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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  • Illinois

    My predictions for Tonight

    The Big Bang Theory – 5.6
    American Idol – 4.9
    30 Rock (Series Finale) – 1.8
    The Vampire Diaries – 1.3
    Shark Tank (R) – 1.2

    Two and a Half Men – 4.2

    Person of Interest – 3.0
    Grey’s Anatomy – 3.0
    Glee – 2.2
    The Office – 2.2
    Beauty and the Beast – 0.6

    The Office – 2.2

    Scandal – 2.6
    Elementary – 2.3
    Do Not Harm (Series Premiere) – 1.8

  • Melanie P.

    Since Nashville was a repeat, I decided to check out Chicago Fire. Great show, I think I am hooked!

  • 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!

  • Frankie

    Just noticed that NBC is working with Roseanne again so maybe NBC is trying to go big next season and find an instant hit.

    I wouldn’t give up on Whitney, Guys with Kids, or Up All Night just yet, NBC needs to find the right situation for these shows and they will work. What NBC has to do is they got to find better timeslots for their comedies that work for them.

    I thought after years of struggling with single-cams that ABC finally got it right back in 2009 with the ABC Wednesday comedy block they were able to finally make it work. That’s what NBC has to do with their multi-cams they got to find the place to put them at and I guarantee they will work.

  • Frankie

    @ Melanie P.: I’m glad you liked CF, so far everybody that I told about the show has liked it except one person. Word of mouth is helping the show this first season.

  • Joseph

    Last night, two Chicago teams, (the Blackhawks and Bulls) were both playing.

    I live outside the area, but I believe that Chicago CW affiliate WGN carries some games of both teams (although a local cable sports network carries most games of each team).

    I would think that since both the ‘Hawks and Bulls were playing at the same time that one of the games was on WGN and thus, “Arrow” (and “Supernatural”) got pre-empted or bumped to a different timeslot.

  • Potato

    I think it’s worth pointing out that NBC’s single cam block on tuesday did about the same as their multi-cam block. Maybe it’s time to stop saying one’s more profitable than the other?

  • Dan

    @Potato – You’re right, both blocks did about the same, which begs the question which shows will NBC want to invest in next season. If everything is crap, then it comes down to what NBC likes the best. They probably will try to save Go On and The New Normal, along with Parks to keep single cam shows. Gon ON and New Normal will probably get a nice boost when Voice returns which will prompt them to be saved. In terms of multi camera, Guys With Kids is probably dead as is Up All Night Whitney has a chance.

    On ABC the opposite is true. The Tuesday 9pm comedy Happy Endings will probably be dumped while Fridays block Last Man Standing and Malibu Country are more likely to return.

  • bruce

    get rid of Whitney it sucks

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