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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  • Mark Wood


    II think you said you didn’t understand why Sam wouldn’t trust Benny, or Dean’s word on Denny.

    Well its really simple, and three fold.

    First, Benny didn’t feel the hunger in Purgatory. So Dean’s entire time spent with Benny is a time when Benny didn’t have to fight his hunger for human blood. He also only worked with Dean because Dean served his purpose. Not saying Benny couldn’t over time (like people in the trenches will) build a strong trusting bond with Dean, it wasn’t his initial reason.

    2nd, Sam has very personal experience of working with a monster, for nearly two years. Ruby did everything right to show that she was on Sam side. Including getting tortured by other demons. Sam trust was (like Dean” built over time), and that trust was used to start the apocalypse. HE has also been around a bunch of Vamps, of which only one group was able to not feed on humans (though under’s Eve’s influence even they feed. He also knows how to hunters handled being turned. He knew Gordon couldn’t resist the hunger, he knows Dean felt he couldn’t over time. With Lenore (the Vamps from season 2 and her friends) they found no evidence of that group ever harming a human, no bodies, and direct evidence that they were feeding off of animals. Benny is seeking out and getting sought out by others of his kind who do feed, and a body count is following him around.

    3rd, Dean very hypocrisy about Benny. Dean was willing to give Sam ultimatums: leave Ruby or leave him. HE followed Ruby and tracked her (all things Sam is wanted to do with Benny). He was willing to kill monsters that Sam asked him not to. Yet here he has a monster that Dean literally has given free reign to. Whom he doesn’t even feel needs to be monitored.

  • CookyMonzta

    So says @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.”

    Like always?? The show drew 20 million on raw Nielsen data only twice last season; the debut and the finale. If they don’t have any barn burners on the contenders’ roll call when they get down to 24 people, this show will never draw 20 million again. I’m even prepared to say that ship has already sailed, and for good. The question now is, how long before it struggles to draw 15 million? Their lowest draw last season was 14.3 million. Quite likely that they will draw fewer at some point before the end of this season.

  • SueP

    @Tessa-you certainly use the term ‘rant’ loosely. My ‘rant’ was agreeing with an opinion stated by Melanie and that I was happy the boys chose each other. Nothing negative about the Sam and Dean bond whatsoever. I guess ill stop ranting now. I don’t know if you were just in the mood to pick fights today or what but I’ll bow out gracefully and let you have at it.

  • Ruan

    So should we consider this the final numbers or will there be a separate post? Anyone?

  • Vanessa S.

    @Tessa: I heard or read a small spoiler that Dean would actually meet Amelia in person. Since that hasn’t happened yet, I assume that we will see her again sometime this season.

  • Mark

    If NBC doesn’t dare airing new eps of Whitney and GWK I guess that shows how much do they trust them. Cancellation probabilities increasing…

  • Volta

    Nice to see SPN hold it’s rating. Would love to see a season 9.

    Thought the episode was a good one, and this whole season is hugely improved over season 7 for me (so far).

    I guess I watch too many thriller/horror cable shows (OK, 2), because I don’t understand this huge fuss over the torture stuff. Sure it was disturbing – it should be – but it didn’t scream overly done to me either. I guess it’s just on a “CW” level because there’s WAY worse out there in TV Land w/ shows sharing the same TV ratings as SPN.

    As for the brothers… I actually prefer when they have some issues w/ each other rather then them always getting along (how boring would THAT be? Plus, they’ve never always got along…). It’s natural they WOULD have issues, especially w/ how much they’ve been through and how much time they spend together.

    I like how this past episode ended (although I feel bad for Benny. Like the character and hope we see more of him in the future.). You can tell all is not forgiven yet (would be unrealistic if it was), but they did choose each other, so it’s a good start.

    As for Cas – it’s an interesting storyline, and I’m curious as to where they’re going with it.

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