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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  • Edward

    I:Alex, I thought it was a great Chicago PD episode, too. It deserved higher numbers but compared to other new 10pm shows this year, it’s hanging in there.

  • feinn

    arrow weak ratings, tommorow people up is looking good for season 2

  • Dochas

    Och. I really liked Arrow last night. Not the best episode but really good. Setting up for Deathstroke is so fun to watch. Manu Bennett is perfect casting for this role.
    ChicagoPD, I really do like. It may be the Sophia Bush factor but I’m glad to see her stepping out of the soapy teen show and comedies. She’s got range, it’ll be fun to see where they take her character.
    I wish they would just announce the last season for SVU and AI already. Both of those shows pluck my nerves.

  • psychic

    What does “Chicago PUHd” even mean? I’m assuming it’s a grating insult, one that I’ve never heard before…?

  • Reven8er

    Haha, bye bye Nashville

  • dreebee

    wow — NBC must be pretty happy with those Chicago PD numbers. It’s their highest rated show of the night. Poor Revolution, with a 1.3. Hope it picks up.

  • John A

    Yeah bad for CPD. Lol at Nashville hope this turd is canceled.

  • Dante

    Bad rating all round. The highest this weak on the cw was a 0.9 pahhhaaaa. Cw should just sell there shows to cbs to get higher ratings

  • jupiter3765

    modern family is still a lock for renewal

  • Dan

    Chicago PD held strong with SVU just like Chicago Fire originally did. Too early to count it out.

    Looks like Suburgatory may join the 3-57 club with Happy Endings. 3 seasons, 57 episodes, No syndication deal.

  • Crystal

    Chicago PD matched its lead ins Demo and didn’t lose viewers. It might not be a hit but its far from a failure. Anyway… Moving on.

    Not a bad debut of AI. I watched last night out of curiosity of the new panel. I think i was more annoyed because I felt like they said yet to a lot of weaker people. I don’t know if ill still continue to watch now that my curiosity has been fed. Definitely better than last years panel though.

    I really enjoyed TTP last night. I’m still very said it can’t get above that .6. This show is the best but the story is there and I feel like its one little tweak away from a great show for me. I shall enjoy it while I still can. I fear Reign will get the vote over them anyways to keep diversity on the network and because its got a lot of buzz.

  • Jay

    Bad night for television. Revolution and Nashville all but gone. Surprised CPD dropped so much. Best cop show I have seen in years. Great writing and acting. Am sure it will rebound next week.

  • Billiam

    As predicted, Chicago PD took a downward spiral…

    Hope Revolution comes back up… I still think the issue is the 8 pm slot it has…. it needs to be on later after the kids go to bed.

    Arrow slipped a little but it’ll be back up.

    TTP inched up but I still think it won’t make it passed this season. While I like the show, CW has too many successful shows this season. Some have to go to make room for the fall.

  • feinn

    I think Arrow could of been a Breakout hit with a good lead actor

  • Jeff

    Duck Dynasty should beat American Idol and Modern Family now!

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Co Criminal Mimes!

    Keep your head above water Revolution!

  • Matt k

    I see idol this yr as the 2013 redsox. Attendance was down to start as people were still remembering that disastrous 2012, but they eventually won them over

  • LoopyZach


    No, Chicago Fire episode 2 hits a 1.5!

  • Dan

    Even with 1.3s I could see a scenario where both Revolution and Nashville return for third seasons. Nashville because ABC has flopped with all its new dramas this season and Revolution because the rest of the Wed dramas are only doing sightly better.

  • DrainBamage

    Not a great return for Suburgatory, but it has been off schedule for awhile, so I expected it not to be great.I think it will do a tad better going forward and at least do better than BITG.Liked the episode direction though.

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