TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Modern Family', 'American Idol', 'Chicago Fire' & 'Nashville' Dip; 'Arrow', 'The Neighbors' & 'Suburgatory' Up

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February 7th, 2013

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.6/13 2.2/6 2.1/6 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.8/12 1.7/5 1.3/4 1.1/4 1.4/4 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 14.178 6.876 10.006 5.020 3.611 2.588

NOTE: Adults 18-49 usage was down -4% from 8-10pm last night versus last week.

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On FOX, American Idol scored a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating down 16 percent from last week’s 5.5.

On ABC, The Middle earned a 2.3 among adults 18-49 down 8 percent from a 2.5 for its last episode on January 23.  The Neighbors garnered a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating up 13 percent from last week’s 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Modern Family scored a season low 3.8 adults 18-49 rating down 10 percent  from a 4.2 for its most recent new episode on January 23. Suburgatory, featuring very special guest star The Cancellation Bear, notched a 2.1, up 17 percent from last week’s 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.  Nashville earned a series low 1.7 among adults 18-49 down 11 percent from a 1.9 on January 23.

On CBS, Criminal Minds scored a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating down 13 percent from a 3.1 on January 23. CSI, which was part 1 of a CSI/CSI:NY crossover, garnered a 2.4 down 8 percent among adults 18-49 from a 2.6 on January 23.

ON NBC, Whitney earned a 1.2 , down 8 percent from last week’s 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Guys With Kids scored a  1,.2, up 9 percent from last week’s 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Law & Order SVU, featuring controversial guest star Mike Tyson, garnered a 1.5, down 12 percent from last week’s 1.7. Chicago Fire notched a 1.8, down 14 percent from last week’s 2.1. The majority of you accurately predicted that Chicago Fire would beat Nashville.

On the CW, Arrow garnered a 1.0  adults 18-49 rating,  up 11 percent from last week’s 0.9. Supernatural scored a 0.9 among adults 18-49, even with last week.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, February 6, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 4.6/13 14.18
ABC The Middle 2.3/7 8.41
CBS Person of interest - R 1.2/4 7.26
NBC Whitney 1.2/4 3.53
CW Arrow 1.0/3 2.95
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 1.8/5 6.33
NBC Guys With Kids 1.2/3 3.19
9:00 ABC Modern Family 3.8/10 10.14
CBS Criminal Minds 2.7/7 11.83
NBC Law & Order; SVU 1.5/4 5.19
CW Supernatural 0.9/2 2.22
9:30 ABC Suburgatory 2.1/5 5.88
10:00 CBS CSI 2.4/7 10.93
NBC Chicago Fire 1.8/5 6.52
ABC Nashville 1.7/5 5.25




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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
> Letterman," 2.6/7; 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," 0.7/4; "Late
> Show," 0.8/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
> * From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET Wednesday night, ABC's "Nightline"
> averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 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" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
> Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in
> metered-market households and a 0.3/2 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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  • Tellitlikeitis

    Modern Family”s main problem is just that it’s not nearly as funny as it used to be.

    But it should be leading off the night, like TBBT does for CBS Thursday. All the rest of their shows would benefit from it.

  • Max

    @Bad Wolf

    Okay but still more relevant than THE VOICE or THE X FACTOR to those same people. Fair enough.


    I agree. CHICAGO FIRE will not be renewed.

  • Petar Ivanov


    full competition.

  • Dinaminjo


    If weed was legal, the stuff you are smoking would still be illegal..

  • CookyMonzta

    @Max: ‘NCIS’ has been on TV almost as long as ‘Idol’ (they’re in their TENTH season), and this season is about to be its best ever. They could conceivably end up finishing at number 1, while ‘Idol’ falls from last season’s number 3 (combined Tues./Wed.) to number 5, 6 or even 7. At that pace, they could be out of the top 10 next year and out of the top 20 (or even top 25) in 2015.

  • Maxine

    “@carla: It is noteworthy that the POI repeat, with absolutely no publicity, got 1.2 in the demo and over 7 mil total viewers. This is a powerhouse.”

    Yep. :( Zero mentioning on their Facebook site!

    So I’m anxiously for tonight’s brand new ep :).

  • Bad Wolf


    If by “audience” you mean total viewership, don’t forget that it doesn’t matter at all. In the TV/Advertising world, people stop existing as soon as they turn 50. Take The Good Wife and Revenge on Sundays or CSI:NY and Grimm on Fridays : more people are obviously interested in The Good Wife and CSI:NY than in Revenge and Grimm… BUT Revenge and Grimm still are the winners because they’re watched by younger people. So, even if less people watch Modern Family than Castle and Scandal, it doesn’t matter at all for ABC.
    The real catastrophe is if more 18-49 people watch Castle and Scandal than Modern Family… and I don’t think this day is coming anytime soon.

  • A very true TV fan 1986

    All right! That’s it! Can ABC please move Nashville to Sundays please?! I think it will do good there instead of Wednesdays, everybody.

  • cas

    I wish someone would explain why all some people write crap about shows in the comment section that they don’t even watch. I read the ratings just to make sure none of the shows I liked, or started watching this season aren’t going to be canceled. And I like to see some people’s input on the shows, but all the negativety and people like Max and others who just call shows flops and wants every show to fail is really annoying.

  • Max


    As usual, just like last season (for the entirety of last season), your prognosis of IDOL basically being a dead show walking is such an utter exaggeration.

    It doesn’t matter what I say, though. This conversation will go on with you and other posters in 2015 when IDOL is in season 14. LOL.

  • Bob

    American Idol doing well. Still beats everything in their way (at least on Wednesday). ABC is doing ok. NBC is horrible everyday but I am glad to see Guys with Kids up this week. Hopefully they will get a pity renewal.

  • Petar Ivanov

    i guess you never heard for so called haters.

  • ReallyTired

    Nashville had only slightly better ratings than SMASH this week.

    Chicago Fire GAINED viewers from it’s lead in. Nashville LOST from it’s lead in. That’s the headline today.

  • Billy


    I would love to see The Voice go head to head with Idol for some airings. It would be so nice to see The Voice beat Idol.

  • mando

    It’s a chance for NBC to build multi-cam sitcom on Wednesday because ABC comedies going down! Thursday comedy day is not a good idea until TBBT ends.

  • HalCapone

    Nielsen says that PUT levels were low, especially kicking off the night. Tune-in during the 8 o’clock hour was down from last week by 5% in adults 18-49 and by larger margins in other categories including teens and adults 18-34. And at 9 p.m.(even with Modern Family and Criminal Minds) back with new episodes, the number of persons using television was surprisingly down week-to-week by 3.3% in 18-49. Weird night!

  • PurpleDrasi

    Wow! A lot of surprising drops last night. I didn’t think shows started dropping like this until March.

  • Bob

    I think The Voice is going to do extremely bad in Spring. With the powerhouse American Idol down this year and X-Factor doing nothing, I think The Voice is in HUGE trouble. American Idol OF COURSE will always beat those two copy cats, but it is getting pretty negative in the ratings. Of course American Idol will stay as long as Ryan Seacrest stays and then that will be it.

  • A very true TV fan 1986

    This is what I think Sundays should be on ABC:

    7:00 Once Upon A Time
    8:00 Nashville (new time slot)
    9:00 Revenge (new time slot)

    I think it looks like a perfect Sunday schedule on ABC, everyone.

  • Jesse Cardoza

    @ Max stop with the show bashing what you’re doing with Chicago Fire is the same thing you did with Revenge. You’re need for attention is unbecoming.

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