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[01/24/13 - 08:24 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "American Idol" Remains on Top for FOX
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for wednesday, january 23, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

FOX (16.004 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1) had no trouble taking home top honors on Wednesday with a new two-hour "American Idol" (16.004 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1).

CBS (10.001 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T2) then was the numbet two draw with a repeat of "Criminal Minds" (6.779 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9) followed by new episodes of "Criminal Minds" (11.736 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (11.489 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4).

Sharing the silver was ABC (7.147 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T2) with originals from "The Middle" (8.535 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.5, #5), "The Neighbors" (6.324 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7), "Modern Family" (10.807 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.1, #2), "Suburgatory" (6.282 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6) and "Nashville" (5.466 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8).

Next up was The CW (2.612 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) with new episodes of "Arrow" (3.126 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) and "Supernatural" (2.100 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.8 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 0.8 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

And finally, repeats of "Whitney" (2.644 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), "Guys With Kids" (2.199 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.725 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15) and "Chicago Fire" (2.534 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) on NBC (2.560 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+17.39% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
+8.70% - The Middle
+7.14% - Criminal Minds
0.00% - The Neighbors
0.00% - Arrow
0.00% - Supernatural
-4.17% - Suburgatory
-4.65% - Modern Family
-10.00% - American Idol
-18.18% - Nashville

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+200.00% - Supernatural (vs. Remodeled (Repeat))
+100.00% - Nashville (vs. Revenge (Repeat))
+66.67% - The Middle (vs. The Middle (Repeat))
+64.00% - Modern Family (vs. Modern Family (Repeat))
+57.14% - Arrow (vs. One Tree Hill)
+35.71% - The Neighbors (vs. Suburgatory (Repeat))
+35.29% - Suburgatory (vs. Happy Endings (Repeat))
+4.85% - American Idol (vs. American Idol/Touch)
-16.67% - Criminal Minds
-18.18% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/6.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

* From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 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" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/3 with an encore).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/25/12):

FOX (15.69 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) cruised to victory on Wednesday with a new "American Idol" (19.51 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.4, #1) followed by the series preview of "Touch" (11.87 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.9, #2). Said numbers marked this season's second highest rated drama opening ("Once Upon a Time") not to mention was FOX's highest-rated drama opening in three years ("Lie to Me") and the highest retention for a drama opening after "Idol" ever.

CBS (11.88 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) then claimed the silver with a repeat of "Criminal Minds" (7.91 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Criminal Minds" (13.70 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.6, #3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (14.03 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4).

Next up was ABC (4.37 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with its all-repeat lineup of "The Middle" (5.26 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8), "Suburgatory" (4.21 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9), "Modern Family" (6.49 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.5, #5), "Happy Endings" (4.02 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6) and "Revenge" (3.12 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.99 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up new episodes of "Whitney" (4.50 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) and "Are You There, Chelsea?" (3.90 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) as well as repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.75 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #13) and another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.01 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

And finally, a new "One Tree Hill" (1.47 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15) led into an encore of "Remodeled" (0.66 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) on The CW (1.06 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Hill" delivered a 1.5 rating while "Remodeled" posted a 0.4 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+17.86% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
+12.50% - Criminal Minds
0.00% - One Tree Hill
-11.11% - American Idol
-12.50% - Whitney
-22.22% - Are You There, Chelsea?

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+75.00% - One Tree Hill (vs. Nikita (Repeat))
+65.00% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (vs. Blue Bloods)
+28.57% - Criminal Minds
-12.50% - Whitney (vs. Minute to Win It)
-12.50% - Are You There, Chelsea? (vs. Minute to Win It)
-34.02% - American Idol
-59.79% - Touch (vs. American Idol)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/7 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: �The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,� 0.9/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.7/3 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3 with an encore).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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