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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  • MattM

    Hell yeah MF. The Neighbors was actually worse than I was expecting, I just hope it doesn’t take the Middle down with it.

    Guys With Kids’s 1.6 is decent this week but I can’t see it holding there. I think it and Animal Practice were destined for failure from the start.

  • Tom

    You may recall that I said AP would have one of the sharpest drops ever (from Olympics to now). There you go!

    Yet GWK is still doing better than it, and may even increase in the future depending on how The Neighbors holds up. I wouldn’t put any money down on which of the two gets yanked first.

    TN, well, let’s see the quarter hours in the finals.

    SVU hourly breakdowns would help; I still think CF does terribly, SVU does terribly against CM, and NBC swaps thing around before long.

  • Heradite

    Revenge was a special recap of the last season and it pulled decent numbers for being a recap.

  • concrete

    not bad for x factor.

  • KarenM

    Can the survivors just kill off Lisa Whelchel already!

  • Ryan Schwartz

    NBC should flip their Wednesday and Friday comedy blocks immediately. I might loathe it, but having Whitney back on Wednesdays at 8 might be a good thing. Given the network hasn’t aired a single promo touting its Friday at 8 return, it can be like it never left the slot, and just slide Community to 8:30. Surely it can’t do all that bad. Plus, it needs 1 full season to hit that magical 88 for syndication (although a deal is already in place with Comedy Central for next fall). 22 and done. Dub it the final season. Give the writers enough time. And done!d

  • John A

    Exactly what i thought Revenge recap would get. Ugh Modern Family never dies. Hope BBT beats it.

  • Sid

    I don’t watch The Middle, but I do admire how consistent/solid it performs against such stiff competition.

    LMAO @ NBC’s comedies!

  • Frank

    Last year the premiere of MODERN FAMILY was 1 hour.

  • KS

    Next week, this thread would be overflowing with Supernatural fans.

  • psychic

    Nashville needs to be the Chosen One. Everything else I’ve seen that’s new this season is utter crap.

  • SMS

    Animal Practice is so funny. What is there not to like in a show where the monkey is not the oddest character. I like it and hope NBC sticks with it.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Looks like Animal Practice isn’t long for this world, it’ll probably be the first show NBC cancels this season.

  • Jay

    When will SVU ever get a good lead-in? Surprised it did as well as it did in spite of this…

  • sally

    i watch criminal minds and law an order svu, i put c riminal minds on dvr. i cant stand talent shows

  • John A

    I agred with you Sid The Middle does well. It drops a fair amount at the end of the season but comes back strong/Solid.

  • teamo

    Against increased competition XFACTOR held up surprisingly well..and the talent last night was great. NBCs comedies were both DOA..bring back Whitney & Community!. Modern Family premiered great..but the real surprise to me was The Neighbors..horrible show..but the ratings aren’t bad at all.

  • Travis

    The Middle was great last night. The Neighbors looked so awful.

  • Oliver

    AP is DoA. GWK might stick around for a little longer.

    Leaves NBC with an interesting dilemma as Whitney/Community are scheduled to return in 2 weeks.

    I think NBC should replace AP with Whitney ASAP and replace UAN with Community. Give GWK another two weeks.

  • Gaius Bolling

    X-Factor held up well considering the competition on Wednesdays. I think everyone expected it to kind of drop like a brick. Modern Family, despite being down to a 5.5, is still a beast in total viewers. people love the show and rightfully so.

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