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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  • Jared

    Arrows premiere just goes to show that people will watch the CW if shows appeal to a wider audience. Nice ratings and really good show. Excited for next week and what’s to come.

  • John_M

    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!!!!

    This HAS to be added to the bingo card – seriously – Can i get a cable vision filter?

  • peter

    more recently the cw has hit higher than 4 million viewers during the 1st season of vampire diaries

  • Kyle

    YES to the Middle!!! I was worried from last week. +.2!

    Neighbors actually holding up well here. If it stays in this range I would not be surprised to see it renewed for season 2. Actually watched the first 2 episodes out of curiosity and actually laughed.

    Nashville’s rating was on par on what I thought. Remember Revenge earned a 3.3 out of a 6.1 from MF.

  • xRockStarz

    Guys, don’t forget that Ringer and TSC had an Lead-In last season and got 1,2/1,3 and Arrow got 1,3 without an Lead-in and helped even SPN to rose…

  • MoveOn


    moot point. Both shows got canned, nothing can be done now. Not like they would bring back the TSC if every show fails this year.

  • Seth

    Nashville will be in the 1s by midseason.

  • Ali

    I know Arrow and Supernatural would do wonders for CW! Now DO NOT move these two from wednesday and you have a more than decent night. I expect similar ratings for today (VD and Beauty and the beast)

  • John_M

    Not sure what wider appeal Arrow has – seems like the same old formulaic CW show except that they did even more mythology corruption than on Smallville


    Btw the X Factor is still very solid. It beat Survivor in demo and almost beat Survivor in viewership.I really am loving the talent so far on the X Factor. The groups category I loved the rap ground and the Lylas the one Simon put together love it. X Factor IMO this season is much better than last. FOX should be very happy they have the show. Its guaranteed renewel for season 3. Anyone agree X Factor will return? Which show has the better talent the Voice or X Factor?

  • Lynn

    If Nashville is moving anywhere it is going to switch places with Last Resort. Nashville is appropriate for 8pm hour and i doubt ABC wants to make people remember GCB by putting Nashville on Sunday.

  • Jeff

    I wonder if Nashville releasing pilot early on ABC.com had anything to do with lower ratings. I would have thought it would have been higher. I watched it days ago online. LOVED IT! LOVED EVERY BIT OF IT! I was super impressed with how they set up the characters, stories, back stories. It flowed great, and the acting was fantastic. Super excited to add this to my docket. I don’t watch too much TV, so shows have to be good for me to watch them. This show is GREAT so far.

  • Vance

    Amanda, you need to fix the text as Arrow debuted with 1.3

  • SPM

    @ Moveon

    What evurrrr

  • Justin121


    4 million is HUGE for CW. So is the 2.6/1.0 for SPN.

    Nashville did great for a 10pm drama. Hope it sticks


    Bring WHITNEY to rescue Guys With Kids ASAP

    GREAT results for the CW

    Nashville had a lead-in lower than last year’s REVENGE by 1.2 but only trailed RVG by 0.5.

    Hope NASHVILLE is the next big thing.

    Hope Fire works for NBC. It built on SVU so that’s GREAT news.

  • Michael

    The question is, will Arrow maintain a 1.3 or increase from its pilot? Time will tell.

  • Dan

    the text says Arrow did a 1.1 but the chart says it did a 1.3

  • CarShark

    Isn’t that a fairly disappointing debut for Nashville? A 4.9 lead-in and it doesn’t even manage a 3.0? It’s not that much higher than the 13-year-old CSI.

  • riley

    I kind of like Animal Practice. I wasn’t sure about it at first. and then it grew on me. and I am enjoying Guys with kids too. that one is pretty funny! and the kids are so cute! Chicago Fire wasn’t too bad either.

  • Justin Bieber

    XFactor used me for ratings and they still went down..

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