TV Ratings Wednesday: 'American Idol' Wins Night, 'Modern Family', 'Suburgatory', 'Revolution' 'Nashville' & 'Chicago P.D.' Rise, 'Arrow' Down

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January 23rd, 2014

Revolution January 22

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.0/11 2.0/5 1.7/5 1.6/4 1.3/4 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.0/10 1.5/5 1.2/4 1.0/3 1.1/4 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 13.235 6.512 6.067 8.002 3.348 1.933

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

On FOX American Idol earned a 4.0 down 15 percent  from a 4.7 for last week’s premiere, but up 3 percent from a 3.9 for last Thursday’s episode.

On ABC, The Middle earned a 2.2 up 22 percent from last week's season low 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Suburgatory garnered a 1.8 up 13 percent from a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating for last week’s premiere. Modern Family notched a 3.5 up 9 percent from last week's  season low 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. Super Fun Night scored a 1.7, up 13 percent  from last week's series low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville earned a 1.4 up 8 percent from last week's season low 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Criminal Minds scored a series low 2.2 down 8 percent from last week’s 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. CSI earned a series low 1.6, down 20 percent from last week’s 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Revolution earned a 1.5, up 15 percent from last week's series low 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Law & Order: SVU scored a 1.8 up 29 percent from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.  Chicago P.D. garnered a 1.6 up 7 percent  from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, Arrow scored a 0.8. down 11 percent from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. The Tomorrow People matched last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, January 22, 2014 

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 4.0/11 13.24
ABC The Middle 2.2/7 8.14
NBC Revolution 1.5/4 5.30
CBS The Crazy Ones - R 0.8/2 4.11
CW Arrow 0.8/2 2.46
8:30 ABC Suburgatory 1.8/5 6.09
CBS Mom - R 0.9/2 4.15
9:00 ABC Modern Family 3.5/9 9.74
CBS Criminal Minds 2.2/6 10.39
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.8/5 6.64
CW The Tomorrow People 0.5/1 1.40
9:30 ABC Super Fun Night 1.7/4 5.15
10:00 CBS CSI 1.6/5 9.49
NBC Chicago PD 1.6/5 6.27
ABC Nashville 1.4/4 4.97

-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," 3.2/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 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" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).
  • 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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  • Shepherd

    Series low for Arrow and TTP? … Waiting for analysis.

    CPD still needs to climb to the 1.7-1.8 range if it wants to stand a good chance at renewal. +0.1 is still better than nothing.

  • Gaius Bolling

    @feinn a lot of young people watch idol too. young girls especially. and young girls is part of Arrow’s audience too surprisingly. so i think it could take from them a bit

  • AndyB

    Need Nashville to keep rising. Can’t stand the thought of cancellation.especially since it improved so much

  • Stacie

    Yay for Revolution!!!!!!!!!

  • Jazz

    Revolution has been good. I know that won’t bring any original fans back but it’s not the same allover-the-place, makes-no-sense show it was season one. I also thought yesterday’s episode of Nashville was good. It’s such a slow moving sad show. Not always fun to watch. I wonder if ABC has too much of these moody broody dramas. Betrayal (gone), Revenge and Nashville are all sort of low note shows. Which is not always bad, just not fun.

  • anon

    And I could care less about pretty much everything that was on last night, other than happening to watch an episode of SVU. lol

  • cate

    I foresee Arrow to be canceled ahead of Supernatural…


    @Bee Totally agree with u.

  • Fred

    Suburgatory did okay. Only Idol beat it.

  • Brandy

    @Ronald, no this TTPs third 0.5

  • Seth

    Outstanding for American Idol.

  • Ronald

    @feinn i think it is… when X Factor was airing Arrow got 0.9 to 1.1 ratings, remember that Arrow`s audience is young peple mostly and that young people always like a singing show

  • FishHOOKEDherO

    if you’re not watching arrow, you’re missing TV Gold – best show on my TV – it’s like watching a Batman movie each week on your TV – arrow will adjust uP

  • Noel

    I guess putting Laurel in the promos decreased ratings for Arrow? She is not a fan favorite at all.

  • Brandy

    @Cate Arrow will probably last four seasons ,SPN 10 or 11.

  • feinn

    @Shepherd both Arrow and TTP tie series low in demo, not viewers for Arrow. Arrow I think will adjust up if keeps those viewers

  • Carl

    I don’t think Arrow’s going anywhere for years. I’d say it might last as long as the CW does.

    I do wonder why the ratings drop. I’m not a big fan (Amell is wooden and Felicity is a little too “cute” for me to need to see her 24/7 and Katie Cassidy seems so thin and weak now), but a lot of people seem to prefer this season. Do they have that much of an overlap with Idol?

  • Hel-luhr

    I watch Nashville and like it, but unfortunately I don’t see it surviving this season on these numbers. It need to eke out a 1.5 or higher IMO. :(

  • Manu

    i honestly wonder what will happen to the ratings measurement in a few years from now when 0.1 becomes a hit for the CW and even CBS can barely hold onto 2.0

  • TT

    As much as I love Arrow, last night’s episode was not a good one for me. The focus on Roy and Laurel was just so boring. I don’t care about either of them. I get this arc is supposed to get Laurel to her next stage as some badass version of Black Canary but the getting there part? I can do without. Send her away to a rehab, asylum. Whatever. The best part was the last 30 seconds of Deathstroke.
    Love, love that Revolution ticked up. I’ve watched a few episodes from this season and while I can FF some, David Lyons still makes it worth it. I can even tolerate Charlie more. Still don’t like Rachel and Aaron though. Conner is a great addition. A more perfect actor couldn’t be found to play Bass’s son.
    I really enjoyed Chicago PD too. I think Sophia Bush is doing a wonderful job. They don’t seem to chop the canvas up here like they do on Chicago Fire.

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