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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  • Reader

    Ouch for “Nashville.” Guess people weren’t that eager to see Deacon and Rayna make out in the elevator, after all.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @NOTE: Adults 18-49 usage was down -4% from 8-10pm last night versus last week.

    Wow. That is for btoadcast or like all?

  • Billy

    Modern Family’s ratings seem to have peaked last season. It is on a big decline this season. Now down 20% from last season. Not a good trend for that show.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Whoa, slowdown. CM repeat at 8pm two weeks ago got a 1.5.

    And NCIS repeat before that with 1.1. It’s CM show after that is why its repeat was better.

  • Leondre

    I had a feeling Idol would fall. I was just hoping Modern Family would tick up and tie it.

  • Just Desserts

    The Modern Family slide just got me thinking that maybe ABC should switch The Neighbors with The Middle so The Middle can compliment Modern Family and vice-versa.

  • Mon

    No surprise that people zone out to the CBS procedurals, no thinking required.

    That’s why by the end of the hour you couldn’t figure out what happened and why it happened. It’s like when you had a magazine or saw an article on the Internet – you just look at the pictures!

  • TVDxItachi

    Not surprisef Arrow is declining, the show smells like a horse’s ass. Prime example would be how the writers used such a talented actor like david anders for such a crappy role.

  • Mike

    Fox introduced singing competition American idol and musical shows glee before every other network. The original still highest rated

  • Michael

    I’m hoping the action picks up on Arrow. Too much drama, not enough action.

  • Mon

    You didn’t get my point obviously.

  • ALBN

    Too bad SVU fans boycoted because of Mike Tayson. It was one of the best episodes of all time. And Mariska Hargitay in a red dress proves that a woman can be beautiful at age 49. She is amazing.

  • HalCapone

    Weird, off night for ratings all around. I wouldn’t worry about the Modern Family drop. It competes with the strongest hour of (a decidedly declining) Idol and it wins the DVR same day ratings race by a handsome margin. As far as the Nashville vs Chicago Fire competition, a one tenth victory is statistically not very important. CF was down 14% and Nashville was down 11%–does that mean folks are growing slightly more weary of watching Chicago Fire on this off-night for ratings? Who knows, the final adjustments might flip the victor and the loser, too.

  • DeanW

    I can see CSI: NY getting a season high (1.7-1.8) because of the crossover and the premiere of The Job !

  • Petar Ivanov

    @ 2-hour multi-cam block on Wednesdays

    because nbc comedies are so good this season……….

  • Vcoolwater

    Chicago Fire is doing better than Nashville, yet I think Chicago Fire is at more risk.

    Nashville will be pity renewed. Unless Red Widow or Zero Hours are huge hits, there is no way that ABC will cancel all their new fall dramas.

    All the other hand, NBC has Revolution. Unless Chicago Fire can stay above 2.0, I don’t think NBC will renew it. I think 2 extra episodes were added so it can match SVU’s episode order

  • BigFlop

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

  • Bad Wolf


    Let’s say AI is still very very very relevant… to less and less people ! There, are we pleased ?

  • toadytoady

    Criminal Minds was down 13% so the SVU boycotters werent watching that,like they threatened, otherwise its ratings would have gone up.

    seems like everyone was down,more or less.
    Have the shows caught a virus from Smash?

  • Carl

    When I hear people talk about Modern Family now I hear a lot of talk about the show just being stale quips, unpleasant characters, stereotypes. This is a trap many sitcoms fall into as they age.

    I was pretty sure Arrow would go back up because the Super Bowl commercial special wasn’t on. Wasn’t sure with SN, given the subject matter, but I’m glad it was steady.

    I wonder how much Survivor’s premiere will hit the CW next week. What was on last season in that timeslot? How much did they lose? (Was the One World premiere 2 hours?)

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