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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  • chris23


    If CW put Supernatural or Arrow with Vampire Diaries at 9 on THURSDAYS, then CW could beat NBC legit with neither net being in repeats.. VD consistently beats NBC in the 8 hour and then it goes down from there since BATB can’t retain any audience at all.

    ABC: Good for the Middle, not so good for Nashville, and not really surprised by Modern Family it is like a bouncey ball this season.

    CBS: Basketball was on so CSI probably did a 2.5 which is still great as well as for Criminal Minds which probably did a 2.8

    FOX: People will laugh and remark on AI downward performance compared to the many seasons before it, but AI is wiining the timeslot and night for FOX which is something they haven’t done a lot of this season so I’m sure they are happy!!

    NBC: Does horribly in Repeats. I expect whitney and guys to perform that low but SVU I thought would break a 1.0 still not sure about Chicago Fire even though it has spiked in audience and demo. Was this only because CBS and ABC were in repeats?

    CW: Still good for the Wednesday Lineup.. Arrow is doing good and Supernatural is holding well for a Veteran show. I hope CW doesn’t move SPN around and let it stay on Wed at 9.. If anything move Arrow to Mondays to start off the week at 8 with a new show premiering at 9.. Leave Spn where it is and a premiere a new show at 8..

  • Ultima


    To elaborate, most hit shows peak during their second or third season. Occasionally shows get a second wind later in their run (usually due to exposure through syndication).

  • hanp

    Count me in as a fan of The Middle :) I always try not to miss an eppy. Great chemistry amongst the cast (which are all good). Remind me of Malcomn in the middle. And that is not bad thing :D

    MF, admittedly, felt like getting old. I still watch it regulary but the characters seems to be become one note. And the storylines felt rehashed. I guess some viewers felt the same. Or those that stopped watching..

  • Mae

    @ Tessa,

    “And it bothers me that whenever Misha Collins isn’t in an episode his character seems to drop from the face of the earth.”

    I do not understand why some fans think that Cas/Misha HAS to either be in every episode or at least mentioned in every episode. I feel like some Cas/Misha feel like it is the huge slight against him if he isn’t. Last I checked, Misha was a guest star on SPN. Guests stars simply will not be in every episode – it is why they are guest stars.

    We just had a Cas-heavy episode, and I am sure there will more Cas-heavy episodes later this season.

    The SPN’s universe does not revolve around Cas – it revolves around Sam and Dean. That has always be the case.

  • Alejandro

    @ Mae

    As a Cas fan who is not as bothered by the lack of mention as others on my end of the fandom. I think people’s problem is that the show could be bothered mentioning Amelia and Benny and not Cas. Yet the episode finished with the brothers worried about Castiel due to his eyes bleeding blood and clearly in trouble… It wasn’t as though he left them in good terms. A simple one line acknowledgement of their continued worry for consistency sake would have been nice :)

  • Alejandro

    *previous episode

  • Honey Badger

    NBC and ABC are killing their networks.
    The overall ratings on all networks are dropping like a rock.
    What can they do to reverse this trend, or are all networks willing to see their television die?

    ABC is follwing the lead of NBC and they are killing the network.

    Nashville notched a 1.8 18-49 Rating with 5.47 Viewers (millions) last night.
    Time for ABC to cancel Nashville, with all the advertising they have done for this show, these ratings and viewers are terrible.
    Last week’s ratings for Nashville where an abbreviation and clearly many of the people who viewed the show did not like it, and will not watch again.
    Look at the lead-ins for Nashville, ABC Modern Family scored a 4.1. Suburgatory earned a 2.3.

    Nashville notched a 1.8 when the competition on NBC Chicago Fire was a repeat.
    And CBS CSI 2.7 did well.

    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

    Time for ABC to cancel Nashville

    If ABC renews Nashville, they are in big trouble and their overall ratings will keep dropping.
    Way to kill a network ABC.
    Take away Modern Family , Grey’s Anatomy and Once Upon A Time and all ABC has left is poor rated shows and overall their shows have been falling like a rock this year.
    Way to kill a network ABC.

  • Honey Badger

    Modern Family on ABC last night was the best ever.
    The Godfather part made it a classic, one of the best television episodes of all time

  • Melanie

    @Mae I’m with you. Apparently it isn’t enough that the show will obviously be dealing more with Castiel’s situation in future episodes while Amelia and Benny’s stories are done. (Yes, Benny might be back, but I certainly hope we’ve seen the last of Amelia) I thought it was made clear last episode that the Winchesters aren’t going to talk about Castiel unless they are in a place where the angel can’t overhear them.

    Sure the writers had Sam & Dean talk about Amelia & Benny – they were tying up the loose ends of storylines that are basically finished. And the loss of Amelia and Benny are what’s bothering the brothers – its good they talked about it.

    As I said, I enjoyed the episode.

  • Mae

    @ Alejandro

    Well SPN has never been awesome @ consistency and I think it was more than obvious @ the end of last episode that Sam and Dean are worried about Cas & and I am sure their worry will be shown as the season progresses.

    I just don’t see why the brothers would have to ask “How do you think Cas is?” in last nights episode to show something that was already made clear in the previous episode.

  • Steph

    Good for CM. This should be Idol’s last season. It’s a joke now.

  • Ultima

    @Honey Badger
    NBC and ABC are killing their networks.
    The overall ratings on all networks are dropping like a rock.

    Excluding the Super Bowl, NBC will finish this season up year-to-year.

    Overall, yes, the networks are down – just like they have been for the past three decades. Yet, they’re still around. Your exclamations that the networks are killing themselves seem to ignore that.

  • William

    I wonder how “Grimm” would fare at nine eastern on Wednesday? Move SVU head to head with CSI:NY or even Blue Bloods? Or….

    Central Time:
    7 p.m. Men With Kids
    7:30 p.m. Community
    8 p.m. Grimm
    9 p.m. Chicago Fire

    7 p.m. Whitney
    7:30 p.m. New Normal
    8 p.m. SVU
    9 p.m. Dateline

  • Ultima

    This should be Idol’s last season. It’s a joke now.

    Idol should be renewed this season. It’s massively profitable.

    Fixed it for you.

  • cra

    I really like The Neighbors it has grown on me. I did off the first episode but I caught another episode and it has a quirky charm about it. I hope the ratings improve before it winds up like Better Off Ted – gone before people discovered how good it is.

  • Justin121

    3 years ago, The Big Bang Theory (5s) beat Modern Family (3s).

    2 years ago, Mod Fam beat TBBT (4s > 3s).

    1 year ago, they were about equal (5s and 4s = 4s and 5s).

    This year, TBBT is easily beating Mod Fam (6s > 4s).

  • Constance Kurtz

    My CW station in Gainesville played the Florida/Georgia basketball game I didn’t get Arrow or Supernatural :(.

  • Dahne

    @Melanie – Well put. Cas’ situation will be dealt with at length later (probably with more emoangst than it needs) and good point about wanting to talk about the situation only when they know it is safe. Bet the writers do not remember that in future episode but it would be awesome if they did. Cas doesn’t need to be mentioned every episode. I am happy with Cas-free episodes myself.

  • Psycho Dr. Britt

    @ RG-X

    Idol is still doing strong numbers, not sure if they will be over 20 million again right now.

    @ Ultima

    Modern Family really isn’t that old yet, its only in its 4th season. Most of the hit comedies like BBT actually get stronger throughout the later part of their runs due to extra exposure in syndication. I think some of the people were onto something when they stated that Modern Family is more of a fad then a long-term hit. It’s not age its a fad.

    @ ZmaX

    I agree about Wonder Woman, if done right it could be even more powerful than Arrow. I would really like to see what Wonder Woman would be like if it was high in quality like Arrow is. The question is where is Supernatural going to go because I feel like Friday might be taken by Nikita and Beauty and the Beast?

    @ Winning C.

    I agree on CSI totally, Shue and Danson has brought the Grissom and Willows chemistry back. NBC did make a smart move by resting these past couple of Wednesdays, next week is not a competitive Wednesday so I’m expecting every show to put up solid to strong numbers. Whitney and Guys with Kids should definitely replace Go On and TNN too.

  • Dahne

    @William – No offense but I hate your fantasy schedule. I already backburnered Grimm when it went against Supernatural last year. Putting it against SPN again would be a big mistake. I agree it should move off of Fridays but it should go in a slot that doesn’t put it against other similar shows.

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