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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  • ChannelDante

    I thought CM would be lower for some reason. A 3.0 is okay

  • Samunto

    How come really no series does well post-modern Family. I think HE did best there when u look at Suburgutory now which i think isn’t doing better than at 8.30.

  • Me

    Not bad for Arrow :)

  • omabin


    Yeah, I agree. My comment was just meant to point to you that it wasn’t so much a time “in which MF competed with TBBT” but more a time in which MF was actually beating TBBT and how that time was more recent that recent ratings suggest. But I agree with you 100%

  • Melanie

    Yaay for the CW! Very solid Wed night for them. I am more certain than ever that they won’t split up this pair of male skewing programs that hold their ratings against Idol.

    Idol masy be down, but hey – it still won the night – easily.

    @DougF Thanks for the half hours. You won’t hear from me that the SPN episode was bad — I loved it — it was fun. :)

  • Ted Craig


    HE did better when MF did better. They’re about the same on an apples-to-apples basis. And Suburgatory is a better lead-in for Nashville.

  • TheFollowing

    If NBC’s ratings continue to be like this, CBS and Fox will catch up easily.

  • Dan S

    Regarding The Neighbors they take a big dip sandwiched between The Middle & Modern Family. That’s exactly what Partners did on CBS situated between 2 shows with much higher ratings. ABC can’t burn off Neighbors quickly enough & get Suburgatory back to 8:30pm. Nashville will likely get a renewal simply because they have so many other shows that have flamed out with much lower ratings.

  • BigBrotherFan

    WHAT THE HECK NASHVILLE? I think ABC really needs to move this show ASAP and it should be moved to Mondays @10pm. Screw Castle! That show has been on the air for years and has a strong enough fanbase, it could go virtually anywhere and still bring in okay-ish numbers for ABC. The need to put in everything they did with Revenge and Scandal into Nashville. Plus, WHATS WITH THE HORRIBLE LEAD-IN!? SERIOUSLY! Subergatory is a failure in holding anything acceptable from Modern Family. The two shows have 0 crossover audience (SUBERG AND NASHVILLE). This is annoying. Oh, welL…Atleast it topped REVENGE. Although another great show, nowhere near the quality of acting and writing on NASHVILLE!

    haha NAY SAYERS that kept saying IDOL would crash and burn last week to 4’s..HMMMM…Guess MINAJ and CAREY have more pull than most of you thought. You don’t realize how out-of-touch some of you are with your comments. Both these singers have strong loyal basis. Most of Tylers base is in their 50’s now and older and LOPEZ only really had a few catchy hit songs in the late 90’s and early 00’s and her films have been BOMBING at the box office (the back up plan and what to expecting when you are expecting). Her following is NOWHERE near that of carey and Minaj. Although relatively new MINAJ has that PASSIONATE GAGA-LIKE “monsters” fanbase. Hope it continues to stay strong BUT GEEZ FOX WHY ARE YOU WASTING THE LEAD-IN ON GLEE! EW!

    For a show that seems like it’s been on the air for decades CSI is doing pretty good still.

    I stopped watching ARROW weeks ago. I love the show and MOST of the cast but I couldn’t take AMELLS horrible kindergarden like acting and the over-the-top campy voiceovers. Too bad cause Katie Cassidy is pretty steller in most stuff NO EXCEPTION here as well. She’s a true star and needs a platform like MELROSE PLACE to really shine again. They aren’t using her to her full potential likely because she will chew up any scene she shares with the GOD AWFUL AMELL.

  • Skylar James

    HE isnt doing better than SBG after MF. They have more a less the same retention

  • American

    ABC: Other than Modern Family, it was a pretty OK night ratingwise (Nashville was better last night). Nothing spectacular.
    CBS: Fair, CSI: with a season high.
    NBC: Repeats beaten by CW. I could’ve guessed that would happen.
    FOX: American Idol down. Ha ha.
    CW: :) If only everyday were Wednesday…

  • fringewillget5seasons

    Yikes, MF is starting to crumble especially compared to TBBT. CBS numbers perking up nicely showing the stamina of the old vets.

  • American

    ^(Nashville was better than what the ratings say.)

  • Joseph

    So happy for The Middle! It gets better every season! Such a consistent audience and I hope more people get to see it!

  • Ted Craig

    “Oh no, MF and AI are crumbling because they’re down as much as broadcast TV overall!” Please. TBBT should be viewed as the exception, not the rule.

    And Dan S, I see little evidence ABC is burning off Neighbors. I actually see a lot more promotion of the show these days. I also doubt Suburgatory will move before the end of the season.

  • Mae

    Yeah, SPN! I really, really enjoyed the episode last night. It has been a long time since SPN made me smile. It has been all doom & gloom as of late.

    I really think SPN needed a change of pace (I will not be missing Amelia) and a break from the myth-arc. I super excited for this upcoming string of more “old school” SPN episodes.

  • Carl

    I think Berman (who does think Supernatural is played out, so he’s going in with that POV) said at the TCA that the CW felt SPN’s retention from Arrow was a concern. I think this was said when the show was getting about what it is now (0.9 out of 1.1 or 1.2 from Arrow). Do you think that the numbers SPN is getting now will be considered good enough retention?

    Last week’s episode was so depressing I thought they might lose viewers. I enjoyed this one, aside from no mention of Castiel and that nonsense about the text Dean sent to Sam. The rest was a fun romp, and Felicia Day and Jensen Ackles worked very nicely together. I know “fun” filler episodes sometimes turn viewers off but maybe they’ll keep these numbers next week.

    I wonder if Idol’s banking on Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey feuding was worth it. I don’t think either of these ladies have enough of a following at the moment to warrant the attention.

  • Marie

    The Middle is Malcom in The Middle without Malcom. Same kind of characters. It’s just not half as funny. In fact I think The Middle is completely unfunny, but hey, props for the audience. You know what? If you consider The Middle and The Neighbors together, it’s like time-traveling to the 90’s again. I’m not even sure how is that working for ABC. It’s the opposite image that they transmit with the rest of their top-notch shows. But again, if it works for their audience, props to them.

  • eridapo

    The pre-emption in San Antonio will not have a significant impact on ratings for CBS. Criminal Minds’ results are in line with what they normally get, so I believe there will be no changes for CBS. Thus I will celebrate the results for CSI. Elizabeth Shue and Ted Danson have been great additions and a reminder of the old days with Katherine and Grissom.

    Good for the Middle, but ABC must be disappointed on everything else (Yes even MF which is down from its normal lofty standards).

    As to Idol.. It is still kicking everyone’ behind, but these drops must be alarming to Fox (yes other nets would kill for a 5.4)

  • K

    That was genius casting Ted Danson on CSI. He really brings a renewed zest to the show.

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