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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  • Tony ^_^

    @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.”

    No. “How I met Your Mother” out rating “2 Broke Girls” ONE week does not make it one of CBS’s highest rated comedies (at 8). When comparing all of them together, I’m pretty sure it’s:
    1. Big Bang Theory
    2. Two and A Half Men
    3. 2 Broke Girls
    4. How I Met Your Mother

  • zth

    @Bob: The auditions on The Voice will beat the live shows of American Idol for sure because of the spinning chairs gimmick. The Voice is not in trouble when it returns – I would say the auditions can hit above 4.5.

  • The End


    No doubt you have a ‘I want to believe’ poster on your wall right?

  • PurpleDrasi

    @The End

    LOL! No, not me. I was only joking about that (although it would be a brilliant plan, no?)

    I am dismayed to see the number of people that keep jumping into that pointless, un-winnable fight.

  • gerry

    @ PurpleDrasi – agreed. if everyone just ignored, things would be so much easier on this board…

  • Rob R

    Something is very sad if HIMYM, wimpering to the finish line with laugh-free episodes, rates better than the still brilliant Modern Family.

  • Ted Craig

    Anybody who thinks Neighbors is bringing down MF should look at the 2010-11 season. Better With You had about the same ratings and MF was pulling 5s. Heck, the show became a huge hit with Hank as a lead-in.

  • Dan

    Wow there is so much competition almost every show is down. The final numbers are going to be interesting. I hope Nashville will be adjusted up.

  • Zerb

    Not that it guarantees renewal, but if Chicago Fire is as much of a flop as the troll says it is, why did they again add another episode to the order? If it is doing so horribly based on NBC’s standards, they’d possibly prefer to cut the order or at least maintain it, not add another new ep.

  • Ricky K

    I wish ABC would move SUBURGATORY to 8:30, run a MODERN FAMILY repeat at 9:30 and try THE NEIGHBORS on Friday.

  • PurpleDrasi

    @Zerb – Adding another episode doesn’t necessarily mean anything. IIRC, NBC ordered additional episodes for their show CHASE and in the end they yanked it off the air and ended up burning off those episodes on Saturday before they canceled it.

    Personally, I think they will renew it but getting another episode doesn’t guarantee anything.

  • Shepherd


    “why did they again add another episode to the order?”

    Because NBC has bigger fish to fry, and they need options in case they find it necessary to pull DNH and/or Smash from the weekday schedule.

    I’m not saying CF is doing terribly, nor am I saying that its doing great, but the added episode says less about CF than in does the state of NBC’s other dramas.

  • New Mexico Fringer

    *Spoiler Suburgatory*

    Don’t feel like reading every reply. Did anyone watch on Suburgatory when Tessa had the meeting and principal said “I didn’t want to see you, the cancellation bear did”.

    Seems you guys need to patent that thing.

  • KJ Styles

    :How I met your Mother beat Modern Family this week :)”

    Modern Family is still a much better show. HIMYM didn’t have to compete with American Idol, and the Voice isn’t back until March.

  • KJ Styles

    @New Mexico Fringer- Yes. If you scroll up you’ll see that we noticed that…and Bill even wrote an article about it when you see the link above. Click on it.

  • karin

    SVU is pathetic,series low?

  • geri

    Well, I watched Arrow, Criminal Minds and CSI. These are three of my favorite shows. Everyone is right. It was a lousy ratings night

  • Richard Steven Hack

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

    That WOULD explain how he’s usually able to be first poster! :-)

    C’mon, Bill/Robert! Own up! :-)

  • Bill W

    MODERN FAMILY has dropped in quality this season. The characters are becoming caricature. Can’t say I’m surprised by the ratings slide.

  • Dave

    I love Arrow but it looks like it’s dropping

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