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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  • Clarke

    Good for the Neighbors & The Middle, especially going against Idol. Both shows were hilarious last night.
    WOW for CSI. I am so happy the show is still dominating the competition after 13 years!

  • BH

    AI :o :o :o

  • Brian J

    Given the number of truly interesting scripts/pilots NBC has on deck for next season and how pitiful most of its shows are performing now, am I crazy to think there’s going to be a lot of carnage in the next few months?

  • Billy

    Modern Family is really down this year. There was a time where Modern Family competed with The Big Bang Theory for top sitcom. Now TBBT is on a level all its own.

  • DougF

    Nice to see Arrow and Supernatural steady.

    half hours



    Now I bid adieu before this turns into a Supernatural discussion about how it was the worst episode (it wasn’t).

  • Jackson

    The Neighbors is the best show I have ever seen about aliens living in a neighborhood

  • Billy

    Idol is not out, but definitely down. Good news for reality show TV haters.

  • Chuck T

    I’m finding Modern Family somewhat labored and unfunny this season, while I think that The Middle is hitting its peak.

  • omabin


    Just this year, MF premiered higher than TBBT, and I think last year it beat it in the ratings actually.

    Also, I hadn’t noticed the red thing saying that CBS had been preempted. I think that CSI number will come down, it is way too high. Still awesome for the show if it gets a 2.5 or something

  • Max

    One of the most amazing things about this site is the level of crazy when it comes to shows that have dropped in the ratings but still do amazing.

    Things like IDOL and MF are down, yet still remain powerhouses for their respective networks yet people commend when a show that previously got a 1.3 notches a 1.4. LOL

  • Chuck T

    All the reruns on NBC did Chicago Fire no help.

  • Oliver

    @Brian J

    Expect a comedy clearout and 4 new comedies in the fall. That said, some space is cleared up by The Office and 30 Rock ending on their own terms.

  • Alejandro

    As someone who hated the last two episodes of SN I am glad to say that I was able to enjoy this weeks offering much better and I’m glad it got a good rating :) Now I am to begin my hour week mini show hiatus I mentioned previously since future spoilers do not appeal and we’ll see if the spoilers by then excite me to start watching again later in the season or not :)

  • Maria

    Criminal Minds/CSI do better with SVU/CF in repeats.

    Don’t know about CSI, but Criminal Minds has been getting that rating all season long, tenth up, tenth down, no matter what aired against it, so… can you explain your reasoning?

  • Alejandro

    *four week

  • hammard

    ABC: The comedy block still doing well, with a bit of improvement in the 8pm hour. Though perhaps it was a little too soon to have said Nashville’s renewal was certain?

    CW: Rock steady performance for the Wednesday night pairing.

    CBS: Even with a repeat it still does good business. Though need to wait for preemptions.

    Fox: That’s quite a big fall for American Idol, but not as large as last year.

    NBC: Ouch for Chicago Fire. That show is like a yo-yo!

  • Max

    All the repeats on NBC didn’t need to do CF any help since that was also a repeat.

  • danny94

    @ Max- I really dont think anyone on this site cares what you say!

  • s0303

    arrow/supernatural are very steady…good ratings

    csi did great, nashville back on the bubble?

    not sure neighbors should be renewed…definitely weaker than the other comedies and if they move it next season, it will tank…

    glad modern family is falling, most over rated show on tv…

  • Bob

    American Idol is still kickin every shows butt. The Voice only wishes it could have gotten these numbers. If you compare numbers from shows in 2004, you will see EVERYTHING is down. Shows with a 4.1 share were getting cancelled back in the day….a 5.4 were probably on the bubble. Things have changed and today a 5.4 is considered a hit. Hardly any shows get 16 million viewers and a 5.4 rating.

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