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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  • Imagine Dragons

    In fact , “Suburgatory” have a huge lead in , not “Nashville”.

  • Kerry


    I’ve never seen Chicago Fire so I could care less about how it does, but – really? It’s NBC’s highest rated thing of the night, it beat out Nashville (which they’re also touting as a breakout hit), and compared to most of their other shows, a 1.8 ain’t bad. I’m sure they wish it was >2.0, but that’s hardly the most laughable thing about NBC’s ratings right now.

  • zth

    Basically, American Idol is at the same level as The Voice right now.

  • zth

    @Jarrod: Arrow actually increased 0.1 from last week.

  • omabin

    Terrible night all around:
    – Arrow did better than last week, but it is still the type of show I would hope it would get the same ratings as tvd, i would like it to come back to fall levels. Supernatural is holding there very well though but it would be nice to have it back at 1.0
    – The slide of Modern Family appears to be very real and it is very worrying, it is just on its 4th year and it was the top rated scripted show last season, it is not supposed to be on a slide like this. Not sure what ABC can do though. I still say part of it is the partners effect of having the neighbours behing it. Even super hits are not immune to this apparently, as shown by the effect of partners on 2 broke girls and the effect of ben and kate on new girl, both of which increased once the previous shows were pulled. Maybe it will rebound a bit when suburgatory goes back to that spot, even though by then DST will have hit and it will be harder to compare. The Middle is still doing ok and Suburgatory is having the same typical retention of MF as other shows did
    – Criminal Minds down considerably from last season, albeit still ok. I think the lack of a lead-in is hurting it a bit.
    – The NBC comedies are what they are, nothing else to say about them. I would just like to see some proof to the argument that many people have that multicams are the future for NBC and that they do way better than the singe cams. I see no difference whatsoever, even if I still think Whtiney will get another spackle renewal. SVU down by a lot! Series low?
    – As for the 10pm hour, CSI is still a monster in today’s relative landscape and for the age it has (albeit with a very compatible lead-in). Chicago Fire went down about what I expected (I predited a 1.9), but Nashville fell a lot. For me, Nashville never stopped being a bubble show (even though I still tend towards renewal) anyway. Chicago Fire is still growing at 10pm from its lead-in, quite unusual in today’s landscape and is still NBC’s highest rated renewable show currently on air. It is doing fine.

  • Alfred

    American Idol will be in the 3’s soon!

  • Honey Badger

    @ Oliver , you are right !

    Posted February 7, 2013 at 8:42 AM
    NBC’s meltdown continues unabated.

  • John A

    Felipe Nikita bashing Arrow. I always knew it was Nikita fanboys bashing Arrow.

  • KT

    The bloodbath of NBC’s comedies continue! It’s literally going to be a fight to the death for renewal!

    Wish Criminal Minds & Nashville would have done better!

  • FringeFan

    Doesn’t help Nashville that it has a weak lead-in. However, the series is also a little bit more serialized so that isn’t necessarily Suburgatory’s fault. However, Suburgatory’s numbers are pretty low retention considering the lead-in it has from Modern Family which is considerable large. In all honesty, ABC should look at moving Modern Family to 8 PM w/ The Middle @ 8:30 followed by The Neighbors and Surburgatory. Perhaps their ratings would increase with a decent lead-in for the night?

  • Owen

    Next week 2-hour premiere of Survivor followed by a new CSI at 10 pm!

    Ratings disappointing last night.

  • gerry

    @ Idol, its lead in was a 2.1, not a 3.8. whatever is on after MF always loses a ton of the audience.

    i would imagine that MF and AI share much of the same general viewing crowd, so its not surprising to see a dip for MF.

    by nbc standards, CF is a hit. its not going anywhere.

    up for arrow! -g

  • Max

    CHICAGO FLOP depends entirely on the competition. If NASHVILLE and/or CSI are repeated, FLOP is able to achieve average (not great) ratings. Once one or both of those shows return, FLOP goes back down to below average numbers.

    That means it doesn’t really have a substantial audience that is coming back week after week. And I bet if you aired an SVU repeat before a new one, FLOP would go down even more, even if the show is currently defeating SVU by a small margin.

  • Dominic

    After the ratings for Smash, Deception and Do no harm, NBC is more that happy with Chicago Fire

  • senor chang

    That’s perfectly fine for Chicago Fire. Anybody who seriously thinks NBC is in any way disappointed with its performance needs to take a chill pill.

    Looks like a lot of shows hit lows last night.

  • RandyL

    With the numbers NBC has right now, they should renew Chicago Fire for s2 now.

  • Greg

    Suburgatory is dying. 2.1 after a 3.8? Bad, really bad.

    I don’t know what ABC can do with The Neighbors and Suburgatory. Suburgatory can’t lead an hour all by itself, nor does The Neighbors. But they’re doing solidly, so they’ll probably get renewed. Maybe keep Suburgatory on the Wednesday block at 8:30 and send The Neighbors to Fridays?

  • Idol

    @ zth, I was about the post almost the exact same thing. Same for American Idol, but they should’ve never got Clown Minaj as a judge. I get why they hired her because some of her antics might bring in ratings, but it’s not working.

  • martin

    Nashville’s ratings sucked big time

  • Petar Ivanov

    Two points one from me one from guy i like to:

    1 from me STOP with these singing scripted/unscripted shows PLEASE. PEOPLE REJECT THEM. Smash/glee/nashvile all droping.

    2 from RG-X i will said it this way STOP with period dramas for the past please.
    Dramas about yesteryear do not connect with today’s (18-49) viewers on network TV:


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