TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Arrow' & 'Supernatural' Down, 'Animal Practice', 'Law & Order', 'Modern Family' & 'Chicago Fire' Up + World Series

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October 25th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.2/9 2.7/7 2.7/7 1.6/4 1.5/4 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.8/9 1.6/5 2.2/7 1.2/4 1.4/4 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 10.993 10.495 8.089 5.598 3.709 2.684

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for FOX (World Series) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.

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

On FOX, Game 1 of the World Series earned a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, but will probably be adjusted in the finals.

On CBS, Survivor: Philippines was even with last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds scored a 3.0 down from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. CSI earned a 2.4, up a tenth from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Middle was even with last week's 2.5 18-49 rating.  The Neighbors earned a 2.0 up a tenth from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating Modern Family notched a 4.9, up two tenths from last week's 4.7 among adults 18-49. Suburgatory earned a 2.7, down a tenth from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville was flat with last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC Animal Practice earned a 1.2, up a tenth from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Guys With Kids scored a 1.3, down a tenth from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Law and Order: SVU earned a 1.8, up two tenths from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Chicago Fire earned a 1.8, up three tenths from last week's 1.5 among adults 18-49.

On the CW, Arrow scored a 1.1, down two tenths from last week's 1.3 among adults 18-49. Supernatural earned a 0.7, down three tenths from last week's 1.0.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, October 24, 2012:


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX 2012 World Series -Live 3.2 9 10.993
CBS Survivor: Philippines 2.8 8 10.138
ABC The Middle 2.5 8 8.608
NBC Animal Practice 1.2 4 3.8
CW Arrow 1.1 3 3.47
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 2.0 6 6.869
NBC Guys With Kids 1.3 4 3.832
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 4.9 13 12.461
CBS Criminal Minds 3.0 8 11.505
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.8 5 6.682
CW Supernatural 0.7 2 1.898
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.7 7 7.447
10:00PM CBS CSI 2.4 6 9.841
ABC Nashville 2.0 6 6.575
NBC Chicago Fire 1.8 5 6.297
In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night: 

*	In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 4.0/10; CBS's "Late Show with David
Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/8; and "Jimmy
Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.  

*	In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results
were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.3/6; "Late Show," 0.7/4;
"Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

*	At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.9/7 in
metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
Ferguson" (1.3/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

*	At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in
metered-market households with an encore 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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  • cass rowland

    i love the neighbors on abc

  • Nicole


  • Anon

    @ HGFM

    You forget that there are those who watch via DVR. And they see on Saturday. Excuse me, but I know you hate SVU. And hates Mariska Hargitay. So sick and almost irrational. Meanwhile I keep watching SVU.

  • Bob

    I took a stab at Arrow and it got its point across. Liked it.

  • Tony JJ

    I do think Middle/Suburgatory made for a perfect comedy hour (especially in the ratings and retention), but ABC wanted it to grow more and I don’t blame them for moving it to the post MF slot. and these numbers are good, while they are lower than the beginning of last season when it was at 8:30, they can’t expect something to grow overnight, especially considering it is WAY up from the end of last season. So ABC should let Suburgatory grow and not freak out. Yes it should be doing at least a 3.0, but a 2.7 is still good and maybe in a few weeks we’ll see a 3.0.

  • Mr Mumble

    “Guys with Kids” is near death. I’d say there’s a 30% chance of a back-nine and 5% of renewal at this point.

    Community’s worst performance versus the world series (+ other harder competition such as TBBT) was a 1.4 this time last year. Of course, “Guys with Kids” isn’t nearing syndication and doesn’t have the rabid viewership or critical acclaim of Community. “Guys with Kids’” viewing numbers still haven’t stabilized and will likely fall relative to mature shows such as 30 Rock (already ending) or Up All Night (which most don’t think will get a back nine).

  • GARY

    NASHVILLE is a real down home soap opera
    flawlessly executed. No secret agencies,
    no supernatural beings, no governmental conspirisies;
    just pure suds!

    And kudos for NEIGHBORS!

  • Mickey


    Sorry, I was unclear. I mean the general direction of Sam this year is very controversial. I don’t like it much and I have heard a lot of dissension in the ranks as people are very uncomfortable with Sam not looking for Dean. Not with Sam going for normal, but completely abandoning Dean. I’m giving them the entire season to have this make sense, but I am becoming more and more disengaged the longer the we’re not going to look at why Sam did what he did goes on. It’s making me very antsy.

    I am completely with you on that. I’m having a really hard time with Sam’s storyline too. I’m actually considering DVRing the show, then asking around at the end of the season to see if there’s a reason I can live with. (I thought you meant some specific character development in Bitten, which is why I thought I had missed something.)

    Dean never said Cas was dead. He said he didn’t make it. In The End 2014 Dean told our Dean that Sam didn’t make it, but Sam wasn’t dead, just had said yes to Lucifer and was presumably trapped in his body with Lucifer in control. I’m from the school of if you don’t see the body, they aren’t dead and on Supernatural even if you see the body, they can come back.

    I agree that Cas is not necessarily dead. I just meant now Cas fans can’t relax after two seasons of worry, they have to worry again.

    This is the actual exchange. There is a bit of ambiguity, but Carver’s writing does strongly suggest Cas is dead.

    So Cas is dead? You saw him die?

    I saw enough.

    So, then what, you’re not sure?

    [turning back to SAM] I said I saw enough, Sam.

  • Mickey


    Hey Supernatural fans! If you want your show to last 10 seasons they have to try new things here and there. It was an experiment and it did not work and now they know. I mean you want fresh ideas and that was one of them. I am a Supernatural fan by the way just so you know.

    Very true! But for them to know it did not work we have to tell them. That’s what complaining on the internet is for. ;)

  • Tim

    I hope The Neighbors gets a full season…they can keep the entire Wednesday comedy lineup for this TV season, its working perfectly. The Neighbors could have a great home in between TM and MF for the rest of the season.

  • Gideon

    Rumor says if ‘Chicago Fire’ doesn’t produce a major growth in the ratings by episode 5 or 6, NBC’s gonna give it the rip, same goes to ‘Guys With Kids’.

    I think ‘Chicago Fire’ would be a thriller drama if:

    1.) It wasn’t on NBC.
    2.) It wasn’t created/produced by Dick Wolf – he keeps the L&O formula on the brains, I can tell.
    3.) ‘Chicago Fire’ needs a better concept than “drama.”

    ‘Chicago Fire’ is a misrepresentation of the actual Chicago Fire Department, notice Chicago FD hasn’t backed the series yet the way NYPD stands behind the L&O brand.

    SVU isn’t going anywhere, currently #2 NBC drama, under Revolution.

  • DaxJackson

    Arrow is still doing well, surprising.

    Although it’s been cancelled I’m still watching Animal Practice, it’s become some what of a guilty pleasure. Yeah it’s bad but in a good way, plus ‘Crystal the monkey’is in it and she’s amazing.

  • Ryann

    I really enjoyed supernatural, it tried something new by showing us the people who go from normal to a supernatural being, it was good seeing their perspective. Yes their was a huge lack of Sam and Dean but actually watching an episode that showed us other people and how they become and cope with the changes they are going through was really interesting and i thought the episode did very well.
    Shame it dropped that low but i hope it gets adjusted up.
    Arrow and Nashville also doing well, hope arrow stays above 1.0 and Nashville around 2.2 for next week

  • Maria

    @Anon The advertisers don’t care that people watch on DVR, those people don’t watch the ads. At the end of the day it is the popularity of the show that influences the money the advertisers are willing to pay. This decides whether the show stays on the air or not. NBC will not keep on a show that costs more to produce that it can collect on advertising. From the state of their reducing “big-name” guest stars and the fact that they don’t have regular ADA’s, and that actors like Tamara Tunie have the roles being diminished it certainly looks like the budget has been reduced significantly.

  • Mark

    Arrow a boring show with an ‘actor all brawn and no skill (piece of wood). Canadian actor mediocre!

  • jay

    Arrow is doing good enough to be renewed easily but, this was the show that had to be legit for the CW. It was suppose to be doing close to 2.0. This isn’t good enough at all.

  • class of fitness

    What format. Supernatural was doing this kind of episode, in its early seasons? it’s just wasn’t a good paced episode thats all.

  • toadytoady

    Good. If budget is reduced they are interested in keeping it.
    Interesting point about Chicago fire department,Gideon.
    If they drop one to keep the other it will be cutting their nose off to spite their face…I think…SVU fans will be in fury,like Mothership fans.

  • IceCreamSunday


    So nice of you to point out that Steve Amell is from Canada while you slated his acting ability. Why did you find that necessary?

  • POI

    I actually enjoyed Supernatural’s episode but happy that its a one time thing and things are back to normal next week, also i dont see why fans are complaining its just one episode and it wasnt as bad as the previous 2 seasons which were mostly horrible in my point of view, sam wasnt sam and dean wasnt dean and that is worse than not see the brothers for most of the episode in my opinion.

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