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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  • Ted Craig

    I’m sure it will get renewed, but Suburgatory might be a disappointment for ABC. I have a theory they wanted that show to be strong enough to leave the Wednesday night nest.

  • Petar Ivanov

    I am not sure in my math but CBS on repeats beat NBC is that true?

  • Oliver

    It’s not ‘strange scheduling’, ABC were deliberately seeing how the comedies perform without the anchors.

  • israelCD

    Supernatural holding like a boss ! Arrow OMFG !
    American Idol test will be tonight with The Big Bang Theory !

  • KT


    Correction, no one watched NETWORK TV last night. I know myself and ALOT of other people watched the series premiere of The Americans on FX. Can’t wait to see the ratings!

  • Alfred

    I think Idol will stay in the 4’s tonight, but drop a lot from last night. 4.3 is my guess.

  • Snoot

    Finally tonight, Idol vs TBBT……The Showdown.

  • ally

    8 year old supernatural manages to level with arrow… ouch!!

  • juliedawn

    OMG Arrow. Frankly not overly surprised as it bores me somewhat and so others might be bored too, but I’m still watching. Can’t stand the flashbacks, or the sister character, and Amell grates on me at times.
    Will be interesting to see if this continues or is just a one-week hiccup.

  • Rebecca

    I watched most of the Superbowl Commercials special and then SPN. I’ll watch Whitney and GWK soon on hulu. Looking forward to 30R tonight. If anyone wants to watch, here’s a “best of” thing that hulu posted for 30R…very good: http://www.hulu.com/grid?name=the-25-best-30-rock-moments&from=/watch/1894?playlist_id=1444

  • 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, a new The Vampire Diaries on CW, and a repeat of Shark Tank on ABC ?

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

    What rating will the Finale last episode ever of 30 Rock on NBC get?
    What rating will the new The Big Bang Theory on CBS get?
    What rating will the new The Vampire Diaries on CW get?

  • buttondiet

    Series low for Arrow and GWK! But they could still adjust up, and I have a weird feeling Supernatural might adjust up too. I wish Whitney was a little higher, like at least a 1.5 to pull it away from cancellation. 1.3 is a little too low.

  • forg

    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.

    Still not as good as it used to be but it’s been a lot better. I think not having Andy for quite sometime also helped

  • danny94

    Suburgatory didnt do that bad considering happy endings fell to a 1.6 last season without all new modern family

  • juliedawn

    And to the others – that’s still a decent nbr for CF even with the small drop, and I’m pleased to see how consistent SPN is (even if it would be nice for them to be higher!)

  • MichaelChickless

    But the worst part or all, my DVR somehow missed recording SVU last night.

  • alexis

    @KT. I wonder how The Americans performed in ratings too.

  • Mon

    Arrow fell two tenths and suddenly those who claim are not watching anymore come out of their caves. You want to take the credit? Hilarious. It will still be CW’s top 2 show so unless it fell below Nikita’s ratings starting next week, it’s safe.

  • MichaelChickless

    ^^ of all


    Okay, chief.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Correction, no one watched NETWORK TV last night. I know myself and ALOT of other people watched the series premiere of The Americans on FX.

    And after that someone will say why people don’t watch broadcast TV. I mean its so UNFAIR for broadcast TV. This show begin with sex scene(political corectly sex scene but was more than that) than go to rape scene and in the end again sex scene. Shows like Game of thrones, TWD etc has so many blood, sex and horror scenes. You just can;t compare both cable and broadcast.

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