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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  • Mon

    Arrow fell two tenths and suddenly those who claim are not watching anymore came 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.

  • Ryann

    @Lane no it hasnt, the lowest its been in 3.05mil with a 1.0

  • MichaelChickless


    You’re even less intelligible than usual.

  • Dave


    Any way we can get early ratings for The Americans?

  • LisaM

    Arrow slid but SPN stayed steady. :-)

  • Edward

    Good number for Chicago Fire, especially the build in the last half hour.

  • Dave


    Actually, I meant how early can we get the ratings for The Americans?

  • Crysti

    LOL at people trying to act like idols ratings were bad. Once it’s adjusted up, it will be even with last week, and it’s only down 10% from last years comparable episode(6.0).

  • Tyson

    FX might issue a press release touting The Americans’ numbers. Otherwise, wait until the top 100 list appears about 5 p.m. eastern.

  • Annie

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

    Which is still better than the ratings for most broadcast shows. Only TBBT could have a chance of topping that number.

  • American

    The Neighbors down two tenths? Is that what the article says?

  • Petar Ivanov

    On the TV producers levels, may be……

  • Felipe Nikita

    I used to watch Arrow but I simply stopped in december, it was HORRIBLE! I dont know if its better or not, but if its like before, deserves a 0,0!

  • Barbarossa

    The first couple episodes of arrow after the winter break weren’t very good. I missed last night’s but not totally surprised at the drop

  • scifi

    Arrow is done…

  • erwan from france

    No! Guys With Kids! Hoping it will be adjusted up! Still happy for American Idol, above 5.0 and 15.00 ! Good for SVU and Chicago Fire! I’m sure, tonight’s fight will be : American Idol : 14.00 [4.5] Big Bang Theory : 17.00 [5.0]

  • DenverDean

    CF has only been airing new episodes v. CSI repeats and vice versa. CF should’ve done better last night v CSI and Nashville repeats. I still think it would serve NBC better to move it to Thursday at 10/9. DNH is going to be a major flop. CF appears to have some legs.

  • John A

    I expected more from Chicago Fire with it just facing repeats.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Which is still better than the ratings for most broadcast shows. Only TBBT could have a chance of topping that number.

    Idol is still big. But BORING. People are tired of it.

  • Shepherd

    I think CF held up well considering all of the cable competition. Will have to wait and see how well The Americans does.
    Arrow down .2 but only 140k viewers; I wish we could see the un-rounded numbers, especially when the 2/10 account for almost 20% of the demo. There’s little to no chance that it wont be renewed, but I’m still interested to see if it’ll adjust this afternoon. I could also buy the possibility that a portion of CW’s audience was interested in watching commercials for an hour.

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