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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  • Brandy

    Tessa, no I’m just of a different opionion than you that GG,90210 were always failures/flops.Im not delusional about thier recent ratings thinking they’re not bad when they are and admit 90210 could get cancelled this season whereas Bondoel can’t admit Nikita’s ratings suck.
    SnowLepoard, I’m just of a different opionion that GG werent faulires in thier day and were sucsessful in other avenues besides ratings.Besides, theyre ageing shows.Also, GG has a fashion line, I saw a copy of a dress on the show at TJ Maxx.Point is, they are making /have made a lot of money for the network and until very reccently ,had decent (by CWs standards) ratings.Also, remember that the CW as a whole has declined greatly in the past couple seasons.What is considered good now, wouldve meant cancelled years ago and CW would kill for 3-4 million viewers again.

  • Dean-W

    Don’t forget Ringer premiered with a 1.2 and rapidly became one of the worst Show of the CW.

  • Tom

    Way late to the discussion, but:

    Assuming overrun of MF, Nashville probably has a final of 2.6 and settles into low 2s. Not what ABC was hoping for with this cast, budget, and promotion, but should return next year.

    CF settles into the mid 1s. With so many dramas in the wings (Smash, Infamous, Do No Harm, Hannibal), mid 1s probably won’t be enough to get a backorder.

    Arrow did shockingly well for that network. I assume it holds up beyond 1.0 for next week and we see a backorder press release a week from now, and it would be somewhat surprising if it doesn’t run until the network folds.

  • Danimals

    Very happy with those ratings. Afraid that there might be a downward adjustment, but still good. Lets see if these numbers hold next week, expecting/hoping for only a tenth of a drop.


    I miss One, 2 but I think he’s more conspicuous in his absence; he does have great banter

  • Tihomir

    OMG, THE CW DID IT! :D I can’t believe it! And Supernatural did great too (better that the premiere?). Nice.

  • Tessa


    I don’t watch PLL so all of my comments regarding it are without any credibility. I only heard people here say it was a smart show and that was why they watched it.

  • DryedMangoez

    Yay for Supernatural. Thanks Arrow! Will definitely have to check it out.
    Ouch for Nashville. And on the other hand, okay for Chicago Fire holding SVU’s audience.


    @ BigBrotherFan

    Go over to the ABC wins Weds link & that should give you a better insight

  • Fed

    Survivor will go up next week as usual. It always does :) Modern Family down nearly a point which is interesting. I guess MLB playofs have something to do about the lows. Nashville barely beat CSI in its premiere! CSI will once again beat the competition, like what else is new.

    And @John_M, nothing against you but don’t feel entitled to reply to every comment on this site.

  • Derrick

    those Arrow commercials looked like a Movie commercial, very well done. Maybe the CW’s problem isnt the demographics they are playing to, but just the way they promote their shows.

  • Tessa


    I agree with you that GG was a success in its time. My point is that that time has passed. People are more interested in other forms of shows that feature teenagers. The pretty rich kid formula is out and the sooner the CW moves away from it the sooner their ratings improve.

  • Remote Patrolled

    Have to say that X Factor is fantastically entertaining this year. Really good talent, the groups are great and the judges and format are just really gelling this season…

    It definitely isn’t Idol and not even The Voice – but there’s no way the show isn’t getting a 3rd season with these ratings, it’s Fox’s number one Fall show by a long shot. People really need to figure out what the word ‘flop’ means.

    Yep it’s a tad too expensive (though I can assure you Fox are making money!) and you can certainly argue it’s an under-performer – but it most certainly isn’t a flop.

  • thesnowleopard

    Having a fashion line doesn’t make you a success. Being talked up by the fashionistas doesn’t make you a success, either. Getting mediocre-to-bad ratings, despite heavy promotion definitely doesn’t make you a success. Getting mediocre DVD sales and being dumped on a third-tier cable network don’t say wonderful things about your success, either.

    Even more telling is its lack of imitators. The network put out a whole lot of Gossip Girl imitators and the only one that caught at all with the audience, 90210, looks set to go out the same season as Gossip Girl. So, the next Lost, Gossip Girl is not.

    Did it make some money for the network? I’m sure it did. Just not enough for it to be imitated successfully or get renewed for even a full sixth season.

  • Jon23812

    My perdiction was spot on, Arrow did get a 1.3.


    Everything on ABC Family is teen as well as those Switched at Birth and all those other teen angst shows on all cable nets. Most of the Dawn era CW shows is teen, but not BVS now, it was only slightly teen in its WB days.


  • Justin121

    Did The Voice beat Modern Family this week?

    Will The Voice go from #3 to #1 this week, beating both ModFam and TBBT?

  • BigBrotherFan

    Does anyone remember the numbers for “Melrose Place 2.0″ on the CW? I think it was a 1.0 18-49 1.7 but I can’t remember.
    Don’t get too excited by ARROWS numbers.

  • Amy

    Interesting that XFactor dominated last night or was baseball on? Glee is costly and is only retaining about 6 million to XFactors 8-9.

  • Robert

    Those that enjoyed Arrow should really give Nikita a chance. Because its the same kind og show with amazing action. People ob other boards has called it the new male nikita. There is no question about it that Nikita fits way better with Arrow than Supernatural

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