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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  • Brian

    Derrick don’t get me wrong but Gender was being a bit of a douchebag and troll but he made a great point that people should not be favoring a comedy over the other just because of the format. Not sure if the one person who he was talking to was doing that but I definitely think he was right on that one.

  • Kavyn

    I actually really liked Animal Practice. I think AP/Community and GWK/Whitney would pair well together.

  • Reed

    @ TVDude

    Oh yeah for sure I wouldn’t call a 1.6 good maybe solid like you pointed out it did better than most of the Thursday comedies. I would’ve actually liked to had seen them give GWK the bigger boost because TNN isn’t a broad show so it might’ve benefited and managed over a 2.0 giving Parenthood a better and more proper lead-in.

    NBC at least has Go On and GWK to come out of this season with some potential.

    @ DJB

    I’m a little disappointed that Simon didn’t decide to make his shows the same way that they are done overseas. It seems to be that Simon made the American shows to make the Americans look dumb in comparison. Not sure if that was his intention or if Americans are just truly some dumb ignorant people.

  • aa

    I think NBC will try something different at Tuesday 9 midseason. They have some promising show for midseason. Go On may do decent like Smash, but it’s not the hit show NBC want. Some shows can begin at low ratings and become huge, but rarely a show premiere huge and drop hard and get huge again.

  • The End

    Hopefully ABC doesn’t rush to any quick decisions over The Neighbors. I was actually quite surprised how bad the responses were to this series weeks before it hit the TV screens from critics.

    This is one I’m calling cancelled(Eventually).

  • Ultima

    Criminal Minds down big. Those are the numbers it was getting in spring. Same with CSI.


    Why does this continue to surprise people?!

    Are you shocked when the sun rises in the east everyday, too?

  • bob

    CBS will win the night by a landslide. NBC might pull CW numbers on Thursday Night (will recover next week). Fox will come in second. ABC will come in third but could have come in second if not for Last Resort which will not do very well. Grey’s will do fine.

  • Allen

    AP and GWK are done. No chance they will get renewed.

  • Brian J


    Indeed. “GO” should be fine if it can find itself creatively and if “TV” stays strong.

    The problem is, NBC needs to nurture at least one other comedy, unless it wants to go to one night, or even only one hour, over the course of its entire schedule. Hence why I think it’ll open another hour on Monday nights after “TV.” Unless another show blows up for what, what other option does it have?

    As for CBS, it could have a big problem on its hands next year if Mondays don’t improve. Thursdays should be fine, if not excellent, this season, but it needs another comedy to work behind “BBT.” That’s why moving “TAHM” there actually made a lot of sense. If there’s life left in it still, it could easily slide into the 9:00 PM slot next season and try to help CBS establish another two-hour block.

  • Babygate

    I agree. I actually laughed a couple of times and I wasn’t expecting to.
    Get over yourself. God knows what kind of show you like. Maybe you are a BBT fan, a show that has a rather large fan base among the socially inept. Or maybe any other of CBS’ monumentally offensive and sexist shows.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “CBS will win the night by a landslide”


  • Eridapo


    Thanks for the PUT numbers. A 3 Million drop in the 18-49 from Monday to Wednesday amounts to an 11% drop in 18-49 viewers. I would say that is significant.

  • Ultima

    As a whole, NBC must be up on last year, surely?

    In the fall, most definitely. The Voice’s numbers are huge compared to what it replaced and that’s also boosting up other shows.

    However, The Voice has dropped significantly from last cycle (~25%), so I expect they’ll actually be down in the spring. That’s not even counting the loss of the Super Bowl.

    Overall, I expect NBC’s season average to be no higher than a 2.3 (it was 2.5 last season).

  • SherLOCKED (The Mighty Cringe)

    Even though MF’s rating was down 6/10 from last year, a 5.5 is still great. Middle seems fine, but kinda low for the 8pm slot. Neighbors had a good lead-in..that is all. Show looks pretty bad to me and I’m pretty sure it will plummet next week.

    XF is trudging along….voice is the clear winner of the two but it will continue fine.

    ..And NBC is sucking again…both AP and GWK are done for. SVU….ehh I guess that’s better than some…

    And it seems that CBS is a bit weak at the moment. CM premiering a full ratings point under last year? sad. And CSI back to its middling ratings from 2yrs ago.

  • Eridapo


    Nevermind. The PUT number you listed most have included Football as well.

  • Chris Parker

    5.5 / 15 those are huge…

    what did Modern family avg last year??

  • Riff Rafferty

    Animal Practice is pretty bad, but I liked the cast, particularly Crystal, the monkey who plays Dr. Rizzo. An amazing talent. And at 10k an ep, clearly underpaid.

    Oh, totally. Somebody give her a raise. Hell, forget the raise; give her a promotion. To Chairman of NBC. I have no doubt she would do a better job picking the shows. She’d probably throw less feces too.

    On second thought, better not. Making monkeys work for a living is animal “abuse.”

  • Ultima

    @Remote Patrolled
    actually X Factor doesn’t really go down. It’s certainly kind of erratic but the general trend is pretty stable (after the first couple of eps of season 1 which were the exception). The season 1 finale was the show’s highest rated episode.

    That’s not accurate at all. The X Factor’s premiere had a 4.4 last season, its finale a 3.8.

    That’s the same drop from premiere to finale (14%) that Idol had last season. The X Factor’s season low was down 34% from its premiere/season high.

    The Voice has had more significant in-season drops than The X Factor, however.

  • DJB

    @Reed Or perhaps it’s the American mind set he catering to now. People were used to the crappy auditions and the constant humiliation of others since American Idol. Maybe he thought that is what people wanted. Inquiring minds do want to know. ;))

  • Ultima

    NBC might pull CW numbers on Thursday Night


    I’m sure something other than The Office will do better than 1.0 tonight.

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