TV Ratings Wednesday: Solid Start for 'Chicago PD', 'Revolution', 'Law & Order: SVU' & 'The Middle' Return Up, 'People's Choice Awards' Down

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January 9th, 2014

Revolution January 8

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.1/6 1.9/6 1.9/5 1.2/3 1.2/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.2/4 1.0/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.863 5.952 7.819 2.881 3.043 1.091

Note: NBC was preempted in Lousiville and the CW was preempted in Birmingham, San Antonio and St. Louis for basketball coverage. Ratings for those networks may be subject to more than the typical adjustment in the final ratings.

CBS was number one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, The People’s Choice Awards scored a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating down 15 percent from last year’s 2.7 adults 18-49 ratings. It was the show’s lowest rated telecast in six years.

On ABC, The Middle earned a 2.2 up 10 percent from a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating on December 11.An 8:30PM episode of  Super Fun Night scored a series low 1.5 down 17 percent from a 1.8 among adults 18-49 on December 11. A second episode in its regular 9:30PM timeslot garnered a 1.8, even with its performance on December 11Modern Family garnered matched its 3.5 on December 11.

On NBC, Revolution earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating up 14 percent from a 1.4 on November 20. Law & Order: SVU scored a 2.1 up 31 percent from a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating on November 20. The series premiere of Chicago P.D. garnered a 2.0 up 54 percent from a 1.3 for the premiere of Ironside last September and even with last January’s debut of Deception.  Your predictions were too pessimistic.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, January 8, 2014 

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC The Middle 2.2/7 8.77
NBC Revolution 1.6/5 6.05
CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 1.5/5 6.03
FOX Stepbrothers (8-10PM) 1.2/3 2.88
CW Arrow - R 0.4/1 1.32
8:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 1.6/5 6.35
ABC Super Fun Night 1.5/4 4.92
9:00 ABC Modern Family 3.5/10 9.54
CBS The People's Choice Awards (9-11PM) 2.3/7 10.18
NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.1/6 8.85
CW The Tomorrow People - R 0.2/1 0.86
9:30 ABC Super Fun Night 1.8/5 4.89
10:00 NBC Chicago PD - Series Premiere 2.0/6 8.56
ABC David Blaine: Real or Magic - R 1.4/4 3.80

-via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 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" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • 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.

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  • Seth

    Outstanding for Revolution.

  • Jay

    CPD was fantastic. Excellent opening number. Winner of the night is Dick Wolf. If CPD holds up, Wolf will have three renewals for next season.

  • Simon

    Revolution! Hope it can either maintain this number or the numbers from the first half of the season and get a 3rd season with a 4th one for syndication as this season will have a total of 45 episodes and will poissbly need one more to reach 100, making it the show that could!

  • Simon

    42 episodes, I meant!

  • Oliver

    Thank god it’s the end of those obnoxious Chicago PD ads. Can’t wait for The Blacklist ads to disappear too.

  • Dean

    What Dante still doing here?

  • Carl

    My parents thought Arrow was new last night (they haven’t watched it yet). When I saw that number my eyes went big. Then I saw the “R”.

    The PCA should have kept Kaley Cuoco, not those unfunny women from that trashy show.

  • mando

    Every year NBC finds a drama to build and grow. Last year, Chicago Fire. This year, Chicago PD. NBC will be the first network in the next decade.

  • Elaniel

    Both Super Fun Night’s were new, were they not?

  • Kissan

    Half Hours

    Revolution 1.6/1.6

    SVU 2.0/2.3

    Chicago PD-2.1/1.9

    People’s Choice Awards-2.4/2.5/2.5/2.1

    I was pretty much on NBC all night yesterday. Revolution, SVU and Chicago PD were all good but next week will be there real test. Revolution will have to face Suburgatory, ABC Family comedies and the one and only American Idol and the return of Arrow. SVU will have to face Criminal Minds and American Idol while Chicago PD will have to face the return of CSI, Nashville and the highly anticipated premiere of Duck Dynasty. NBC should be lucky they have the Winter Olympics coming up.

  • CrimTV

    ABC and Fox are turning into the bad years of NBC and NBC is returning back to former glory.

    The 2 Broke Girls were great a hosting the PCAs.

  • Greg

    I believe that’s the same numbers that Chicago Fire did for its series premiere, so Chicago PD might actually work if it follows the same path from its mothership and immediately stabilizes.

  • Matt

    Wasn’t expecting such a good start for Chicago PD! Awesome!

  • jupiter3765

    good for modern family and the middle

  • CrimTV


    Let’s be honest here, Nashville isn’t competition for Chicago PD.

  • DM

    @psychic both Super Fun Nights were new.

  • Anthony

    So what’s the over/under on how many weeks until NBC announces development of Chicago ER?

  • Ron

    Wow those 830 #s in particular are pretty bad for SFN. Clearly ABC is just burning off the episodes at this point and the show is a goner.


    Good night for NBC–CPD nice debut w/ 2.0

  • Nick.

    No Arrow original helped Revolution, so I’m only cautiously optimistic… although since it’s NBC I’ll take a 1.6 anyway. Overall pretty good night for television, ratings are up across the board.

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