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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  • r0ckmypants

    NBC in last place at 8:00… time to pull Animal Practice.

    For all the bellyaching everyone did in the other thread about Nashville’s numbers being low, that’s ABC’s highest drama premiere this fall AND their best 10pm ratings of the fall. Considering how difficult that slot was for them pre-Revenge, 2.8 is a number to be happy about.

    Very happy that Arrow did well, and I’m hoping it can stay at or above a 1.0 instead of a precipitous drop-off like Ringer and The Secret Circle had last season with similar premiere numbers.

  • Max

    Numbers that IMO, each new show has to be weary of…

    ARROW can’t fall below a .07 or it will be in trouble.
    NASHVILLE can’t fall below a 2.0 or it will be in trouble.
    CHICAGO FIRE can’t fall below a 1.5 or it will be in trouble.

    If all 3 can stay AT or ABOVE those numbers, they could all be renewed.

  • jon

    good for arrow and nashville ( not my type of show but it got me alittle interest during the premiere) NBC is gonna have to change its whole Wednesday lineup come November Sweeps. Kinda wish the Neighbors would get cancelled already but considering their competition in that half hour ( Guys with Kids, Arrow Xfactor and Survivor) its doing decently well. Itll probably have to make a 1.5 before ABC even considering cancelling it.

  • nick

    1.1 or 1.3 for Arrow?

  • Mark Wilkins

    Arrow soars and Supernatural benefits, what a great combo for CW. I feel bad for SVU though dropping below 2.0. And Nashville dropped 2.1 and 4 mil from its lead, but I guess those are still good numbers.

  • Guardian Owl

    Nice, pleasantly surprised by Arrows ratings. Quite happy that Supernatural held onto a 1.0 for both half hours. It would be interesting to know how much of the bump was due to Arrow and how much was due to it being against the debate last week.

  • John

    Great start for Arrow, figured Supernatural would go up since it always does with a solid lead in (I also figure last week’s presidential debates may have affected it) so I’m not surprised by that development.


    Everyone is being super negative about Nashville. It did solid business for ABC. This timeslot has long been a detah slot. Before Revenge they couldn’t get even arrested with a hit for 20 years. I love Nashville. I think Connie Britton was excellent and Hayden P is a great young actress. It dropped. Even Castle has a drop from half to half hour every time its opposite DWTS. Is this anything new? It dropped a million thats not a huge drop. It did well IMO and country fans are very popular. Honestly I much preferred it to Smash which I liked but felt it was more niche. I feel this show delivered the goods better. Also it doesn’t hurt it got huge critical accliam. ABC will nurture this and give this a chance. I loved it and Britton IMO deserves an emmy nod.

    Chicago Fire NBC must be very happy with it built on SVU’s numbers and I am sure its a much cheaper show. Honestly I love SVU but they need to wrap it up IMO. Chicago Fire would also be a good Thursday show for NBC. This is not bad numbers and I am sure NBC is impressed.

    CW needed this bigtime that Arrow would do well. Its had an awful fall so far. Honestly what CW needs to do is close Gossip Girl which it is their last season and 90210. They need more shows ala Smallville/Supernatural/Buffy veign. That IMO is what brings them the numbers.

  • Alan

    So Arrow beat TVD’s premiere ratings or not?

  • MoveOn

    SPM well all know you are still holding a grudge about the Ringer being cancelled buts its time to let it go and move on. No sense in bashing every single show on the CW this year because yours didn’t last. If you miss SMG that much go rewatch Buffy.

  • Billy

    Terrible NBC comedy numbers.

    Considering Nashville was so heavily promoted it was dissappointing. I do not expect it to go up anytime soon.

  • SPM

    Flop of Dixie & 90210 should most certaily never have been renewed.

    The CW know this.

  • UMGuy423

    The Neighbors was good last night. Better than episode 2. They should’ve aired last night’s episode last week.

  • hammard

    Just out of curiosity does anyone know the last time the CW got over 4 million total viewers? I know it doesn’t matter one iota but I don’t think anything last year was much above 3 million.

  • RyanCanada

    @John A – Vampire Diares season 1

  • BJG

    I can’t help but feel that CW’s ratings would have been higher if it were not for the Cablevision/Tribune dispute (BRING BACK MY CW!!!)…but those are EXCELLENT numbers for CW!!!!

  • DW

    wednesdays on nbc is thursdays @ 8 on abc. its not going to get any better. they could put a competition show or put like a reality show in there.

  • joecup

    great news for Arrow! next week we find out if it goes iike Ringer or TVD

  • SPM

    @ Moveon

    Its TSC I liked actually not Ringer.

  • Julie Anna

    I was like WOOOOOOOOW when I saw Arrow ratings, very good CW! I hope Nikita does well.

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