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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  • ThatsRightISaidIt87


    Who the hell is Anna?

  • Cj morton

    Wow! 6.0 is awesome! Can’t believe people are disappointed!

  • Martie

    CW has to be thrilled with how well their Wednesdays are holding up.

    Idol is still a monster but I wonder if it’ll stabilize soon? It can’t keep falling at the current rate for much longer, I figure it’ll at least be able to hang in the 4.xs for a few years.

  • Tessa

    @Vanessa S.
    How do you know Amelia will be back? Do you have info or is that just a speculation?

    I also want to let those who are hoping for an up adjustment for Arrow and SPN know that it will be unlikely since they had been preempted by basketball in some markets. Hopefully there will be no down adjustments.

  • Melanie

    @Tessa I didn’t have any problem with the original comment – although “Last night’s episode caused a number of hardcore fans ‘on Tumblr’ to get upset.” would have been a more accurate statement, if that’s what you were originally referring to, and also provided the context.

    It was the follow-up comment that I had a bit of a problem with.
    “Also the Tumblr quote I posted was a sample out of dozens of similar ones I saw since last night. It doesn’t mean that’s what everyone thinks, but it’s a random sample (a scientific concept) of an opinion that is repeating over and over and has credibility as such, no more, no less.”

    Its not a random sample. The frequency with which an opinion is stated doesn’t give it credibility one way or the other.

    I was left with the impression that you were either attempting to validate your opinion with the number of people who agreed with you, or use the responses on Tumblr to extrapolate that opinion to a larger group. Its not necessary to do the former and the latter can’t be done in a ‘scientific’ manner.

    I can see, from your discussion why, based on your interpretation of the episode that you found it depressing. If I interpreted the Winchester’s motives for being together as you do, I would find it depressing also. But I don’t. And while I agree that it was sad that Alfie was killed, I don’t think it derails Castiel’s redemption arc. I think it is providing the clues the Winchester’s need to recognize that Castiel needs help & for them to help their friend in future episodes.

  • JulieDawn

    Agggghhh can everyone who doesn’t already PLEASE get their “affect” and “effect” right:

    “Something may have an EFFECT on something else”, or “That did not AFFECT it”. Effect – noun. Affect – verb.

    Sorry it’s a pet peeve.

    On topic, happy with the CW nbrs although it would have been great if SPN could have hit that 1.0, perhaps in the finals. And pleased to see CF repeat well.

  • fearless

    @Petar Ivanov

    You can bark as much as you want about Criminal Minds, but its not going away and its a good show. You just can’t appreciate it with your tiny eyes and brain. =)

  • Carl

    I will be surprised if SPN isn’t adjusted down in the final. I know torture porn has an audience but I’m not sure how many viewers want to see a character being tortured for about 20 minutes straight.

    This was an exceptionally grim episode, and while SPN has often been grim, this is one of the episodes where I saw no apparent purpose for this misery. Everything was depressing just to be depressing – even the reunion of Sam and Dean was one of dysfunction and shame, with both of them looking like they wanted to be anywhere else. Then you had everyone else suffering and suffering and suffering – Kevin has his mother leave because he feels he has to be alone, Samandriel is tortured and after thinking he’s safe, is murdered by someone he idolized, Cas has a complete breakdown in front of his only friends, who barely react other than to decide to protect themselves from him, Cas is forced to murder an angel he loves, Cas realizes he truly has no will or choice in anything he does. Benny is close to relapsing. Amelia is sad, I guess – didn’t really watch that stuff.

    There’s no reason left to hope. That’s probably not new, but rarely is an entire episode designed to show that everything is terrible and will always be terrible. The episode “Abandon All Hope” actually had more lighthearted moments in it. How did that happen?

    This is the type of episode that makes someone break away, because they may decide that everything the show builds up will be torn down for rushed angst and torture.

    And next week it’s…fun LARP adventures. Yay?

  • Mike K

    I’m happy about the turn out for Idol, and that no one cares for these judges…. but as soon as the lives shows start, Idols will jump to 20+ million like always.

  • ThatsRightISaidIt87


    What a ridiculous thing to say. You may like Criminal Minds but that does not mean those who do not are stupid. You sound like a Fringe fan. That’s usually their line of choice when anyone speaks negatively of it. As for CM being a good show… maybe it is, if you enjoy violence porn.

  • Carl


    Anna was an angel in seasons 4 and 5. She tore out her grace because she wanted to be human. She was reborn as a human and eventually ended up in a mental institution. Dean and Sam had to help save her from the angels, who wanted her back. She and Dean had a quickie when he thought he was going to die and she thought she was going to be taken back to Heaven.

    Anna was supposed to be Dean’s guardian angel and love interest. Cas was only supposed to be in about 3 episodes, and then killed, with Anna taking his role after she was taken back to Heaven. Cas and his relationship with Dean were immediately a hit with fans, while Anna/Dean were not.

    Anna appeared less and less, finally returning in some insane plan to kill Dean and Sam’s mother in order to stop the Apocalypse. Archangel Michael killed her.

    She could have been a really interesting character, but they lost interest after people didn’t want her with Dean.

  • Freyja

    There’s no reason left to hope. That’s probably not new, but rarely is an entire episode designed to show that everything is terrible and will always be terrible. The episode “Abandon All Hope” actually had more lighthearted moments in it. How did that happen?

    This isn’t the Brady Bunch, where everything is tied up in a nice neat bow at the end of every episode…

    SPN has always been dark and depressing this is nothing new, I am not sure why fans think this is new.

  • Carl

    There’s usually something, some moment. Even the Apocalypse, which was depressing, had a lot of comic moments along the way, and ultimately a reason for hope, in that Sam and Dean managed to eventually become closer again.

    Now they’re not really giving any positive sign. They didn’t even say that Dean and Sam had missed being close and were going to work on it. If you’re going to take away all their other relationships at least do that. Instead they were only together because they felt they had no choice.

  • ThatsRightISaidIt87


    Thanks for the breakdown, I do sorta remember her now. It’s amazing that KS would be so OTT about her redemption vs. Castiel… Bizarre.

  • JulieDawn


    It’s not that amazing, KS (for some strange unknown reason) seems to have an ingrained fear/hate/bitterness when it comes to Castiel, and misses no opportunity to insert some reference to it in almost every post about SPN….

  • CenterGravity

    Would you people please stop yakking about ridiculous plot details from Supernatural!

  • ThatsRightISaidIt87


    You’re right actually. KS is always moaning about SPN but specifically Castiel.



  • Lacey

    Yay! It looks like us SPNFamily might be getting our 9th and 10th SEASON like we want ! ! GO SUPERNATURAL!

  • ThatsRightISaidIt87


    Based on what?

  • snoot

    @Tom thanks for the info on suburgatory.

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