TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol' Down, 'CSI' Hits High, 'Modern Family' Hits Low, 'Criminal Minds' & 'The Middle' Up

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January 24th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.4/15 2.4/7 2.4/6 1.6/4 1.0/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.7/15 1.8/6 1.4/4 1.5/5 0.9/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 16.004 7.147 10.001 3.845 2.612 2.560

Note: CBS was preempted in San Antonio for NBA Basketball. CBS ratings may be subject to more than the usual ratings adjustments.

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX, American Idol earned a 5.4, down 10% from a 6.0 among adults 18-49 for last week's premiere. About 18 percent of your predictions were right.

On ABC, The Middle scored a 2.5 up 9 percent from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. The Neighbors garnered a 1.9 up 6 percent from last week's 1.8. Modern Family scored a season-low 4.1 down 5 percent from last week's 4.3 adults 18-49 rating. Suburgatory earned a 2.3, even with last week.  Nashville notched a 1.8, down 18 percent from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Criminal Minds earned a 3.0 up 3% from last week's 2.9. CSI scored a season high 2.7 up 17% from last week’s 2.3.

On The CW, Arrow garnered a 1.1  adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. Supernatural notched a  0.9, among adults 18-49, also even with last week. CW fans take note: last night the network beat NBC.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, January 22, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 5.4/15 16.00
ABC The Middle 2.5/7 8.54
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.5/4 6.78
CW Arrow 1.1/3 3.13
NBC Whitney - R 0.8/2 2.64
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 1.9/5 6.32
NBC Guys With Kids - R 0.8/2 2.20
9:00 ABC Modern Family 4.1/11 10.81
CBS Criminal Minds 3.0/8 11.74
CW Supernatural 0.9/2 2.10
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 0.7/2 2.73
9:30 ABC Suburgatory 2.3/6 6.28
10:00 CBS CSI 2.7/7 11.49
ABC Nashville 1.8/5 5.47
NBC Chicago Fire -R 0.8/2 2.53


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," 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/6.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
> * From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/3 with an encore).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 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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  • Michael

    Variety is reporting the 10% “Idol” drop as a “held steady.”
    Another drop — on top of last week’s disastrous premiere numbers — makes it YES, the #1 show on TV, BUT, and there is a big “but,” it is the most expensive 16 million viewer show in history; with horrific judges and old, tired production values. YAWN. Hope those geniuses at FOX realize their asinine decisions are killing a once great show before it’s too late.

  • Michael

    @FOX PR, I mean @Max
    The most expensive 5.4 in TV history. Losing money faster than you’re losing credibility. (-;

  • Tessa


    I do not understand why some fans think that Cas/Misha HAS to either be in every episode or at least mentioned in every episode.


    I don’t mind him not being in every episode. I actually believe that’s what keeps his character fresh. But like you said, he had a heavy presence in the last episode. For the boys to not even mention him or what happened, not even in passing, is a shame. They kept a running commentary about Amelia throughout the entire episode and she’s a character no one likes and only one of them has met. There was even an allusion to Benny and he was in a total of 5 minutes last episode. Meanwhile they went through a mind boggling, terrifying experience with Cas that ended with him bleeding from the eye and them having to angel proof their room. Yet when we come back to them this episode all they talk about is Amealia and the text and having fun. Give me a break. Even if Misha/Cas isn’t in the episode something big involving him happened last week that deserved mentioning. I’m frustrated because it’s the same crap they pull every time. Cas drowns in a lake and the boys act like nothing happened. Cas takes Sam’s hallucinations into himself and the boys act like nothing happened. Now this. You don’t have to be a Cas/Misha fan to get pissed at this selective lack of continuity.

  • Michael Myers

    Do anyone know why CBS has been in repeats so much this week it seem pretty weird doesn’t it ?

  • Psycho Dr. Britt

    @ William & Dahne

    I agree Dahne that Will’s fantasy schedule isn’t too good. I think NBC should move SVU to Fridays to go against NY I like that part but the rest of it wouldn’t work. Grimm should try Thursdays out, NBC should counter this night with male shows like Revolution and Grimm as the comedies clearly aren’t working.

    Also on the comedy side I don’t think Community or TNN is coming back. I actually see Guys with Kids in an hour with the new Up All Night probably on Fridays or Wednesdays. Whitney will likely stay on a weeknight and not air on a Friday.

  • Ultima

    @Psycho Dr. Britt
    Modern Family really isn’t that old yet, its only in its 4th season.

    Yes, and most hit sitcoms peak during thier second or third season, so there is nothing unusual about Modern Family being down this season.

    Most of the hit comedies like BBT actually get stronger throughout the later part of their runs due to extra exposure in syndication.

    Modern Family hasn’t entered syndication yet, it’s entirely possible that it will be up next season as a result of the additional exposure.

  • eridapo

    @ Ultima

    Excluding the Super Bowl, NBC will finish this season up year-to-year.

    Very true, but the results are skewed by one show… The Voice is coloring the decline of the rest of the NBC schedule…

  • ZmaX

    @Psycho Dr. Britt

    If they have TVD/The Originals on Thursdays, and Arrow/Amazon on Wednesdays, they can put Supernatural and a new show on Mondays. If everything works well, then they’ll have 3 solid nights.

  • Ultima

    @Michael Myers
    Do anyone know why CBS has been in repeats so much this week it seem pretty weird doesn’t it ?

    It’s normal for networks to air repeats leading up to February sweeps.

  • Ultima

    Very true, but the results are skewed by one show… The Voice is coloring the decline of the rest of the NBC schedule…

    The Biggest Loser is up year-to-year, Off Their Rockers was an unexpected success, their drama situation has improved in each of the past two years; yes, The Voice is the primary reason for them being up this year, but it’s not as if it is the only bright spot on their schedule.

  • Dahne

    @Tessa – There is no “selective lack of continuity.” There is a lack of continuity period, especially in season 8. From the time Jeremy Carver penned that stunning anti-canon declaration about not looking and declared it to be canon, nothing has shown continuity from season to season or episode to episode except for the annoying, contrived brother rift. Nothing selective about it.

  • Holly


    The Voice is coloring the decline of the rest of the NBC schedule…

    I don’t know about that. Revolution is doing better than Smash. The Tuesday comedies were fine as long as they had The Voice as a lead-in. And Chicago Fire is doing well. And Grimm seems to be holding up on Friday.

    I’m not saying they don’t have their issues, they do. But I think they are improving overall. Yes, the Voice has a major part in that in the average ratings and the boost it gives to its lead-outs, but the same has been true of ABC/Dancing and FOX/Idol

  • Mike

    CSI seems to be getting stronger since last season. The new cast members may have helped. Such an old show and doing so great.

  • Carl

    I agree with Tessa. It was one thing when Cas just stayed in the care home, and Dean and Sam didn’t talk about him. For them not to talk about him at all when he killed an angel he loved, when he was bleeding, when he went back to a place he said would drive him to suicide, is surprising to me, because early this season, they mentioned Cas even when he wasn’t around. It would be one thing if Cas were joyriding with Garth, but his story is supposed to bring emotional consequences for Sam and Dean. What will the consequences be if we are left assuming that Sam and Dean don’t care about him? Given the time they spent earlier this season focusing on the friendship between Dean and Cas, Dean suddenly forgetting him to mourn Benny doesn’t seem in character. Dean could do both.

    Thanks to everyone who answered my Berman question. I used to read his old column regularly, but hadn’t in the last year or two. I’m glad the show is seen as doing well.

    I think CW was smart in not pairing two superhero shows on the same night; I don’t know if Wonder Woman (which aside from Lynda Carter has always struggled with TV adaptations) would be a great fit after Arrow.

  • Tessa

    True words. However they are really keeping it continuous with the lame Amelia plotline. She’s either present in every episode (flashback or live,) or is mentioned at least a couple of times. :|

  • eridapo

    @ Ultima and @ Holly

    Yes I agree with you both.

    Sometimes I feel that with some of the stats we get, we should do like they do in Olympic Diving scoring and throw out the one low and one high score to get a real sense of where the Network is..

    There are always going to be those outliers that skewed the average one direction, and if we were to take that out and compare it to the rest of the schedule we could see if the Network has indeed improve.

    Like both of you have shown, the NBC schedule does have a few bright spots. Yet the rest of their lineup has suffered as much as the rest of the other networks…

  • Psycho Dr. Britt

    @ Ultima

    I’m only talking about the hits they usually peak around seasons 4-7. MF can grow with syndication but I highly doubt it as its already slipping too early in its run.

    @ ZmaX

    Yeah I would go with that too, The CW would be better off having Supernatural holding down Mondays or Tuesdays. I know one of those nights will go to the soaps 90210/Hart of Dixie/Carrie Diaries and the other needs to go to Supernatural. If Cult becomes anything I would put that with Supernatural this season.

  • forg

    Lots of overreaction here! Modern Family’s ratings are still fine, it probably peaked in the ratings last season and while this year it’s down from last year the ratings are still good and they always drop when competing with Idol. It’s just down two tenths from last week so it’s not really a sharp drop. When it goest down 3.0 then people PANIC!!! Nashville drop from 2.2 to 1.8 is quite alarming but premature calls for cancellation from you guys

    Yay for The Middle!I hope it will get some boost next season when it enters syndication

  • Quin


  • Holly


    I think NBC is on the right track with their dramas and unscripted fare but in a rather desperate situation with their comedies. Of course, Sundays after football remain a problem, but they’re basically rebuilding the network from the ground up. It will take time.

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