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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  • Jennifer

    I don’t think NASHVILLE lived up to the hype. And I think it will drop a lot next week because it was just not that good.

  • DougF


    Ya the Community/Whitney is replacing Animal Practice/Guys with Kids announcement could happen soon

  • iMember

    @EatMorePez The Secret Circle premiered with a 1.3.

  • alim

    OMMGG supernatural sooo happy best decision everrrr.

  • Michael

    KS, why? It has a strong lead-in. Last season it had a very weak lead-in show.

  • Oliver

    How long until NBC pull Animal Practice? This week or next?

  • Julia

    OMG amazing numbers for SPN ! I’m so happy !

  • John A

    So much for cablevision nonsense that Patrick Gilease was talking about yesterday. I bet he wont comment today. CW did great.

  • Ryan

    Revenge lost 44% of Modern Family’s lead-in and was declared a hit last year out of a 6.0. Nashville lost 43% of MF’s lead-in and had a “disappointing” premiere. Well alrighty-then.

  • SPM

    Arrow wont hold that audience, anyone who believes it will is deluded.

  • Julia

    4.017! That’s amazing!!!

  • Matt

    I greatly enjoyed Chicago Fire last night. I found myself very emotionally involved in the storylines and the main characters. I am a loyal SVU fan, but I think I can say that my enjoyment for CF rivals mine for SVU (old school) and beats the new-school SVU.

  • John_M

    Revenge lost 44% of Modern Family’s lead-in and was declared a hit last year out of a 6.0. Nashville lost 43% of MF’s lead-in and had a “disappointing” premiere. Well alrighty-then.

    It lost quite a few viewers in the second half hour – and I expect an adjustment down as Modern Family probably was over at 10:01

  • John_M

    4.017! That’s amazing!!!

    If only it were relevant

  • dantas

    I told ya Arrow would premiere to a 1.3. From now on it’ll drop slowly and stabilize around 0.7. ;)

  • Skylar

    TSC also debuted to a 1.3 and Ringer to a 1.2, look where those are now…

    Neighbors still had the best premiere this season on ABC, haha

  • Brian J

    Okay, I’ve mentioned this before, but NBC should really consider moving “Grimm” to this night at 9:00 and pairing it with “Hannibal” at 10:00, or putting “Grimm” at 8:00 and putting “Do No Harm” at 9:00.

    Its current line up is failing, and “SVU” shouldn’t get a run of the entire schedule. If it doesn’t make the switch this season, next season would be good, too.

    ABC is okay, as is Fox, and CBS is even better. But I think “Nashville” might be better paired with “Grey’s” on Thursdays. Depending on how it holds up and how “Scandal” does, I think we might see this switch midseason.

    And it’s nice to see something working for the CW.

  • DenverDean

    CSI up (or maybe flat depending on adjustments) from SP two weeks ago. Thought it would be hurt with that gap + highly touted premiers. Looks like CSI will be dominating this timeslot for the year.

  • peter

    Arrow did pretty damn well although its key demo is low if you consider the total viewers.

  • Lauren

    So happy for The CW! I hope Arrow continues to remain strong along with Supernatural. I’d hate for either to go to/back to the dreaded Friday night slot.

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