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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  • Ultima

    Or networks can stop with their madness and put some good shows there

    Hell’s Kitchen! :)

  • Cory


    Roseanne actually peaked with 1st season with 23.4, 2nd season had 23.1

  • Ultima

    Roseanne actually peaked with 1st season with 23.4, 2nd season had 23.1

    Yeah, I can’t read sometimes. :(

  • Psycho Dr. Britt

    @ Ted Craig

    Actually TBBT I believe moved to a different night that year on Thursdays so of course a decline is expected but eventually once it hit syndication and got new viewers on TBS and local broadcasting markets it took off. Not all shows can do that though but the true hits.

  • loucozzie

    Good to see Supernatural holding its ground!

  • Mark Wood


    Why Amelia and Benny were mentioned and not Castiel is because emotionally to the core of the characters, the issues about Castiel aren’t fore front (not that the two don’t care for Castiel). Dealing with Sam having to face given up his personal life, is. Just as those issues of Dean’s with Benny and how it impacted his working relationship with his brother is also core to the immediate state of the two.

    Has Castiel’s presence or lack of presence been an issue in how Sam and Dean relate and work together, these last months? The answer is no. Just as Dean and Sam’s counter opinion of Benny have been a huge thorn between the two. Something that isn’t a current issue with Castiel on how they feel about Castiel. In fact they seem to be on the same page about castiel.

  • Mark Wood


    You really need to watch the show more. Clearly Dean did follow what Sam had told him. But we also know that Dean has since mid season two stated in each of the seasons since that he wanted out and one time or another. We also know, that he has wanted to have a family. We see that very clearly with Season 5 Dean making a deal with the Angels to protect Lisa and Ben, and we see that it wasn’t just a one time hook up from season 3.

    We also learned in season two and three how pissed Dean was that Sam didn’t at that time do has he had told Sam (ie stay away from Demons/ Ruby/ his powers/ and trying to free him from Hell. HE expected Sam to listen, especially since Sam had made no secret that he has always, and always wanted a normal life. Dean has even pushed him to do so before.

    And we learn in the season opener that they have told each other to let go, if something had happened. Sam did just that. And we see Dean tear into him.

    So Dean tears into Sam when he doesn’t do as he is told, when he tries to save Dean (remember how pissed and concerned Dean was when he thought Sam was the one who saved him from Hell), and we see Dean tear into him when he does do as Dean had told him.

    That’s being a hypocrite. Period.

    No where do I state Sam hasn’t made mistakes. But given up hunting, trying to live a life he wants, and not putting himself and the world in mortal peril by trying to get Dean is absolutely not one of them.

    Hell then look at Benny, and then look at Ruby. Sam doesn’t trust Benny. Dean didn’t trust Ruby. Both were/ are monsters both were shown doing nothing wrong, and both interacted with the characters at least a year.

    Dean was pissed that Same trusted Ruby. Sam is pissed that Dean trust Benny. Whats the worst thing Sam has done. He sent a hunter to watch Benny. With orders to only watch Benny.

    Whats the worst Dean has done to Ruby (before he had real proof that she was evil), will he has tried to kill her on more then one occasion, with a weapon that is capable of killing demons.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Supernatural was AWESOME last night for the one obvious reason – the return of redhead geek goddess Felicia Day – and including some “L” action to boot! I love that girl! :-)

    Arrow was pretty good. Didn’t see the bit with the Asian guy coming. I still think Thea is mostly a distraction from the main story line, though.

  • Dahne

    @Mark Wood – My guess is that I have watched the show’s episodes far more than you have but that’s beside the point. Do you honestly think that Dean would have gone to Lisa and Ben and ditched hunting if Sam hadn’t demanded that he do so? There is no way. Yes, Dean has been tired of hunting before and yes, he wanted to protect Lisa and Ben from the Apocalypse. They were an ideal, but if Sam hadn’t made that his last wish Dean would have been fighting evil and drinking away his liver. The simple fact is that both brothers made their dying wish to be what They thought their brother needed and not necessarily what their brother would pick for themselves. Dean wanted Sam to hunt and Sam wanted Dean to have a family. They were both serving out their own wishes on their brother. Of course at the time of Dean’s dying wish, and contrary to what you are saying, Sam was laser focused on the hunt. He would have chosen to hunt down Lilith with or without Dean’s wish.

    The season opener was the biggest retcon in the history of retcons. Never have the brothers said if one of them disappeared the other stops looking. If that were true, Dean would still be stuck in the 40’s and Sam would never make it past the Benders. They have said that they should not try to save each other from hell before. For Dean it was because Sam getting Dean out of hell would result in Sam going to hell instead. For Sam it was because storming the cage could release Michael and Lucifer. Those were two specific times with very specific consequences. They have never NOT looked (pardon the double negative). That was Jeremy Carver tossing away 7 years of canon to artificially create his own brother rift because he thought wrongly that it would create good drama. There is nothing in the previous 7 years of Supernatural that backs that statement up and it was the flashing neon sign that Jeremy Carver was going to do whatever he pleased this season whether it makes sense or not. Dean’s resentment at Sam not looking might be the only thing this season that has been in character with the last 7 years and even that went beyond believable as the season progressed.

    I would love to discuss this further with you, including how Benny is not Ruby, but this is not the place for it. This has absolutely nothing to do with Supernatural’s ratings. So tell me where we can continue this discussion and I’ll be there.

  • ratings need more cowbell

    Way too many reruns. If I want to watch something again, I’ll just watch if from dvr or go online. Are the network people that stupid… Don’t answer, already know that answer to be true.

  • Lexi

    Arrow rocks

  • gail o´hara

    do not understand how people keep watching shows like CSI. I mean to already exploited both the show and its characters, and can not be involved with the Chicago Fire and its stories and characters fresh.

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