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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  • Ultima

    I realize REVENGE was only a clip show but ABC should be worried about anchoring Sunday with it.


    Once Upon a Time?

  • Ultima

    The Celebrity Apprentice

    Er, “The Apprentice.”

  • Eddy

    @ TVDude

    I like your strategy too I would definitely put The Biggest Loser on Thursdays at 9pm and leave an hour of comedies at 8pm. Eventually transition the night into a drama night with either Revolution, Smash, Infamous, Chicago Fire, or whatever other new dramas they have.

    I also agree 100% that Whitney and UAN moved because they thought that UAN could benefit more off The Office lead-in and the exact opposite happened and it backfired because it ended up helping out Whitney get a second season. Due to that move UAN is likely not going to get a back 9 order and will be done after the 13 episodes are run it’ll probably be replaced by Dane Cook’s new comedy.

    The problem NBC had over the years was that they got fooled into thinking that The Office was a huge massive hit and tried to build around it. During that period of time they never found a true massive comedy and by the time they started bringing back broad comedies it was too late so now the broad comedies like Whitney, Guys with Kids, and Go On all have to build the comedy roster back up from scratch which is going to take sometime to do.

  • Eddy

    @ Chris

    I agree Chris, NBC can program a lot of comedies around a show like Guys with Kids that are made for the family. They kind of shot themselves in the foot right now that they didn’t pickup more multi-cams to surround it with. Whitney would fit in more with adult comedies. I think a perfect partner for Whitney would’ve been Partners. Maybe if CBS cancels it NBC can pick it up and overhaul it. With Guys with Kids they can develop a Fresh Prince or Cosby to put it with. If NBC is smart they will jump the gun on NBC on Fridays and become the TGIF network instead of ABC and try to see which night of the week their adult comedies fit best for them I’m not that sure if Wednesday will work for them right now.

  • Martin

    Whatever about schedule or ratings, thematically, the best show to premiere with Whitney would either be Animal Practice or Go On.

  • Sofaslug

    NBC comedies have brought us four of the finest shows of the last decade, they may have never had huge ratings but community, parks and recreation, 30 rock and the office (which did in its prime do very well in the demo) blow every CBS comedy out of the water! It’s a shame that they have sunk to the lows of animal practice in order to get a broader audience… ABC has better comedies than modern family but its audience is never going to stick around for a cougar town or happy endings or apt 23 despite how well written they are. The neighbours was awful and made better with you look like fraiser!

  • Sofaslug


    There is no way NBC would pick up partners

  • KevinY

    That second episode of Animal Practice was so much better than the pilot. Yet another case of people giving up on a show too soon. I wasn’t surprised Guys With Kids got a slightly higher rating than AP because as of last night I noticed it had almost twice as many “likes” on facebook than AP.

  • Brian J

    Were I NBC, I’m not even sure I’d worry all that much about Thursdays this season. It’s got a very solid base on Mondays and Tuesdays. If it can make those strong(er), it can ship a show off to Thursday next season.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Were I NBC, I’m not even sure I’d worry all that much about Thursdays this season.”

    It’s very clear they aren’t worried about Thursday this season.

  • capslocke

    I like that idea a lot, except for the fact that Parks & Rec. is against 2.5 Men. It makes sense to put TBL at 9, so it’s not against American Idol, and it can provide a better lead- in for NBC’s death slot, assuming they’d move Rock Centre. The Office being against TBBT is really nbd, it’s in its final season. But Parks & Rec. has a potential life ahead of it. Something has to be done to prolong it. So maybe 8-The Office, 8:30- some new comedy that isn’t great looking (next caller please? or off their rockers?) 9- TBL, 10- Infamous? or Smash?
    But that begs the question, what is to be done to save Wednesdays without TBL? This will have to fall on the shoulders whatever NBC has for midseason. When it comes down to it, it will end up being this question: what can counter-program Modern Family? Not a comedy, that’s out of the question (see Bent), maybe Do No Harm? It would have to be heavily advertised, something that I think NBC is not willing to do, especially with the short- notice that they’ll no doubt have, saving every decision till last minute. So maybe 8- Save Me, 8:30- 1600 Penn, 9- Do No Harm/ Hannibal/ Dracula/ Crossbones, 10- SVU? The flow from 9 to 10 should be fine, but tonally the comedies may not fit. But NBC’s roster of replacement comedies (Save Me, 1600 Penn, Next Caller Please, Off Their Rockers) don’t seem to fit together in any way shape or form. Luckily, NBC doesn’t seem to care about Brandon Tartikoff’s #1 rule from their Golden Age: Keep the same kind of viewer watching all night.

  • Oliver

    I suggest moving The Office to Wed (whether 8 or 9) and put TBL on at 8pm Thursday.

    Hey, presto, a comedy block on Wed and an established lead-in for a new comedy at 9 on Thurs.

  • Oliver

    Save Me/Next Caller are potential partners with Go On and 1600 Penn would go nicely with P&R or GWK.

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