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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  • Petar Ivanov

    CBS are in real trouble with their aging sitcoms AND dramas. They wait too much time. This year will be ok but next year can be like FOX.

    CSI, TM, CM, H5O, HYMYM are all in decline, will dip more , old, therefore and expensive.

  • SJ

    I think NBC should switch Animal Practice and Whitney, leaving AP and Community to die on Fridays, 30 Rock and UAN to die on Thursdays and leave the Wednesday block with at least a sliver of a chance at maintaining a decent rating (although I doubt that will happen).

    Then at mid-season, put The Biggest Loser on Wednesdays, premiere one of the sure-to-fail dramas (hello, Infamous!) on Fridays and insert Off Their Rockers and 6000 Penn into the Thursday block.

  • Brandy

    Wow, The Neighbors can get a 3.3 after Modern Family. I’m Hoping Suburgatory can get at least those numbers with The Modern Family lead-in. Love The Middle so happy it’s back with strong numbers. Hope it can adjust up in the finals. This show is such a self-starter.:)

  • Flame

    @THE OLD MAN: They did so in the preliminaries. In the finals The Voice was adjusted up 0.2 and thus beat CBS.

  • Luke

    1.6 for a recap episode is pretty promising for Revenge’s debut this Sunday.

  • Dude

    This is why television audiences suck. Crap ratings for decent shows like The Mindy Project, The New Normal…even Partners and The Mob Doctor are better than The Neighbours and they score decent ratings. I’m so glad in Canada, they just played another episode of Modern Family.

  • Richard

    i hope modern family dies soon. terribly overrated

    (no im not a homophobe, i just think it poorly written. I loved omar from the wire didn’t i?”

  • CarShark

    Wow. I thought everyone was being harsh on NBC’s Wednesday comedies, but jeeeez. SVU looks finished.

    Criminal Minds down big. Those are the numbers it was getting in spring. Same with CSI. Survivor’s holding on OK, though.

    FOX and ABC were where I thought they’d be. I still can’t believe that they haven’t been able to launch a hit around Modern Family.

  • fernando

    Why did yall make it seem like Modern Family and The Middle return to like bad numbers, Middel made 8 million thats great and modern family made 14 and beat CM.

    I feel bad for Animal Practice.

    I’m happy 5 million people watch Revenge recap,I hope all those 5 million people are new to the revenge world and the second season gets about 10 million or more, I want ABC Sundays to beat all networks.

  • RyanCanada

    I Just dont get why NBC comedy’s struggle so much? i PVR’d animal practice, guys with kids and the neibours, i give all comedy’s a shot

  • Ryne

    The only reason Guys with Kids has a better chance of surviving than Animal Practice is because it is created by Jimmy Fallon and for whatever reason NBC takes care of their former SNL players. i.e. Amy Poeller, Tina Fay, Maya Rudolph. Their sitcoms would have been cancelled long ago on other networks with those ratings.

  • Pepper

    I still can’t believe ‘Oh Sit!’ gets numbers that are almost as good as the CW’s regular numbers.

  • forg

    Read on Futon Critic, The Middle half hours are 2.7 / 2.9. That’s actually pretty solid for them. No matter how much Idol pull them down every spring, they return strongly each fall

  • Jonny

    Does anyone have a breakdown for every 30 minutes for The X Factor? Thanks.


    @ FLAME

    I know it was adjusted in the finals, but talking prelims gives it a better boost (or boast, whichever applies)

    Good catch, though (or save, whichever applies)

  • sam

    guys with kids was great so funny ill be back for more

  • alim

    omg soo happy with svu numbers i was thinking thatr it will crash and burn int he 9pm slot. last season it was averaging 1.7/8 hope it does better this year.

  • Fennerbender

    The Middle good as usual, Modern Family also (now I want a kitten named Larry) I turned off The Neighbors after the first 15min. Then I watched Revolution online and I liked the second episode better than the premeire.

  • boris

    Neighbors is the best sitcom this season. Too bad critics did not get it. I am not sure where I heard it: drama is universal but comedy is subjective. That’s why I follow critics religiously for dramas, but do not care about their opinions on comedies.

  • Parker

    SO disappointed in SVU’s numbers. That premiere was crazy good last night. So intense. Easily the best episode in years…

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