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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  • Bob

    Damn it Guys with Kids! While the Nielsen Familes are not watching the show, the Rest of America is….Get with the Program Nielsen Families!!!!!

  • Michael

    Wow, it’s way too early for “Arrow” to drop below a 1.0! Every show, besides Big Bang Theory have off days lol, but it shouldn’t drop any further!

  • Paul P

    Nashville repeated so well!!! Based on such low network ratings across the board this season, maybe CBS will keep Vegas!

  • mando

    @Bob I sooooo agree with you!!
    Many co workers of mine watch this show!!
    Neilson families just have only CBS channel. They don’t know the other channels exist

  • Illinois

    Supernatural was awesome last night. The Show is in a better situation than Arrow. 0.9 is equal to 1.14 million so it means 50% of Supernatural’s viewers are 18-49.
    I will be so happy if the Show gets adusted up to a 1.0 and not Arrow !

  • Melanie

    The Superbowl commercial show pulled away a few of Arrow’s Nielsen families, I see.

    So glad to see Supernatural steady — last night’s was a fabulous episode!

  • Bob

    That is so true. CBS channel only and they are all relatively older watcher. There is no way that they have a true composite of America involved in the Nielsen family. I also here EVERYONE I know watches Guys with Kids and laugh their butts off. In fact, I have literally begged some of my friends to watch it and it would be worth it to them to do so and they came back Thursday and thanked me for the suggestion and watches faithfully now. Please dear God in Heaven, Please renew Guys with Kids for a second season….lol.

  • Rebecca

    GWK is pretty funny. I hope the show makes it to another season. Same with The Neighbors (haven’t watched last night’s episode yet but I will soon).

  • KS

    IMHO, this episode should have aired much earlier.

  • Keith

    lol @ Melanie

    A hour of past Superbowl commercials had the power to pull away Arrow’s Nielsen families. Arrow must not be that good if people would rather watch that crap live over Arrow. Especially since the 18-49 crowd knows what youtube is and can watch past Superbowl commercials there.

  • mando

    Guys with Kids will do better if it was on at 9:00 or 9:30.
    I’m so confident this show will be a big show if NBC treats it like It does to Go on or TNN!!
    This show can pair up with Parenthood as well!

  • Pepper

    half hours for Arrow and SPN?

  • Winning C.

    WOW! A lot of drop, not a really good night for most shows.

    Idol was down but still on par from the previous weeks.

    It amazes me still how well a show about Super Bowl commercials does every year, good for CBS. Survivor will be back in two weeks to eat up the competition.

    Neighbors held up better than Surburgatory but I expected more viewership than the Friday comedies which usually get between 6-7 million.

    Whitney and Guys with Kids were let downs but sort of had to be expected now that Idol is in the picture for the first time against them this season. On the bright side for Whitney it tied Go On in the demo with no help. GWK was really disappointing though it oddly crashed harder than usual last night. I suggested it for weeks now like other people have a move to Tuesdays for these comedies is in order. NBC is pretty much in a burn-off position with Go On, TNN, Whitney, and GWK by keeping all of these shows in their current timeslot, it only hurts the network for the rest of the season including Smash which needs help.

    Good news for NBC as SVU and Chicago Fire held up their end of the bargain to take advantage of no Criminal Minds and CSI original competition. For a new show that was off two weeks, Chicago Fire came back in really well proving its not a fluke but CSI is back next week and it’ll have to prove itself. NBC really found itself a gem in Chicago Fire.

  • Alejandro

    @ Pepper

    Both got 0.9 in the half hours also :)

  • s

    guys with kids is awesome?why nobody like it


    The thing is Idol has practically stayed stablie since its audition which kind of crashed last seasons. Auditions much more entertaining then last years. Idol was only down 10 percent from a year agos 6.0 and thats before adjustments or finals included. We will see what happens to Idol in coming weeks. I will say damn they are really pushing a girl this season. Alot of good talent and alot of strong females. Strongest females I have seen in years.

  • Maya

    @Danny94 and @Just
    So you are actually glad that Arrow dropped, right? GET OVER YOURSELFS TVD is not the only show who deserves to be Nº 1, actually for me is the worst show of the CW the main story Damon/Elena/Stefan it’s has become a circus and Elena’s character suck, for crying out loud, she is suppost to be a vampire, stop making her look like such a winny helpless woman, and no matter what you think I’m sure TVD will not survive more that 6 years.

  • toons

    i think neighbors did really well… ratings went up at 830 so there’s a tune in factor… middles numbers dropped .9 while neighbors dropped just .3 overnight to overnight… and i really dont get why abc would air new eps of those shows after reruns… abc is the worst at scheduling

  • Browner

    I just think Whitney and Guys with Kids are flat out in the wrong timeslots. NBC should move it this season to Tuesdays, they have nothing to lose at this point. They’re not going to grow where they are.

    The Wednesday comedies always have more severe competition than the Tuesday competition. Whitney and Guys with Kids already proved themselves in early January if they were in a lighter timeslot they would be doing way better I can’t say the same for Go On and The New Normal since they’re already in one of the weakest timeslots out there right now.

  • Carl

    I don’t watch Arrow (I don’t really like the cast – I might watch when Alex Kingston arrives, as she’s a goddess), but I don’t think it’s a surprise if the Super Bowl commercials dented it. I assume they would have the same young male demo.

    I don’t get the TSC comparison. That show was on after the CW’s most popular show.

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