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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  • NCJeff

    Animal Practice – Joanna Garcia is on her way to killing another show. Bit of a shame as she’s easy on the eyes.

  • Baaa!

    The cancellation bear eats mindless sheep who stray to far from the thoughtless herd. Bye Neighbors.

  • SarahL


    Gender does not have a point when he or she is pulling crap out of his or her wacky mind.

  • SarahL


    I expected to roll my eyes at The Neighbors like I do over most of the comedies that people seem to love, but instead I found myself laughing. It was surprise.

  • still good shows on tv

    I was readying some posts online and it appears that a lot of people like the show.

  • Bear

    Its such a shame to see CSI go from being top of the world to earning a 2.5 for a season premire. I guess it should come as no surprise since Marg Helgenberger is now gone and only a few of the familiar faces are left. The problem is that there are only so many ways you can kill someone without it becoming the same old thing. Note to CBS, sometimes its better to put things to bed.

  • Eddy

    @ aa

    I do think NBC needs to try something different midseason on Tuesdays at 9pm whether it be comedies or dramas. Maybe that show Infamous which may get some Revenge fans. Tuesdays at 9pm will be wide open during midseason so they can try a drama there.

    @ Brian J

    That’s been one of NBC’s main problems during the Zucker era they didn’t use their big shows to protect their comedies. They need to protect Go On and expose to perform on its own for as long as they can. It looks like GWK will have to pickup its own audience from scratch like Whitney did.

    When it comes to CBS I think they better close shop on the Monday comedies idea and move them over to Thursdays where its open season. It’s too crowded on Mondays now and without Charlie Sheen they’ve struggled because of it. I’m not sure if they need to completely abandon comedies airing on Mondays but it should no longer be their main comedy night of the week. I think tonight with BBT and Men will prove that theory.

  • still good shows on tv

    I was reading some posts online and it appears that a lot of people like the neighbors.

  • Ultima

    @Chris Parker
    what did Modern family avg last year??

    5.1 for new episodes; just above The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men (5.0) and just below American Idol (5.2, combined nights).

  • Eddy

    @ Bear

    Well big shows aren’t going to dominate forever but at least they revived it into something special.

  • Ultima

    @Brian J
    Hence why I think it’ll open another hour on Monday nights after “TV.”

    Are you suggesting that NBC will air comedies Monday at 10pm or that they’ll cut an hour from their most successful show?

    They do want their dramas to be successful as well.

  • The End

    Miley Cyrus should get a few people tuning in mid october when she appears on Two and a Half men lol.

  • Ultima

    When it comes to CBS I think they better close shop on the Monday comedies idea

    That is the single dumbest thing anyone has ever posted on this site.

    CBS has been running sitcoms on Mondays (at least at 9pm) every single year since I Love Lucy started in 1951!

  • Remote Patrolled


    I was talking in terms of total viewers – 12.59 million for the finale versus 12.49 million for the premiere – but in the demo yep it dipped!

    The Voice really fell off though after those blind auditions. It was getting 14-16 million for those shows in the Fall – and then more like 9 / 10 million afterwards i.e. X Factor numbers (though demos were generally better)

    The battle could get really interesting come October / November!

  • a p garcia

    At least AP beat TMD!

  • soso

    x factor is doing good for fox but not as expected isnt? but it may grow bigger no one knows but x factor is highly produced show 3.5 is not good for it

  • The End


    Have to agree with much of what you’ve said to people. You seem to be opening multiple cans of whoopass today. You make it seem easy lol.

  • fearless

    aaw Criminal Minds…

    Hope it rebounds next week…

  • Holly


    That is the single dumbest thing anyone has ever posted on this site.

    CBS has been running sitcoms on Mondays (at least at 9pm) every single year since I Love Lucy started in 1951!

    Come on now, there have been much dumber things posted here. Haven’t you ever caught any of the cable news posts in the comment feed?

  • Ultima

    Come on now, there have been much dumber things posted here. Haven’t you ever caught any of the cable news posts in the comment feed?

    Those don’t count? ;)

    Still, I stand by my statement. CBS’ “Monday comedies idea” is arguably the single greatest idea in the history of television programming.

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