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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  • Mi

    Arrow fell despite airing one of their best episodes.. sucks but that’s because last week’s episode wasn’t good. I hope it climbs next week but idk.

  • layla

    so glad spn moved off fridays! numbers prove where ever it is on the schedule it will get the numbers . much better stories since carver came back and they kissed gamble goodbye.

  • Chuck T

    NBC has to be reasonably happy with Chicago Fire. No lead-ins and it does pretty well overall–for NBC.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Arrow needs to get moving with the conspiracy and the fight against Merlyn. Much as Willa Holland is hot, her troubles are incidental to the point of the show and need to go away.

    The show needs to maintain the pace it had in the first few episodes. Lately it’s been a bit slower with too much “family issues”. That’s going to bore a lot of viewers because the show isn’t a family drama, it’s a comic book action show. Stick to what you do best!

  • db

    Arrow was pre-emptied for basketball on some cw networks then shown at 1030, so it was a dumb decision if u ask me my cw management, but Arrow still did not dip below 3million. That’s the good thing!

  • Freddy Arrow


    “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.”

    Tuesdays are a bloodbath for comedies. Now that football is over, I think NBC should try sitcoms on Sunday.

  • Dan

    See with no new Middle or Modern Family, Neighbors & SUburgatory slide. THough Neighbors did build on Middle, thats the reason I believe it will be axed. The show doesn’t have its own fanbase.

  • Dan

    Chicago Fire is doing great building on SVU, it will be interesting to see how it does next week against new CSI and new Nashville. Guys With Kids is dead at this point but it only has a few episodes to go. And Whitney’s last 5 eps will likely be paired with Up All Night in April. With Go On and New Normal performing similarly to Whitney and Guys With Kids, it seems NBC will try to save the single camera comedies for next season.

    When every comedy is performing like garbage (for NBC) they keep the ones with critical acclaim to rebuild a new night.


    Oh shut up Idol isnt down it always goes up , it’ll be even.

  • Tessa


    The show needs to maintain the pace it had in the first few episodes. Lately it’s been a bit slower with too much “family issues”. That’s going to bore a lot of viewers because the show isn’t a family drama, it’s a comic book action show. Stick to what you do best!

    I think that’s the detrimental mistake the CW is making with this show. The network seems unable to escape its ingrained attraction to teenage drama no matter what show they produce. It even bleeds into their comic book outing and drives fans away. They have to realize the target audience for this show isn’t the same as TVDs or B&TB. This audience could care less about Thea’s woes and instead wants to see the mythology and the villain of the story take over the plot.

  • Dan

    @Freddy Arrow – Well GWK is done on February 27 and after that Whitney will have 5 more episodes. So its really where will NBC move the 5 episodes of Whitney. They will likely be paired with Up All Night in April but still on Wednesday at 8? Probably. I can’t see NBC moving Go On and The New Normal because NBC wants them to have that Voice led in. Those shows getting better ratings with The Voice are NBC’s last chance to save comedies from this season.

    With Office, 30 Rock and likely Community done in May. Parks is the only definite comedy renewal. Despite horrible numbers recently, NBC will save Go On and The New Normal. Guys With Kids and 1600 Penn are freshman flops while second year Whitney and Up All Night are pretty much on life support.

  • David Howell

    How many hours of NBC sitcom time are going to be removed in the fall schedule? If you said “not enough”, you’re probably right!

  • Melissa

    Pretty impressive for American Idol. It’ll likely adjust up, leaving it flat vs. last week.

  • Rob R

    American Idol……….a full decade as America’s favorite show. Absolutely amazing record unequaled by any show in TV history.

  • Wright

    Enough with the Arrow and TVD bashing. Arrow, SPN and TVD are all good shows. Arrow will bounce back. I was happy to see that SPN was steady.

  • charmedcraft

    whoa, what happened with Arrow this week?

    Good SPN :)

  • Ted Craig


    Neighbors’ numbers are in the same range as with a new Middle. Those numbers aren’t great, but probably enough to be renewed. Hard to argue the show doesn’t have its own fan base. If it didn’t, the numbers would have been below the Middle’s.

  • TVDude


    I actually see NBC pulling Whitney from the schedule until Go On and The New Normal finish up. This way, The Voice will come back, Go On and The New Normal will finish their episodes and then be replaced by Up All Night and Whitney. Keep in mind, they might do exactly what you said, but I just don’t see Go On or the New Normal staying on until May. They would have to stretch seven episodes out over the next three months and The Voice will be airing into the summer so Go On will obviously not be a part of that whole lineup, maybe just the beginning (March and April, then be replaced by UAN/Whitney).

  • Heather

    Supernatural was good last night. At first I was aggravated that they were trying to rewrite Winchester history but decided that it opened the door to a whole new storyline that may turn out interesting.

  • Edward

    Arrow needs a compelling villain and should give John Barrowman way more to do. He’s got more charisma than the rest of the cast. Happy that SPN is steady.

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