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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  • Kissan


    Hell yeah it was gritty and manly.

  • Shepherd

    So CPD starts off stronger than CF; interesting. Last night was easily the lightest competition that CPD will see for a while, so next week should be very telling. I have to say, I didn’t expect CPD to match CF’s ratings this week. To bad the show is so heavily procedural.

  • gerry

    decent numbers for nbc last night. if revolution holds, they should renew and let it finish its run on fridays. easy. and a nice start for CPD. i was thinking 1.8

    the PCAs are a joke, and don’t even deserve half that rating. gross.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Wow. Good night for NBC. Go SVU!

  • Pr

    TVBTN should have a sign: DON’T FEED THE TROLL. Just ignore Dante.

  • abc

    Does chance of Super Fun Night being renewed go up since winning People’s Choice “Favorite New Comedy” or does it not even matter at this point?

  • Jon

    I still don’t understand how someone can hate a show so much they need to spout out about it weekly on a ratings website. Now hes going after Chicago Pd just because it has Chicago in its title. What did that city ever do to you.

  • Markitos

    Good for Chicago PD :D

  • Kissan


    Chicago PD had no competition?! It had to go up against People’s Choice Awards and American Horror Story yesterday, both of which got over a 2.0.

  • psychic

    Would have watched the PCAs but for some reason I couldn’t find them on my guide. Anyway the only reason I would have watched was to see if Fringe won “series we miss the most” and I hear it was beaten by Breaking Bad.

  • TBM

    Dante is a weirdo. NBC can’t be unhappy with those premiere numbers.

  • jupiter3765

    nbc is indeed having one good year

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Go Revolution! Look at SVU! Woo hoo!!

    Chicago PD certainly didn’t bomb.

  • Nick.

    Oh and half-hours. I thought Chicago PD had pretty good ratings… until I saw it falling pretty fast after half an hour. To be honest, the show is awful. Should just went to sleep instead.

  • Samunto

    Great and deserving for Chicago PD! And those talking of no competition should try and remember when CSI last got a 2.3 to begin with!

    Show will probably settle at around 1.7-1.8 which is good for any network at 10 these days and not just NBC. I mean, only The Blacklist and Scandal are doing plum numbers.

  • John A

    Chicago Fire PD did decent.

  • Dante


    ChicagoPD could adjust down to a 1.9 and folks on here will still claim that the number is sooo good for NBC. LOL. Just like they claimed yesterday how strong the 2.0 was for Chicago misFIRE. Clearly, the idea of what a successful rating is for a show these days is subject to change, depending on person and their respective opinion.

  • SVU: Hannibal


    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the last PCA New Comedy winner (The New Normal) was off the schedule and dead as a doornail just a few months later?

  • Nick.

    Damn it! I forgot that NBC’s ratings were inflated.

  • Dochas

    The PCA’s are a joke. They need some kind of restraint on the voting options.
    Yay for Revolution and ChicagoPD. I really liked CPD. I’m still trying to love Revolution but at this point, I’m in because of David Lyons. So underrated as an actor. I found it funny that Eric Kripke still found a way to slide in a classic rock song. Wonder if they still have to pay? Sneaky Kripke.

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