American Idol and FOX wins the night, but the ratings are down 16% from last week’s 5.5. Viewers are also down, 14.18M vs last week’s 15.78M viewers. Over on ABC, Nashville’s ratings were down 11% from its last airing two weeks ago.

Via TV By the Numbers

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers. On FOX, American Idol scored a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating down 16 percent from last week’s 5.5.  Nashville earned a 1.7 among adults 18-49 down 11 percent from a 1.9 on January 23.

8:00

FOX American Idol (8-10PM) 4.6/13 14.18
ABC The Middle 2.3/7 8.41
CBS Person Of Interest – R 1.2/4 7.26
NBC Whitney 1.2/4 3.53
CW Arrow 1.0/3 2.95

8:30

ABC The Neighbors 1.8/5 6.33
NBC Guys With Kids 1.2/3 3.19

9:00

ABC Modern Family 3.8/10 10.14
CBS Criminal Minds 2.7/7 11.83
NBC Law & Order; SVU 1.5/4 5.19
CW Supernatural 0.9/2 2.22

9:30

ABC Suburgatory 2.1/5 5.88

10:00

CBS CSI 2.4/7 10.93
NBC Chicago Fire 1.8/5 6.52
ABC Nashville 1.7/5 5.25

Half Hour Breakdown from Marc Berman

8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Middle
Viewers: 8.41 million (#2), A18-49: 2.3/ 7 (#2)

CBS – Person of Interest (R)
Viewers: 6.95 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3t)

NBC – Whitney
Viewers: 3.53 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3t)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 13.15 million (#1), A18-49: 4.0/12 (#1)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 2.93 million (#5), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Neighbors
Viewers: 6.33 million (#3), A18-49: 1.8/ 5 (#2)

CBS – Person of Interest (R)
Viewers: 7.58 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Guys With Kids
Viewers: 3.19 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 14.96 million (#1), A18-49: 4.8/14 (#1)

CW – Arrow
Viewers: 2.97 million (#5), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family
Viewers: 10.14 million (#3), A18-49: 3.8/10 (#2)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 11.60 million (#2), A18-49: 2.7/ 7 (#3)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 4.79 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 14.20 million (#1), A18-49: 4.6/12 (#1)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 2.31 million (#5), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Suburgatory
Viewers: 5.88 million (#3), A18-49: 2.1/ 5 (#3)

CBS – Criminal Minds
Viewers: 12.06 million (#2), A18-49: 2.8/ 7 (#3)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU
Viewers: 5.58 million (#4), A18-49: 1.6/ 4 (#4)

Fox – American Idol
Viewers: 14.39 million (#1), A18-49: 4.8/12 (#1)

CW – Supernatural
Viewers: 2.14 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9/ 2 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Nashville
Viewers: 5.35 million (#3), A18-49: 1.7/ 5 (#3)

CBS – CSI
Viewers: 11.14 million (#1), A18-49: 2.5/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.47 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 5 (#2)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Nashville
Viewers: 5.14 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#3)

CBS – CSI
Viewers: 10.71 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 6.56 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 5 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

 
  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    At least it was number one, and had the biggest ratings in demos.

  • Hazehel

    It’s not good whichever way you see it.  In most seasons you see a small bump upward or only a very small drop from the week before.  The experiment with single sex audition is not a success.

  • fantoo1

    Meh ratings always drop after auditions and almost everything seemed to be down across the board last night for some reason. So with that in mind, it’s not horrible.

    The normal pattern seems to be highest in auditions, dip for Hollywood, goes back up a little at the start of the lives, then gradually drops until the end/finale.

  • b_james

    Yikes! Can’t say I’m surprised though. Last night just wasn’t good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    @  B_James, I agree!  It seems the judges (too many judges!) are putting through the “freaks” for TV’s sake.  Those auditions last night were some of the worse, and the men/boys did not even look near STAR quality.  They looked halfway homeless, ragtag, and overweight!  Surprised to see Nashville is down because last night was one of the BEST of the season.  I love this show.  Maybe audiences are just abandoning TV altogether.  I mean, all the shows are “down”….cable is taking a lot of the audience for sure.

  • springboard2
    Meh
    ratings always drop after auditions and almost everything seemed to be
    down across the board last night for some reason. So with that in mind,
    it’s not horrible.

    The normal pattern seems to be highest in auditions, dip for
    Hollywood, goes back up a little at the start of the lives, then
    gradually drops until the end/finale.

    Yes, but the drop is sharp compared to other seasons, and since it is a drop from a low position, it doesn’t look good.

     

  • fantoo1

    Last year had some double digit drops too. It went from 6.1 to 5.1 in a matter of one week last year.

  • fantoo1

    To be fair, almost everything was down last night.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    4.6 in the ratings is more or left the average ratings of BA and BR last season on The Voice. 

  • mjsbigblog

    Welp.  Survivor debuts against Idol in a couple of weeks, and that’s not going to help.

  • girlygirltoo

    it’s not great, but it’s still  better than The Voice or XF, I think

  • Hazehel

    Last year had some double digit drops too. It went from 6.1 to 5.1 in a matter of one week last year.

    Not sure what you mean, but the first Hollywood round show was 6.1, and the previous Wednesday was 6.0 (i.e. there was a small increase for the start of Hollywood round).  5.1 was for the semifinalists reveal, and that hasn’t happen yet this season, and no one is making any comparison with that yet.  Wait for a couple of week and then we can compare. 

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    Last night’s Idol was so boring. Really hoping the girls are better next week.

    As for Nashville, which I love, I don’t understand how they expect it to build any ratings when it seems as if it is pre-empted constantly. They aren’t giving it a chance to grow!

  • fantoo1

    Yes, but you said this and I was responding to it:

     In most seasons you see a small bump upward or only a very small drop from the week before.

    I just assumed you were talking about any week(from one to the next).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P46N6P5XPK22JVXDJJEENXGLVE marie

    I am so glad that Adam did not get the job. I’m sure he would have been blamed for the decrease in ratings. 

  • Hazehel

    I just assumed you were talking about any week(from one to the next).

    Why would I argue about something that is obviously untrue?  Of course I’m talking about the start of Hollywood week, why else would I be talking about single sex audition?

  • fantoo1

    I can’t read your mind, that’s why I said it :) Sometimes people talk about two different things in one post.

  • Allison

    There are lots of crazies on Idol this year – I think thanks to Nikki.
    I started watching “The Americans” on FX last week, which is up against Nashville. It’s one of those spy dramas you can’t lose track of, so I din’t watch Nashville last week. I’ll catch up on “On Demand”.Maybe ithers did the same.

  • tucker davis

    I’m also watching ‘The Americans’ at 10:00 and turning during commercials to ‘Nashville’. I love both shows and hate they are competing. Is there anywhere to watch ‘Nashville’ for free? I don’t have DVR.

    I also think it’s a mistake to showcase so many ‘trainwreck’ boys. There are a ton of females in the AI audience, and I don’t think they are going to invest their time week after week in most of the guys we saw last night. Yes, voice is important, but when it comes to creating a star….LOOKS REALLY DO MATTER! If the Top 10 ends up with just ‘meh’ boys, the ratings will plummet even more (even with lots of talented girls). IMO

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    Not surprised! As a big Idol fan, I thought last night was bad!

  • chessguy99

    Idol under 5 on a Wednesday in the demo already? That didn’t happen last year until April. I can imagine Idol going under 4 and getting near XF type numbers as the weather warms up.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    People still watch Survivor? ;)

    The thing I find interesting is that, despite the fact that most of us agree the show sucked last night, the numbers didn’t drop from half-hour to half-hour.  People didn’t tune out in large numbers.  So, are the 14.9 million viewers who stuck it out last night the ones who are going to stand by the show through thick and thin? 

  • fantoo1

    It would have to dip into the 2s for an X Factor level. Right now, it’s at The Voice level.

  • blackberryharvest

     

    People still watch Survivor? ;)

    Raises hand…lol

    If I remember correctly, Idol held up well against the Survivor premiere last year.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    I used to be obsessed with Survivor! Then, I stopped watching for one reason or another and sort of forgot it was still on. :) That’s probably what will happen with Idol, eventually.  Even people who love it will find themselves missing shows for whatever reason and forgetting to back to it. 

  • BonnieDee

    Like I keep saying, it’s Minaj.  I haven’t watched since the first show because of her. I won’t watch this year. I’m waiting for the Voice to come on in March instead.

  • blackberryharvest

    It was good this last season!

  • blackberryharvest

    The ratings would have dropped with or without Nicki.

  • Jaejae1

    There are just too many singing shows on tv.  Viewer fatigue.  I mean its just not must watch TV.  And still no strong compelling recent stars. Nothing against Scotty or P2 but still the general public doesn’t know who the current Idol or could name a recent winner.  But I am not stressing over it.  If the show stays fun and interesting, I will keep watching.

    As for Nashville, I don’t get how these shows expect to build momentum when they take 2-3 weeks off after every couple of new episodes.  

  • elliegrll

    Like I keep saying, it’s Minaj

    Season 11′s ratings were more than 20% lower than season 10′s.  So, it’s hard to blame this year’s drop, which up until yesterday, had been around the usual 10% for most of the episodes, on Nicki. 

    Zsusk said: The thing I find interesting is that, despite the fact that most of us agree the show sucked last nigh

    I don’t think that the show sucked last night. I thought it was enjoyable, even if there were no standout singers. I would guess that there are others in that 14 million group who also enjoyed the show.

  • http://twitter.com/Free_in_march El oh El

    Its hard to believe that there are over 300 million people in this country and only 10% were watching the major networks last night. It seems the  rise of cable, netflix, and tablets combined has killed prime time television.