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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  • eridapo


    As soon as the Cancel Index changes Nashville’s status to likely renewal, Nashville takes a ratings hit. Could the Renewal Cancel Index be curse like the Sports Illustrated Cover….

  • alexis

    “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.”


    Are you kidding? Amell is bad. But Cassidy is no better one. People on boards are talking about how Amell has better chemistry with other 2 actresses.

  • zerg

    MF will go under 4.0 during spring, while Idol will be in 4.5-4.2

    bad for Nashville..I don’t think its ratings will go up in the second season..and most provably will me moved to Tuesday at 10*Death slot*

  • CBSviewer

    CSI is the highest rated 10PM Drama on CBS and maybe of all networks :)

  • victor hugo

    The Middle is excelent show, funny and i enjoy a lot… great to see rising against American Idol

  • Paleonut

    “CW: If only everyday were Wednesday…” – American

    I’m with you there! (& I’d watch A LOT more CW…. 4 nights more in fact)

    I like how steady Wed has been for the CW… Arrow & Supernatural seem to feed well off of each other, & don’t do as well when they’re separated. Here’s hoping the CW will keep the pairing in future seasons.

    @DougF – No complaints from me either, I thought it was a great ep… Happy birthday Dean ;-)

  • K

    By the way, Ben and Kate have been cancelled.

  • herpderp

    Marc Berman is an idiot with an ax to grind with Supernatural. Nothing he says should be taken seriously.

  • Lucy


    I think a show that’s almost 9 years old that’s only 2 demos off from a new show is damn good.
    I don’t look at retention I look at demos and if it’s pulling it’s weight.
    At the moment SPN is pulling it’s weight. In besides what other show is giving them that and I honestly believe the CW will never get a show in the future to premiere higher than 1.5. Something happen to this net over the years in it effected everything.

  • Tessa


    The no mention of Castiel at all and blaming Dean for the text (how about blaming Sam for cuffing his brother to a radiator?) bothered me too. I’m also not a big fan of MotW episodes but I guess last night was desperately needed after the cry fest that was last week. There’s going to be a string of standalone episodes coming after this and I’m going to mildly enjoy them while I patiently wait for more mytharc (preferably without the Godawful Amelia.)

  • Vcoolwater


    It’s the show’s fault anyway. They didn’t both chem testing the actors before casting them. Amell was only chem testing with some of the actors auditioning for Tommy. It not like Amell has good chemistry with Colin. He is extremely stiff around both actors.

  • Jamie

    The only way Supernatural is going anywhere is if it’s over the show costing too much to make, considering it’s getting on in seasons. CW has very little else going for it.

  • Rebecca

    Awesome for The Middle….loved it last night as always (funnier than MF but I watch that too). Will watch Neighbors soon and am watching SPN on hulu now.

  • david

    Arrow and Super Natural are steady again. that is really good to see. I really enjoyed both shows last night. The Larping episode of SPN last night was alot of fun.

  • SueP

    @Carl – I stopped paying attention to Berman’s take on SPN long ago. I doubt the CW is worried about a .9 retention from a 1.1 (especially when the .9 average is up from last year on an 8 year old show!) MarkP actually said they were pleased with Wednesdays, but Retentionists have to find something, right? Berman constantly says Arrow at a 1.1 is a ‘bonafide hit’ while SPN at a .9/1.0 is tired. Go figure.

    I agree with your assessment of the ep. It was fun. The whole evil text mention was like an anvil to the head that didn’t float the first ten times they tried to drop it on us, but yeah, I liked Felicia Day and Jensen’s chemistry. They looked comfortable and it’s nice the Winchesters still have a few acquaintances who still want to help.

    And the Minaj/Carey thing actually turns me off Idol completely. Not that I’ve watched it for years, but that did not entice me to give it a try in the least.

  • BigBrotherFan


    Well then she must of gone down quite a bit. The last time I was subjected to Amells horrific wooden acting was December. The guy has 0 charisma and please don`t try and tell me he does. If he could gain maybe 10 percent of the charisma that Ackles and the other supernatural dude (sorry Havent watched the show in ages) then the show be a 9 out of 10. His acting alone brings it down to a 6. Katie has proven herself well. She got the best reviews on the MELROSE REVAMP and carried that show. She owned that show. She was with a much steller cast, as well.

    So Amell has better chemistry with the 17-year-old girl as opposed to the 20-something year old he should have chemistry with? I think it is his fault not hers. Katie has proven she has excellent chemistry with tons of actors just see MELROSE PLACE, SUPERNATURAL. She takes charge of most of her scenes the problem is Amell. He just not have the acting chops anywhere near her. Nowhere. I know he`s a very nice guy IRL . However, dude cannot act. You see how he acts on the show..THATS EXACTLY how he acts in person.


  • R

    I still don’t understand why ABC gave Suburgatory the post Modern Family slot. It was doing well in the 8:30 slot last season and The Neighbors is a new series that could have built up a strong viewership with that lead in. They should have switched them around after the holidays.


    U know whats funny I thought CSI might go down without Marg H and the originals but they have done really well for a show in its 13th season I believe. Ted Danson/Elisabeth Shue are working. Honestly I do hope CSI goes out on top one day. I would love to see the originals back for the series finale. CSI has to be one of the most profitable shows of all time. Did u guys know an interesting TV fact that CSI was originally passed by CBS as a pilot in 2000? CBS passed on the show and they had a show with Tony Danza that was supposed to follow the Fugitive. Well someone at CBS really loved CSI and thought CBS was making a mistake. So right before upfronts they pushed for it and last minute change CBS decided to axe the Tony Danza drama and put CSI on a Friday. It launched with little fanfare on Friday night with very little promotion and doubled the ratings of the expensive Fugiitive and then it just kept growing after the pilot. CBS moved it to Thursdays after Survivor and the rest is shall we say history. CBS has made BILLIONS off this show and the entire franchise just because someone in 2000 at CBS really thought CSI deserved a spot on their fall lineup.

  • JeffT

    The Middle, the little TV show that could. Great to see the numbers for this show. Catching up to Modern Family.

  • Dahne

    @DougF – No complaints from me about the Supernatural episode last night. In fact it was my favorite this season because it was fun. Too much emoangsting and pointless brother fighting in season 8.

    I am glad that Arrow and SPN held steady this week. Both were better this week than last (except Thea who was far better last episode). I don’t care that there was no mention of Castiel in this episode or that it was a direct tonal change from the episode before. I was exactly what I needed in this dismal season. In fact, take out the blamecasting scenes and it would have been a perfect escape.

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