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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  • marie

    Cablevision still a blackout market for the CW. Too bad they don’t count webwatching.

  • Killer Nicole

    Chicago Fire did better than I expected at least NBC finally has a new procedural that might last more than one season.

  • Ian

    ABC must be happy with Nashvilles numbers. It rated almost to what Revenge premiered with last year. When you compare the 6.1 Modern Family got before Revenge premiered and then how Revenge premiered with a 3.3 you figure out that there ratings really aren’t that different. Also Nashville was great last night that was the second time I’ve seen the pilot and it was even better than the first. I don’t think Nashville will drop too much next week probably to the mid 2s and end up stabilizing in the mid-lows 2s for as long as it is on this season. If it can attain those numbers it certainly would get a full season. Also Revenge premiered with a Modern Family one hour season premire Nashville premiered with just a one hour episode of MF as a lead in.

  • Kavyn

    WOW for Arrow! I was expecting lower, good job CW!

  • Wendy

    I bet NBC is wishing The Voice could be on every other night with football on the nights The Voice doesn’t air. Ouch.

    Makes yesterday’s numbers look like blockbuster material.

  • Kavyn

    @Robert yep, Nikita and Arrow are basically the same thing and I’m still bummed the two shows didn’t get paired together. The only thing matching SPN and Arrow are that the leads are males.

  • Bri

    Steph said:

    “Criminal Minds had a fantastic episode.”

    Yes they did and the guy who play one of the kidnapper was just creepy great!

    Charlie Sheen said:

    “It looks like CM has aged but still doing solid enough, I think its going to remain on Wednesdays for another season.”

    CM ratings are still good, if I am not mistaken, it is CBS youngest skewing drama, so I doubt it is going anywhere BUT the season is young and and ratings will go down in the spring as they usually do. So will see what happen then.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Good for Supernatural!

    Fantastic for Arrow! I expected a 1.0 or higher, but 1.3 is excellent (for the CW!). Now as always it’s a question of what happens next.

    The show was pretty well done. The lead actor is definitely athletic enough to pull off the role (and the addition of some Parkour – look it up – was interesting.) Some of the rest of the cast were known to me from other shows and movies, particularly Paul Blackthorne as the police officer and Colin Salmon, seen on many British shows, as well as of course Katie Cassidy – and most of them are long-time good character actors.

    Willa Holland as the sister is likely the weak point of the show, both as an actress with only six years experience, and as the character who’s probably not needed.

    The action sequences were very well done. The premise of why Queen becomes Arrow was plausible, and his preparations were plausible, although the “hacker arrow” was a bit over the top (he would have needed some serious technical help to make that bit of kit!)

    In general, the show was head and shoulders over “The Cape” in quality. Now it remains to be seen whether the audience will stick with it. Given that it’s on the CW, and assuming it doesn’t do as well as vampires, I’d expect it to drop fairly fast down to the .8-.9 range. The question then is longevity.

  • Colin

    How does 666 and Nashville affect each other? They’re diff days

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Dean-W: “Don’t forget Ringer premiered with a 1.2 and rapidly became one of the worst Show of the CW.”

    While I concede your point that premieres prove nothing, I will note that Ringer WAS one of the worst shows on the CW and I could see that from the premiere. Arrow isn’t in that position in terms of quality (so far.)

  • HavingADomestic79


    “Nikita and Arrow are basically the same thing”

    Oh man, does Arrow have a prissy, annoying, whining, supermodel character like Alex, too? Hope not.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    BTW, I wouldn’t put Nikita and Arrow as “the same thing”. They are both good action shows, but Nikita is at this point much better than Arrow in terms of characters, acting, writing, directing, and pretty much everything else.

    One is a comic book show, one is a spy show. Although both are action shows and both genres may have trouble on the four networks compared to cable, they may not necessarily appeal to the exact same audience. They do to me, but I’m not the “general audience”.

  • Robert

    Kavyn you are right Nikita is very similar to Arrow and it should have been paired with it not a 8 year old show about monsters and ghosts

    Just found this according to this article Beauty and the Beast is laughable bad


  • Pierre

    @ Pfw51

    We weren’t watching the same show clearly, I saw more of a procedural than a soap opera. It had some storylines to keep viewers interest week to week but it was definitely a good show. I can now see why NBC premiered it in the fall instead of mid-season.

  • Dude

    I just want to think out loud: Nashville’s lead-in got a 4.9 and Nashville got a 2.8 That’s a 2.1 drop. On Sunday, Revenge got a 3.2 which was 666 park ave’s lead in, and 666 got a 2.2, a 1.0 drop. So to put it it perspective that doesn’t really mean 666 will get beat out by Nashville, I believe? It all depends on how it does in the coming weeks.

    Also, I feel like Nashville would probably do better in 666’s time slot because there’s Once, Revenge, then Nashville. All with similar demographics. Anyone agree/disagree?

  • Richard Steven Hack

    HavingADomestic79: Actually it does – Willa Holland – who actually WAS a model. Comparing to Lyndsy Fonseca, however, is unfair to Lyndsy who’s been acting longer – since she was 13 – and in more roles compared to Willa.

  • Robert

    Having it does not sound like you ever watched Nikita because in noway does Alex act like a supermodel or is whiny

  • Pierre

    Who cares Lyndsy Fonseca is easily one of the top 5 hottest women on television right now. I actually find myself watching Nikita sometimes just to watch her. Jessica Lowndes is the hottest, she’s from 90210.

    Willa Holland is miles hotter than Katie Cassidy.

  • Hadesa

    Love Jared Padalecki so I’m happy SPN did well.

  • Tessa

    Nikita is very similar to Arrow and it should have been paired with it not a 8 year old show about monsters and ghosts.

    Except that 8 year old show about monsters and ghosts was pulling a 0.7 rating last year while Nikita was at 0.5. It makes more sense to put your better player in a slot where it has to compete with Modern Family and XF.

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