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Updated Wednesday Ratings: NBC and Fox Share Dominance

'Second Chance' Opener on Fox Loses More Than One Half of its 'American Idol' Lead-in

What follows are the preliminary national ratings for Wednesday, January 13 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Note that these results are based on the time period averages and are not program based.

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 7.83 million, CBS: 7.63, Fox: 7.28, ABC: 6.10, CW: 1.20

-Adults 18-49:
Fox: 1.9 rating/6 share, ABC: 1.8/ 6, NBC: 1.7/ 6, CBS: 1.6/ 5, CW: 0.4/ 1

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Middle
Viewers: 7.43 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#2)

CBS – 2 Broke Girls
Viewers: 6.60 million (#4), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#3)

NBC – The Mysteries of Laura
Viewers: 7.75 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 9.16 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ 8 (#1)

CW – The Flash (R)
Viewers: 1.36 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 2 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Goldbergs
Viewers: 6.34 million (#4), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#2)

CBS – Mike & Molly
Viewers: 7.18 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#3)

NBC – The Mysteries of Laura
Viewers: 7.32 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 10.33 million (#1), A18-49: 2.6/ 9 (#1)

CW – The Flash (R)
Viewers: 1.18 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 8.17 million (#2), A18-49: 2.6/ 8 (#1)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 9.25 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 7.76 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#3)

Fox – Second Chance (series premiere)
Viewers: 5.29 million (#4), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#4)

CW – Arrow (R)
Viewers: 1.12 million (#3), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – black-ish
Viewers: 6.10 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#3)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 9.25 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 8.27 million (#2), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#1)

Fox – Second Chance (series premiere)
Viewers: 4.34 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#4)

CW – Arrow (R)
Viewers: 1.15 million (#3), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – American Crime
Viewers: 4.36 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

CBS – Code Black
Viewers: 6.86 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 8.05 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – American Crime
Viewers: 4.23 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

CBS – Code Black
Viewers: 6.65 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago PD
Viewers: 7.91 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. FROM NBC

    “CHICAGO P.D.” GROWS VS. LAST WEEK’S TRIPLE-CROSSOVER CONCLUSION,
    CAPTURES THE SHOW’S HIGHEST NON-CROSSOVER RATING SINCE ITS SERIES
    PREMIERE

    “LAW & ORDER: SVU” MATCHES ITS HIGH IN 14 MONTHS

    “LAURA” JUMPS +20% WEEK TO WEEK, EQUALS ITS TOP RATING SINCE FEBRUARY 2015’S ERIC MCCORMACK GUEST APPEARANCE

    NBC PULLS WITHIN 0.2 OF THE WEDNESDAY WIN VS. ALL-ORIGINAL COMPETITION ON THE BIG 4

  2. FROM ABC

    ABC Wednesday Prime (8-11pm – 6.1 million and 1.8/6 in AD18-49): On the second Wednesday of 2016, ABC significantly closed the gap week to week with an Idol-led Fox (into the series debut of Second Chance) to virtually tie for #1 in Adults 18-49 (1.8/6 vs. 1.9/6). The Net was
    steady with the prior Wednesday in Adults 18-49 (1.9/6 vs. 1.8/6), which
    included the strong returns for its comedy block to originals and the premiere of American Crime.

    ABC’s Modern Family moved ahead of Idol to rank as Wednesday’s #1 TV show in Adults 18-49 (2.6/8).

    From 8-9pm, The Middle and The Goldbergs ranked as the #1 scripted shows in their
    respective slots for the 2nd week in a row in Adults 18-49 and continued to beat CBS’ comedies
    in the hour (+19% – 1.9/7 vs. 1.6/5 for 2 Broke Girls/Mike & Molly).

    ABC moved up to #1 in the 9pm hour in Adults 18-49 with Modern Family and black-ish, holding a
    15% advantage over its nearest competition (2.3/7 vs. 2.0/6 – CBS’ Criminal Minds and NBC’s L&O: SVU tied). Also in the hour, ABC
    nearly doubled Fox’s Idol-driven debut of Second Chance (+92% – 2.3/7 vs. 1.2/4)

    Despite a slightly lower lead-in at 10pm, American Crime was steady with its week-earlier opener on the night in Adults 18-49 (1.1/4 vs. 1.2/4). In addition, American Crime grew over its premiere in Men 18-34 (+20%) and Men 25-54 (+9%), matching the series’ 2nd-highest ratings ever – behind only its series debut on 3/5/15. Please Note: American Crime jumped +50% over its L+SD Adult 18-49 rating after 3 days of TV playback (1.2 rating to a 1.8 rating), tying the series’ largest-ever playback increase.

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    • Criminal Minds had gone back to a little under 9 million viewers after dropping the first three weeks, so I’d say not having Empire is worth maybe 6-700,000 viewers to them.

      Not sure I’d call that “a lot stronger” but good catch on your part. 🙂

  3. NBC, CBS and FOX were all neck and neck last night.

    Second Chance gave up a lot of AI’s audience, and let CM and SVU bump up nicely.

    MOL continues to hold on to a decently sized older audience and PD really jumped up.

    Lastly, The Middle continues to be the unsung hero for ABC on Wednesday nights. MF gets all the glory (and does well, but is slipping) but The Middle consistently chugs along without much notice.

  4. Interesting to see how ABC’s The Middle and Goldbergs are beating 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly. Those quietly decent performers are staying steady while the competition continues to fade.

  5. Question: Mysteries of Laura was relegated to a different channel here last night for a special on the NBC affiliate. How will those numbers be calculated? Will they even be a part of the final number for the show or will it just be treated as a preemption?

  6. NBC has managed to win the night in viewers although by very small margin, NBC needs something stronger at 8pm.

  7. I have heard a lot of bad reviews about Second Chance. Some mixed. I’ll check it out but I know it isn’t going to last. DOA Lucifer every review I saw was positive.

    Mysteries of Laura would indeed be a good Friday fix for NBC with Dateline being older female skewing.

    • Critics as a group have a taste for what is “new” (perhaps because they have to watch so many things they don’t really want to) and tend to confuse “incompetent” with “creatively original” (see Mr. Robot and sadly so many others).

      Audiences do know better.

      • I am sure I will like Lucifer. I have enjoyed the promos and previews. It should be a fairly compatible fit out of X-Files on Monday

  8. How awful across the board.

    Only one half hour of AI passing the 10 million viewer mark… 🙁

    Still fun to point out, Criminal Minds keeps beating much-hyped and beloved of Hollywood pseudo-elites Modern Family.

    And it’s doing it without hardly any mention in the media…

    Marc, kudos for pointing out the drop off for Second Chance. 🙂 It IS the most important metric.