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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  • omabin

    Horrible for Nashville and Chicago Fire! Utterly amazing for arrow and supernatural!

    Second wave of comments:
    – NBC completelu awful from 8 to 11. They need to revamp the whole night, period. Get rid of SVU once and for all. Chicago Fire is a better bet at this point since they are pulling the same ratings and I bet SVU is incredibly expensive at this point (yes, even accounting for syndication)
    – Again, wow at the cw! So happy for arrow and supernatural!
    – ABC very solid on the comedies, even for the neighbours, which seems to have stabilzied, albeit on a low level that will still get it canceled at the end of the season. Suburgatory did about what i expected, it might increase as time goes by and people get used to its presence in that timeslot.
    – CSI is the hero of the 10pmwar. Seriously, ABC needs to move nashville either greys or revenge like, immediately, if they want to have something to renew at the end of the season, it’s their only option.
    – Criminal Minds did not fall any further which is good for them. But comparatively, i think csi is the hero of cbs.

  • adanskiiii

    Svu needs a better lead in. Its a shame that a show that once have NBC high ratings is now beong thrown away.

  • Shawn

    I really believe that Chicago Fire just needs a STRONGER LEAD IN. It does a pretty nice job of retaining the previous show’s numbers. It just doest not have a strong show leading in to it. I really really like the show and I hope it can somehow stay in the upper 1’s, maybe around 2 some how. I think those numbers could keep it on NBC…just look at Parenthood.

  • Joe

    I would hardly say Suburgatory did “terrible”, but the “family comedy following MF will fare better than young-skewing comedy” idea doesn’t seem to hold any water. It seems like there’s just a ton of people who only want to watch Modern Family on Wednesdays and tune out everything else. I don’t get it because MF is much weaker than every show that has come on after it in the past 2 years, but whatever floats their boat…

  • iMember

    Oh my gosh, Arrow! This is fantastic news for the CW. If Arrow can keep this up (by the way, 2nd episode was even better than the Pilot IMO) then the CW will officially have a new hit on their hands.

    And Supernatural keeping at 1.0 is fantastic!

    Also, Suburgatory did well in its new time slot. Glad to have this show back.

    Hmmm, Nashville. Not doing exactly well. ):

  • The Old Woman

    Ouch@NBC. Such terrible numbers and getting close to CW levels there.

    Good night for CBS.

  • Duncey

    Nashville didn’t do so good it looks like ABC should’ve just left Revenge there. ABC is in trouble they don’t have a single new hit there this season. On the other side Chicago Fire comes out looking a lot more positive again retaining a good amount of the SVU audience and the audience from last week but I thought it would hold up slightly better in the demo but maybe American Horror Story took a lot of demos in that hour this week.

    Good again for Arrow, that’s going to be a huge money maker for The CW internationally.

    Guys with Kids grew again, AP has got to get outta here this week. I heard Whitney Cummings and Chris D’Elia was on the Today Show this morning so I’m wondering if they were promoting their Nov. 2 return. I was under the impression that they still didn’t have an official return date for Whitney and Community.

  • richard

    good for arrpow and spn! maybe cw wont end in 2016. anyway, i was hopoing chicago fire wouldnt drop. however if it stayed at 1.5, it is even possible it could be renewed?

  • Nikki

    i dont get why Arrow didnt drop, the shows terrible. I predict it will drop once theres competition. Abcfamily should put a show on wednesdays it would bury the cw shows.

  • Jennifer

    Nashville is an OK show but for all the glowing reviews it received early on, I was expecting…more.

  • Mary

    I’m surprised Arrow was as high as it was. I just can’t get into that show. I actually like Beauty and the Beast better, although it’s on a different night. But Supernatural? YES PLEASE! Great episode last night!

  • UofMguy423

    I’ve watched both episodes of Nashville so far and it’s, well, okay. Since there isn’t anything else on Wednesday night I’ll stick with it, but I found the second episode a little boring right up until the last 15 minutes when we found out about the past romance, then their duet at the bar, etc. Then it felt like it was going somewhere…but still really slow getting there.

  • Tony ^_^

    Lol at the person who said “Arrow” would fall “way below a 1.0″ this week. xD

    And ouch at “Nashville” and “Chicago Fire”.

    “Animal Practice” will be cancelled by the end of the day. Looks like the NBC Wednesday-Thursday troubles continue.

    I heard FOX had a schedule mess last night. So who knows what those ratings will look like…

  • Max Vrany

    10 PM show commenters: Baseball resumed at approximately 9:55 ET/8:55 CT and was over by 10:45 ET/9:45 CT. Interpret that however you want.

  • PHIL

    Arrow is not that great of a show, would say B&TB is better

  • danny94

    great hold for arrow. Shame about nashville but not that surprising suburgatory is more of a teen show and nashville if definitly more for adults. they dont sit well together in my opinion.

  • psychic

    Too bad for SVU. Awesome show.

  • Lisa

    Good for Arrow! The show is really enjoyable, too.

    It’s a shame about Nashville, which is also a good show. I’m not surprised that Chicago Fire dropped a lot, though. The pilot majorly sucked.

  • Robbie E

    Chicago Fire numbers were decent just needed a bigger lead-in. I agree Animal Practice has to go. Guys with Kids needs some help also.

    10:00 p.m.

    ABC – Nashville
    Viewers: 7.10 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 6 (#2)

    CBS – CSI
    Viewers: 10.49 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ 6 (#1)

    NBC – Chicago Fire
    Viewers: 5.95 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 4 (#3)


    10:30 p.m.

    ABC – Nashville
    Viewers: 6.39 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 5 (#2)

    CBS – CSI
    Viewers: 10.62 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 7 (#1)

    NBC – Chicago Fire
    Viewers: 5.87 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 4 (#3)

  • BigBrotherFan

    dammit! NBC Cancel Chicago Fire and give SVU that slot again. That was a GREAT epiosde last night!

    Nashville- noooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Park Ave and Nashville need to switch-ASAP!

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