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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  • Ted Craig

    @ Psycho Dr. Britt

    TBBT declined in its 4th season as well, before reaching new heights the past two years.

  • Dan

    Wow Idol is down but still good, im surprised at Middle and Neighbors They did relatively well

  • Justin121

    “The Big Bang Theory is only up 6% year-to-year.”


  • Mark Wood

    SPN fans

    Hell yes, someone should have told what Dean had done was wrong. Even soulless Sam never used the family Dean was with as a means against him. Certainly regular Sam has never crossed that line.

    First Sam has never tore into Sam for not hunting for a year. Which we know is accurate. Dean did and in several episodes.

    Sam never guilted Dean for ever forming a lasting bond with a women? Ever. In fact he has encouraged Dean to seek out stable relationships.

    Even when Sam came back, Dean’s initial choice was to stay with the family he had created, and it was only Lisa who pushed him out the door later to work with Sam.

    So Sam didn’t lift a finger to save Dean from Purgatory. Boo Hoo. They (including Castiel, Bobby, and the other clan of hunters) spent between them two years researching Purgatory. Both how to open it up, and how to send someone there. Sam knew there was one way to open a brief portal, one that could occur roughly every six months. He had no ability to keep the portal open, and no means to stop the beings that might try and cross over, or any means of opening it from the other side. Not to mention that he didn’t know where Dean was in purgatory, how large purgatory was or if Dean was alive or dead when he crossed over. He also no longer had any allies, especially allies of a higher power.

    When Dean had his year, that he says he never stopped trying to save him, well lets see. He never specifically asked Castiel to help him (who was on Dean’s side and fully powered), he didn’t get or seek help from Bobby for research. And he had the means to access that Cage, every single moment of every single day that Sam was in Hell. He had allies who had the ability to access hell, and he knew Sam was alive body and soul when he went to hell.

    While I am glad (as a viewer) to see them back together, and think Sam and Amiela had no chemistry together, so there scenes were dragging the show down, Dean was a dick to Sam. And this is from someone who actually likes Jensen’s acting and the character of Dean better.

  • Ultima

    @Psycho Dr. Britt
    I’m only talking about the hits they usually peak around seasons 4-7

    I’m only talking about hit sitcoms as well.

    Most of the biggest sitcom hits had early peaks…

    Season 2 peaks – Two and a Half Men, Friends, The Simpsons, Roseanne

    Season 3 peaks – The Cosby Show, Home Improvement, Will & Grace, The Office (if you don’t count the six episode first “season”)

    Sure, there are shows that have peaked later. The Big Bang Theory has had an abnormally high bounce from syndication; HIMYM had an abnormal season last year due to the Kutcher bounce on CBS Mondays combined with syndication; Seinfeld famously peaked in its final season; Everybody Loves Raymond grew for something like five straight seasons; and so on.

    My point is that it’s not out of the normal for Modern Family to be declining in its fourth season (it will still be above its first and second seasons). Even shows that peaked later had dips at various points along the way.

  • Irene

    I am avid Criminal Minds fan. I watch all the time. Live, and repeats on ion tv every night. My advice is to dump the latest actor on the show. She is bringing it down. They need to kill her off and find an actor that can create a unique character like El and Prentice, the two before her. She is completely boring. The quicker the better. I can’t figure out who hired her and WHO SHE IS SUPPOSED TO BE…..

  • eridapo

    @ Holly..

    Yes. It seems like Greenblatt’s approach is to address one night at a time. I think Monday’s combination of The Voice/ Biggest loser with a drama at ten is working for them, and Wednesday line up is improving substantially with LOSVU and CF. I’m really curious to see how well Smash settles in on its new spot on Tuesdays because I’m guessing this is Greenblatt’s next targeted night.

  • Josh

    No Nashville!!! I really hope it gets adjusted up the show is incredible and has some very talented actors. I hope it can bounce back in the coming weeks.

  • Mark Wood

    Marc Berman

    generally only has negative things about SPN in relation to when he reports the overnights. Here the performance (which doesn’t track demos) SPN does do extremely poorly in relation to its lead in. Getting numbers very close to the bulk of the shows on the CW, shows that all in his eyes, and basically everyone’s else’s underperforms.

    Usually about the worst thing he does his say that the CW might want to see if they can get another show next year that performs better with it. He generally doesn’t classify it a loser like all but Arrow and VD get classified.

    As for the idea of the CW moving SPN to a different night next year, we need to all understand that this certainly could happen. As the network still has huge issues with the majority of its schedule. And starting new programs after stronger ones, is the single easiest way they have to give a new show a large initial sampling.

    It leaves the CW with the tough choice of keeping what does work, and basically making new shows sink and swim on their own. Or risking a night that does well for them on the chance that moving the shows wouldn’t seriously hurt either show, and that it might help two nights, just not one..

  • Ultima

    “The Big Bang Theory is only up 6% year-to-year.”


    Yes; although it’s the same if you look at the season averages.

  • Petar Ivanov

    By the way just read this:

    Univision Number 1 on Tuesday, January 22

    Now tuesday is Univision day too i guess. Or networks can stop with their madness and put some good shows there. Only CBS was on repeats that day so no excuses.

    This is one more confirmation for what we talk here on this site from few months at least. Too litle if any good shows on tuesday. Without the voice only ncis.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Yes. It seems like Greenblatt’s approach is to address one night at a time. I think Monday’s combination of The Voice/ Biggest loser with a drama at ten is working for them, and Wednesday line up is improving substantially with LOSVU and CF. I’m really curious to see how well Smash settles in on its new spot on Tuesdays because I’m guessing this is Greenblatt’s next targeted night.

    I agree. But better be with dramas after the voice not comedies. NBC must lower their comedies only thursday for single cam and wednesday 1 hour for multicam. Its much harder and expensive to promote so many half hours shows. And in the end they still not working. NBC should do what work for them now reality and dramas.

  • Ultima

    I’m really curious to see how well Smash settles in on its new spot on Tuesdays because I’m guessing this is Greenblatt’s next targeted night.

    I think if Smash can pull similar ratings to the other NBC dramas (say 1.7+), NBC should move The Voice to 9pm to boost it, leave Off Their Rockers at 8pm and give up on the Tuesday comedies for now.

    Maybe Go On can do something on Thursday in April/May, but The New Normal’s numbers are horrid this month, even for NBC.

    For next fall, move The Voice back to 8pm and put a single new (non-Friday?) drama in the Tuesday 9pm timeslot and spend the rest of their efforts trying to rebuild their comedy lineup.

  • Freddy Arrow


    “Season 2 peaks – Two and a Half Men, Friends, The Simpsons, Roseanne”

    While I don’t really disagree with your main point, did Friends’ demo rating really peak in season 2? According to wiki, they had 17.9M viewers in season 2 and 24.5M viewers in season 8. Did the makeup of their viewership really shift that much in six years?


    @ Ultima

    I was thinking the same w/ the Voice/Smash 9-11 & leave OTR @ 8:00

    Replace 30R & TO w/ GO & TNN for Apr/May

    Can’t think ahead to next fall, though

  • Melanie

    @ Mark Wood I used to read Mark Berman all the time, but the retentionista slam on ‘tired’ Supernatural when its consistently one of the highest rated shows on the CW gets really old.

    When the show came off of Fridays and hit a 1.1 on Wednesday — was it a ‘winner’? No. And yet Arrow with a 1.1 is? You’d think that a show in its 8th season getting a 1.1 would be better than a show in its first getting that, wouldn’t you?
    If you simply compare the CW ratings to that of other networks, which he seems to do most of the time — all of it sucks — even TVD should be a ‘loser’.

    But of course, TVBN has taught us that only fools compare shows on different networks to each other.

    Dissatisfaction with ‘Mr TV’ and his analysis is partly why I originally started coming to this site. And I stayed for the insight and jedi mind tricks. :)

  • Ultima

    @Freddy Arrow
    While I don’t really disagree with your main point, did Friends’ demo rating really peak in season 2?

    I don’t have the A18-49 numbers for the entire run of Friends (those numbers are really hard to find prior to 2000 or so).

    However, in terms of overall viewership (HH rating, viewership)…
    S1 – 16.9, 24.8 million
    S2 – 20.5, 31.7 million
    S3 – 17.5, 26.3 million
    S4 – 16.9, 25.0 million
    S5 – 16.5, 24.7 million
    S6 – 15.2, 22.6 million
    S7 – 14.2, 22.1 million
    S8 – 16.5, 26.7 million
    S9 – 15.2, 24.0 million
    S10 – 16.8, 26.9 million

  • Ultima

    @The Old Man
    Replace 30R & TO w/ GO & TNN for Apr/May

    The Office and Parks & Rec should run through May; 30 Rock will be replaced by Community next month.

    I was thinking run 1600 Penn straight through and replace it with Go On in April/May (while burning off The New Normal on Tuesdays).

  • Dahne

    @Mark Wood – Wow. That was a singularly one-sided rant that you posted. You seem to forget that Sam’s dying wish was for Dean to be with Lisa and Ben and to quit hunting for good. It wasn’t Dean who wanted to quit. It was Sam’s decision for Dean. Therefore Sam can’t “tear into” Dean for honoring HIS wishes and neither should the fans. I agree that Dean was wrong to send the text. More importantly, Dean agreed and apologized for it. However for Sam and Charlie to insinuate that this is all Dean’s fault is massively incorrect. Sam has had his share of wrong decisions (plural, not just not looking) too and you can’t just gloss over them. No matter how much you want to downplay Sam not looking for Dean, it is a major deal. It’s about as out-of-character writing as you can get and it comes with consequences. One of which is a hurt brother who feels Sam chose a random girl over his lifetime brother. I honestly don’t think Dean registered that Sam equated Amelia with Jessica in his depth of devotion. Quite frankly, I think his feelings were more latching onto someone he empathized with instead of a Jessica type love anyway, a la Madison, but that’s neither here nor there. The bottom line is that BOTH brothers have been complete jerks to each other this season and leveling all the blame on one is asinine. However since not one person seems capable of writing the brothers in character this season, what can you expect!

  • CBSviewer

    No Finals yet ?

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