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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  • Dan S

    @ Ted Craig, Suburgatory is in fact slated to move back to 8:30pm in April when Neighbors finishes its run. Neighbors may still get a 2nd season but on another night since it squanders its cushy timeslot.


    BTW these Idol numbers are really still good post premiere. It held up well against originals and what show wouldn’t want these type of numbers in season 12. I am liking the new panel they are making the auditions more entertaining. Last season I was so bored with Lopez-Tyler-Jackson lovefest auditions. This season I am enjoying it.

  • alexis


    So they didn’t chem test the male and female lead? What were they thinking?

  • Lucy


    I take what Charlie said with a grain a salt cause Dean only said as usual what he felt he did wrong in only half of it. Poor guy been doing that since forever it’s program in hes head. I’m like that with my younger sis, even though she screwed up too I take responsibility for it all. lol

    But I do agree they need to man up Sam character let him see Dean POV in this.

  • Dahne

    @BigBrotherFan – I do not think Katie Cassidy is near the actress that you seem to but in all honesty the scripts aren’t doing her any favors either. The Laurel character is the worst on the show for me.

  • Devin

    ABC comedies were all really funny last night!

  • Ateofi

    CSI looks very good in the preliminaries. Glad tomie Arrow and Supernatural holding steady :)

  • John A

    Berman is an idiot.

  • OMG

    The big issue with Modern Family is that its jokes need to be on top, since there is no laugh track provided. Sometimes a laugh track can really make a difference. Something unfunny may elicit laughter when the laugh track plays, even when you don’t really have any idea what the joke is about. I know that because I just laugh along with laugh tracks when I was young.

    Without sound tracks, jokes have to be on top form. Too bad as I thought Modern Family is having a creative revival with some of the best episodes in the series in this season. I would not be surprised if it wins Emmy yet again, especially if it submits episode 7 for consideration. That episode is the all time funnest MF of all time, in my opinion.

  • OH NO

    American Idol 3rd episode last year was a 7.9, that’s a huge drop..

  • HT

    Max the “agitator” has the nerve to insult peoples comments on here, yet throws a fit any time somebody disagrees with him. What’s with the guy? Kinda creepy.

  • Skylar James

    Katie Cassidy was great on Harper’s Island and Melrose Place. So it has to be the script and the character.

  • Skylar James

    @OMG: none of ABC’s comedies have laugh tracks

  • Percysowner

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

    Absolutely not the worst. It didn’t hit me, but often the lighter episodes don’t. However I can think of many episodes that I like far less than last night’s. Most fans are were very happy with it.

  • Ted Craig

    @Dan s.

    Well, I guess I was wrong about Suburgatory. And Neighbors probably will be moved, but it’s not being burnt off.

  • rob60990

    Fantastic episode of The Middle last night. Glad its up. Modern Family was pretty awful except for Lily.

  • Mark

    The Neighbors is pulling down Modern Family, no doubt on that. The Middle is quite mediocre at its best it has a loyal viewership. That’s gold today, so congrats to ABC. Anyway, NBC and CBS repeats also help them a lot…

  • Nick

    Why are there always so many mistakes in the ratings posts? :/ Not adding “r” next to the show is kind of a big deal considering how many comments were made about it. How hard is it to simply proofread before publishing? Seriously.

  • Bookworm

    What happen to Nashville? A 2.2 to a 1.8? That is a really big drop, though it was in that range before the Fall Finale. I guess it will be going back there but still, I was hoping it would have held onto some of the audience it gained.

    Not a good look.

  • BigBrotherFan


    I am in no way saying Katie is Emmy material, at all. However, she looks like a Academy award winning actress when acting oppisite Amell. I agree. The scripts are not helping her, at all. She should just leave this show and try her hand at films again, while she still young enough.

    Amell is in his 30`s he is very lucky he even booked this role a movie career be kinda hard at this point. His character is supposed to be 27 (revealved episode 3 on his `tombstone`1985), he so does not look. Maybe 30.

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