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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  • Nathaniel M.

    @ Jeff (Canada)

    Everything follow behind Modern Family every year is #2 comedy/show on ABC, isn’t it?

  • Max

    Actually, no, Fan Excuse Bingo I am not. But good try. Continue…

  • Mi

    Good for Arrow, I was expecting worse..
    Hopefully it’s able to hold to these ratings in the next weeks. There are 6 more episodes to go before the next break.

  • Ram510

    Maybe ABC should go back to really committing to 10pm dramas, it seems to be starting to breed new life with Nashville ad Scandal. Which is really good considering the other networks are losing ground at 10pm. Move Castle to Thursday at 8 next season, keep Scandal and Nashville where they are and bring in all new 10pm dramas Sunday-Tuesday.

  • Al

    Half hour breakdown anyone?

  • Holly


    Looks like The Winner is The Voice and they will be The Next biggest thing on TV.

    Aside from the fact that Idol is starting the season with a 6.0 and The Voice’s high this fall was a 4.8…yep, The Voice is totally winning.

  • Ultima

    Idol is definitely down, but reports of its demise are greatly exaggerated. It’s still one of the highest rated shows on television.

    Remember when a show hitting a 6.0 was a huge thing and everyone was saying how awesome it was?

    I miss last week… ;)

  • Dominic

    suburgatory doesn’t deserve to be after modern family. it’s not funny at all :/

  • Michael

    Expect American Idol to be adjusted up in the finals!

  • omabin

    I am surprised with the ratings surge from Nashille. Maybe all the clip shows and repeats over christmas break really helped it. I have watched the first two episodes and gave up on it, not my kind of thing, but glad for ABC that it is doing okay for them. If it keeps this up, Castle will become the more bubblish drama from ABC’s fall to be renewed. It will get it anyway though. I think all 6 ABC dramas will be renewed at this point. The 7th renewal will be between Red Widow and Body of Proof imo, and my money is on Bop getting it.

    Chicago Fire has almost the same repeat performance as NCIS, not bad at all, especially at 10pm. I think the show has definitely settled in, very nice.

    As for the CW, an upwards adjustment in the finals would be nice, but this is still a very solid night for them, although it would be nice if Supernatural could go back to 1.0.

    As for CBS, it looks like H50 is back as their top rated 10pm show. Maybe they won’t move it after all next season. I think they should only move it if they are absolutely confident in a new drama to put in that very difficult timeslot or if they are willing to “demote” one of the 9pm dramas such as NCIS LA or Criminal Minds.

  • Melissa


    I agree with you 100%, but The Voice‘s fall high was a 4.9 (finale).

  • Ram510


    Not necessarily, The Middle is usually the #2 comedy

  • Wright

    Good for Arrow and SPN. SPN was great last night. Glad we don’t have to see Amelia anymore, but I will miss Benny. i felt so bad for him last night. I wish Sam would accept him. At least we have Cas back. Maybe on the season finale they can bring Bobby back too. Still hoping SPN is renewed for another 8 years. Long live SPN.

  • mariah

    American idol still beats the crappy voice. !

  • fringewillget5seasons

    CW must be pleased with Arrow.

    Criminal Minds is awful.. writing is just inane. Miss when it had actual plots about serial killers we couldn’t figure out in 5 minutes.

    CSI was actually sort of interesting.

    AI deserved the drops and will keep setting lows.

  • Fed


    Survivor season 12 ratings
    18–49 Viewers (millions)
    7.0/18 19.20
    6.6/17 18.75
    6.3/16 16.98
    5.5/14 14.85
    5.5/14 16.08
    5.4/14 15.33
    5.8/17 16.25
    5.6/17 16.36
    5.2/17 15.07
    5.5/18 16.26
    5.9/18 17.09
    5.9/18 17.04
    5.8/18 17.20
    6.2/15 17.07

  • Ultima

    The Voice and they will be The Next biggest thing on TV

    The Voice certainly is the next biggest thing on TV… after American Idol, The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family and football! ;)

  • TheFollowing

    If Idol is flop. TBBT is the only not flop show.

    The Voice is on Fall which the viewership is highest among the season.

  • Samunto

    No suprises here. The finals maybe adjusted up for Idol but come spring it’ll be averaging around 11mil and mid-to low 4s/high 3s.

  • Holly


    Could be. I get my data from Spotted Ratings, and they don’t have it getting a 4.9, but I’m willing to accept they got it wrong.

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