January 10, 2013 9:34am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: People's Choice Awards, ABC Wednesday Grow
Back from a month off, ABC's entire Wednesday block rose last night. The Middle (2.4 rating with adults 18-49) started the night up three-tenths of a point, before The Neighbors (2.0 rating) moved up four-tenths from its last original. Modern Family (4.7 adults) was the night's top broadcast, up half of a point, with Suburgatory (2.7 adults) showing the same growth. Nashville (2.0 adults) was up just a tenth of a point from its last original. The network averaged a 2.6 adults rating and 7.6 million viewers.
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CBS started the night with a special outing of I Get That A Lot (2.0 adults), before its annual broadcast of the People's Choice Awards (2.6 adults). The two-hour show was up a tenth of a point from last year among 18-49-ers, ensuring CBS a close second-place in the demo for the night (2.4 adults) and the broadcast TV's best showing in total viewers (9 million).
The NBC lineup was down from last week's season highs, though the dramas were much steadier than the comedies. Whitney (1.4 adults) and Guys With Kids (1.3 adults) were down 22 and 24 percent, respectively, while Law & Order: SVU (2.1 adults) and Chicago Fire (2.2 adults) only dropped a tenth and two tenths of a point. The network averaged a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49.
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ABC might be more concerned about Stars in Danger: The High Dive's soft numbers than Fox. The two-hour broadcast, which averaged a 1.3 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers, was a one-off special, while the alphabet net will make celebrity diving a weekly affair later this season.
Arrow and Supernatural encores earned a 0.4 adults rating and 1.4 million viewers.
And Univision averaged a 1.8 rating in the key demo and 4.2 million viewers.