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[01/03/13 - 08:30 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Whitney," "Chicago Fire" Kick Off 2013 with Season Highs
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for wednesday, january 2, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

NBC (6.942 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday as the return of "Whitney" (4.989 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4), "Guys With Kids" (4.352 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.747 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2) and "Chicago Fire" (8.410 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

CBS (6.433 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) then claimed the silver with its all-repeat lineup of "Mike & Molly" (6.236 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9), another "Mike & Molly" (6.674 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7), "Criminal Minds" (6.607 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (6.238 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9).

Next up was ABC (5.011 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) with encores from "The Middle" (6.630 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4), "The Neighbors" (4.809 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9), "Modern Family" (6.499 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2) and "Suburgatory" (4.242 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9) plus the recap special "Nashville: The Whole Story" (3.942 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.962 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up the return of "Mobbed" (3.177 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #15) and a second "Mobbed" (2.746 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (2.129 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and "Supernatural" (1.389 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) on The CW (1.759 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.3 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 0.3 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+31.25% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. 12/5/12)
+28.57% - Whitney (vs. 12/12/12)
+26.32% - Chicago Fire (vs. 12/19/12)
+21.43% - Guys With Kids (vs. 12/5/12)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+162.50% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (vs. Harry's Law (Repeat))
+118.18% - Chicago Fire (vs. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Repeat))
+80.00% - Whitney (vs. Up All Night (Repeat))
+70.00% - Guys With Kids (vs. Whitney (Repeat))
+25.00% - Mobbed - 8:00 (vs. Glee (Repeat))
-8.33% - Mobbed - 9:00
-56.00% - Nashville: The Whole Story (vs. Revenge)

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," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.7/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.6/2; "Nightline," 0.9/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2 with an encore).

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


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/4/12):

ABC (9.38 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was the top draw on the first Wednesday of 2012 thanks to new episodes of "The Middle" (9.95 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3), "Suburgatory" (8.73 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #4), "Modern Family" (13.98 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1), "Happy Endings" (7.73 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) and "Revenge" (7.96 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #5).

The silver then went to CBS (8.20 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) with the return of "I Get That a Lot" (8.32 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6) followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (8.21 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (8.06 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8).

Next up was NBC (3.84 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with repeats of "Up All Night" (3.52 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "Whitney" (3.14 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "Harry's Law" (4.46 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.72 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.69 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) served up an encore of "Glee" (2.35 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) alongside a new "Mobbed" (3.02 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) special.

And finally, repeats of "The Secret Circle" (0.97 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "The Secret Circle" (0.84 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) on The CW (0.90 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out its week-long marathon. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Circle" posted a 0.5 rating at 8:00/7:00c and a 0.4 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+130.00% - I Get That a Lot (vs. 12/17/10)
+13.79% - Happy Endings (vs. 12/7/11)
+12.00% - Modern Family (vs. 12/7/11)
+7.14% - The Middle (vs. 12/7/11)
+4.17% - Revenge (vs. 12/7/11)
+3.57% - Suburgatory (vs. 12/7/11)
-25.00% - Mobbed (vs. 11/23/11)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+56.25% - Revenge (vs. Primetime: Celebrity Weight Loss - What Really Happens)
+27.78% - I Get That a Lot (vs. Live to Dance)
+16.67% - Modern Family
+16.00% - Suburgatory (vs. Better With You)
+13.79% - Happy Endings (vs. Cougar Town)
+7.14% - The Middle
-29.41% - Mobbed (vs. Human Target (S))

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," 2.6/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/7; 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; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore 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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