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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

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

 
  • Reed P

    “Damn, Whitney and Are You There Chelsea (RIP) did better than these flops.”

    Actually Guys with Kids is doing better than Chelsea in the same slot. AP is the one that flopped pretty hard.

    RIP Chelsea

  • Honey Badger

    Can the Cancellation Bear handle all these bad shows?

    The NBC shows alone could fill the Cancellation Bear up
    When the Bear saw the networks schedule months ago, the Bear knew there was going to be a lot of work to do. “Animal Practice” everyone knew this show was going a flop, and so many more shows were easy to see they were going to be flops.

    With all these flops I think the bear may have finally met its match. I know the bear is always hungry but with so many bad shows in so little time, I feel sorry for the Bear.

  • Clarke

    I really want GWK to survive. The reviews of the show made it sound horrible – but it is actually quite enjoyable. The chemistry between Tempestt Bledsoe (from The Cosby Show) and Anthony Anderson is the real highlight of the show. Give it a chance, it is not as bad as people make it out to be.

    I wonder if GWK will be able to survive? Right now, it’s very hard to tell. As of now it’s teetering over the edge of cancellation… if it falls below 1.5 it will be gone. But a 1.6 is just barely enough for NBC to keep it. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.

  • simonal

    The debates were over by 8 pm in the Pacific timezone. 8pm shows started on time.

  • simonal

    Last Resort won’t go up. Most shows go down in week 2.

  • John_M

    Unlikely. Far more likely is that once the debate numbers for the Pacific and Mountain timezones were subtracted from the prelims and the later viewing of those shows added back, that caused the adjustment.

    How over did the debate run – the scheduled broadcast time was 6-7:30 Pacific. Did the post coverage run past 11:30 east time?

    The reason I ask is that unless the debate coverage ran past 11:30 eastern time – it’s impact on pacific (and therefore los angeles) viewing of the neighbors would have bee non existent to say the least.

    Mountain yes, pacific – highly unlikely

  • The End

    @Dan S

    Me too. Last Resort is a fantastic series, it by no means is perfect but certainly is something worth keeping around.

    Same with 666 Park Avenue, well written shows like these need time. And hopefully people will invest in them.

    I would be dissapointed if both of these shows are cancelled.

  • John_M

    In the Pacific and Mountain timezones the 8pm hour was the debates.

    Again – in the pacific time zone the debate unless it was massively over it’s scheduled time was NOT in the 8 pm hour

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Can the Cancellation Bear handle all these bad shows?

    The NBC shows alone could fill the Cancellation Bear up
    When the Bear saw the networks schedule months ago, the Bear knew there was going to be a lot of work to do. “Animal Practice” everyone knew this show was going a flop, and so many more shows were easy to see they were going to be flops.

    With all these flops I think the bear may have finally met its match. I know the bear is always hungry but with so many bad shows in so little time, I feel sorry for the Bear.”

    The bear is touched by your concern.

    However, I don’t see that this season will have more canceled shows than has been typical in recent years.

    Last season ABC canceled 8 scripted shows, NBC 9, CBS 6, CW 2, Fox 7 (not counting shows in their announced final seasons).

  • John_M

    However, I don’t see that this season will have more canceled shows than has been typical in recent years.

    I’m just curious – do you have a cut off for number/percentage of shows a network cancels even if ratings / your algorithm justify more cancellations? Obviously at some point networks have to keep shows because they just can’t invest in all new shows in one season (can they?)

  • John_M

    ason ABC canceled 8 scripted shows, NBC 9, CBS 6, CW 2, Fox 7 (not counting shows in their announced final seasons).

    What’s the record, total and for one network, in the time you’ve been tracking these things? Please tell me your database can look that up i’m curious :)

  • mark

    Supernatural did good with a 0.9 million lead-in. Next week Arrow should hopefully do well and hopefully SN can see the 2 million mark.

  • John_M

    Shouldn’t post debate coverage be in the same ‘n/a’ category as the debate itself? Neither is relevant to anything cancellation / performance wise is it?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I’m just curious – do you have a cut off for number/percentage of shows a network cancels even if ratings / your algorithm justify more cancellations? Obviously at some point networks have to keep shows because they just can’t invest in all new shows in one season (can they?)”

    Not really.

    Networks cancel shows that are more than a bit below their average rating, barring overriding factors like syndication. The nature of averages tends to make that a similar number of shows each season.

  • Brian J

    You have to think ABC is hoping that going into syndication will help “The Middle” increases its ratings. It’s doing decently now, but it looks like its growth might be stalling.

    NBC should really focus on unscripted programming at 8:00 on Wednesdays. Use that to support scripted programming for the rest of the night. Why not bust out “White Elephant” with Howie Mandel sooner rather than later?

  • The End

    @Bill Gorman

    With all these failures at NBC. The Cancellation Bear should also eat the people responsible for bringing these shows to our TV screens.

  • Erin

    Interesting point about Last Resort. My mom watched the pilot and swears it’s an awesome show. I told her not to get attached to it. I did wonder if the early time slot is keeping them from telling stories that the Hunt for Red OCtober fans they seem to be gunning for want to see, but they’ve only shown the pilot.

    Lest someone say time doesn’t matter, compare the jokes from season 1 of 2 Broke Girls to the jokes they are telling this season.

  • Michael

    Has The Cablevision excuse been added to the Bingo Card?

  • John_M


    Networks cancel shows that are more than a bit below their average rating, barring overriding factors like syndication. The nature of averages tends to make that a similar number of shows each season.

    I’m not trying to be a pain but to try and clarify – when you say ‘their average rating’ – I’m guessing that the ‘their’ refers to the networks?

    Assuming that it’s by show type would that mean that (hypothetically)

    NBC has an average sitcom of 2.0, ABC has an average sitcom of 2.5, thus lower rated sitcoms on NBC could survive where they would be cancelled on ABC? Just wondering…

    @Erin
    My mom watched the pilot and swears it’s an awesome show. I told her not to get attached to it.

    Then you did your mother a disservice – let her enjoy it while it’s on – letting ratings guide your watching habits is foolish and defeats the purpose of entertainment – and last resort was excellent.

    I’m a fan of the hunt for red october (both book and movie) and crimson tide – and again – disservice to the show when someone compares the three – they’re all very different

  • John_M

    I have one more question regarding averages and standard deviations but that seems to cross the line into too math geeky :)

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