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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  • LisaM

    I was hoping The Neighbors would be like Third Rock from the Sun. It wasn’t.

  • KS


    I have no idea about CBS, but I don’t understand your logic. Just because it’s been the trend since 6 decades, doesn’t mean it has to continue the same way.

  • Wendy


    How about because, even lower than last year, the CBS comedies still do well in the almighty demo and, thus, make CBS money? Because that is what it always boils down to: Revenue.

    I doubt CBS is crying in its champagne – well, maybe except for H50.

  • Joseph A

    People need to look the numbers , and take a few things into consideration.
    Criminal Minds – In its 8th Season , and pulled a 3.1 , this might be lower then last year , but those are rating that are great for any network.
    The Neighbors – Reminds me of Mork & Mindy minus a standout comedian. I liked the show , but seeing a MAJOR , ratings hit when it moves to 8:30.

  • Survivor Fan

    I am embarrassed to admit that I kind of enjoyed The Neighbors in spite of myself.

  • The End


    I did say on the other The Neighbors post that this show is quite frankly awful and received awful reviews from pretty much every critic on gods blue earth.

  • Survivor Fan

    Any chance that MF surprises us and beats TBBT for the #1 entertainment program this year?

  • The End

    @Joseph A

    The Neighbors and ‘Hit’ don’t belong together. At least not on this planet, in this solar system, in this area of the galaxy.

  • Ultima

    I have no idea about CBS, but I don’t understand your logic. Just because it’s been the trend since 6 decades, doesn’t mean it has to continue the same way.

    Many genres have come and gone, and come and gone again. The sitcom has been a staple of TV programming for 60 years.

    Will it last another 60? Who knows. Maybe the multi-cam/live studio audience sitcom will die out. I do know that three of the top six shows were in that format last year, so clearly it’s too early to pull the plug!

    CBS is the slow and steady network. They’re slow to make changes. They’re definitely not going to stop doing something they’ve done for 60 years, while it is still working! It would be one thing if they were bombing with their Monday sitcoms, but they’re not.

  • Ultima

    @Survivor Fan
    Any chance that MF surprises us and beats TBBT for the #1 entertainment program this year?

    Modern Family beat The Big Bang Theory last season and is entering strip syndication this fall. Shouldn’t Modern Family finishing ahead of TBBT be expected, rather than a surprise?



    MF and TBBT were in a virtual tie, MF won by 0.01.
    Second half of last season, TBBT was much powerful than MF.

  • snoot

    Awesome for the The Middle and MF. Although i was hoping to see TM at 3 and MF at a 6. Hoping to see TBBT pull a 6 tonight which I dont think is out of the question

  • The End

    >Hoping to see TBBT pull a 6 tonight which I dont think is out of the question

    In the real world it certainly is. The Big Bang Theory was pulling low/mid 4s in the back half of last season.

    At most, the show will likely get low/mid 5s. Regardless, it’l be holding up some manly men and pumping some extra viewers into it :)

  • capslocke

    Modern Family and The Middle will forever be ABC’s keepers in their constantly changing Wednesdays. The Neighbours did better than I thought, but I bet the quarter hours were horrible, this is all because of the retention. Next week after The Middle it’ll probably be down to mid-2’s. Suburgatory should do great after MF though, I’d say high 3’s. Revenge’s recap is a good sign for its Sunday move.

    Animal Practice is DOA. Not surprised. I am surprised, though, that Guys With Kids beat it! 1.6 isn’t good for any network, but if it doesn’t fall too far this is not a total failure! Who would have thought? SVU should have done better, but is entirely too lead- in dependent for a veteran show. Next week, AP will probably fall below 1.0, GWK will probably hit 1.3ish, SVU will be under 2.0, and Chicago Fire will be DOA. The big question is which of NBC’s huge roster of replacements will be trying to fix Wednesdays? My vote is for The Biggest Loser, even if just a 1 hour version at 8, followed by 2 new comedies (Save Me/ 1600 Penn?), and then SVU at 10, taking a page from the mostly- success story that is NBC Tuesday nights this fall.

    CBS’ problems seem to be taking full course this season, faster than I had thought they would. Criminal Minds is down far, and will probably be high 2’s all season. CSI is down as well, but seems to be good at maintaining its premiere ratings, if not exceeding them, so that’s fine. Survivor is showing its age, too. Before dealing with this though, CBS NEEEEDS to find something to do with Mondays @ 10, Hawaii 5- 0 has to move fast.

    The X-Factor will always continue to be The X-Factor, a big disappointment.

    This fall is starting off pretty bad, especially for the 2 on top, CBS and FOX. But, CBS will get tons of help from the Super Bowl, if they use it wisely. NBC is having their share of problems too (Wednesdays and Thursdays) but are probably still busy celebrating their successes (Mondays and Tuesdays). ABC has to figure out what to do with DWTS, it might be time to put this show out of its misery. But Wednesday-Sunday should prove to be bright spots for ABC, excluding Last Resort and possibly 666 Park Avenue. FOX, on the other hand, has NO bright spots. Their dramas are aging and not pulling the same ratings that they used to (Bones and Glee), their new shows are premiering low (TMD, Ben & Kate, Mindy), and The X- Factor is dying an early death for what was supposed to be a great, long life. American Idol will be relied upon to pull them up again midseason, but as Britney/ Demi have proven, new famous judges does not mean higher ratings. FOX has a lot to deal with.

  • Ultima

    MF and TBBT were in a virtual tie, MF won by 0.01.

    Oops, was looking at Live+SD instead of season average.

    It’s still possible that Modern Family gets a big bump from syndication like The Big Bang Theory did last year and finishes on top (or maybe TBBT’s syndication success and its translation to a ratings boost was an aberration).

    Or maybe Idol wins again! ;)



    I don’t think Modern Family will be as poweful as The Big Bang Theory in syndication looking ABC repeats through all these three years… But anything is possible, we can only wait and see what will happen. :)

  • Oliver


    It looks like GWK will have to pickup its own audience from scratch like Whitney did.

    Whitney has behind the #1 scripted show on NBC for the first 13 episodes of its season. It then had the good fortune to be moved into a surprisingly uncompetitive timeslot thanks to Idol being in decline, where it maintained scraped.

    NBC’s problem is that their show development is terrible, they have few lead-ins due to a history of poor development and scheduling, and they expect overnight success rather than incremental improvement.

    It doesn’t help that they see 30 Rock, Community and Parks as part of the problem. They’re low and ‘niche’ rated, but are quality shows that have remained comparatively bouyant while the rest of the network has collapsed. Instead, they develop “broad” crap like AP/Chelsea/GWK/UAN/Whitney.


    *I meant Modern Family’s repeats on ABC

  • TomJH

    I think Survivor may actually beat X-Factor once or twice this season.

  • Matto

    very good for The Neighbors. But I think next week will drop to at least a 2.7 and 7.5M. Next week will certainly judge if it gets a back nine and an extra two.

    Modern Family did excepTionally well. Last years premiere got 14.5M, this years got 14.2. Not down by much at all in viewers. I also think it will be adjusted up to a 5.7 and The Neighbors down to a 3.2.

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