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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  • Seth

    Outstanding for American Idol.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Why is ABC in repeat mode in January?

  • senor chang


    This is actually a really good point. Looking only at 10PM shows, Chicago PD is the second-highest new drama; looking at ALL the new dramas, it still comes in at fourth behind only The Blacklist, Sleepy Hollow and Agents of Shield. NBC has to be pretty happy with that.

  • Dante


    So now PUHd is NBC’s second highest 10PM show of the season, not MISfire? Damn, people can’t seem to decide whether MISfire or PUHd is the stronger show.

    I say, don’t sweat it and call it like it is- BOTH will be axed by May.

  • Mark Wilkins

    So close to 10 million people spent an hour just watching commercials, so sad

  • Dante’s an idiot

    Dante knows nothing about how television works.

  • Jordan

    Go SVU!!

  • +1

    Chicago PD is full of flaws but I have a good time watching it. Mostly because of Sophia Bush and her partner whose name I don’t remember. The old guy who leads them is cool as well.

  • cc

    Half hours for AI? I watched The Middle and Suburgatory the first hour and switched to Idol rather than leave MF on.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Cougar Town Whatever
    Literally, almost twice as many people would rather watch an hour of commercials than Revolution.

    No, not quite literally.

  • Pie

    What’s the deal with Dante. I would get the hate towards shows like B&TB, Dads and Super Fat Night because those are truly awful shows, but both Chicago’s are great television shows.

  • Tom

    Decent for Arrow, but I guess it will adjust down. Ditto TTP.

  • Jay

    Chicago Fire is the network’s second highest rated drama this season. By a lot. The previous comments mostly relate to freshmen dramas. CPD is doing quite well. And Dante, if you even watch these two shows, tell us why. Give some specifics, you never do.

  • Janus

    Some peeps(most who just plain hate the show) will call REVOLUTION dead because of this dip but that will only be the case IF REVOLUTION comes back after the Olympics and just keeps going down.

    But if it stabilizes and even goes up a tiny bit in it’s return THEN REVOLUTION will still be firmly ON THE BUBBLE.

  • Chuck_T

    Dante–The Cancelation bear doesn’t seem to agree with you, but time will tell:



    Renew/ Cancel Index

    Welcome To The Family*



    The Michael J. Fox Show





    Sean Saves The World

    (canceled 1/28)


    Dracula* (F)






    Parks & Recreation




    Grimm (F)


    Chicago PD


    Law & Order: SVU


    Chicago Fire


    The Blacklist



  • Refrain

    Here’s hoping when Sara or Amanda posts the final ratings we simply see ‘Revolution Adjusted up’ can we get a 1.4 please?

  • johnfreita813

    Yesterdays episode of The Tomorrow People was SOOOOOOOOOOO FREAKINGGGGGGGGG AMAZINGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!! Definitely the best episode of the season so far!! People are missing out!!!!!!

  • Golden Star (former dantas)

    Hello, folks! How are you doing this fine morning? Have you missed me? I surely missed you guys!

    After two months living on the african shore, without internet, I’m back! And with a new name, so some won’t mistake me for our favorite Chicago City Fire Department stalker, Dante.

    And speaking of NBC, they must be proud of Chicago PD, who has grown for the second consecutive week after its pilot. 1.7 is a pretty decent number for the channel these days, and more than guarantees its return next season.

    Arrow and Law & Order: SVU ARE also getting renewed.

    American Idol is (waaay) down from previous years but its completly safe. Even if it falls as low as a 2.0 this year, it’ll be back for next season – and probably for the season after that – maybe in a different format, who knows?

    Meanwhile, the ABC board may be weeping right as we speak. Few of their comedies are actually safe or have a slight chance of renewal.

    Back in October 2013, I believed Super Fun Night had the necessary numbers to stay within ABC plans for next Fall. How wrong was I… since then, the show has recieved a partial back order (ending next month) and has fallen toward a Trophy Wife ratings’ level. The show IS doomed now, I believe.

    And there is Suborgatory, who even in its third season, is not necessarilly safe. As we were told in last week’s Renew/Cancel index, its renewal chance depends if the numbers help the show get a flexible fee from Warner Bros. And right now, a 1.6, a 1.8 and last night’s 1.5 aren’t doing the trick.

  • Pamela

    What are the chances of Nashville getting renewed ? I like this show and want to see it return for Season 3.

  • AllOfHerTw!st


    Chicago PD is the second highest rated 10pm show [on all of broadcast] to premiere this year

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