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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  • Skylar James

    I think ABC needs to find more reality shows that can actually become hits. Clearly people are starting to lose interest in their scripted shows

  • Vcoolwater


    I thought it was proven fact that retention doesn’t make difference in show renewal. Both Nashville and Chicago Fire did average in the ratings. Both show have good chance of renewal due to all other shows on NBC and ABC being flops.

    I don’t think Chicago Fire is a sure shot because I read somewhere that the show has to stay at or above 2.0 for it to be lock in for renewal. However since Do No Harm and Smash are huge flops. Maybe NBC will bo okay with 1.6-1.9 range.

  • zerg

    That’s bad..MF at February under 4.0 while the Others shows struggle to get 2.0

  • Bad Wolf


    Well, I guess people just need to prove they exist by hating and bashing, or maybe it’s their only worthy pleasure in life. What’s frightening is that almost every show nowadays has its small but very vocal hating fans. One of these idiots, earlier, was trashing the Nikita fans who like to hate on Arrow. I’m positively sure that, if we take the time to verify, such people only exist in this idiot’s mind. When, rarely, there’s no problem at all and everyone comments respectfully, there will always be one troll to try starting a war between, one fanbase and another. People tend to forget that, among the millions people who watch one show or another, there is only a handful on this site who are intolerant and arrogant. Sometimes, I really have to calm down to avoid hating, say, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural or Hawaii 5-0 (among many, many other shows), because two or three of their fans energically voice their stupidity.
    Oh, and of course, since people can’t resist answering trolls, it means more comments and more page views… so don’t expect the webmasters to do anything about it anytime soon !

  • Bad Wolf


    Just asking : how can you know for sure the people who watch Chicago Fire and Nashville are the same people who watch their lead-ins ?

  • Tellitlikeitis

    I stopped watching AI years ago, but get real people. Look at the ratings closer. Fox has more than double the second place network’s ratings. It is still a ratings monster.

  • Bee

    NOOOOO NASHVILLE! WTF!? it was doing so well and promising just a few weeks ago! and i was so excited cus the show creatively is amazing now. it’s hit its stride. i hope it goes back up next week. but OF COURSE. for some idiotic reason, the show is bumped in 2 weeks for some oscar special and then is new again the following week before going off again for several weeks. ABC STOP KILLING YOUR DAMN SHOWS. also, that terrible suburgatory lead-in isn’t helping.

  • Max

    Actually, I just watched some Chicago Fire and it was awesome! My second favourite show, behind Revenge which is always my first.

  • BigFlop

    @bad wolf
    I know what demos means and its importance, but I was talking about viewers.

  • Ram510

    Wow why has happened to ABC? Not as many people are watching on any night anymore. I can’t believe Modern Family is down so much.

    They should switch Last Man Standing and Neighbors, cause its just not catching on.

  • CookyMonzta


    Except in 2015, barring a brief comeback like in 2011, ‘Idol’ will be drawing 1st-season numbers. When a legendary show such as this ends up going back down to numbers that resemble its 1st season, it’s time to pack it in. When ‘Idol’ failed to draw 20 million at any point last season, except for its very first show and its very last show, it definitely became a dying show in my book. Then again, the signs were there before and especially during the 9th season.

  • RG-X

    Ohhh – I was a little off the mark on each one of my predictions – but preety close.

    I said

    2.3 for CSI ( it was 2.4)
    1.9 for Chicago ( it was 1.8)
    1.8 for Nashville ( it was 1.7)

    But I was right that Chicago would beat Nashville and CSI would toast them both.

  • ToXiX

    American Idol is sinking to Two And A Half Men levels.
    If within the coming weeks 2.5 men beats AI on Thursday it is going to be a BEAUTIFUL thing to see.

  • Bill Lee

    Simply put Suburgatory sucks. Kinda of liked it last year, but it gets on my nerves as I solely blame it for the demise of Happy Endings. Watched Modern Family but only stayed around long enough to see a surprise appearance of the cancelation Bear. Looks like the real victim now is Nashville.

    BTW…Arrow Rocks!

  • BigFlop

    Don’t worry, Nashville is safe, enjoy your show.
    I agree with you, ABC knows how to kill their own shows.

  • CookyMonzta

    @Tellitlikeitis: Except that it’s not the ‘monster’ that it used to be. ‘Idol’ deserves its legendary status, though, for surviving this long. But time is CLEARLY running out for them; while on the other hand, ‘NCIS’ is in its 10th season and its viewership has been consistently going UP!

  • CookyMonzta

    @ToXiX: That remains to be seen. It will all depend on who ends up in the final 10/12/13. If the viewers are like, “meh”, then we could see viewership drop below 13 million. If the viewers are thinking “hmmm…”, they could turn a corner and start drawing 17 or 18 million.

  • mando

    It’s time for ABC to crush. NBC will become N.2.

  • Freyja

    Glad to see Arrow and SPN steady as she goes.

    Loved the way they brought a whole new life and storyline into SPN, hopefully this weeds out the boring Angel/Demon storyline. We needed something new after 4 seasons of the same LOL

    Fantastic episode, loved the new Batcave =)

  • silvit


    It won’t be surprising that at the end of February, Scandal or Castle have more audience than Modern Family. LOL
    poor ABC

    Yet Modern family will always beat them where it counts. Poor ABC that has only a couple of shows that do great, Modern Family being one of them.

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