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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  • Sweetd


    What’s like? To not be able to understand basic numbers.

    Chicago Fire is doing well for NBC – it’s their number one show of the night – building on it’s lead-in, and at the 10PM hour.
    The Neighbors will not be renewed for next year. 1.8 for a spot between ABC’s 2 highest rated comedies is terrible, especially when it doesn’t have any real competition from other comedies. When you take into account HE is pulling a 1.4 up against nearly all comedies, and no strong lead in, it has higher chances for renewal than Neighbors.

    I can guarantee you, ABC won’t want to waste a Wednesday spot on them next year, and they won’t do any better elsewhere.

  • senor chang


    My god, shut up. Shouldn’t you be planning new ways to provoke Revenge fans right now?

  • Imagine Dragons

    “Arrow” was great during the first episodes , then , it became SO BORING , and i really hate Stephen Amell.

  • Arrow > Nikita

    HAHAHA! Where are all the Nikita-loving Arrow bashers now? The idiots have been silenced!

  • tv_viewer

    For the first week after the Superbowl, I expect the top 3 shows to be the Grammys, Big Bang Theory, and the wednesday edition of American Idol. It appears that Robin Sparkles will make How I Met Your Mother the #2 comedy for this week.

    I didn’t expect the team up of Gary Sinise and Ted Danson sucked the oxygen out of Chicago Fire.

  • BH

    MF is just getting boring now.Ratings are truly showing that!

  • jessie

    Nashville is a lot like Smash – the critics/network WANT people to like it but viewers just aren’t interested. I wonder if ABC will drop it this year or waste another year trying to convince people to watch it like NBC has done with Smash.

  • senor chang

    Some people clearly don’t have a clue what a flop is either. Hint: building on your lead-in and staying above your network’s scripted average isn’t what a flop does. That Chicago Fire goes from fantastic for NBC to slightly above average for NBC depending on the competition if the bottom line is that it’s still above average.

    I don’t even WATCH the stupid show, but good grief some of the logical fallacies being made here are maddening.

  • Dinaminjo

    I’m calling it: LMS + Neighbours ABC Fridays.

  • Imagine Dragons

    I think “Nashville” is performing great since there’s nothing in common between “Nashville” (Soapy Musical Drama) and all the comedies/sitcoms airing behind it. And “Nashville” is a STRONG DVR PERFORMER.

  • eridapo

    ABC as a whole is down….

    The Neighbors, Sub, MF, and Nash all are down.

  • Taylor

    I’m glad that the ratings for last night’s episode of Arrow were up from last week. Although, I wish that it had gotten at least 3 million viewers. Arrow is a really good show. :) I agree with the people who said that Chicago Fire is doing fine for NBC. Even though the ratings for last night’s episode were down, at least its ratings were significantly higher than the season 2 premiere of Smash. I’m not sure it’s fair for me to compare Chicago Fire’s ratings to Smash’s ratings though since they air on different nights.

  • senor chang

    *is irrelevant if it’s still above average.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @No, a 1.8 on NBC is not great right now. CHICAGO FIRE is no hit, by any means.

    NOT TRUE. 1.8 will be cancel on CBS but on NBC is HIT show. All other scripted shows(without Revolution of course) even comedies are LOWER on NBC.

  • Ram510

    Hopefully Guys With Kids will start to get better ratings out of Whitney. Maybe growing out of Whitney will show NBC that this show has a following and should get a second chance

  • Edward

    In the half hours, Chicago Fire went up in demos and viewers. NBC is right to invest in that show.

  • Clarke

    Guys with Kids is now above TNN in the demo. I really wish by some miracle GWK can get renewed because it is a great show that has really improved in quality. I don’t think Whitney is compatible with it- Whitney is edgy & raunchy while GWK feels like an old ABC TGIF comedy for the whole family. The two shows make an awkward pair… GWK should really be on ABC friday’s with Reba & Tim. Why is it on NBC again??

  • Idol

    Smash and Nashville are really good shows, but the general public are just not warming up to that “genre”.

  • Leoben Conoy


    your math and reasoning are no bueno.

    The Neighbors gets renewed and is shipped off to Fridays.

  • Shane

    Max you are hating now on CF wtf they are still doing better than most NBC line up…

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