TV Ratings Wednesday: 'The Middle', 'Modern Family', 'Revolution' & 'Arrow' All Slide Against Weaker 'Idol' Premiere + 'Suburgatory' Returns Down (Updated)

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January 16th, 2014

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.7/13 1.9/5 1.8/5 1.4/4 1.2/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.7/12 1.2/4 1.2/4 1.1/4 1.0/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 15.200 8.647 6.094 5.301 2.853 2.038

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

On FOX the 13th season premiere of American Idol earned a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating. UPDATE: We've just received the time-zone adjusted ratings (finals) and last night's American Idol premiere  earned a 4.7 adults 18-47 rating. Last year's season premiere earned a 6.0 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too pessimistic. We've got more on the American Idol premiere here.

On CBS, Criminal Minds matched its last original's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating . CSI earned a 2.0, up two tenths from its last original's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Middle earned a season low 1.8, down four tenths from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Suburgatory premiered to a 1.6, way down from last year's 2.8 adults 18-49 premiere rating, but even with last season's finale. Modern Family earned a season low tying 3.2, down three tenths from last week's  3.5 adults 18-49 rating .Super Fun Night scored a 1.6, down a tenth from last week's garnered a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville earned a series low 1.3, down a tenth from its last original's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Revolution earned a series low 1.3, down two tenths from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Law & Order: SVU scored a 1.5, down six tenths from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.  Chicago P.D. garnered a 1.5, down half a ratings point from last week's 2.0 premiere rating. 

On The CW, Arrow returned to a 0.9, down two tenths from its last original's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. The Tomorrow People earned a 0.6, up a tenth from its last original's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, January 15, 2014 

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10PM) -P 4.7 13 15.20
ABC The Middle 1.8 6 7.47
NBC Revolution 1.3 4 4.91
CBS Two and a Half Men -R 1.2 4 5.48
CW Arrow 0.9 3 2.49
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory -P 1.6 5 5.27
CBS The Millers -R 1.1 3 4.95
9:00PM ABC Modern Family 3.2 9 9.10
CBS Criminal Minds 2.4 7 10.47
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.5 4 5.46
CW The Tomorrow People 0.6 2 1.59
9:30PM ABC Super Fun Night 1.6 4 4.62
10:00PM CBS CSI 2.0 6 10.26
NBC Chicago PD 1.5 4 5.54
ABC Nashville 1.3 4 5.05

-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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/5.


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/6 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" (0.6/4 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 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • k:Alex

    The Episode of Chicago PD was just perfect, a lot of action, good story and a some strong camera shots.
    I hope it will stay this good and get renew, it deserve it!

  • Dante

    OH. OH. OH.
    You mean Chicago PUHd is down from last week? It isn’t the new Dick Wolf/NBC Universal megahit that it was supposed to be? LOL.

    That’s exactly what happens when you order a spin off a show based on another that is floundering in the ratings basement. It doesn’t matter if Chicago MISfire is basically a badly written soap feautring bad actors pretending to fight fires while PUHd is a “man’s man” show about gritty cops. Point is and the learning experience should be… do not spin off a show from one that can’t even stand alone successfully.

    Anyways… my previous predictions stand.

    Axed by May- Chicago MISfire (though perhaps, and I hope, the failure of this show could hurt the mother show even more)
    Axed by May or sooner depending on continous deterioation- Chicao PUHd

  • casey

    Not horrible for AI…Could have been worse

  • Marc

    Not a good night for TV!

  • Edward

    Bummer for Nashville and Revolution.

  • psychic

    Suburgatory is still on?

  • Markitos

    Ouch Nashville & Chicago PD :(

  • Rene

    Nashville :(
    Bad year for ABC.

  • Seth

    Outstanding for American Idol.

  • Dennis

    …Poor Revolution, Series Low. :( I have little faith in a 3rd season.
    Its only hope now is if Believe and Crisis tank.


    Chicago Fire Episode 2 – 1.4
    Chicago PD Episode 2 – 1.5

  • Ted Craig

    Comedies never seem to return well after long gaps. Just look at Cougar Town.

  • Hardline_Pro

    NOOO, Revolution. :(

  • Billy

    Is Modern Family the first show to go into syndication, put up pretty good numbers, yet see its original episodes on severe decline ? Modern Family is down about 20% from last year after going into syndication. That is really bad.

  • Jordan

    American Idol was great last night. And Chicago PD… AMAZING episode.


    This is still great for a show in its 13th year. Tell me how many shows are doing this. Is CSI or law and order svu doing this? Last years opener did 18 millon but plunged. This is higher then last years Finale and all of the finals. Last year was so horrible that word of mouth will have sustain. Honestly great premiere there could be weeks in the middle and final rounds that top last year. Love the judges chemistry and new production. It’s like any movie u can have a huge opening but how far are your drops.

  • Valentin

    My poor Nashville, hope it adjusts up!

  • Mark

    The Revolution will not be televised…much longer.

  • Deny

    Ouch! I didn’t expect such a huge drop for Chicago PD. However, I still think it’s decent considering the bigger competition it had, but it had better hit 1.7-1.8’s if it wants to be a safe bet for renewal. Great show, by the way.

    Is that a series low for Nashville? Suburgatory did worse than I thought. I don’t think it will be cancelled but The Goldbergs would probably do better there.

  • casey

    Dante, Dante, Dante what do you have against any NBC show with Chicago in the title.
    Is it the city that you hate?
    The network?
    The actors?
    How can you hate shows that you apparently don’t watch?
    If you despise them fine, but seriously do you have nothing better to do than wait for these ratings to post your hate comments…mind you I do not watch either show either…so I simply just don’t care about their sucess or failure…
    Maybe you should get a life and if you dont like, dont watch, dont comment…howe many ppl have to tell you to shut up before it gets through to you

  • CrimTV

    1. American Idol received very positive reviews, could mean the audience “bleed” is not as harsh this season.
    2. Chicago PD, scored the same rating as Chicago Fire’s second episode.

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