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.

  • Tessa

    Looks like I missed a full day of Silvio vs. The World (of SPN). Personally I like his idea. He doesn’t say the show will get canceled (because we all know it won’t.) He says it will move back to Friday, which is much much better for my crazy schedule. So I’m hoping he’s right. ;)

  • Lucy

    supernatural did ok, the numbers are on par with last season, so the change in days made no impact or any huge increase. This is a worry for the the new shows.

  • Matt

    The Neighbors would probably be doing 2.7 now if it were still behind MF and also because that is the slot where ABC promoted it.

    I hoping Nashville at least breaks a 3.0 and 10M… I also hope it will because TVs #1 new drama besting Revolution in the demo and in viewers. Crossing fingers it become the next Once Upon A Time ratings-wise.

  • Geordiegirl1967


    “As for another season, IMO it will rest more on whether or not the cast wants to continue (mostly Jensen Ackles, since the show could run with Dean solo and get the same ratings, IMO not so with Sam) It’s pretty obvious that they’re setting up a series ending plot line anyhow, and are getting ready to end it themselves this season or the next whether or not the CW pulls the plug.”

    This is utter rubbish. You do understand don’t you that just because YOU clearly prefer one of the lead actors over the other it doesn’t automatically follow that everyone else agrees with you? Jared / Sam has many fans, and in fact most true fans of the show love both lead characters. It is simply nonsense to claim that the show could lose one of its only 2 leads and not lose ratings. Also your statement that they are aiming to end the show this year is simply not true.

    The facts are that a) both Jared and Jensen have signed on for seasons 9 and 10 – a timeline the head of the network has said he is aiming for, and b) both actors have categorically stated in public and many times that neither would carry on without the other.

  • Justin121

    Supernatural won’t last beyond season 9 or 10.

    I say announce an ending date already to keep the momentum up and show that the CW is a serious network (unlike the half-hearted final season announcments for ratings loser Gossip Girl or the cast-fatigue-filled One Tree Hill).

    It will help with ratings, DVD sales, etc. And it’s not like SPN is the CW’s Grey’s Anatomy, because the have so many closely-rated programs and The Vamp Diaries is their top program. Look what happend when ABC announced an end date for Desperate Housewives — they came up with not one but TWO hits to replace it. The CW has Arrow, Diaries, Cult, Dixie, Owens, and they only need to fill 10 hours, unlike ABC’s 22. Besides, SPN is barely a couple of tenths ahead of all other CW shows whereas Grey’s is still miles ahead of most of the other ABC hours.

  • Shawn

    yay for Survivor..it just keeps moving along being consistant year after year!!

  • a p garcia

    Hoping for The Middle to be adjusted up.

  • Rod Labbe

    I’m new to this board and the concept of ratings, overall. I mean, shouldn’t the overall number of viewers be primary? Why is so much weight given to the 18-49 age group? Most 18 and early 20s people I know are not watching network television, unless it’s American Idol and X-Factor. They have very little interest in comedies or dramas–most of those seemed powered by the older groups. And I’m talking older than 49. So, correct me if I’m wrong, but if the show skewers “old,” even if it has millions and millions of viewers, you guys think it’s a flop? Makes no sense to me.

  • Josh


    ABC is not the CW at all and even back in the WB days the ratings was smaller than the other networks.

    If you notice ratings have fail across the boards, but since CW is already small there effects will be way more noticeable.

    It’s really not fair to compare a show that back in season 1 was reaching 4 mill to a show on ABC that was reaching a average of 25 mill.
    Besides Greys was hitting the 9 mill last year when the show used to reach 20 mill+. That show has decline as well, but ABC is having ratings problem of there own.

  • Justin121


    All the things I said take “relativity” into consideration.

  • Holly

    @Rob Labbe,

    Start by going here. If you still have questions, come back and I’ll try to explain.

  • jc

    @holly hi, can u plz explain me the share thing that’s the only thing i cant understand. thank you in advance. :D

  • Holly


    The rating is the percentage of the given population that watched Show X. The share is the percentage of the population that was watching TV at the time that watched Show X. A 3.0/6 means that 3% of all the adults 18-49 were watching show X. But 6% of the 18-49 year-olds watching TV at the time were watching Show X, meaning half of all the adults were doing something besides watching TV.

    Really, the share doesn’t mean much of anything considering how many channels there are.

    Did that make sense?

  • jc

    ok now i get it thanks again

  • thesnowleopard

    This sounds more like flailing and sour grapes than fact-based speculation. The show will end when it ends. Season ten may be the last simply because the CW may not survive the affiliates-renewal hurdle after that year. Even so, it would tie for the longest-lived scifi/fantasy show in the U.S. if it made ten seasons, which now seems pretty likely.

    There is no point to comparing to ABC. The CW is not the ABC and the criteria they use are not the same, either.

  • Rooks


    And exactly how many shows even make it to season 9 or 10?

    Honestly…we need a “Hater excuse bingo” around here sometimes

  • Justin121

    LOL @ the responses I got.

    I don’t see how what @thesnowleopard or @Rooks said relate to anything I posted, but whatever.

    SPN fans = *sigh*

  • thesnowleopard


    Oh, I see. So, you figure that, as long as you can cast yourself as not “one of those crazy fans,” of X show that makes you angry about its ,you don’t need to bring logic and facts to the table?

    Well, alrighty, then.

  • thesnowleopard

    Reprint, since my ageing, POS touchpad decided to erase part of my post:


    Oh, I see. So, you figure that, as long as you can cast yourself as not “one of those crazy fans,” of X show that makes you angry about its existence, you don’t need to bring logic and facts to the table?

    Well, alrighty, then.

  • huldu

    Interesting SPN episode. A bit odd but still, looking forward to next episode.

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