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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  • Dave


    It was very distracting ;)

  • TVDude

    Given the ratings I’ve seen so far this year (2013), if I were NBC I would renew Whitney and Go On and cancel GWK and TNN. Although Whitney and Go On’s ratings are horrid, there’s a little more life in them than the other two shows. Whitney in particular has been rather stable if you look at the last half of the 2011-2012 season. Although it faced a repeat of The Middle, it also faced its first head-to-head episode against American Idol (and with little promotion after a couple weeks of repeats, at least I didn’t see any).

    NBC needs to renew at least one new comedy to save face and I think Go On’s it. TNN shouldn’t come back as it was underperforming, even when The Voice was on. It would be really hard to justify renewing it if GWK gets canceled. If Parks and Rec and Community get renewed, that will open up four timeslots for comedies next season.

  • DougF

    Arrow has to get some new writers next season if they want to make it to a Season 3. Have him go on his and get his own place, drop his mother and sister to recurring to about 6-8 episodes a season if at all. Introduce more DC heroes and villains.

    I really think the CW and Arrow should realize that the comic book fans are thirsting for a series. Arrow seems to be wanting to somewhat distance itself from it. Sure they have had DC characters but outside of The Huntress & Deathstroke (which I expect them to screw up when they introduce Slade Wilson. I expect the Deathstroke we have been seeing and Slade Wilson to be two different people. Which let me tell if that happens expect to see a drop in viewership.) But none of the other DC characters have been even close to their comic book counter part. They really need to realize the W18-34 won’t be the demo that helps them, it will be the one that are comic fans or at least go see comic book movies. Which is M18-34 & M18-49

    This show has two writers where on was a writer on Grey’s Anatomy and the other Desperate Housewives and for a few writers this is their first major series. Gotta ditch them and bring in people that know how to write action-drama and maybe bring in some guys that have comic book writing backgrounds.

    CW better hope and pray ABC doesn’t run S.H.I.E.L.D against it next season.

  • Keith


    So 2 years ago, Cougartown got a 2.0 in a sea of repeats? If that is the case, how much is ABC down from 2010/2011 season to 2012/2013 season? You are acting as if Cougartown was still airing on Weds this season that it would still pull a 2.0 in a sea of repeats. I doubt that!

  • CookyMonzta

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

    Not until its viewership drops back to its 1st-season average (12.7 million); which will be the case in 2015 if its current rate of decline holds. Sit tight; we might have 2 or 3 more seasons left.

  • feinn

    I quit arrow too. Boring show dull lead

  • Sam

    @DougF Honestly, I don’t think Arrow will have to worry about S.H.I.E.L.D if it gets picked up, and runs against it on Wednesday’s. The concept seems sketchy with their decision to stay away from superhero story arcs. I’ll of course tune in for the first few episodes of the show, but I can’t see it being a big success like many think it will.

    Also, with Arrow, The CW & the writers are trying to avoid what happened with Nikita. Remember it opened with CW’s best opening numbers since the network began? Then it plummeted and is now a Friday show with a series low of 0.2. With Nikita, they never explored much character development, it was just mission after mission with nothing in between except a few flash backs. The reason I believe Arrow is so successful is because they are exploring the development of each of the main characters, and it’s slowly but surely building up to something huge (with the possible introduction of several DC comics heroes/villans). There is something planned, and the writers keep saying that they want to focus on the back story of the characters, before introducing more DC Comics heroes.

  • mando

    Guys with Kids gained 1.1 against AI, Superbowl.
    The new normal gained 1.1 against shows that only earned blow 3.4%

    Let’s see Guys with kids do on that slot!!

  • Alex

    Not sorry for Arrow, I watched a few eps and gave up, the acting made me cringe.

  • KS

    Awesome episode of Supernatural. Best episode of season. Winchesters back again.

  • JacobYates

    @bill gorman
    You said the neighbors went down 2 tenths but it went down by 4.

  • Ram510

    @ Keith

    Cougar Town got a 2.0 on it own the first week in a sea of repeats the following week it went up to a 2.7 do you think Suburgatory or even Neighbors will do that on its own next time? I doubt it. And we already saw what Happy Endings, Mr. Sunshine, Apt 23 did by themselves. If CT would’ve stayed I’m certain it would be doing better or at least the same as what’s going on currently on ABC.

    The real test for Neighbors will be in March when it has to air on its own more

  • K

    It’s funny how some of you are down on Arrow, come on, even the title seemed tired.

  • DougF

    @The Old Woman

    The only place I read that it was preempted was the Gainesville CW which is the 160th TV market.

    The Birmingham CW showed Arrow & Supernatural after the game.

    But if there was any effect Arrow’s numbers would have gone up not down. Especially in Gainesville. Because it was the Florida college basketball game. Just last week the same channel preempted Arrow and Supernatural for Florida basketball and there was no effect on the rating.

  • Maximillian

    Not surprised Arrow dropped. The commercials for this last episode were beyond terrible.

  • Tessa


    Most likely that won’t happen.

  • s0303

    arrow :(

    chicago fire did well considering only about 3 shows right now can manage than for nbc…

  • Ben

    Im sorry but Whitney should be renewed. Even though the numbers suck, the competition is way harder than for Goon or TNN and this week did better than them.

  • Keith


    You and Brandon keep arguing that CougarTown and Happy Endings did so well in the ratings without Modern Family. So if that is the case, ABC did the right thing by moving these monster hits to a different night so that they could create new hits after Modern Family.

    The reality is that the audience did not move with CougarTown and Happy Endings to their new day/timeslot. The ratings crashed and burned and they were/will be dropped from ABC. Personally, I think if Suburgatory and The Neighbors were moved to Fridays (TGIF with MC/LMS) that they would get better ratings than CougarTown and Happy Endings got on Tuesdays.

  • Brian

    I already got tired of Arrow and stopped watching this week,it will be renewed, but i am pretty much done with it. Good Luck to it.

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