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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  • CrimTV

    @Honey Badger

    Fair enough I was wrong, but wishing for a show that some people still enjoy to fail is nothing to be proud of!

  • peter

    OMG Arrow

  • Joshua


    half-hours for Nashville

  • EatMorePez

    Animal Practice will be pulled before November sweeps starts

  • Nashville Is Nothing Special

    Nashville was promoted so heavily as a unique series and it’s nothing more than a run-of-the-mill old fashioned soap.

    Connie Britton’s singing voice is not compelling enough to keep the viewer interested in her career in turmoil.

  • MoveOn

    lord what I wouldn’t give for a day with SPM’s negativity on this site.

  • battye

    Wow, not good for SVU. Time to switch timeslots with Chicago Fire. I don’t know why NBC put it at 9pm anyway, they should have learnt from the SVU/LA lineup a few years ago that SVU at 9 just didn’t work.

  • jose Luis Venezuela

    Great for Arrow is so solid…..

    Bad for NBC serie´s comedy and Law & Order ….

  • eridapo

    Survivor 2.5 9.80/ 2.8 10.41
    CM 3.0 11.58/ 3.1 11.97
    CSI 2.3 10.49/ 2.4 10.62

    Nashville 2.2 7.10 / 1.9 6.39

    Arrow 1.2 3.43/ 1.3 3.53
    Supernatural 1.0 2.19/ 1.0 2.18

    LOSVU 1.5 5.95/ 1.7 6.67
    CF 1.6 5.95/ 1.5 5.87

    XFactor ratings will be a mess, so I will not even list or discuss its ratings.

    By now we are beginning to see that the best ABC can hope for at 10PM is a 2.1 for most shows. On week 2, Nashville is down to a 2.1 (might be adjusted down a tenth). If the pattern holds, week 3 will see another 10-15% downward trend. The writing is on the wall, Nashville is not the hit ABC expected.

  • NEK5552

    I really liked Nashville I wish it was getting better ratings. I hate really liking shows that get horrible ratings. At least Grimm is still doing good.

  • Justin121

    How is that “solid” for Suburgatory? It’e terrible.

    Nashville was hurt by the weak lead in.

    Fire didn’t do bad. Neither did Guys. NBC needs to rid of Animal.

    CW was the biggest winner. Arrow at 1.3 despite losing half a million viewers.

    Superatural at 1.0. Wow.

  • spike

    awesome news for Arrow, can we get the back 9 now? ;)

  • Hmm

    Considering how much ABC promoted Nashville, those numbers are a disaster. The CW must be doing a happy dance this morning, great news for Arrow.

  • Glue

    x factor was on yesterday… Right? I watched it :P

  • were123

    I wonder if The CW will re-make its entire network around fantasy/supernatural/superheroes show. Their new slogan could be “Magic on TV” or something like that xD

  • Percysowner

    Oh SPM you are such a Little Mary Sunshine!

    So happy about Arrow and Supernatural. If the CW is to survive they need to do it by fixing one day at a time. Right now Wednesday and possibly Thursday could be the days being fixed.

  • Lenka

    Supernatural didn’t drop, awesome!

  • eridapo

    The CW people are taking over the Wednesday ratings posts.. LOL….

    Just don’t get cocky with the CW ratings numbers,

  • Clarke

    The Neighbors isn’t doing terribly. It’s total viewers are higher than last weeks, maybe it will be adjusted up again?

    GWK is still holding steady and obviously has a core audience while AP keeps plummeting. NBC should really move GWK ASAP so it can thrive.

  • Mike

    Arrow keeps getting better last night was amazing!!

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