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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  • Kforce


    “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.”

    – I read somewhere that the world was going to end last December. I read somewhere that bigfoot was making a guest appereance on American Idol… Just because yuo read something somewhere doesn’t make it valid. We all know Chicago Fire is going to get renewed. Just save your energy, you have been against CF all season. Also, are you paying Max $1 a post to hate CF as well?

  • Kangarookeeper

    I read somewhere that Max is an idiot.

  • Noel

    Arrrow was great last night, and the next episode promises a lot so I think it will go up next week.

  • Toni

    I just popped on twitter to see Nashville getting panned pretty bad and it was scortching. They were using words like “Trashville. ” If persons of the “desired demo” wanted bed-hopping politicians and sleeze they could just watch reality slop on MTV. I think I’ve heard enought about Nashville to remove it from my dvr line-up.

  • vroom

    the middle went down :D
    hopefully no adjustment.
    No surprise that Chicago fire was higher tha nashville

  • Pat

    still shocked that HIMYM (my favorite show ever) beat Modern Family. it will be the second highest scripted show this week after Big Bang, and 3 or 4th overall after AI. Crazy. GO HIMYM!!

  • David Howell

    ABC’s problem is that they don’t have enough *secure* hits – they’re still comfortably #2 in scripted average, but much of that drama slate is serialized, making it hard to sustain an audience and even harder to make money in syndication. OUAT could tumble at any time, the entire Tuesday slate already has, and as for Thursday 8/7c… They’re really tempting fate scheduling Zero Hour there, because it might literally be one in 18-49.

    That said, their two big declining shows (Revenge, DWTS) are being offset by other shows stepping up (Scandal, Batchelor). MF retention remains a challenge, and Nashville might end up being a bubble show again soon (though I suspect that ancillary revenue from CD sales mean it’ll have a bit of protection from the bear if it’s a close call).

  • Tony ^_^

    Lol… “New Girl” > “The Middle” for the week. Sorry rob60990. :D

  • Brian

    Glad to see Arrow and Supernatural hanging in there. Arrow was awesome last night… this show has really gotten my attention the past few episodes.

    The writing on Modern Family has become such a bore for two seasons now. I have no idea why it keeps winning awards… the quality of the show has dipped considerably! I may give it up after this season. The Middle has been way funnier than MF this season.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Supernatural was very good – for me, anyway, since I was already familiar with the Thule Society (a real organization back in the early 20th Century in Germany). And I remember the big guy from the Blade TV series.

    Arrow was very good. Huge reveal of Slade Wilson that completely reverses that mask with the arrow through it we kept seeing in the opening credits. Be interesting to see where that goes.

    Also nice to see Agam Darshi from Sanctuary on Arrow, as well as David Anders, from Once Upon a Time, playing a villain again.

  • beached

    ABC always has the most interesting shows. They go out on a limb and try to do something different every year. If you want the same old formulated garbage, I guess you watch CBS and Fox. Unfortunately, viewers just aren’t comfortable watching something new and innovative. Doesn’t make sense.

  • Ultima

    it will be the second highest scripted show this week after Big Bang, and 3 or 4th overall after AI

    My guess would be #3 scripted after The Big Bang Theory and The Walking Dead; #6 overall after both days of American Idol and the Grammy Awards.

  • Once & Again

    OMG these ratings are atrocious what the hell happened last night. Does anyone know.

  • Ultima

    ABC always has the most interesting shows. They go out on a limb and try to do something different every year. If you want the same old formulated garbage, I guess you watch CBS and Fox. Unfortunately, viewers just aren’t comfortable watching something new and innovative. Doesn’t make sense.

    That some old stuff that FOX and CBS has was at one point new and innovative. Most new things fail, some of them become really successful adn stick around until people think they’re old and tired ideas.

  • Josh

    Hopefully Nashville gets adjusted up such a great show.

  • PurpleDrasi

    I am half convinced that Max is really Bill or Robert just stiring the pot to get more page views.

    He is just baiting you people. And you rise to it like a great white to a bucket of chum.

  • networkman

    ABC may have to decide to make Modern Family an 8pm show. Both HIMYM and The Big Bang Theory are at 8pm and now are CBS highest rated comedies. So MF may improve at an earlier hour. Also the competition is weaker at 8pm. I know ABC wanted a two hour comedy block on Wednesday night but that is starting to cause the entire night to fall.
    So maybe something like this would be more stable

    8pm The Middle
    8:30pm The Neighbors or How to Live With Your Parents
    9pm-11pm DWTS

    8pm Modern Family
    8:30pm New Comedy
    9pm DWTS:Results
    10pm Nashville

    And then Friday night could be the two hour comedy block
    8pm Last Man Standing
    8:30 Malibu Country or The Neighbors
    9pm New Comedy- Super Fun Night
    9:30 Suburgatory

  • Zach

    Good for CW finally getting a 1 for a change :D anyway — wow Chicago Fire is doing decent for NBC 9pm. You know if that was on like Thurs 9pm I wonder how it would do. CSI isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. MF didn’t touch a 4 — hmm — it’s still not going anywhere though it will be here for several more seasons. American Idol is not getting what it used to, but putting Fox on top they can’t argue around much now can they

  • Zach

    Yeah Nashville might make another season…idk if they keep a Wednesday timeslot it might make a decent Sunday show

  • Mary 1

    I expect ratings are just declining overall as more & more people just DVR shows. Networks are probably going to start looking at social media. Or maybe they should just get over their obsession with the 18-49 market. People younger & older not only spend money, they try out new products and respond to advertising as well. Some smart person will finally figure that out but till then, the ratings for 18 -49 will continue to get lower because that’s the age most likely to watch cable, Netflix and to DVR shows.

    Modern Family is not as funny as it used to be so maybe partly why it’s declining. Idol has been around forever and people are a little tired of it now. The Nikki/ Mariah feud isn’t sustaining it. It still has pretty strong ratings though and it’ll probably increase once the final group is picked. I still like Nashville though I haven’t watched last nights epi yet. I think it’d be a great show to have on Sundays.

    No matter how you talk it up, NBC sitcoms are a mess. None of them are making a case for renewal now except Parks & Rec. I’m really curious how Community will do. I think NBC has a chance to build up Thursday night ratings. They can add the new Michael J Fox comedy there which is bound to attract an audience.

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