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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  • 1313 SVU Lane

    Not surprised about the NBC Wed ratings since I saw not one promo for any of those show on neither Monday not Tuesday. The first SVU and Chicago Fire promos I saw all week were seen on Whitney, noting on Deception and nothing on NBC Tuesday comedy. (I don’t know about the Pro Bowl since I didn’t watch it)

  • Petar Ivanov

    MF repeat better and better. With usa syndication deal i can see next TBBT in the making.

  • John A

    Half hours for Arrow?

  • Alfred

    Fan Excuse Bingo

    Everyone was watching Superman 3 on the HUB network last night.

  • Billy

    NBC has just fallen apart. They relied on The Voice and SNF. With those shows gone for now they have fallen hard.

  • MichaelChickless

    Wow, all the way down to a 5.4 for Idol!

    Chicago Fire is still hot!

    Too bad for Arrow and the NBC comedies, and strange scheduling by ABC.

  • MDM

    Really slow TV day without The Middle and Modern Family having new eps.

    Very excited for the 30 Rock finale and a double shot of The Office tonight. The Office has been a ton better since Greg Daniels returned as showrunner.

  • Paleonut

    Wow, Arrow’s down, but Supernatural’s steady… I’m surprised to see that, but very pleased for SPN… Hoping Arrow will get adjusted up!

  • S.P.

    @ “1313 SVU Lane”

    Just because you didn’t see them, doesn’t mean they didn’t air any. I saw plenty of SVU/ Chicago Fire promos.

    Whitney and Guys With Kids, thats another story.

  • hammard

    Ouch everything was falling today.

  • Lukes

    basically, nobody watched TV yesterday

  • Dave

    Not gonna lie, Arrow is getting way too repetitive. It was an okay show during the Fall but it’s lost it’s way for me. I’m done with it.

    The Neighbors did okayish.

  • Honey Badger

    How low of ratings will American Idol on Fox get tonight when it goes against an all new The Big Bang Theory on CBS, and the Finale last episode ever of 30 Rock on NBC?

    I say American Idol on Fox will get a 3.9 18-49 rating

  • Oliver

    *renew both, sorry.

  • Dan

    I stopped watching Arrow a couple of episodes ago. I liked it in the beginning but I find none of the characters compelling and the overall storyline is very repetitive. Still, I hope it gos back up again for the sake of The CW

  • DougF


    It says NBC is in deep trouble with their comedies. With 30 Rock and The Office ending. With 1600 Penn, Guys with Kids, The New Normal and Go On flopping and Whitney in the danger zone and the likelihood Community and Up All Night will be done after this season.

    It leaves them with one comedy that will return next season Parks and Rec.

  • Carl

    I’m very surprised that Arrow fell two tenths in the demo but SPN didn’t. Do you think the Super Bowl commercial special on CBS might have taken some of Arrow’s audience? Would they have a similar audience?

    The SPN episode got a little more promotion than usual, since the Winchester grandfather appeared, but I thought they might have dropped.

    Of course they might still be adjusted down. If so I hope not too much. I didn’t like all of the episode (it felt like character regression), but I liked the attempt to bring back some sort of mythology, and action.

  • rob60990

    LOL at Whitney & Guys With Kids. Yeah these 2 flops should totally move to Tuesday at 9…

  • Lane

    Has arrow been below 3mill? Arrow will adjust I think

  • alexis

    @Luke, really? how ’bout those who watch American Idol?

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