TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol' Steady + 'The Neighbors', 'Arrow' & 'Suburgatory' Slide

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January 31st, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.4/14 1.8/5 1.6/4 1.5/4 1.4/4 0.9/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.4/14 1.1/3 1.1/4 1.1/3 1.3/4 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 15.593 8.072 5.610 4.633 3.647 2.638

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX, American Idol earned a 5.4, matching last week's preliminary rating, but down a tenth from last week's final 5.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Neighbors garnered a 1.6, down four tenths from last week's 2.0.. Suburgatory earned a 1.8, also down four tenths from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Whitney earned a 1.3, down a tenth from its last original's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Guys With Kids earned a 1.1, down two tenths from its last original's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Law and Order: SVU earned a 1.7, down four tenths from the 2.1 it earned three weeks ago. Chicago Fire earned a 2.0, down two tenths from its last original's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, the Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials special earned a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, up a tenth from last year's 2.0 rating.

On The CW, Arrow garnered a 0.9, down two tenths from last week's 1.1  adults 18-49 rating. Supernatural was even with last week's 0.9, among adults 18-49.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, January 30, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol 5.4 14 15.59
CBS Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2.1 6 9.87
ABC The Middle -R 1.3 4 5.52
NBC Whitney 1.3 4 3.59
CW Arrow 0.9 3 3.00
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.6 4 5.25
NBC Guys With Kids 1.1 3 2.90
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family -R 2.1 5 6.17
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.7 4 6.37
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.6 4 7.18
CW Supernatural 0.9 2 2.28
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory 1.8 5 4.87
10:00PM NBC Chicago Fire 2.0 6 7.23
CBS CSI -R 1.6 4 7.17
ABC Nashville -R 0.9 3 3.00


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," 2.9/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/6.


* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 Wednesday results were: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.


* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 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" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).


* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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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  • Sweetd

    Neighbours is gone, Happy Endings will stay.

    There is a .3 difference, and Happy Endings is way closer to syndication, and ABC has more $$$ to make with HE.

  • RG-X

    Arrow was great last nite – 0.2 viewers missed out.

    it is well done – the story is evolving!

  • RG-X

    …and The Villian last nite; “The Count” on ARROW was well executed…there was a sarcastic creepiness about him – well played.

  • Ram510


    That’s the point, what new hits??? If ABC would taken a hint from CBS’s philosophy “don’t mess with success” shows like Cougar Town (and other various Wednesday comedies), Revenge, V, and even Last Man Standing would’ve been better off if they just left them alone and grow, but they can’t even do that.

    And Neighbors should be on Fridays but it won’t do any better than LMS or MC

  • gerry

    its cute how the people bashing arrow are just posting over and over again.

    its a hit. and its decent. i think it needs a bit of direction in where its going so it doesn’t feel like the same thing is happening every week, but its a decent show. a huge show by cw standards and is not going anywhere because of dipping from a 1.1 to a .9 (that will likely adjust up) in competition with american idol. please.

  • Chris

    Yeah, ABC can never just leave things alone. LMS would be getting low 2’s if it had stayed on Tuesday night and not had made all the casting changes. Last year it averaged a 2.5 getting The Middle numbers on Tuesdays. They should move Suburgatotry and The Neighbors to Friday but only if they can at least average a 1.5. As for GWK, dear god somebody save that hilarious show. It needs to get back in that 1.4 range.

  • Laura

    @Sam –

    Nikita didn’t open with ‘CW’s best opening number’s since the network began’. It opened decently, but not that decently. The first ep of Nikita got a 1.4 and 3.4 million viewers. The Vampire Diaries, which was, and still is, the CW’s best opening number since the network began had 4.91 million viewers and a 2.1 in the demo.

  • Tessa


    Really? I cringed at the over the top, bad acting. To me it felt like the guy wanted to replicate Heath Ledger’s joker but didn’t have the chops to pull it off.

  • Lukes

    Mine was just a comment at the fact that everyone fell in ratings.
    don’t be too literal, people!

  • Dan

    @TVDude well – by February 26, 17 episodes of Go On and New Normal will air. The shows could have 3 or 4 weeks of repeats in March or be temporarily replaced but when they too return with 5 episodes it will be sometime from April 2-May 14. Whitney will either be in repeats in March or be replaced completely by maybe Save Me or a drama or something at Wed at 8.

    Only time will tell, but I don’t think NBC will air Whitney and Up All Night behind The Voice, this season. NBC isn’t trying to save them as they are with Go On and New Normal.

  • rob60990

    @Laura, 90210 premiered with a 2.6.

  • POI


  • Browner

    @ Freddy Arrow

    Tuesdays are a bloodbath for comedies but nobodies really programmed multi-cams yet on the night, they might perform differently than the single-cams did. I think its worth the move since both shows will actually have a lead-in this time. I wouldn’t mind Sundays either as this night needs some comedies too. NBC is in a position right now where they need to play around with their scheduling for comedies, there’s no reason at this point for them to just leave shows where they are to die or fizzle out. NBC needs to test the waters out. I actually think Guys with Kids and Up All Night should move to Fridays.

    @ TVDude

    I actually never thought of that, I don’t really see Go On or TNN which are dead at this point getting the convenience of that Voice lead-in. I think NBC will program something different there. NBC also sounds like they’re trying to make the new Up All Night work so they might lean towards having the last five episodes of Whitney’s season air next to Up All Night.

    There’s a possibility like you said that by March, NBC pulls Whitney from the Wednesday schedule after Guys with Kids is done on Mar. 27 and moves Whitney and Up All Night to Tuesdays or a different night.

  • Chris

    NBC, will you just cancel Whitney, already?

    I mean, you just lost to a repeat of The Middle–tied in the demo, far behind in viewers, and it was a REPEAT.

    Whitney is not funny. It has never been funny. It never will be funny. She’s got a talk show. Let her concentrate on that.

  • Terry

    Yay Chicago fire awesome show

  • Dan

    @Ram510 – The difference between CBS and ABC is that CBS has so much stability in their schedule that minor changes don’t have a big effect (Like when CBS moved CSI NY and Miami from their slots to test new shows, and Big Bang and TAAHM to Thursdays. The gambles paid off because their shows already did well. Revenge was falling last season and ABC would rather launch a new show Wed at 10 then in the former Desperate Housewives slot. Nashville is doing OK, especially in a lot where until Revenge, all dramas failed. V got shuffled around because Tuesdays were packed that season. Meanwhle ABC kept Castle in the same slot it’s entire run and it never drastically went down in viewership. Cougar Town did fine until it moved to Tuesdays, Happy Endings did great until it moved to Tuesdays, same with LMS until it moved to Fridays.

    Shows being moved to a different timeslot often will hurt them in the long run but its necessary in order to test new shows. So hypothetically, ABC next season moving Suburgatory off Wednesdays will kill it but if its kept in its slot, it will do fine. If LMS and MC return it will still be on Fridays because they are doin OK there.

    Next season ABC should do this
    8:00 Shark Tank or 2 Comedies
    9:00 DWTS
    10:00 Body of Proof or New Drama

    ABC is in a bind because DWTS airing at 8 would be up against NCIS and The Voice but if they have it at 8, any comedies at 9 would be crushed again.

  • Laura


    Thanks for that. I’d read all this conflicting info between 90210 and TVD about which was the biggest opener for the CW. After reading that, I went and read some articles about TVD’s opener, and they all say TVD was the most watched premiere on the network ever, which makes sense, because it was, but none of them mention the demo, which again makes sense because it had the highest viewer numbers ever but not the highest demo ever.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “You said the neighbors went down 2 tenths but it went down by 4.”

    Thanks, that’s now fixed.

  • MichaelChickless

    It’s funny that a show about TV commercials pulled as good or better ratings than anything on NBC or ABC.

  • Ruan

    Idol’s halves are impressive

    8:00 = 4.7
    8:30 = 5.4
    9:00 = 5.6
    9:30 = 5.8

    So, yeah, “The Big Bang Theory” will win the first half hour, but “Two and a Half Men” doesn’t have a chance.

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