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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  • Jay

    Great night for Dick Wolf. Certain renewals for all three of his shows. CPD best new cop show in years. On my can’t miss list.

  • TT

    Oh Dante, STHU. You whine, bitch and moan more than any person has a right to. How about you worry about your favorites and not others?

  • Fuzzynutz

    Way to go Chicago PD. Man it’s a really good show. Not your typical cop show for sure.

    I am pretty sure it’s founds it’s bottom already (except the yearly trend that all shows lose as summer approaches but then bounce back in the fall)

    This show for sure gets it’s deserved 4 smiley’s on the cancel index.

    6 seasons and a movie!

  • Fred

    One of the best NASHVILLE eps of the season!!
    The songs were meaningful and very well sung.
    The plots were all on point.

    If anyone here gave up on NASHVILLE last season or early on this season, CATCH UP WITH IT!!
    It truly has returned to form. By far my favorite drama right now.

  • Jerry

    I think ABC is having an “experimental night” to have a good comparison of Suburgatory and Super Fun night vs Trophy Wife and The Goldbergs.

    Good for Idol to hold up, but then again there is a lack of competition from The Middle, Survivor, Modern Family and Criminal Minds. Modern Family may have seen its weakest ratings since Season 1, but it still holds significant enough viewers away from Idol.

  • Leon

    Date really has it out for the Chicago shows smh

    Chicago PD is up again and that’s a good sign moving forward! I’m happy and hoping for renewal

  • Cougar Town Forever

    AI is doing ok. It’s not sliding as much as some people thought it would be by the third week, so I expect that Fox is at least a little pleased.

    Considering that Suburgatory was squeezed between two repeats, I actually think a 1.5 isn’t that bad. I believe it’s doing better than Back in the Game and The Neighbors were when they were placed between repeats. Suburgatory may turn into ABC’s comedy spackle.

    I know some people think Revolution is a bubble show, but I really think it will be cancelled. A renewal would be a de facto 2 season renewal, and it’s not pulling those kinds of numbers right now. Literally, almost twice as many people would rather watch an hour of commercials than Revolution. That should tell you something.

  • k:Alex

    If Revolution was procedural, those ratings where logical, but it’s heavy serial (like Chicago Fire).
    So,why could a week have that much difference in ratings.

    At least Chicago PD will survive.

  • CBSviewer

    Arrow skews young.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Haha, squid boy wasn’t the first post!

    Joe Daniels
    Lol at Modern Family Repeat beating SVU

    Did you mean “tying SVU in the demo and having a million and a half less total viewers”?

  • Nick.

    I think Revolution’s fate depends entirely on Crisis and Believe now.

    I don’t believe (ha!) both of them will stay ahead with heavy competition on Sundays, plus the fact Crisis is too much like Hostages and Believe, as much as I like the trailer, is a long shot (same with all sci-fi shows these days)

    Not sure what NBC thinks about Parenthood. It will pass the 88-episode milestone this season so at most a short final order for the fans, but maybe they’ll end the show with such low ratings.

  • Edward

    Chicago PD is the second highest rated 10pm show to premiere this year. Blacklist is in first. NBC has to be pretty pleased about that.

    It’s done better than Intelligence, Hostages, Ironside, Dracula, The Assets, Killer Women, Betrayal, and not to mention it’s rating better than many returning shows these days.

  • Jared

    Arrow has been amazing this season. Love the Oliver/Roy scenes and the direction the show is going in.

  • baja7475

    Revolution should get adjusted up, the total viewers was about the same as previous weeks


    American idol has stabilized I mean it should adjust up in finals which is on par with last weeks numbers.

  • Eclipse

    Go Chicago PD! Awesome show.

  • Luiz

    Sooo happy for Nashville!

  • Carmen

    I think that a show should rise at least .2 or preferably .3 in the demo before it gets an almost breathless shout out in the title about “rising”

    After all, a .1 can be in simple rounding of a tenth.
    For example, 1.344 =(1.3) vs. 1.350 =(1.4) A true difference of .006

    An extreme case to be sure, but the rounding difference can often happen

  • ultimateslayer

    Dante, what “other dramas” are you even talking about? Revolution, which is doing way worse? The only other drama that is a couple of years old is Grimm, which is doing fine in its slot. CPD is way above NBCs scripted average, I dont mind your trolling, but at least don’t outright lie.


    cpd jury is still out 1.7 against reruns around 7 million viewers is ok not earth shattering. revolution a 1.3 loses against rerun 5 million viewers, i dont see how nbc can give it what would be 2 yr renewal

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