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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  • GG

    CW has a big hit with 4 million views. What an achievement! :D

  • John

    The Nashville ratings are good in a vacuum, but considering the amount of hype from the network and the critics and the fact that it had a Modern Family lead in, I think they’re a bit worse than what ABC would have wanted. To be sure, as long as it doesn’t fall off too much, the show should be fine. But I’d be concerned. In addition to the drop from half hour to half hour that others have mentioned, I think the show was disappointing from a qualitative standpoint. That’s just my opinion, but I didn’t think it was nearly as good as the critics had promised, and I think I’m out after one episode (sorry Connie Britton–we’ll always have Friday Night Lights). For me, the biggest problem was the incessant country music. I mean, I get that it’s a show about country music, so that’s to be expected. But I thought most of the songs (the last one was actually pretty good) were pretty bad. But I don’t like country music, and the writing and acting weren’t enough for me to keep watching. I’m wondering how many people like me gave the show a chance because of the good review (despite not having much interest in the subject matter) but were disappointed and will not be back. It will be very interesting to see what it does in its second week without the Modern Family lead in.

  • Bern

    Hopefully Arrow continues with those great ratings. More people need to recognize CW they really have great shows. Their best show is TVD, Nikita, and now Arrow.

  • Networkman

    The Neighbors has been my surprise hit of the season. I am really enjoying it. Toks Olagundoye as Jackie Joyner-Kersee is hilarious. I love to see where this is going creatively. Also television needs more family sitcoms like this on the air. So, I really hope ABC continues to support this show. Hopefully it can raise up to demo in the low 2’s.

  • Networkman

    Regarding Law & Order:SVU, I really did not enjoy last night’s episode. I do feel it may be time for NBC to announce this as the final season. Chicago Fire may increase being behind The Biggest Loser come midseason. But during the hiatus of The Voice, NBC is going to need something to fill the two hours on Monday as well.

    @John, I don’t feel the singing was excessive on Nashville. I like how the songs were incorporated. There was flow because it was like we were simply watching the singers while they were practicing, recording and on tour. It showed a great insight of the recording industry. The actresses didn’t just break out into song randomly for the heck of it.

  • Tessa


    Supernatural scores a 1.0 on a network that hasn’t seen anything beside a zero on the left side of the dot in ages and you call that “running on fumes?”
    Even with the retentionista mindset it did better than Nashville which dropped half of Modern Family’s lead in. Supernatural is one of the strongest shows on the CW and the network is lucky to have it.

  • MoHasanie


    Really?!? I watched the premiere but I didn’t like it at all, so I didn’t watch after that. Yesterday I just used the time between The Middle and Modern Family to get something to eat, so you can see that having Neighbors between those two shows is good for me :D . But if your saying that its good, then I’ll give another try. But I don’t see the point in getting attached to a show that will most likely be cancelled.

  • Robert Buckley


    This is the hit of the season!

  • disney rocks

    NBC midseaason changes-

    Wednesday 9PM- The Biggest Loser
    Thursday 10PM- SVU

  • Joe Petitjean

    Nashville will not be the major hit that ABC hope for. I see a major fall off in next week ratings it drop down to 2.4 are lower.

    The big surprise is Neighbors winning it’s time slot easy.

  • Tyler

    Also the fact that Parenthood beat both SVU and Chicago Fire this week MAKES ME SO HAPPY.

  • MoHasanie

    It doesn’t look like ABC will have any new hits this season. Bad news for them, well unless their mid season shows get good ratings, but they usually never do. This is going to be their worst season.

  • MoHasanie

    @Joe Petitjean

    Actually, Neighbors is third in its time slot behind X factor and Survivor.

  • thesnowleopard

    Supernatural has a 23-episode order again this year and they’ll probably want to sync it up with Arrow the rest of the season. So, they had to put that extra episode somewhere.

  • Shannon

    I liked “Nashville” and will watch again next week. Hope it can keep up its numbers.

  • James

    Thank you Arrow! Haven’t seen 4m viewers in a long while!

  • eridapo

    @ MoHasanie

    Most networks are struggling with their Rookie shows. One could make the argument that NBC is not (Revolution and Go On), but those shows are dependent on the Voice as is NBC. Revolution is doing great, but if you switch it with Chicago Fire how would it do.

    Nashville’s premier must be a disappointment for ABC. It gave every opportunity to succeed with promotion and best lead-in available, but it did only decent numbers. Next week will be the first real test for it. Last Resort although given the dead slot is showing signs of life. The rest of the shows are forgettable.

    CBS by their standards is not doing to well. Elementary is too early to tell where it will settle, but the 2nd week drop should be alarming. It won its slot, but it did so against Scandal and Brian Williams. If it had real competition like the rest of the 10PM shows, it too would be in the low 2s. Vegas has settled in the 2.0 range. It has tons of viewers, but they don’t matter.

    Fox.. Nothing has worked for them

    CW… Arrow premiere big by CW standards, but lets wait another week before passing judgement. If it stays in the 8/10s demo, I would call it a success. The other rookies based on early buzz and reviews will not even register.

  • eridapo

    Time Program (Network) HH/Shr Viewers A18-49 A25-54
    8:00 X Factor (Fox) ……………… 5.7/ 9 9.559 3.5/10 4.0/10
    Survivor: Philippines (CBS) ….. 6.1/10 9.820 2.8/ 8 3.8/10
    The Middle (ABC) ……………. 4.9/ 8 7.897 2.4/ 8 3.1/ 8
    Arrow (CW) …………………. 2.6/ 4 4.142 1.3/ 4 1.6/ 4
    Animal Practice (NBC) ……….. 2.6/ 4 3.800 1.1/ 3 1.4/ 4
    8:30 The Neighbors (ABC) …………. 4.0/ 6 6.385 2.0/ 6 2.5/ 6
    Guys with Kids (NBC) ………… 2.7/ 4 4.194 1.4/ 4 1.7/ 4
    9:00 Modern Family (ABC) …………. 7.3/11 12.082 4.8/13 5.5/13
    Criminal Minds (CBS) ………… 7.3/11 11.489 3.0/ 8 3.8/ 9
    Law & Order: SVU (NBC) ………. 4.2/ 6 6.236 1.8/ 5 2.1/ 5
    Supernatural (CW) …………… 1.5/ 2 2.510 1.0/ 3 1.0/ 2
    9:31 Modern Family (ABC) …………. 7.4/11 12.307 4.9/13 5.7/13
    10:00 Nashville (ABC) …………….. 6.0/10 8.928 2.8/ 8 3.4/ 8
    CSI: (CBS) …………………. 7.0/11 10.704 2.6/ 7 3.3/ 8

  • MoHasanie

    Wow, 500 comments!


    That’s true. But I suppose the NBC shows are performing well for 10pm shows with respectable retention from The Voice.

    Yeah CBS is down, but that’s cause most of their shows are so old now. Not looking good for the future. Even their comedies are getting old.

  • Pierre

    @ Robert

    Candice Accola is hotter than Katie Cassidy but no where near hotter than Willa Holland or Lyndsy Fonseca.

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