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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  • landon

    THE MIDDLE WAS HILARIOUS! Lock for renewal!

  • Max

    Really? That’s interesting considering the level of responses my posts receive, like the one you just wrote for a prime example.

  • Billy


    I don’t think MF has beaten TBBT since its premiere. In fact, it doesn’t even compete with TBBT any more. TBBT is up about 20% over last year while MF is down about 10%. MF still does very well, but no longer on TBBT’s level.

  • Paul P

    Nashville may be canceled – very poor ratings for a show with so much network support thrown at it! Lackluster episode last night – just like the ratings.

  • Stormy44

    These Nashville numbers are why I posted in the renewal thread yesterday that I would not include it in the “certain to be renewed” list just yet. The demos went up while CSI and CF were on repeats but it has yet to show that it can consistently get above a 2 in the demos when up against new episodes of either of those two.

    Until it can do so, it will remain on my probable renewal list with a big question mark at the end. It will be interesting to see if it can beat CF next week when both are new.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Sara Bibel

    Added the r to Chicago Fire. It was a repeat.

  • Max

    NASHVILLE is a repeat next week.

  • John A

    Pathetic from Suburgatory. Below a 2.0 when moved behind the middle again.

  • Jackson

    Nashville is still the top rated show on TV that focuses on a city in Tennessee!

  • Marie

    Why is NBC airing repeats when they have new episodes of all those shows? Are they just waiting for American Idol to finish? Because that’d be dumb…

    Where are Tuesday’s final ratings with the adjustments? They haven’t been published yet?

  • ReallyTired

    Nice to see Modern family going down. No Golden Globe. Ratings beginning to recede. Very few laughs. (Who are they talking to anyhow when they speak directly to the camera? Crew from ‘The Office’??)

  • John

    Good repeat numbers for Guys With Kids. I really hope it gets renewed.

  • victor hugo

    The Middle went up against American Idol.. yeah!!
    Good for Arrow and Supernatural

  • HalCapone

    Idol is like a slowly deflating balloon. No more water cooler buzz for this show; its glory ratings days are well behind it. Hopefully, The Voice will follow a similar trajectory: down, down, down.

  • Onion

    How much San Antonio’s NBA audience affect CBS final rating??

  • Wright

    Good for Arrow and SPN. Great episodes like always.

  • Tessa

    At first I was like, “Yeay! CW beat NBC.” Then I saw NBC was all repeats. :(

    Still, a solid night for the CW. Loved Arrow, enjoyed Supernatural’s fun romp. Its ratings may go up next week now that they’re putting the main arc on hold for one off episodes.

  • Chuck T

    Posted January 24, 2013 at 8:54 AM
    Why is NBC airing repeats when they have new episodes of all those shows? Are they just waiting for American Idol to finish? Because that’d be dumb…

    Where are Tuesday’s final ratings with the adjustments? They haven’t been published yet?

    My guess is that they are saving up for the February Sweeps with a lot of their new episodes.



    CBS FAN also takes note that CW beat NBC for the night

    AI down, but not out, yet this low so soon doesn’t bode well (it will still be strong, however)

    Great for TM/TN holding strong, MF season low (not good) & SBG has seen better days–Nashville still not bad w/ 1.8

  • andrew

    I watch CSI from the beginning and I love it. In my opinion it could go for at least 2 seasons more, if not, then give the show a final season to wrap things up (bring Grissom, Catherine,…)

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