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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  • omabin

    @Everyone comparing Secret Circle and Ringer’s ratings to Arrow,

    In economics, there is a little something called inflation that prevents us from comparing prices from different years among each others. For instnace, you would not take the price of bread in 2010 and compare with the price of bread in 2011 before adjusting it for inflation.

    The same thing happens with TV, except that inflation here is the rate at which TV viewership is declining every season. I know all these ratings websites love to do comparisons with last year’s ratings, but unless you adjust for the overall loss of vierwership (which granted, can only be accurately computed at the end of the season), the comparison is meaningless, it’s apples and oranges. Therefore, a 1.3 this year is actually better than a 1.3 was last year (and I am not even going into the whole lead-in factor that you should apply to secret circle case). A 1.3 this year probably means something like a 1.4 or 1.5 (maybe even higher if vierwership continues to go down as much as it went on these first weeks) last year, wheras a 1.3 last year would be something like a 1.1 this year.

    As such, Arrow did better than secret circle or ringeR.

  • Bay

    Those are some good numbers for Arrow. I’m impressed.

  • Janus

    Supernatural did very well in combo with Arrow–nice wednesday for the CW. The show is doing well with Carver leading it…lots of fans are happy with the direction.

  • tv log

    Super Natural should have returned! Ringer should have returned! CW! Arrow is gambled! America Top Model should be scrapped as well! 90210 should not returned last season over Hell Cats! CW is younger version of NBC! Holding on old higher rated stuff too long!

  • normie

    Which show has the better talent the Voice or X Factor?

    Xfactor… the show is horrible, but better contestants…. The Teens: carly beatrice and diamond = FLAWLESS… and the group lyric 145 WOW… and the Lylas… WOW. Amazing

  • jon

    @ tv host

    As much as Im happy with the Voice right now….I doubt I will saying the same next season with Christina and Cee-Lo leaving for the spring. I can see the show on these levels cuz I cant see Usher and Shakira giving that mich of a ratkngs boost except for the first episode.

  • SarahL

    The Neighbors was hysterical last night. Jackie Joiner Kersee acting like one of these reality show housewives had me rolling.

  • Sid

    So CW needs to end 9O21O now. I love the show but these ratings prove that no one is interested in 9O21O or Gossip Girl anymore. Carrie will most likely flop and it’s too soon to tell if Dixie will fall into the same category.

    All the best to The CW tonight with TVD and Beauty! Looking forward to both!

  • Albert

    Xfactor went down? Opps !! I thought Britney was gonna bring in ratings! #majorfail

  • Martin

    Yah for Arrow, best premiere on the network since the vampire diaries, tied in the demo and well beat every other show since then in viewers, great result but for a cw show it skews a but old, would of thought 4 million would of got around a 1.8 but hey, still brilliant and also for supernatural too, cool if arrow was adjusted up to properly beat th the demo tie it shares with secret circle and nikita. decent result for chicago fire especially considering thelead actually expected better from nashville but it did ok.

  • gerry

    i don’t understand why there is all this speculation on moving nashville. it won its hour. granted, the ratings will dip on the coming weeks, but its hardly been long enough for abc to consider moving its scheduling. if it can become stable around 2.0 it will still be it’s top-rating 10pm so it will stay right where it is.

  • Tessa

    CW actually beat NBC? When has that ever happened?

    And Supernatural got a 1.0 against Modern Family and X-Factor. I should’ve given the little show that could a little more credit. To those who claimed the show’s a failure and should be moved back to Friday, how do you like them apples now?

    I hope Arrow holds its numbers. If it does and if Supernatural keeps performing well behind it, it should send the CW a message about what kind of shows its audience (even its coveted female demographic,)wants to watch. Maybe then they’ll pull themselves out of the stereotyping blanket and give us some more hot guys with killer weapons. :)

  • Wowza

    So, all this time this network should have been geared towards men CW? Wow.

    I mean, Arrow and Supernatural, and the hot Rachel Bilson Wow. CW the network for young men not women….

  • Fred

    Like most of posters, I thought Nashville would premiere a bit higher. But at 10:00 PM anything close to a 3.0 is fantastic. If it can hold steady or not lose too much ABC has another hit drama on its hands.

    Neighbors is not performing well. Below a 2.0 at 8:30 is not good at all. Last Man Standing would most likely do better there.

  • s0303

    sad thing is chicago fire was nbc’s most watched show :)

    good for the cw…they finally got some good news this week…

    nashville didn’t premiere that good considering the lead in…can’t afford to fall too much…

    survivor :(

  • Atlanta

    All the nets are over saturating us with comedies, 5 nights a week is just too much to watch characters fumbling around. It’s starting to show, they need more dramas in development, look at cable, fans are fleeing there.

  • callie

    FOX was the number 1 network with adults 18-49,

    WOW… WOW… and WOW. im really surprised…

  • John_M

    So, all this time this network should have been geared towards men CW? Wow.

    Wait, what show on the CW targets men?

  • Justin Bieber

    JOHNNYSBRO we get it you are either a Britney or Demi fanboy/girl. No need to big up the show so much because there’s next to no talent on that show compared to Idol and The Voice.

  • Sid

    The Middle and Neighbors are holding up well. I expect at least six additional episodes for Neighbors.

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