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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  • RyanCanada

    @Richard Steven Hack You are extremely delusional if you think Ringer was a terrible show! my god, you have terrible taste, the pilot of Ringer was rough but there whole season was sooo good, and the pilot of Arrow was well done! didnt look cheap at all.

  • Tom

    @ Richard.

    Lynsey Fonseca is arguably one of the worst actors on television. Her acting range is largely limited to speaking in bad foreign accents and making stonefaced expressions. Watching her continually butcher her lines is almost painful. Fortunately, the writers have recently had the sense to relegate her character to the role of “the girlfriend” which is about as much as her limited abilities can handle. Nikita should have ended with last season’s predictable ending. However, since the series apparently has some success overseas, Pedowitz has evidently chosen greed over common sense and will be continuing to offend our sensibilities by presenting yet another season of this farce.

  • Bill

    With all the promotion, I thought Nashville would have hit the 4’s. It just proves that no matter how big the lead-in is, it doesn’t matter if the two shows are unrelated. *Cough cough — Scandal after Grey’s — cough Cough*

  • Tim

    Wednesday shows ranked by rating:

    1. Modern Family 9:30
    2. Modern Family 9:00
    3. The X Factor
    4. Criminal Minds
    5. Nashville
    6. Survivor
    6. CSI
    8. The Middle
    9. The Neighbors
    9. Chicago Fire
    11. Law and Order: SVU
    12. Guys With Kids
    13. Arrow
    14. Animal Practice
    15. Supernatural

  • Richard Steven Hack

    THE OLD MAN: “Ergo–AN OLD MAN WATCHED THE CW! That must mean something.”

    I’m 63 and almost all of the genre shows I watch are on the CW (except for Alphas and Warehouse 13 on SyFy, and Leverage and Burn Notice and Strike Back on cable.) I do watch PoI and HFO, too. But the CW seems to have more shows I like than most networks. But I don’t watch ANY of their “teen stroke” shows (although I DO watch PLL on ABC Family because of the combo of hot girls and suspense.)

    The CW should try to take over from SyFy as the “action/sci-fi/genre” network…Would probably work better than the “teen girls network” they tried before.

  • Robert Buckley

    Nashville didn’t do that well. It will drop off. They have it easy. 666 park avenue went up against sunday night football at 10 on sunday.

  • HavingADomestic79

    I had to stop watching Nikita because of Alex. I couldn’t deal with the I’m about to burst into tears look that she ALWAYS has.

  • Robert

    Tom it sounds like you have no idea what Nikita is about. It will also quite certain get a 4th season for syndication purpose

  • Pierre

    @ Tom

    Who cares she’s hot!

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Pierre: Gotta disagree. Katie is hotter than Willa. Of course, that could be because I remember her “L” scenes from the Melrose Place remake) :-) But Lyndsy beats them both. :-)

    And I agree with Robert that Alex is not “whiny” or “prissy”. Occasionally arrogant, the arrogance of youth (which actually shows Lyndsy is doing the character well) compared to Nikita’s maturity, perhaps, but not whiny.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    RyanCanada: I watched Ringer for maybe 8-10 episodes. It got worse with each episode. The writing was dreadful, the acting worse, the directing was unbelievably bad, the few action scenes were so implausible as to be nauseating, the whole daughter subplot was completely useless, and the overall premise was incredibly badly executed.

    Happy now?

  • Ultima

    (from another topic)

    Obviously not related to this post but apparently Mockingbird Lane will air it’s pilot on Friday, October 26 along with Grimm!

    More info on this:

    Mockingbird Lane will not be picked up to series by NBC.

    They were thinking of turning it into a TV movie, but the creator is busy with Hannibal, so the pilot is being aired as-is as a Halloween special so that they can get some of the $10 million they dumped into it back.

  • Alexis


    Lyndsy Fonseca is “arguably” one of the worst actresses around? You may want to “argue” with the rest of the world that thinks she’s terrific, especially in intense emotional scenes. She makes Alex a complex and thoroughly likable heroine who the viewers are always rooting for.

    To say Alex has been relegated to “the girlfriend” is absurd to the extreme. She’s the 2nd most central character after Nikita and will have her own storylines next season. In fact, Sean is the one who’s been relegated to the role of her boyfriend. And I’d say Michael, though I like him, is more of a love interest for Nikita than a fully fleshed-out character in his own right, a lot more than Alex who anchors the show with Nikita herself.

    As for your claims that Nikita is a farce or predictable, I’d suggest you read some of the reviews, all of which are saying it’s a brilliant and woefully underrated show (some even said Maggie Q deserved an Emmy nomination for last season’s “Wrath”), but given your apparent taste – or lack thereof – in television, you’re probably too busy watching quality shows like Gossip Girl and 9O21O to do that.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    For the record, I think Lyndsy Fonseca is a decent actor – not Emmy winning, but very few are. Apparently a lot of people think you have to win an Emmy to be “good.”

    Reality check: You just have to be good enough to keep working. And Lyndsy has been working since she was 13. And if you work that long in acting, especially if you start as young as that, as long as you’re paying attention, you are likely to turn out as a decent actor, contrary opinions notwithstanding. (Naturally there may be exceptions to this rule, so don’t bother listing them.)

  • Networkman

    WOW! CW had a great night. I’m happy about Arrow. I liked what I saw. These are the type of shows that CW should schedule. In my opinion, I feel Revolution would be great for this network. It is funny to see CW ahead of NBC. Animal Practice coming in last place is embrassing. I think this would/should be the next show to get cancelled.

    If Nashville settles around 2.2-2.5, I think ABC will work with this show. It will be the highest rated 10pm drama for the network and it is critically acclaimed. 666 Park Avenue will not last and Private Practice will end this season. I actually feel Nashville would fit perfectly behind Revenge.

  • cooliooni

    Great numbers for Supernatural. It should have retained more viewers though since it had such a huge lead in !
    I love Supernarural, but I really am starting to think the show is just running on fumes at this point.
    The show has really lost alo tof its greatness which included incredible story writing and great acting.
    These past 2 seasons have been pretty boring for supernatural standards. In seasons 1-6 I was on the edge of my seat watchng the show and could not wait until the following week. the show had the most incredible wring , plots, and amazing cliffhangers and story archs ! The whole angel-demaon / heavan/hell stories were done so well. the whole seasons leading up to the apocolypse plus when we met Cass and the other Angels was such good TV. I dont know why the show has been moving so slowly these past 2 seasons. I am really starting to get a bit tired of this Kevin story . They need to move on already. I am very much looking forward to seeing Amanda Tapping in episode 7 and on. I heeard she got a recurring role as an angel. she should definatly give the show anice ratings spike as long as they find a way to get the word out to old Stargate fans. I bet she can easily being in an extra 250,000 viewers or maybe even more.
    She has got a lot of fans between The 3 stargates and also Sanctuary !

    So a 2.588 million views same day I think is the best so far for season 7 and 8. So great job on the ratings !

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Alexis: Agree completely about Alex. Although I’d say the show is a “triumvirate” because I think Michael anchors the show as well. I do agree Sean is there simply as a love interest for Alex, but given the two main leads are women, that pretty much is a given requirement.

    I’m gonna miss Percy, though. :-) Xander did a fantastic job with that role. I think that may be the role he will be remembered as.

    And they better not kill off Birkoff – I love that guy! A great character and Aaron is a terrific actor.

  • Mike

    I thought Nashville was going to premiere better.
    Arrow did good , reviews were saying it was the best show on CW this season.
    If tomorrow Elementary drops from last week, that will make CSI the best CBS show at 10 pm , which would be funny considering it is the oldest one.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    cooliooni: Didn’t know Amanda was going to be on Supernatural! And I follow her on Twitter! Great news. Between Jewel Staite, Emilie Ullerup, Felicia Day and now Amanda, Supernatural is putting a lot of my favorite babes on the show.

    All we need now is – wait for it – Summer Glau! :-)

  • Dennis

    HEY don’t get me started. I know ya’ll trying to diss my girl Lyndsy Fonseca like dat.

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