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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  • Match

    I knew Nashville would go up, last night’s episode was great. :)


    Idol is great. It wont be very huge number for tonight, because of the lance arrmstrong interview on OWN. Still, it will get a 5.1 tonight which is huge and numbers FOX NEEDS.

    Also, it will get more and more buzz , I promise. Its Idol. People start watching whenever they please.


    It’s not the judges falt, it’s just fatigue in the relation show genre, The Voice going 2 cycles a year and FOX competing against themselves in a way with XFactor didn’t help. 6.0 are still great numbers non the less. A show getting 15mil+ viewers in their 12th season is a Huge accomplishment. XF and The Voice won’t be getting those numbers (if they make it to a 12th season) IDOL is still the gold standard.

  • steve

    it’ll be very interesting when TBBT returns

  • Dogg

    As much as I dislike Idol, the shows ratings is hardly a failure. If tonights ratings continue to fall, than definitely the show May have some challenges ahead… I would love to see it end this season, but it may still have a few seasons to go. The

  • Fred

    A 6.0 and over 17 mil viewers is still a MONSTER HIT these days. FOX must be jumping for joy over these fantastic #s. Many thought viewers had enough of the genre after The Voice and X Factor, but not so. Unless IDOL #s completely tank, FOX should be in good shape by season end.


    @ bigbrotherfan

    As an X-IDOL fan, there is no way I’d tune in again. When J Hudson was voted off, I stopped watching that season, when Daughtry was booted off, stopped then & only watched a few weeks when J Sparks won & that was the last time for me.


    Ryan Ryans, Peter Peters, Vincent Vincents, William Williams, Robert Roberts

  • bigbrotherfan

    PLUS Brit and XtinA have nothing on Carey and they aren’t exactly hot new up and coming acts anymore like Nicki so the show won’t drop to bad.

    WHOEVER SAID 2’S is being really dramatic! COME ON!


    What I can stand are idiot statements to Idol. I have asked people to show me a show in its 12th season past or present with these numbers or higher. I am still waiting for the show to come. Cause nobody can show me anything. Is CSI OR Greys doing 20 million viewers anymore? Whats the original CSI getting now? It was a huge phenom back in day, its got to be 30 million right in its 12th season. Oh BTW last season of Idol flopped Phillip Phillips getting a song at almost quadriple platinum what a freaking failure and the album at 620,000 is such a failure, if it hits platinum what an embarassment. Again I will ask this question one more time and I want something produced, tell me a show that is doing these kind of numbers in season 12?


    American Idol gets a 4.9 is 18-34 (FOXS coveted demo).

    Its more than fine.

  • bigbrotherfan


    I stopped holding any hope for any of the singers past season 6. Pretty much why I stopped tuning in. I’m watching tonight really only for the judges as I like both the female singers on the panel.

  • Mr Mumble

    A 20% decline is awful for Idol. Broadcast programming is ‘only’ down ~8% this season and I’d hazard a guess non-scripted in declining less than the average. Idol fans can use absolute numbers to their hearts content but relative ratings and expectations are important. At this rate of decline Idol will be a bubble show in 2016 (and that’s ignoring contractual shenanigans).

    Since it’s rarely said: NBC’s schedulers were smart to run new Wednesday programming a fortnight ago and repeats yesterday. It only papers over the cracks for NBC’s actual programming, of course.

  • Kywie

    Nicki is making Idol really unwatchable this season, she’s a worse judge than Demi Lovato. At least Demi was funny and entertaining at times. Nicki is just strange. I couldn’t take it anymore I just switched over to reruns of Whitney and Guys with Kids.

  • silver

    SPN sucked last night. One of the worst episodes ever and Sam continues to be the biggest douche in TV land. The drop in viewers could be blamed on AI, but I doubt it since Arrow held quite well against AI.

  • Oliver

    The problem with X Factor is that it takes up so much of Fox’s schedule time that it severely limits how many new shows they can launch, which makes it harder for them to find hits. In other words, it gets okay ratings but has a huge opportunity cost.

    I think Factor is done after next season, and I also wouldn’t be surprised if they cut the Thursday hour to free up some schedule space.


    Its in its 12th season. 12. There is a 12 year old out there who was born when it started. In two seasons someone will be on the show who wasnt thought of when it started.
    The show is just fine. Once the voice starts falling in season 4 and 5 people will realize how beast Idol is.

    X Factor is filler, lets be real. HUGE difference in quality and production.


    Btw ABC seemed to not really suffer at all with Idol. Middle and Modern Family were solid. Nashville is rising up now. I am really surprised to see ABC be so patient with it. It was smart they kept in its same timeslot and not moving it around. Let it find its way.

    On the FOX Front I think moving X Factor to SUMMER would be a great idea. It would give a gap in time with Idol plus X Factor would be uninterupted with no baseball schedule. It can go into September. Also Idol two years ago when it had Lopez/Tyler premiere it will still the only singing show. This fall we had Voice/X Factor versus last fall just X Factor. I really like the Voice last season for fall. It did extremely well for NBC but again I will say this it needs to produce a star.

    OMG if FOX cancelled Idol u don’t think every network in town would jump at it? The name brand alone is worth BILLIONS. If FOX cancelled Idol today, u don’t think any network would jump at bit? Honestly I do agree though if not summer for X Factor, they should axe X Factor so Idol doesn’t have to deal with the singing show route. I have a weird feeling Simon will want his gig back on Idol. Hes too much ego not to be on the biggest show.

  • hoodafux

    is it just me or are oliver and his sister’s scenes a little sexually awkward, like he doesn’t look at her in a brother-sister way but like he wants to push her against the wall and make out with her

  • Oliver

    @Mr Mumble

    To their credit, the new NBC administration is much better at scheduling than the last lot.

    Shame the programming is just as bad.

  • Ultima

    @Mr Mumble
    A 20% decline is awful for Idol.

    When the finals come out, the decline will be 16-18% year-to-year for the premiere. That’s significantly better than the 24% decline last season.

    It’s not good, but it’s not unrealistic or awful. Old shows decline, especially when there’s increased competition both in the genre and from other networks no longer being scared to counter-program.

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