Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Modern Family', 'Survivor', 'Animal Practice' Adjusted Up; 'CSI' Adjusted Down Plus Unscrambled FOX Ratings

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October 18th, 2012


Modern Family, Survivor, and Animal Practice were each adjusted up a tenth while CSI was adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Wednesday broadcast ratings.

The unscrambled ratings for last night's FOX programming are also below. This was the chronology that happened in the Eastern Time zone.

  • MLB Rain Delay Coverage (8-8:02pm)
  • BEN AND KATE repeat (8:02-8:32pm)
  • MLB Rain Delay Coverage (8:33-8:40pm)
  • THE X FACTOR (8:40-9:47pm)
  • THE MINDY PROJECT repeat (9:47-9:56pm)
  • NLCS Game 3 Conclusion (9:56-10:45pm)
Obviously the rain delay and forced return to baseball caused chaos and just crushed their ratings for the night. The data in the rating table is as much as we received.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Wednesday, October 17, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Philippines 2.8/8 10.43
ABC The Middle 2.5/8 8.39
CW Arrow 1.3/4 3.55
FOX Ben & Kate - R 1.2/4 3.46
NBC Animal Practice 1.1/3 3.85
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 1.9/6 6.53
NBC Guys With Kids 1.4/4 4.41
9:00 ABC Modern Family 4.7/12 12.28
CBS Criminal Minds 3.1/8 11.81
FOX The X Factor 2.3/6 6.34
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.6/4 6.25
CW Supernatural 1.0/3 2.13
9:30 ABC Suburgatory (Season Premiere) 2.8/7 7.54
FOX The Mindy Project - R 1.7/5 4.70
10:00 CBS CSI 2.3/7 10.63
ABC Nashville 2.0/6 6.74
NBC Chicago Fire 1.5/4 5.85



Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • silvit


    Seinfield is a case on its own. House for example doesn’t do that great. ER neither.. etc. etc.

    In general sit-coms do better. See the cable report for example.

  • Anna Clarkwood

    Are XF’s advertisers P’od @XF/FOX? Their ads did not get seen by the demo they paid for. I don’t think they wanted Ben & kate/Mindy Project demo #’s either. Is there any remedy in place if Tues proves to be a flop as well? And, what happens to the advertisers who paid for Tuesday Originals of the FOX Comedy Lineup? MLB’s 10PM viewers compared to 6PM (when the non-delayed game would have aired) probably isn’t that big of a deal and they also know Rain delays can happen. So, those advertisers aren’t that mad. And hey, 10PM are potentially ppl that weren’t watching in the afternoon due to being @ work etc.

    Does anyone think that Ben & Kate maybe even Mindy Project might get a few more viewers for normal time slot to have any effect?

    Does anyone know where the Normal XF viewers went? I don’t see much demo change overall Broadcast wise. Did they all switch the TV off or did they watch Seinfeld repeats on TBS or was their a bump in something else on Basic Cable?

  • Leondre

    SVU 300th episode on Wednesday 9/8c

  • matt

    if any show is in trouble, its chicago fire. nashville will be just fine for now

  • eridapo

    @ mayorofsmpleton

    I don’t expect hour dramas to generate Seinfeld or Friends like numbers in syndication. If we were to assume that they could only do 10% of Seinfeld’s intake, it would mean they could do over 270 Million in syndication. Think about that.

  • Holly


    I agree that Nashville is in better shape than Chicago right now, but Chicago also has a much lower threshold than Nashville because NBC has so few options. So I wouldn’t be horribly shocked if Chicago outlasted Nashville.

  • Petar Ivanov

    When will NBC get rid of these sitcoms and drama in wednesdays 8-10 and put there TBL? This is the right question. Cheaper with better ratings option. What a mess is NBC in wed/thursday.

  • Max Vrany

    If you have issues with FOX’s scheduling, take it up with @maskedscheduler and/or whoever/whatever you believe controls the weather. Don’t yell at the Cancellation Bear. He doesn’t control that.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Holly, its not the weather that’s the problem. Its showing programs not on the schedule and then going to regular programming, then stopping in the middle of an episode to show another program not on the schedule without explanation. Look at the start and stop times.”

    Based on your comments, I doubt you’ll understand this, but for others who might, Fox was dealing with an impossible situation.

    My understanding of the chronology goes like this, times approximate:

    8pm: MLB rain delay underway for a while already, game expected to resume at some point soon, let’s fill the air with something other than a rainy field (B&K repeat)

    8:30ish: Looks like the game is unlikely to resume today, OK, there’s enough time to go to X Factor, instead of blowing the entire night on repeats.

    9:45ish: Dammit MLB’s going to restart the game, put the damn game back on. In the process of switching back to the game, somehow a portion of a Mindy repeat went out on the Fox national feed instead.

    I find it hard to find any of these decisions at fault. Clearly, there was a fault in whoever managed the technical switchover to the game after 9:45pm, but nobody *meant* to do that.

  • Max Vrany

    @Bill, you’re response is more thorough, but I still like mine better. :mrgreen:

  • Mummy

    @ Remote Patrolled

    They were 2.9 last thursday so Max does have a point. I bet their rating next tuesday will again be somewhere in the 2’s. With Jill Jensen also gone from the competition they have lost a huge crowd favourite considering she has by far the most followers on Twitter of any X Factor contestant. Doesn’t bode well for their upcoming live shows. The 1st live show will probably see an increase on their ratings because some people will want to see how Khloe will do as a host, but after that I fear for the worst.

  • Austin Lauran

    Does anybody agree that ABC should get rid of all its non-cop and doctor dramas and non-laugh track sitcoms at the end of the season and replace them with cop shows and laugh track sitcoms for the 2013-2014 TV season?

  • AT Last

    @Bill – I appreciate your timeline but IMO Fox has worked with having the playoffs affect scheduling long enough to know the best decision was to go into repeats. I would rather “blow” the entire night than what they ended up doing by screwing up the show in both the US and Canada.

    Clearly, to me, and administrative decision that should have repercussions.


  • iowegian

    Yes I do understand that Bill. But they could have communicated to their viewers better in real time, this is the 21st century after all. Last night I had no idea what was going on. Most potential viewers obviously went elsewhere.

  • Alex

    With the bear enjoying some monkey stew this afternoon, guess it shows “adjusted up” isn’t synonymous with “avoiding the bear for another week”.

  • CrimTV


    ABC getting rid of their medical and non-cop dramas and single camera sitcoms for 2013-14. I DON’T THINK SO!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “With the bear enjoying some monkey stew this afternoon, guess it shows “adjusted up” isn’t synonymous with “avoiding the bear for another week”.”

    It never is, it just means “After washing, tumble drying and pressing the numbers, they turned out to be a bit different than we reported this morning”.

  • bsp

    Rooting for Nashville.

    Second ep of Chicago Fire (watched it online) was much better than the pilot, which I didn’t like. Not sure if it will get a chance to develop, but I did see some potential in last night’s episode.

  • Simon is a Cow

    The fact that X Factor was supposed to be Gone Till November (Wyclef), but is on again on tuesday.. the same day as The Voice makes me think that it was all staged. They did this last year as well so you would think they have learned from it, unless it’s all intentional..

  • Austin Lauran


    CBS has cop shows and laugh track sitcoms which tend to get higher ratings than most of ABC’s scripted shows . Obviously, the ABC execs can’t admit that CBS has better prime-time shows. If you were an ABC exec, which would you prefer: high-rated shows that are only cop shows or laugh-track sitcoms (CBS) or shows with lower ratings that aren’t always the same thing (ABC)?

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