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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  • Petar Ivanov

    AI stlll big but down a lot. CSI still big too.

  • alexis


    I still think Cassidy is just an average actress. Let’s hope Laurel can have a better character development.

  • mike

    I’m actually loving Idol so far, Mariah and Nikki are crazy. However, I do think Simon, Randy, and Paula should come back next season for the final season.

  • JP

    Why is everyone so down on MF???? Hilarious last night – especially w/Phil as the Godfather – classic!!!! I still think it and TBBT are the funniest comedies on TV, period.

  • Mon

    Blue Bloods almost beat CSI/Criminal Minds in viewers but had only half as much 18-49. Is BB’s A50+ like 9.0?!?!

  • GG

    GOOD that Idol is dropping. Looks like Nicki and Mariah are getting old already.

  • Ultima

    TBBT is up about 20% over last year

    The Big Bang Theory is only up 6% year-to-year.

  • Bee

    why is MF so down this year? it deserves better.

    and oh no, nashville :( wtf happened?! AHS finale? CSI rise? i hope it was just a one week thing and that the next episode is back up to 2.0+

  • Sarah

    arrow? much ado about nothing! Despite all the publicity does not get a large audience certainly better than some CW shows. pity that Stephen Amell is bad acting, looks like a piece of wood!

  • Leondre

    If anybody cares…

    Modern Family was up week to week in 18-34 year olds.

  • David Howell

    When was the last time the CW weren’t sixth out of the six broadcast nets over an entire night?

  • Ultima

    Idol should be okay if it stays in this area this season instead of huge declines

    There’s absolutely no chance that happens; Idol’s ratings will drop significantly as the season progresses, just like every other year.

    It will be down big year-to-year again (though probably not as much as last year). It won’t matter, the show will be fine, because it is still one of the highest rated shows on TV.

  • Ultima

    @David Howell
    When was the last time the CW weren’t sixth out of the six broadcast nets over an entire night?

    Last Wednesday.

  • RG-X

    16 million people are still watching IDOL – and over a 5.0.
    It’s not what it used to be – but nothing is bigger than Idol other than The Voice who isn’t always over a 5.5 themselves.

  • RG-X


    Wish Arrow’s numbers would grow. – Is this all that Arrow will be able to have?! 1.1. – 1.2?

  • Ben

    What’s happening to Modern Family? I know they are still really good ratings but it just keeps dropping and it’s even worse when compared to last years ratings.

  • ZmaX

    Great for Arrow an Supernatural!

    But I am a bit worried about next season. They seem steady at 1.1 and 0.9 right now, but if tradition holds up Arrow might get a ratings drop in it’s seconds season and if it does then it would be down to the other CW shows’ level pretty soon.

    But if the CW does pickup Amazon and pair it off with Arrow, I think they could get even higher ratings. Wonder Woman is MUCH MORE popular than Green Arrow and if done right, which I feel it will on the CW, then people will watch. I can see the show easily breaking the CW series premiere record and averaging around at least a 1.6 for the first season. It would give Arrow the boost it needs to and find even more mainstream viewers.

    Supernatural is solid enough that they can pair it off with a new compatible show and it’ll do great on Monday nights. With Jensen and Jared already contracted for 10 seasons, I don’t think the CW will be willing to give them up until they have to, after season 10.

  • Ultima

    but nothing is bigger than Idol other than The Voice

    What are you talking about? The Voice’s season high this year was only a 4.9.

  • Remote Patrolled

    I don’t watch Arrow so I can’t comment on Stephen Amell’s acting – but as a gay man I’m not sure that acting ability matters all that much.

    The guy is insanely hot :)

  • Ultima

    What’s happening to Modern Family? I know they are still really good ratings but it just keeps dropping and it’s even worse when compared to last years ratings.

    Yes, that’s what happens when shows get older.

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