TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Nashville', 'Chicago P.D.' and 'Law and Order: SVU' Rise as 'Super Fun Night' & 'Suburgatory' Hit Lows

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January 30th, 2014


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.8/10 1.6/4 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.8/8 1.1/3 1.2/4 0.9/3 1.2/4 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 12.40 6.51 5.18 7.50 3.233 2.187

Note: CBS and The CW were preempted in several markets due to NBA & NCAA Basketball coverage. Ratings for the CW and CBS may be inflated and subject to more than the typical adjustment in the finals.

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

On FOX American Idol earned a 3.8, down two tenths from last Wednesday's 4.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Revolution tied its season low with a 1.3, down two tenths from last week's  1.5 adults 18-49 rating. Law & Order: SVU scored a 1.9, up a tenth from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.  Chicago P.D. garnered a 1.7, up a tenth from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC,  Suburgatory garnered a series low tying 1.5, down three tenths from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.  Super Fun Night scored a series low 1.3, down four tenths from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville earned a 1.5, up a tenth from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials  scored a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last year's special.

On The CW, Arrow scored a 1.0, up a tenth from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. The Tomorrow People earned a 0.6, up a tenth from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, January 29, 2014 

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 3.8 10 12.40
CBS Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 1.9 5 9.52
ABC The Middle -R 1.5 4 5.80
NBC Revolution 1.3 4 5.13
CW Arrow 1.0 3 2.73
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory 1.5 4 5.05
9:00PM ABC Modern Family-R 1.9 5 5.99
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.9 5 7.54
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.3 3 6.61
CW The Tomorrow People 0.6 2 1.64
9:30PM ABC Super Fun Night 1.3 3 3.88
10:00PM NBC Chicago PD 1.7 5 6.88
ABC Nashville 1.5 4 5.20
CBS CSI -R 1.1 3 6.36

-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," 3.3/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/4 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
  •  At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 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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  • Dante

    LMFAO at Chicago PUHd. Oh man, these Chicago failures are making it way too easy for me to be snarky and correct on this site.

    As Chicago MISfire takes a long Olympic style break before it is paired with low rated comedies and returns to series lows, NBC will have to lower their heads in shame over the ratings for the spinoff that should have NEVER been created.

    And that low rating happened with the low rated Nasvhille airing on ABC and a REPEAT on CBS. Of course, cable had American Comedy Story but that has been trending lower and lower all season so no excuse, PUHd.


  • MeAndMrsJones

    Can TTP adjust up please!!!!

  • DougF

    Going by the preview for next week I expect Arrow to be another tenth or two tenths from this week.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Go SVU! Come on Revolution!

  • JUstin

    Great for Chicago PD!
    Sure for renewal!

  • Joe Daniels

    Go ARROW! Knocking it out of the ballpark! Would be #1 if Supernatural actually had any competition two nights ago.

  • Babar

    Damn CW preemption. I really hope TTP doesn’t adjust down.

  • Dante

    I’m expecting a downward adjustment for Chicago PUHd.

    10:00 p.m.

    ABC – Nashville
    Viewers: 5.27 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 4 (#2)

    CBS – CSI (R)
    Viewers: 6.31 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#3)

    NBC – Chicago PD
    Viewers: 6.87 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 4 (#1)


    10:30 p.m.

    ABC – Nashville
    Viewers: 5.13 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#2)

    CBS – CSI (R)
    Viewers: 6.41 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#3)

    NBC – Chicago PD
    Viewers: 6.88 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#1)


    Good for Nashville!!

  • Babar

    And Arrow too.

  • Dennis

    Revolution is Dead :(
    Chicago PD will get renewed for Sure.

  • Lily

    Happy for CPD and SVU…!!!

  • Joe Daniels

    Lol at Modern Family Repeat beating SVU.

  • Josh

    @Joe Daniels
    Not it wouldn’t it most likely would of tied and then TVD would of edge them out. So far this year Arrow is behind Originals.

  • James

    Suburgatory is a mess this season. ABC made them cut the cast to get a renewal and it shows.

  • danny94

    Last year a 1.5 was terrible for Nashville this year it something to celebrate Really ? I love Nashville but a 1.5 simply isn’t good enough for a sophomore show that quite likely has an expensive cast and location.

  • Dante

    You folks do realize Chicago PUHd was up against a repeat on CBS, yes? Nashville nearly tied it (could do so in finals) and it lost from SVU. As a show that is in its FIRST season, why would NBC renew it? They already see what renewing a non-hit does by simply looking at Chicago MISfire. Why go through that again? They should concentrate on their other dramas that are a couple of seasons old and renew those for final seasons instead of banking on shows that are BARELY doing above the network average.


  • TT

    Great for Chicago PD and I’m still holding out hope for Revolution. Kill one or three characters off, wrap up that story and start a war next season. The Republic vs The US.
    Still too much Roy and Laurel on Arrow for me but I see where they’re headed. Just get there already.
    Also, I just love Susanna Thompson. I wish she could do both Arrow and NCIS. She and Mark Harmon are good together.
    Also, I don’t know how big the NC market is compared to others but we aired both NCAA basketball and the NBA last night. I see the red up top, I just wondered if my market has any effect.

  • DougF

    be up another*

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