TV Ratings Wednesday: 'The Middle' & 'Modern Family' Return Down, 'Animal Practice' & Guys With Kids' Go Low + 'The Neighbors' Premiere

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September 27th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/9 2.9/8 2.8 1.9/5 1.5/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share  3.0/10 2.2/7 1.6/5 1.4/5 1.3/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 9.446  8.700 10.801 6.393 3.552 0.825


FOX was the number 1 network with adults 18-49, but CBS won with total viewers.

On FOX, The X Factor garnered a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating,  down three tenths from last week's 3.6.

On CBS, Survivor: Philippines earned a 3.0, down two tenths from last week's premiere  3.2 adults 18-49 rating. The season premiere of Criminal Minds earned a 3.1, down a full ratings point from last year's 4.1 premiere rating. The season premiere of CSI earned a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating

On ABC, the hour-long season premiere of The Middle earned a 2.8, down three tenths from last year's 3.1 premiere rating. The season premiere of Modern Family earned a 5.5, down six tenths from last year's 6.1 premiere rating. The Neighbors debuted to a respectable 3.3 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too pessimistic. The Revenge recap show earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC's Animal Practice earned a 1.4, down incredibly after its premiere 4.1 rating. Guys With Kids earned a 1.6, down sharply from its last originals 2.2 rating. Law & Order: SVU earned a 2.1, down from its 2.4 premiere rating last year.

On the CW, Oh Sit! was even with last week's 0.4  among adults 18-49.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, September 26, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 3.3 9 9.446
CBS Survivor: Philippines 3.0 9 10.158
ABC The Middle 2.8 9 8.973
NBC Animal Practice 1.4 4 5.188
CW Oh Sit! 0.4 1 0.929
8:30PM NBC Guys With Kids 1.6 5 4.782
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 5.5 15 14.208
CBS Criminal Minds 3.1 8 11.588
NBC Law & Order: SVU (9-11PM) 2.1 6 7.097
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.721
9:30PM ABC The Neighbors -P 3.3 9 9.276
10:00PM CBS CSI 2.5 7 10.658
ABC Revenge (recap) 1.6 4 5.385


In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5. 
  • 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," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



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  • taylor

    not bad for neighbours but it’ll plummet next week

  • TimsDale4ever

    The NEIGHBORS got better ratings than it deserved. Not that good, but at least it’s something sort of different. I think next week’s ratings for this show will be strikingly different.

  • Derrick

    disappointed in SVU’s numbers. it was a great episode

    The neighbors started off slow but it got better.

  • KarenM

    I watched Survivor and then actually turned off the TV. Wednesday night TV’s still horrible for all the networks.

  • adaaaannski

    Oooo NBC comedies crashed and burn! I was hoping SVU would be higher because it was such a good dam episode last night! Is Revenge the #s for Nashville? If those are holy cow Nashiville is a huge flop

  • Joe Daniels

    Modern Family down? Not by much. Nothing to cry about. Really happy with these numbers. Wow.

  • Chmarin

    So, now it’s obvious a 2-hour Biggest Loser will move to Wednesday nights in January followed by SVU @ 10, since Chicago Fire will also bomb. (Let’s not kid ourselves here.)

    Criminal Minds is dooooown. Good.

    The Neighbors will drop to 2.0-2.5 levels next week, guaranteed.

  • TV Gord

    I’m almost finished watching The Middle now. HiLARious!!!

  • Glue


  • Julie

    The Neighbors did better than I thought it would. The Middle was hysterical.

  • Wally Sparks

    I’m guessing Whitney will be back Wed at 8 instead of going to Fridays. Save Community for a double-run burn-off later in the season.

  • Victor Hugo

    Not to bad for The Middle still pretty solid

  • Chmarin

    Also, correct me if I’m wrong — but didn’t The Neighbors start at 9:31pm?

    The show will DEFINITELY be adjusted down in the finals.

  • forg

    I hope MF and The Middle gets an upward adjustment. I was hoping for 3 for The Middle and 6 for Modern Family but still given how disappointing the past two nights are, those are great ratings still.

    Solid for Survivor Philippines!

    X Factor USA is holding up well

  • SJ

    How does something like Neighbors even get made?! I hope it plummets in the coming weeks. Truly the worst pilot I’ve seen in recent memory (I didn’t watch the pilot for Work It).

    Good for The Middle and Modern Family, but I still don’t understand why everything is down from last season. That Revenge special did about the same as the one in April, so I’ll take it as good news.

    Wow, NBC back to being stone cold dead on Wednesdays. SVU will dip below a 2.0 next week and AP could even go below a 1.0 soon!

  • Californiadgd

    Animal Practice is good show but these ratings…

  • Timbo

    No, those are not Revenge’s true numbers because it was a recap episode. Revenge normally averaged in the low to mid 2’s for the 18-49.

  • rob60990

    Revenge was a recap. You may wanna note that.

    Good returns for The Middle & Modern Family. Ok start for The Neighbors. At least ABC isn’t leaving it there because the retention would likely get worse.

    Criminal Minds and CSI look weak.

    Surprised Guys With Kids grew out of Animal Practice.

  • Glue

    Nashville IS Terrible!

  • Kyle

    YES!!!! THE MIDDLE!!! So scared after seeing Monday/Tuesday ratings.

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