TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Suburgatory' Premiere Solid, 'Nashville' & 'Chicago Fire' Sink, 'Arrow' & 'Supernatural' Steady

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October 18th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/8 2.6/7 1.6/4 1.5/4 1.1/3 TBD
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 2.1/7 1.5/5 1.2/4 1.0/3 TBD
Total Viewers (million) 10.813 8.014 3.747 5.422 2.834 TBD


CBS was the number 1 network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

Note: Fox's jumble of baseball rain delay and game, sitcoms, and X Factor which aired live and or taped in various time zones makes their preliminary fast affiliate ratings completely useless, so we're going to wait until the final ratings before posting any Fox numbers.

On CBS, Survivor: Philippines earned a 2.7, down 4%  from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds scored a 3.1, up 3% from last week’s 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. CSI garnered a 2.4 among adults 18-49, down 8% from last week’s 2.6.

On ABC, The Middle scored a 2.5, up 4% from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.  The Neighbors earned a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 5% from last week’s 2.0. Modern Family notched a 4.6 among adults 18-49, down 4% from last week’s 4.8. The season (and timeslot) premiere of Suburgatory earned a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 15% from a 3.3 for the season premiere on September 28,2011 at 8:30PM but up a huge 55% from a 1.8 for its season finale on May 16, 2011 at 8:30PM. The second episode of Nashville garnered a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, down a big 28% from last week’s 2.8. Fans who want to sing a sad country version of Fan Excuse Bingo can blame the American Horror Story premiere on FX and the rain delayed baseball game since all of the 10PM shows were down.

On NBC Animal Practice earned a 1.0 down 9% from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Guys With Kids scored a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. Law and Order: SVU earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 9% from last week’s 1.8. The second episode of Chicago Fire garnered a 1.5 among adults18-49, down 21% from the premiere’s 1.9.

On the CW, Arrow scored a 1.3 among adults 18-49 matching last week’s premiere. Supernatural earned a 1.0, also matching last week’s performance.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, October 17, 2012:

Time Net Show h18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Philippines 2.7/8 10.11
ABC The Middle 2.5/8 8.35
CW Arrow 1.3/4 3.48
NBC Animal Practice 1.0/3 3.80
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 1.9/5 6.50
NBC Guys With Kids 1.4/4 4.29
9:00 ABC Modern Family 4.6/12 12.14
CBS Criminal Minds 3.1/8 11.76
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.6/4 6.31
CW Supernatural 1.0/3 2.19
9:30 ABC Suburgatory (Season Premiere) 2.8/7 7.60
10:00 CBS CSI 2.4/7 10.56
ABC Nashville 2.0/6 6.75
NBC Chicago Fire 1.5/4 5.91


In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:
> * In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
> Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.4/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's
> "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/7; and ABC's combo of
> "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/6.
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
> were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3 with an encore; "Late
> Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
> * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in
> metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS's first-run
> "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with
> Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore)
> trailed "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in
> metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 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.


NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
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  • Ashley

    Awesome job for SPN and Arrow!

  • Ali

    Oh my god Arrow!!!!

  • NJ

    Awesome for Arrow!

  • malle

    Excellent for Arrow, horrible for Nashville!

  • Joshua

    Nashville is a big fat flop…

  • HB

    Great for Arrow and SPN!

  • Julia


  • Honey Badger

    Wow, Nashville is a flop. What does ABC do now?
    Just as I predicted, this show does not appeal to a mass audience

    Honey Badger
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 10:31 AM
    @ CrimTV @r0ckmypants Here is an earlier posting with my reasons for the Daring Prediction – a huge drop in Nashville ratings on ABC, check back in a few weeks and I will be proved to be correct. (how is that for a bold and daring prediction?)
    @ adanskiiiii “I expected Nashville to premiere to a 3.5 considering it had Modern Family as a lead in.”
    I agree, I am shocked Nashville only pulled a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Especially after ABC used an hour of Modern Family as a lead in, (one of the highest rated shows on television), and heavy promotion.
    ” btw Nashville half hours were 3.0 and 2.5.” What a huge drop. Shows that a lot of people that tuned in due to the Modern Family as the lead in, and did not like Nashville. ABC is in trouble with this show already. Next week Nashville the lead in will be Suburgatory, not good.
    @ jt “I don’t have high expectations for Nashville. The premise is it should have been a mini-series. Too ‘country and women oriented’ drama. Doesn’t have a broader appeal.”
    I agree, Nashville seems to be targeted to a very specific demographic. It is a same old formula soap opera (we have seen this type of storyline numerous times), made to attract the older women demographic. Also it is further limited by its attempt to make it appeal to older country music fans. In fact the storylines are straight out of old country music songs: my spouse is cheating, betrayal, my boss is mean, etc… songs: Stand By Your Man, Take This Job And Shove It, etc

    I am predicting Nashville ratings will drop big time and keep dropping all season, not good for ABC.

  • SPM

    Surprised at Arrow not dropping.

    I bet B&TB doesn’t hold steady though.

  • DougF

    ISO of Silvio.

    I recall him saying something about Supernatural only getting a 0.8 because of the debate and that it would be down to 0.5

  • charles

    I’m surprised about Nashville. It’s easily the best reviewed show this fall, and that may be the only reason it survives to a second season if these ratings keep up.

  • isleofskye

    Way to go, Supernatural!

  • Oliver

    TBD? I love TBD!

  • Holly


  • forg

    Was hoping for 3 for Suburgatory, nice little bump for The Middle. Could The Neighbor hurt Modern Family? MF is down a full point from last year although small consolation is that it’s far ahead on anything else on this night

    Great for CW! Now you know what shows are working for you

  • Robsten_Fan

    GO Arrow!!! :)

  • Joe

    Suburgatory didn’t do significantly better than Happy Endings and Apartment 23 did in the slot, really.

  • rob60990

    Wow Arrow and Supernatural did not drop. Amazing for CW.

    Thats not that great for Suburgatory.

  • were123

    Nice for Arrow at staying at the same demo! And The Middle rises again!
    Nashville seems like a gonner for now, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t stand a chance, we’ll need to see next week’s numbers to see what happens, although it’s not promising

  • DougF

    Arrow Half Hour Preliminaries
    1.2/3.43 million
    1.3/3.53 million

    Supernatural Half Hour Preliminaries
    1.0/2.19 million
    1.0/2.18 million

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