessa

    Have taken some time to watch that scene in YouTube. He was almost about to kill them, sorry, was about to explode them all by snap of his fingers, but then fortunately Death appeared. So he was interrupted. He did keep his word, didn’t he? Dean is completely right in asking Death to kill Castiel, because he is a potential nuclear weapon on earth. And yeah, unleashing Death on all three of them, which I don’t really think is consistent with what you say.

  • Rob R

    American Idol is still the most popular entertainment show on American television. That cannot be denied.

    Excited to see “Nashville” doing well. I dont know if the same people watch “Chicago Fire,” but it was in reruns, perhaps helping Nashville.

  • Edward

    this sounds crazy but when The Big Bang Thoery returns I think it will beat American Idol in viewrs and rating and The Big Bang Thoery will finish #1 show of 2012-2013!!

  • Mike

    American Idol should have gracefully exited about 2 years ago but they still keep going, its really all about the judges not the singers!!

  • rob60990

    “ever since NBC placed them there I’ve noticed the ABC comedies haven’t performed as well as they had during 2009-11 so NBC has done some damage there.”

    2011-2012 was The Middle’s highest rated season and Suburgatory did better than Better With You the year before.

  • Freyja

    @Tessa

    But that’s what family does ;) well most families, they put aside their differences for the greater good. The only people who don’t are the selfish ones, and I am not selfish so I will work with my brother to help my dad.

    Saving the world will always come first before normal for Sam and Dean, that’s how they’ve always been. When the show ends then they can have friends and hang out toss the football, you know be all Brady Bunch like.

    No offense to Tumbler but as I said before that is where the more rabid fandom hangs out ;)

  • KS

    @Tessa

    I’m sad that Sam and Dean had to get together because of what their lives have become,

    I guess this was there since the very beginning of the show and it isn’t going to change. I don’t see how this is any different from the previous seasons. They both hated hunting, one more than the other, tried to get away as far as possible from it, but back to hunting again.

    not because they chose to care about each other.

    What on earth made you to come to this false conclusion? They do care about each other. The proof for this is, do you really think, any of the brothers would agree, if the other brother is going on a hunt alone?

  • SueP

    @Tessa – no it was not directed at you, I was referring to people in general who overuse the terms ‘majority of fans’ and ‘most fans’ but now that you’ve brought me into your argument, does this sound familiar?

    “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.”

    Consider my sources checked. :) So I guess my one comment, 4 sentence ‘rant’ does include you after all.

  • Samunto

    Celebrity judges (or coaches) only seem to work on The Voice. The show whose original premise included celeb judges. Current celebs not washed up has beens.

  • slow start

    @ Mark

    Nice way to spin it you know damn well TNN is doing way worse than its season average right now without The Voice. Whitney and Guys with Kids are actually getting those ratings on its own.

    Since when has Zimbio become such a reliable source? I wanna hear NBC say that or even Deadline.

  • Tessa

    @Freyja

    Saving the world will always come first before normal for Sam and Dean, that’s how they’ve always been. When the show ends then they can have friends and hang out toss the football, you know be all Brady Bunch like.

    Sorry but I disagree with this isolationist idea that because Sam and Dean are hunters they should only be with each other and no one else. If anything, I believe they should gather as many allies and friends as they could around themselves and create an army of good to defeat the armies of evil.

    @KS

    What on earth made you to come to this false conclusion?

    I don’t know, the fact that you confirmed it in the same post. A couple of sentences above you’re saying the fact that Sam and Dean have to be together because their lives suck is a given on the show. Then you wonder why I’m saying they aren’t together because they love each other but because their lives suck and they have no choice. :|

  • Tessa

    Sorry, messed up the quoting.
    @Freyja

    Saving the world will always come first before normal for Sam and Dean, that’s how they’ve always been. When the show ends then they can have friends and hang out toss the football, you know be all Brady Bunch like.

    Sorry but I disagree with this isolationist idea that because Sam and Dean are hunters they should only be with each other and no one else. If anything, I believe they should gather as many allies and friends as they could around themselves and create an army of good to defeat the armies of evil.

    @KS

    What on earth made you to come to this false conclusion?

    I don’t know, the fact that you confirmed it in the same post. A couple of sentences above you’re saying the fact that Sam and Dean have to be together because their lives suck is a given on the show. Then you wonder why I’m saying they aren’t together because they love each other but because their lives suck and they have no choice. :|

  • SueP

    @KS – I get why Dean trusts Benny — spending almost a year fighting beside someone who had your back (as well as Castiel’s) would make you want to believe in them, even if logic dictated you shouldn’t. He was giving Benny the chance to live up to what Dean hoped he was. As for Sam NOT trusting Benny immediately – no idea. That’s been a huge problem for me this season. Since Sam is normally the one trying to give the benefit of the doubt, why was he so against Benny from the start even though Dean was obviously considering him a friend. That still makes no sense to me. Made Sam look petty and jealous and I still can’t come up with an explanation other than the fact that Benny was a vampire. And even I know that’s weak and completely out of character for Sam. *shrugs*

  • slow start

    @ Reed Addison

    Chicago Fire has a chance to comeback real strong, NBC has done the right things with this show.

  • Ultima

    @Michael
    But trust me, the brain trust at FOX was hoping and praying for a slight Golden Globes-esque ratings increase. Trust me.

    TV executives hope their ratings go up? No kidding.

    Idol’s premiere ratings certainly fell within the expected range. No reason to pop champagne corks over at FOX, but no reason to panic either.

  • Ultima

    @Mike
    American Idol should have gracefully exited about 2 years ago but they still keep going

    Why? The show is still successful and profitable.

  • Melanie

    @Tessa Did you really just mention Tumblr and credibility in the same paragraph? Selecting a single response that you agree with from your timestream or friends list (or whatever they call how you view things on the site) is NOT a ‘random’ selection.

    My social media experience with regards to the show was a happy one last night — I just as easily can say that everybody on my twitter feed last night loved the episode and post a quote that sings its praises but that wouldn’t be ‘random’ either.

    Honestly @SueP is right – our opinions can’t be extrapolated based on the ratings or based on our social media.
    I didn’t find it depressing. You did. Agree to disagree.

  • Ultima

    @Edward
    this sounds crazy but when The Big Bang Thoery returns I think it will beat American Idol in viewrs and rating and The Big Bang Thoery will finish #1 show of 2012-2013!!

    Even excluding football, there’s virtually no chance The Big Bang Theory will top NCIS in total viewers or The Walking Dead in A18-49.

  • Tom

    @Snoot “Was Suburgatory pulling better numbers at 8:30 last year?”

    Last season, Suburgatory debuted with a 3.3; it fell to a 2.4 by Episode 14; Episode 22, the finale, was a 1.8. Posters on this site have commented that the program isn’t as good this season. The ratings suggest that the program started to fall off with the Alicia Silverstone arc last season. So, IMHO, it’s the quality of the show that’s hurting its ratings, not the timeslot.

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