Wednesday Final Ratings:'The X Factor', 'Survivor' Adjusted Up; 'Animal Practice', 'Guys With Kids' & 'The Neighbors' Adjusted Down Plus Final Debate Numbers

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October 4th, 2012


The X Factor and Survivor were each adjusted up a tenth while Animal Practice and Guys With Kids were adjusted down two tenths and The Neighbors was adjusted down one tenth  among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Wednesday broadcast ratings. Nielsen is not releasing final numbers for the actual Presidential Debate because it aired without commercials, but final numbers for the post-debate coverage are below.


Final broadcast primetime ratings for Wednesday, October 3, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX The X Factor 3.5/11 9.71
CBS Survivor: Philippines 3.0/9 10.38
ABC The Middle 2.2/7 7.72
NBC Animal Practice 1.3/4 4.56
CW Oh Sit! 0.3/1 0.91
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 1.9/5 6.32
NBC Guys With Kids 1.6/5 4.76
9:00 NBC Presidential Debate (9-11PM) Live NA NA
CBS Presidential Debate (9-11PM) Live NA NA
ABC Presidential Debate (9-11PM) Live NA NA
FOX Presidential Debate (9-11PM) Live NA NA
CW Supernatural (Season Premiere) 0.8/2 1.85
10:30 NBC Post-Debate Coverage 2.8/7 8.72
ABC Post-Debate Coverage 2.5/6 8.86
CBS Post-Debate Coverage 2.1/5 7.01



Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Dean_W

    Supernatural did good with a so bad lead-in. Hope it’ll continue like that !

  • Alfred E. Neuman

    Ouch for that thing with the monkey in it.

  • Mr Mumble

    That monkey needs to get back to Community, stat.

  • SueP

    Supernatural at .8 is fine. They obviously didn’t loose viewers from last year and Arrow can only help. Still trying to determine what (if any) effect New York’s Cablevision problem could’ve had on the CW this week. Anybody?

  • Technician

    AP and Neighbors looks pretty bad as AP got a 1.3 and Neighbors already slipped under 2 and The Middle looks weaker this season.

    GWK actually doesn’t look too bad it still ended up with the same 1.6 it got last week and grew in viewers out of AP and from last week. So the news is still positive for GWK despite the drop.

  • Oliver

    @Bill Gorman
    Same principle as Partners vs Vegas on CBS. Similar ratings, yet you’ve marked one as certain cancellation and the other as a likely renewal on the renew/cancel index.

    Or are you playing Fan Excuse Bingo?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “You misunderstand me. I meant people probably tuned into the networks early to watch the debate and caught the end of the sitcoms.”

    No, I understood you completely, there was misunderstanding, but it wasn’t me.

    Your guess didn’t cause the adjustment, because folks “tuning in early” isn’t something that gets “corrected” in the adjustments.

    The preliminary ratings measure what was watched in that time period, NOT THE SHOW ITSELF. In the Pacific and Mountain timezones the 8pm hour was the debates. When that viewing was removed and the later viewing of the sitcoms added back, the result was likely what caused the adjustment.

  • poweranimals

    I expected Supernatural to do better. 0.8 for a season premiere seems kinda low.

  • Bookworm

    The Neighbors premiered at 3.2 and it’s second week, it’s down to a 1.9?

    That’s pretty damn bad, like Pan AM bad. But to be fair to Pan AM, it took two weeks to get that low, the Neighbors just came out last week!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Same principle as Partners vs Vegas on CBS. Similar ratings, yet you’ve marked one as certain cancellation and the other as a likely renewal on the renew/cancel index.”

    As I note, I base my predictions on factors I understand that aren’t captured by the ratings.

    CBS always cancels its lowest rated sitcom, Partners is its lowest rated sitcom. It will be canceled.

    Bingo. And not Fan Excuse Bingo.

    And, next week, Vegas is likely to drop to “toss up”, but I will wait and see the rest of the week’s ratings first.

  • The End

    Yeah. If anything ABC should of been wary of the responses from critics in regards to The Neighbors. Someone messed up giving it a full season from the Pilot response.

  • s0303

    happy survivor stayed in the 3’s…

  • Danimals

    Was hoping for an upward adjustment for Supernatural, but I’m okay with it at 0.8. Expecting it to hit at least 0.9 next week.

  • Gabe

    I was ready to retire the Whitney to Wednesdays at 8pm talk but now its unretired again with that 1.3 for Animal Practice. Guys with Kids still looks rock solid only a point away beating New Normal.

  • CrimTV

    These ratings are dismal, the only bright spot was The X Factor and Survivor!

  • Leondre

    That’s a 41% drop for The Neighbors. When was the last time that happened?

  • forg

    I was Middle will get an uptick :(
    Glad for Survivor Philippines :D

    X Factor while still not meeting expectations is doing fine for FOX considering how their other shows are struggling now

  • Ram510

    Aww man I was hoping Guys With Kids would adjust up especially since Neighbors Adjustes down so they could have the same rating and I could really laugh at ABC for airing such a dumb show and running off Happy Endings and Cougar Town off their Wednesday schedule

    Well I guess I can still laugh cause Neighbors is definitely failing right now HAHA!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “That’s a 41% drop for The Neighbors. When was the last time that happened?”

    The last time a rookie show followed a networks highest rated show in its first episode, and then moved to another timeslot in its second?

  • Oliver

    @Bill Gorman
    You misunderstand me.

    I’m not talking about Nielsen’s adjustments. I am saying many people will have tuned into the debate early, caught the end of Guys With Kids boosting its numbers, and those viewers won’t return next week. These make GWK appear stronger than it is because it had many one-off viewers.

    Similar to how the last quarter hour of Last Resort was likely inflated by Grey’s.

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