January 5, 2012
 

The Sked: WEDNESDAY RATINGS January 4

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf

>ABC won going away last night by being the only network in town with a schedule of original episodes.  CBS stayed in the game because their shows repeat at least decently, while FOX and NBC were basically off the air.  The biggest reversal of fortune last night was NBC, which went from a first-place tie on this night last year to a share of the basement last night. 

             Nightly Adult 18-49 Rating
Wednesday    ABC    CBS    FOX    NBC
01.04.2012   3.3    2.0    1.0    1.0
01.05.2011   2.7    2.4    1.7    2.7

ABC was the only network with original episodes last night, and they were rewarded with a first-place 3.3 rating with Adults 18-49 for the night.  Ratings for each ABC show last night were in the middle to upper-middle range of this season’s range.  Yesterday was up significantly from the 2.7 nightly average on this night last year, with gains in each half hour: The Middle (2.8), Better with You (2.5), Modern Family (4.8), Cougar Town (2.8), Primetime special (1.7). 

              Season        Last  Six  Weeks 
ABC Wed      High Low  1130 12.7 1214 1221 1228 01.4
The Middle   3.2  2.5  1.8R 2.8  1.6R 1.4R 1.3R 3.0*
Suburgatory  3.4  2.5  1.7R 2.8  1.6R 1.5R 1.4R 2.9*

Modern Fami  6.1  4.5  2.6R 5.1  2.3R 2.2R 1.9R 5.6*

Happy Ending 3.5  2.7  2.1R 2.8  —   1.4R 1.2R 3.3*

Revenge      3.4  2.1  1.2R 2.4  —   0.9R 0.6R 2.5*

CBS stayed in second place (2.0 rating from 8-11 pm) by airing two drama repeats and a reality special.  I Get That a Lot scored a 2.3 from 8-9 pm (second in the time period), followed by relatively soft repeat numbers for the regular 9 and 10 pm dramas (see chart below).  Last year on this night (Wednesday, January 5, 2011), CBS averaged a 2.4 rating for a night of reality and an awards special: Live to Dance (1.8) and People’s Choice Awards (2.7) from 9-11 pm.

              Season        Last  Six  Weeks 
CBS Wed      High Low  1130 12.7 1214 1221 1228 01.4
Survivor     3.6  3.1  3.1  3.3  3.1  —   —   —
Criminal Min 4.1  3.4  2.1R 3.4  3.4  1.5R 2.4R 2.0R
CSI          3.2  2.5  —   2.5  2.9  1.6R 2.1R 1.7R



FOX, still in a deep winter hibernation, averaged a 1.0 last night with a Glee repeat (0.8) and a quiet time period premiere of Mobbed (1.2).  Last year on this night, FOX was a relatively towering 1.7 rating with two Human Target episodes (each 1.7).  

              Season        Last  Six  Weeks
FOX Wed      High Low  1130 12.7 1214 1221 1228 01.4
X Factor     4.4  2.5  3.7  3.4  3.4  3.3  —   —
Hate Teenage 2.8  1.8  2.8  2.1  1.8  2.0  —   —

NBC also averaged a 1.0 for the night with a slate of repeats.  Last year on this night, NBC was tied for first place with a 2.7 rating by offering original fare and a bit of stunting: Minute to Win It (2.1), Law & Order SVU (2.8) and Law & Order SVU (2.9).       

              Season        Last  Six  Weeks 
NBC Wed      High Low  1130 12.7 1214 1221 1228 01.4
Up All Night 2.4  1.5  —   1.9  1.1R —   1.0R 1.0R
Free Agents  1.3  1.0 

Harry’s Law  1.4  1.1  1.4  1.2  0.7R —   0.5R 0.8R

L&O SVU      2.4  1.9  2.2  1.9  1.1R 1.0R 0.9R 1.1R

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About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.