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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  • Restless

    Maybe Arrow’s really the next Secret Circle :P Starts well but falls hard in the final stretch. Perish the thought.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Arrow is done
    For CW is hit show.

  • American

    I can’t wait until tonight :) First TBBT original against AI. There should be a poll for this.

  • MichaelChickless


    Come on, there has to be at least 2 shows that can get better ratings than Idol.

  • The Old Woman

    I think a game airing on CW in some places may have had an effect on Arrow? People on Arrow forums were complaining that they tuned in to watch Arrow and some game was going on and some of them missed the show when it came on later.

  • MichaelChickless

    @Annie “[Idol] is still better than the ratings for most broadcast shows. Only TBBT could have a chance of topping that number.”

    Should I have put a smiley face after that?

  • Brian

    It’s funny Arrow has one slightly lower night and everyone thinks it done.

  • CookyMonzta

    Looks like stability might be in for ‘Idol’. They seem to be holding at 5.2-5.6 and anywhere between 15 and 16 million viewers overall. If they dip into the 4s before the live broadcasts, look out!

  • Oliver

    Tonight is the most competitive night on network in a long time.

  • brandon

    Anyone remember last year when Happy Endings got a season high 3.5 after a rerun of Modern Family? Yeah.. Just saying lol

  • Winston Mize

    that’s stupid, look at Arrow’s total viewers….My guess is that Arrow will indeed adjust up, and will still be the CW’s solid number 2. Not to mention, this lineup is the cw’s best night by far.

    There’s just no sense in calling this the next secret circle. at all. that title belongs to BatB ALREADY.

  • Perdix

    The 10 pm shows are lacking in competition.

  • Ted Craig

    Are there half-hours for the CBS Super Bowl special?

  • Dinaminjo

    I’m not so sure about Suburgatory for a while now..

    I’m sure ABC doesn’t want another Happy Endings on their hands. Though Sub has more episodes vs last season HE..

    It will be interesting to see the ratings when it moves back to 8:30..

  • GempaX

    when rating drop only by .1 or .2, then there must be some people came out here and scream “the show is done!”, “the show is terrible”, and “i stop watching that show a long time ago”. over react? maybe!!

    i don’t watch AI and really hate it but to said that show is done or terrible in ratings are totally unrealistic!! let me ask you, how many show can get 5.0+ this season??

    for Arrow, 0.9 is still great at CW. hope it will adjust up or if not, let’s hope next week rating will goes up.

  • saísse

    Supernatural 8.12 is awesome, really awesom. :D

  • Alan

    Damn, Arrow! I can see it pulling 0.6’s very soon…

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    Almost certainly there will be a press release from FX before we’d get our regular daily cable information (at about 4pm Eastern), but when that might arrive I have no idea.

    Update: Here’s the regular daily cable ratings. http://bit.ly/Xp55P9 and the FX press release http://bit.ly/WDKKaP

  • Restless

    @Winston Mize
    Yes, but don’t you think the Renew/Cancel Index would get a lot more hits by teasing Arrow as the next possible Secret Circle? :P The only reason BatB got it was because it was in the old time slot anyway.

    It’s funny Arrow has one slightly lower night and everyone thinks it done.
    Welcome to the site! ;)
    It’s just what people do here.

  • HalCapone

    Slow Wednesday night. Idol is dying a slow, prolonged death–can’t we just kill it and put us out of our misery?

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