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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  • hemsagar

    I guess the world series stole viewers from all the shows. But Arrow has retained the number of viewers, but the adult viewers tuned in to the football.

  • vcoolwater

    NBC just order five more scripts for Chicago Fire. I guess the increase in ratings encouraged them. But it doesn’t seem like they care about this show.

  • Mickey


    I disagree. I loved seasons 6 and 7, and it is this season that Sam is acting OOC.

    People will always complain about an episode they hated. If you can’t complain about an episode because it’s just one episode, nobody would ever be able to discuss episodes. Furthermore, a lot of people aren’t happy with Carver’s showrunning in general, so it’s more than just one episode. It’s symptom of a bigger problem.

    Found footage is extremely polarizing, so a lot of people hated it. More than that, I think it’s indicative of Carver’s decision-making capabilities as a showrunner. It’s well known a lot of people can’t stand found footage, yet he paired it with the first ep in the series history that had almost no Sam and Dean, and no other regular characters. Like I said earlier, it was already going to be a tough sell without giving half of us motion sickness.

  • Ram510

    Did anybody else have the first 15 minutes if Arrow with no Audio? That’s what happened out here in Seattle

  • Bri


    “Is Chicago Fire stable? The fact that it relies on Law & Order ratings is troublesome. What happens if it get paired up with a show that has really low ratings?”

    Good point, I appreciate that CF isn’t going down at the half hour and had the same ratings as SVU but with all the money thrown at that show a 1.8 and a 6.2 million viewers is dissapointing.

    “Plus this was 300th episode for SVU. The ratings will go down for both shows.”


  • Sophia


    I don’t really see how Arrow would have magically scored such a high demo. It’s a CW show, plain and simple. And, as far as the network, it’s performing fantastically. It’s premiered big (for the network) and has stabilised very well.

  • Bob

    Dang CSI the only CBS super show to not hit 10 million viewers. I know that doesn’t matter but it is something that CBS should brag about….NBC has 3 million viewers on average whereas CBS has over 10 million and in some cases 20 million.

  • Anon

    Everything is relative and proportional. 1.8 for NBC is excellent. And SVU repeats very well on Saturday. In my country the series is the second view.


  • michael

    You know what irritated me a bit last night? Thankfully I dvr’d both programs, but on nbc it said that Chicago Fire would be on before Law & Order SVU. So when Law & Order SVU was on the channel would come up Chicago Fire and vice versa.

  • Anon

    @ Maria

    Everything is relative and proportional. 1.8 for NBC is excellent. And SVU repeats very well on Saturday. In my country the series is the second view.

  • Jay

    Glad to see Chicago Fire get five more scripts. A total back nine virtually guaranteed. Hope it keeps rising. Love the writing and the actors. Gets better and better.

  • Givens

    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?

    Because he is incapable of critiquing the show intelligently. What do you expect from somebody who’s unfamiliar with verbs?

  • dnateharmonTV

    Criminal Minds did okay numbers wise. I remember when it was getting 14 & 15 million viewers an episode. I think next season will be it’s last season. They need to get rid of the “Alex Blake” character…I mean really? Take away Dr. Reid’s specialty? No. They also need to bring back the old writers. Or get someone like Jerry Stahl or David Rambo to write. Make the crimes a little more complex like season 2 & 3.

  • Mark

    Suburgatory had the best Halloween episode last night out of all the ABC comedies. The Middle barely had anything to do with Halloween. I wasn’t very impressed with Mod Fam, it’s hard to beat season 2’s Halloween episode. Maybe next year!

  • ILoveSitcoms

    Guys With Kids is in trouble. It’s in the weaker 1/2 hour and it tied its cancelled lead-in. Also it didn’t help that the last night’s episode was weak.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “1.8 for NBC is excellent.”

    A 1.8 for an NBC scripted show is *average*.

    That said, networks almost always renew their average rated shows. The only exception to that is one that L&OSVU fits, old, expensive shows, ala 24, House, Brothers & Sisters.

  • KS


    What if the episode format had been normal?

  • charmedcraft

    I hope SPN gets adjusted up, but last nights episode was HORIBBLE. I’ve been watching since the first episode, and last night for the first time I wanted to turn it off. I hope they don’t air anything like that again and I really hope it doesn’t turn off any new people that have been watching the show since the Arrow premier. SPN is way better that.

  • dendu

    I like Supnat, but 8×04 was the worst episode ever!

  • Vanessa S.

    I don’t think it was SPN’s worst episode ever. It had some very clever parts to it. However, I did miss seeing a bit more of Sam and Dean.

    I do think this season’s Sam is a little OOC and I’ve been mad at him for not looking for Dean at all, but I’m still enjoying the show very much.

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