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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  • David

    Arrow is geared towards men and women because a lot people like comic book movies and shows. You see it every summer in the movie theaters and you are seeing it on TV now.

  • John_M

    Vampire Diaries benefited from the vampire craze of the Twilight era. I

    I know it’s only a technicality – but there are no actual vampires in Twilight

  • Vcoolwater

    Is 1.3 the best that the CW can get? I mean Arrow has so be much hype and saw that stupid banner everywhere. I expected the rating to record breaking. I was expecting 1.5-1.7 range. I mean if Arrow can’t break records for the CW. Then no show can.

    I sure Arrow is safe for next season. I doubt CW’s future is looking all that bright.

  • SmG

    Congrats for Arrow ! Lets hope it doesnt turn out like Ringer or TSC. If it can keep around 0.8-1.0, then with Supernatural wednesday may be a strong like for CW.

  • joss

    thats a big drop for Modern Family why is that ?

  • Max

    It should be interesting to see how the 10PM shows do next week as FX premieres AMERICAN HORROR STORY. Though to be fair, FX will repeat it at both 11PM and Midnight, so if people want to stick with broadcast tv at 10PM, they can watch either of the repeats.

  • bluejay72

    Let’s put it this way:

    X Factor judges don’t have VOCAL credibility to judge.
    (Britney Spears perfectly in mind) :)

    Ratings haven’t changed. It just gets worse!

    It’s more like a soap opera than PURE TALENT. The comedy and drama are forcibly inserted to attract audience (but epic fail!)

    Nothing exciting! Can’t compare to The Voice!
    And I have ratings and viewership to back me up! Sorry!~ :)

  • John A

    CW will have 2 shows tonight over a 1.0 tonight nice too see CW rise.

  • lauracodenome

    “Where is xtina’s huge fanbase? Why is Your Body still flopping?”

    Flopus flops like xfloptor… LOL

  • SmG


    Also Nashville scored well too. Last year Revenge was mostly around 2.2-2.6 so it took that spot with similiar ratings.

  • John_M

    Arrow is geared towards men and women because a lot people like comic book movies and shows. You see it every summer in the movie theaters and you are seeing it on TV now.

    A bad generalization based on the suceess of SOME superhero movies written by talented people and possibly with hero’s with a ‘strong’ fanbase.

    Aside from stealing the name – Arrow has as much to do with the green arrow comic book as the halle berry catwoman movie had to do with the actual catwoman comic book character

    And we all know how that movie did.

    Arrow is a soap opera and the ratings numbers (as stated above by one of our blog lords) indicate that it was female focused

    FACTS are important people – when the facts are available that disprove your ‘theory’ it means your theory is wrong – ala ‘cablevision is killing the cw’ commenters who won’t give it up



    Animal Practice in my soup, as AP & GWK down for the count @ 8:00, nothing on NBC broke a 2.0, SVU 1.8 & Chicago Fire 1.9 @ 10 does the best for the peacock

    C Minds 3.0 for CBS, but still a strong slate

    Middle still kinda low this early, but MF still a beast; impressive start for Nashville & here’s hoping it holds

    WAY TO GO CW! Arrow 1.3 & SPN 1.0–let’s hope lighning strikes again tonight!

  • Holly

    Does it make me a bad person that I kind of want Arrow to go up next week just so I can watch the bitter people have complete meltdowns?

  • Leondre

    I think Suburgatory being at 8:30 last year was actually helping Modern Family.

  • John_M

    Where are the people lamenting how animal practice is killing guys with kids. I mean for gods sake, Guys with Kids was 30% higher than Animal Practice.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “And Gunsmoke had how many viewers?”

    Nice invocation of the Gunsmoke Rule!

  • Baaa!

    2.8 at a 10pm slot isn’t exactly bad for Nashville yet. Revolution did better with The Voice’s large lead-in, but its dropping still and will end up in the 2’s as well. Drops will be the decider not were they started. Big starts help, but only if you can keep them. Doubtful any 10pm show will maintain above a 3.0 this season no matter what the lead-in is. Good for The Middle and MF! The Neighbors is better than its premiere showed, for me at least(I turned the premiere off after 15min).The 2nd & 3rd episode have been much improved, nice to see it was steady this week.

  • LOL

    Still weak numbers for Flop Factor. The show is up against little competition in the 8 pm hour and can’t get above a 4.0 or 10 million overall. I guess Britney’s fanbase isn’t that big and everyone was wrong about her bringing more viewers to the show.

  • John_M

    Does it make me a bad person that I kind of want Arrow to go up next week just so I can watch the bitter people have complete meltdowns?

    That depends on who you ask. I don’t think it makes you a bad person to want the crazy people to go crazier.

    Poking ‘bears’ is fun

  • SPM

    @ Holly

    Keep dreaming luv

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