TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Supernatural' & 'The Middle' Up, 'Survivor' 'SVU' & 'Criminal Minds' Hit Lows, 'Arrow' Flies for the CW, + 'Nashville' & 'Chicago Fire' Premieres

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October 11th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.4/9 3.2/9 2.8/8 1.6/5 1.5/4 1.2/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.1/10 2.5/8 1.6/5 1.4/5 1.4/4 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 9.357 9.382 10.504 5.553 3.703 3.303


FOX was the number 1 network with adults 18-49, but CBS won with total viewers.

On FOX,  The X Factor garnered a 3.4, down a tenth from last week's 3.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Survivor: Philippines earned a 2.6, down four tenths from last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating and a new low. Criminal Minds earned 3.0, down a tenth from its last original's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating and a new low for fall. CSI earned a 2.6 rating, up a tenth from its last original's 2.5 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Middle scored a 2.4, up two tenths from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.  The Neighbors was flat with last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. A double shot of Modern Family earned a 4.7 and a 4.9 at 9 and 9:30, down from the the 5.5 their last original earned. The premiere of Nashville at 10PM earned a 2.8 rating.

On NBC Animal Practice garnered a 1.1, down two tenths from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Guys With Kids earned a 1.4, also down two tenths from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Law and Order: SVU earned a 1.8, which is down three tenths after its 2.1 premiere rating and a new fall low. The series premiere of Chicago Fire earned a 1.9 rating.

On the CW, the premiere of Arrow scored a 1.3 among adults 18-49. It was also the most-watched CW premiere in 3 years, and gave the network its best adult 18-49 ratings in two years (since 10/13/10). The dreamers were right!  Supernatural earned a 1.0, up two tenths from last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.




Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, October 10, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 3.4 9  9.357
CBS Survivor: Philippines 2.6 8  9.576
ABC The Middle 2.4 7  7.807
CW Arrow -P 1.3 4  4.017
NBC Animal Practice 1.1 3  3.875
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.9 5  6.271
NBC Guys With Kids 1.4 4  4.196
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 4.7 13  12.030
CBS Criminal Minds 3.0 8  11.352
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.8 5  6.184
CW Supernatural 1.0 3  2.588
9:30PM ABC Modern Family 4.9 12  12.226
10:00PM ABC Nashville -P 2.8 8  8.978
CBS CSI 2.6 7  10.584
NBC Chicago Fire -P 1.9 5  6.438

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:


*	In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David
Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy
Kimmel Live," 1.7/5.  

*	In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3;
"Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

*	At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in
metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
Ferguson" (1.2/4 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People
Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2
with an encore).

*	At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in
metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25
markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
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  • Max


    All the big premieres last night ACTUALLY had decent to fantastic openings.

    ARROW- huge success for CW if these numbers continue. Heck, even with a usual 2nd week drop, CW must be thrilled.

    NASHVILLE- perhaps not the major hit ABC hoped with the promotion but a very solid result for 10PM on a Wednesday. Next week will be the real test but again, even a normal 2nd week drop will make ABC happy. And yes, this is bad news for fellow new 10PM drama, 666.

    Chicago Fire- NBC is doing okay so far this season and while this is no REVOLUTION, it is something NBC can have some success with. And it even grew in the half hour according to some reports, so maybe they have something here.

    I am impressed that with a night full of debuts, they all for the most part were at least decently sampled.

  • EatMorePez

    While I’m glad Arrow did well by CW standards, I can’t help but remember that both Ringer and The Secret Circle debuted with a 1.2 rating last year.
    Let’s hope Arrow isn’t one and done like those shows.

  • Rono

    Great for Arrow and SPN!

  • Tom

    Horrible number for NBC’s comedies, they should both be cancelled asap.

  • k_ras

    Nice. Arrow beat out Animal Practice.

  • KS

    Never thought Supernatural would hit a 1.0. I am wary of adjustments though!!

  • DEF

    I don’t mean to be a pest, but will the numbers of viewers be in the table in an updated version or do we have to wait for the Wednesday Finals?

  • Red Jane

    Good CW!

    Too bad for Animal Practice – why are people not watching? that monkey is hilarious… give him a show when they cancel Animal Practice please

  • Eridapo

    X-Fa 2.9 8.64/ 3,5 9.74/ 3.6 9.82/ 3.5 9.22

    LO:SVU 1.6 5.81/ 1.9 6.56
    CF 1.9 6.56/ 1.9 6.31

    Nashville 3.0 9.53/ 2.5 8.42

    SUrvivor 2.5 9.28/ 2.8 9.87
    CM 3.0 11.42/ 2.9 11.29
    CSI 2.7 10.71/ 2.6 10.45

    Arrow 1.3 3.95/ 1.3 4.08
    Supernatural 1.0 2.63/ 1.0 2.55

  • Dan

    Wow Arrow beat a new (I’m assuming?) episode of NBC’s Animal Practice? Good start for the full CW Wednesdays! Nashville was so good and I’m hoping that it stays high in the ratings. Haven’t seen Chicago Fire, but I have it on my DVR so I’m hoping it stays around the 1.9 it got but I doubt it!

  • Ashley

    Fantastic numbers for Arrow and SPN, especially when you consider the 0.4 average this week for the CW. I’m not enjoying the new season of SPN myself, but I’m still happy when the show does well

  • Oliver

    Biggest surprise is The Neighbors is flat. Perhaps it’s not dead afterall.

  • Holly

    Best night of the week for CW. Very good start for Arrow. It will, of course, drop in the coming weeks, but CW has to be really happy with the results last night.

    ABC had a good premiere with Nashville. With the lackluster premieres for 666 and Last Resort (not to mention the low returns of PP and Scandal), this is a solid win for them. We’ll see how it holds up next week. The 8:00 comedies were low, but the two MF episodes did great (and provided the strongest lead-in Nashville could ask for).

    Not much to report on CBS, but they held up well and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see CSI leading the hour again in a couple of weeks.

    Given SVU’s performance and the low expectations, Chicago Fire didn’t do as bad as it could have… If it can maintain high 1s, it could actually survive on NBC. The comedies are bear chow.

  • CrimTV

    Ratings overall are looking healthier! Go CW, Supernatural seasons 1-6 just got delivered to my house so really hoping I love it!

  • Seth

    Chicago Fire is an absolute smash hit and I expect a renewal announcement any minute now.

  • were123

    CW finally hits 1! They must be happy.
    And I’m happy that The Middle is up, hope it adjust up too :D

  • Dillan

    X Factor still holding steady even with competition.

    Very good ratings for The CW. I was expecting higher for Nashville but that’s still a good rating.

  • Jess

    TSC had the benefit of TVD as its lead in. Glad to see Arrow did well without the lead in.

  • CrimTV

    CW should have 3 1’s this week (possibly 4 if Beauty and The Beast premieres well)

  • Honey Badger

    @ adanskiiiii “I expected Nashville to premiere to a 3.5 considering it had Modern Family as a lead in.”
    I agree, I am shocked Nashville only pulled a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Especially after ABC used an hour of Modern Family as a lead in, (one of the highest rated shows on television), and heavy promotion.
    ” btw Nashville half hours were 3.0 and 2.5.” What a huge drop. Shows that a lot of people that tuned in due to the Modern Family as the lead in, and did not like Nashville. ABC is in trouble with this show already. Next week Nashville the lead in will be Suburgatory, not good.
    @ jt “I don’t have high expectations for Nashville. The premise is it should have been a mini-series. Too ‘country and women oriented’ drama. Doesn’t have a broader appeal.”
    I agree, Nashville seems to be targeted to a very specific demographic. It is a same old formula soap opera (we have seen this type of storyline numerous times), made to attract the older women demographic. Also it is further limited by its attempt to make it appeal to older country music fans. In fact the storylines are straight out of old country music songs: my spouse is cheating, betrayal, my boss is mean, etc… songs: Stand By Your Man, Take This Job And Shove It, etc

    I am predicting Nashville ratings will drop big time and keep dropping all season, not good for ABC.
    I am predicting Arrow ratings will keep going up, great for CW
    What does everyone else think?

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