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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  • SG

    Felicity used to get over 4 million viewers on a regular basis for the WB, so Arrow might be their biggest show since Felicity went off the air.

  • Bunny

    Good for Supernatural! The dean/castiel fangirls went crazy over their bromance hug

  • nick

    take Animal Practice out of its misery… maybe a spinoff for the monkey>

  • The Old Woman

    NBC had a terrible night. Even the CW beat them. Has that happened before?

    I watched Arrow and it was ok, not too great. The lead has no charisma with wooden acting. I will give it a few more episodes to see if it improves.

    SPN really benefited from that lead in. Moving it to Wednesdays without any other genre competition must also help.

  • Junior G.

    Those numbers for Arrow give The CW its highest premiere viewership since… The Vampire Diaries?

  • Joan Rivers

    Wonder if they’ll move Nashville to the Sunday 10PM slot if 666 Park Ave gets cancelled.

  • HB

    Great for CW. Fantastic numbers for Arrow and SPN!

  • Michael

    Nashville is a lot of fun! Hayden’s character is so vindictive.

  • Oliver

    If ABC were to move Nashville (still early days), the obvious timeslot is after Revenge on Sunday.

  • CrimTV

    Wait in the text it says Arrow had a 1.1?

  • Clarke

    The Neighbors was actually really funny last night, give it a chance. It was improved %100 over the pilot. A 1.9 isn’t terrible, but it isn’t too great either.

    Yikes for NBC’s comedy lineup. GWK is dying. Animal Practice is dead.

    Really good for Arrow, there was SO much on last night that I didn’t have the chance to watch it. I’m still missing Smallville, so maybe Arrow can be a substitute for that.

  • iMember

    This proves it. People KNOW The CW exists, they just don’t want to watch CW’s shows like Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie, or 9O21O.

    Get rid of them CW! One is ending, finish off the other two ASAP. You’re headed in the right direction if you can keep this up.

  • TV Host

    Poor FLOP FACTOR still can’t hit a 4 in the ratings!
    Even Britney can’t save you! Why not? Nobody believes in her judging others’ voice.

    Where’s the 5 or 6 that you’re taunting before.
    The Voice trumps you in every single way!
    The Voice rules on Mondays and Tuesdays hurting all of its competition from Dancing with the Stars to CBS comedies.

    Where’s the FLOP FACTOR now?
    I thought it would grow…
    It’s what episode again? Its numbers just got dimmer as ever!

    THE VOICE RULES!!!!~ :)
    Sorry for you!~ :)

  • Alan

    I didn’t liked the Arrow pilot but I’m happy for The CW. They should stick to supernatural/fantasy shows. Hart of Dixie, 90210, and Gossip Girl are sinking very fast, and I can see Emily Owens M.D. having bad ratings too. I don’t know what will happen to ANTM, Nikita and Beauty and the Beast, but surely, Wednesdays will be their best night.

  • were123

    Arrow scored a 1.1 or a 1.3? The table says a 1.3, but the analysis says 1.1, which one is it?

  • Skylar

    @SG: erm, since Vampire Diaries. Come on, let’s not be dumb.

  • John_M

    NBC had a terrible night. Even the CW beat them. Has that happened before?

    How did they beat them

    At 8:30, and 9-10 – NBC had higher ratings than the CW (at least in the table)

    CW won 30 minutes of a 2 hour block – how is that ‘beat them’?

  • John A

    Wow when did CW last have 4 million? When Smallville was on Thursday?

  • RyanCanada

    Yay for Arrow and Supernatural :)

  • Joan Rivers

    LOL @ the CW’s Arrow beating NBC’s Animal Practice

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