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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    IMO NBC made a huge mistake moving Up All Night from Wednesday to Thursday. It was a much better fit on Wednesday. They should put UAN and Whitney back on there. These new NBC comedies are the first cancelled. I have to say as much as I have loved Law and Order SVU its time to say goodbye to the show. Its been 14 years and what a great show but its time to say sayonara to it. IMO they need to wrap it up.

    Also kudos to FOX for the X Factor. Those are solid numbers as it practically held steady from last week against new compeittion. The X Factor will get renewed for third season but again there needs to be a way IMO to get this show more financially sound. I honestly think in a weird way they should ditch LA Reid and Simon Cowell. Its Simon’s show but let him go back and do the UK version and have him return to Idol. Keep Britney/Demi and put younger judges with them and make it more financially sound. Keep this a young show. X Factor will be renewed for season 3 with more financial changes. It will never be Idol/Voice but it solid.

    The Middle did solid business and what a great little show. Its very underappreciated IMO. MF of couse is a force to be recockened with.

    Also again CM/CSI fall under CBS is just dealing with tons of aging shows. Next year they are going to have to be way more agressive with new shows/new hits. I honestly think it might be CSI’s time to go soon. Its in its 13th season. How much longer does CSI have? My only wish is Marg and William Peterson must be back for the series finale of CSI. You pay them whatever to return for the series finale. I think in the record books CSI has probably made CBS more many than any show in network history probably on same level as what Law and Order did for NBC. Is it time for CSI to wrap it up?

  • Petar Ivanov

    May be all peple now see how BORING is the most boring CBS cop drama CM! Its DEAD boring.

  • iMember

    Even though I just finished a re-watch of the entire first season of Revenge I still ended up watching the recap from last night before the show premieres on Sunday!!!

    Gabrielle Mann did such an excellent job narrating it, it was great. Also, the sneak peak into Season 2 that they had has me REALLY excited!!

  • Brian J

    Whoa, NBC sucked badly last night. As decently as Mondays and Tuesdays are going for then, Wednesday looks like a big effing problem, unless “Chicago Fire” does well.

    At this point, isn’t it time for “SVU” to pack it in? I can’t see it returning to its former glory, and it can’t be a cheap show to produce.

    I suggested earlier in the week that NBC establish a comedy block on Mondays, considering it had so many waiting in the wings, but it might not need to now, considering “AP” and “GWK” won’t be long for this world. Of course, that might still be the best option. They could use “TV” to provide a solid-lead in and then radically rework Wednesdays.

    As for the other networks, CBS is solid, as is ABC, as is FOX. I think ABC is the most impressive, though, since “The Middle” is a show that has actually grown over time and “Modern Family” continues to do well.

  • bluejay72

    Please tell me this is a JOKE! I will believe you! :)

  • Clarke

    GWK is actually a good show that has lots of potential …. it could work on Fridays.

    The Middle did good, love that show. It is so underrated. A solid performer for ABC for more than 3 years, yet it is always snubbed at the Emmy’s.

    The Neighbors was very strange and corny… but I kind of liked it in a weird way. Sure, it felt like a pilot from 1989, but it was SO refreshingly different I will tune in again.

  • Jane

    The Middle should be around 3.0-3.5 for premiere. This how is good and hilarious.

  • Tony ^_^

    Ouch at NBC! Wednesdays and Thursdays continue to be a mess. At least “SVU” scored above a 2.0.

    Surprised “The Neighbors” did so well. But the 15-minute numbers will show if it considerably fell or stayed consistant.

    “Criminal Minds”?!? :o But as big as its drop was, a 3.1 is still a respectable rating for a drama.

  • omabin

    Very happy about Modern Family. The episode was amazing. And there is a chance it is adjsuted up in the finals, so that’s very good. I don’t watch the middle but sort of cheer for that one so I m happy it also hold up quite nicely. CSI held its own against a weaker lead-in, but it didnt’t have competition. I am sure last year SVU (and even Revenge, to a much smaller extent) hurt it, so it has an easier job this year.

    ABC should have never greenlighted Animal Practice period. I still don’t understand how in an election year 1600 Penn was not lauched in the fall, unless they plan on giving a big voice boost in he spring. Anyway, Guys with Kids is holding its own and would do solid-ish if paied with Withney. NBC should send Animal Practice to Thursdays immediately to be paired with the also dying Up All Night. Put Community back on Thursdays (yes, Up All Night pulled the same numbers it did, but it had no competition besides x factor and it was premiere, meaning its number will drop way lower than they were last week… Community should not drop much, it’s fanbase is loyal enough)and pair up Guys with Kids with Withney on Wednesdays. Then Biggest Looser can try to save Wednesdays in the spring if it comes revamped.

  • pedalinginhummus

    Great job for The Middle and Modern Family! Glad to see at least something is holding up this premiere week.

    Okay and I’m totally embarrassed to admit it, but I laughed quite a few times during The Neighbors.

    When I saw the preview for it last spring my jaw literally dropped at how stupid it looked. And it dropped even further when I heard it was going to get the sought after post Modern Family spot. But I’ll just say, I didn’t hate it. The comedy is very broad, so it’s certainly not for everyone.

    Not surprised to see NBC’s numbers. Both of those shows looked rip your hair out terrible. I give most shows at least a pilot watch, but I don’t plan on doing that for either of those two. I really hope there Thursday comedies can at least stay steady from last week. Hate to see them doing so poorly!

  • danny94

    to bad the middle couldent get a 3.0 but with the way things are going a 2.8 isnt to shabby. The neighbours matching x factor ratings is rather funny

  • Petar Ivanov

    Way too much aging shows CBS…..way too much.

  • aa

    Animal Practice is DOA, but anyone who thinks GWK still has a chance is delusional. Go On and TNN did better only because they aired after The Voice. I think all the four shows will flop eventually.

  • Ram510

    Didn’t think Beighbors would do better than The Middle, makes me sad ????. It will definitely plummet next week since it won’t have Modern Family as a lead in and there’s no new Modern Family in after it either

    NBC should try moving Guys With Kids to a better time, cause its a pretty good show. Hiding it behind Animal Crap just isn’t fair. It may pair well with Go On

  • Brian J

    @Ryan Schwartz:

    What irritates me most about “Parenthood” is that the show is left to fend for itself. It wraps up in February and then isn’t shown at all until it premieres in September? What do you expect to happen, NBC?

    Time won’t heal all wounds and rerunning shows won’t always give them new viewers, but it could help. Given that it’s pretty much the only pure family drama on the air right now, and a critically loved show at that, you’d think NBC would be pushing it. It owns the show, after all!

  • Oliver


    community fans and i am one , why would you bring back a show that would do the same numbers?. it doesn’t make sense.

    AP/GWK/UAN will fall further. Community’s ratings are much more stable and episodes need to be made for syndication so it costs NBC next to nothing.

  • Vance

    @Remote Patrolled

    “Not as big as The Voice but not bad given the increased competition. Plus unlike The Voice, X Factor tends to stay steady / grow as it goes along, while The Voice slips a bit after the blind auditions.”

    Uhhhh …. no. The X-Factor also dips as the season goes along, just not as much as The Voice does.

  • Mon

    It’s CBS’ turn tonight and Friday (hopefully) to shine!

    CSI is down from last season’s premiere 3.2. X-Factor down from last year’s 4.4 (broadcast TV premiere week). Lots are down. I’m glad The Middle, Modern Family and Survivor held up rely well.

  • Glue

    Im Happy For Neighbors i haven’t watch it, but planning to :)

  • Marcos

    I can’t believe ABC choose Neighbors over Mandy Moore’s pilot

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