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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  • Gaius Bolling

    hope nashville stays this steady. or goes up. love the show. not even a huge fan of country music but loving this show

  • alexjones

    arrow down a bit, but still doing decent, though it looks like TVD will go back to being the top rated CW show. supernatural down a bit as well, but if it holds there then it should be okay, considering the disaster that is happening with the rest of the CW’s lineup.


    Actually a pleasant surprise for all the major nets

    CBS maintains decent hold for entire sked

    ABC Middle & Nashville even w/ last week & MF up (Subg so-so)

    NBC 9-10 not bad, CW still OK w/ Arrow & SPN

  • Jay

    Nice jump for Chicago Fire. Getting better every week. Predict it will pass Nashville in a few weeks.

  • Tessa

    I agree with those who say that was the worst episode of SPN to date. The 0.3 were people who either couldn’t stand the jerky unprofessional camera work or the terrible teribble acting.

    Arrow to me delivered its best episode so far. Sad to see it go down. Maybe the shine is wearing off. But it’s at a point where the characters are finally coming into their own. I hope it rises next week.

  • Warren

    Am I right in thinking that Suburgatory is doing similar numbers to when it was behind the Middle? If so ABC could give the MF lead-in to something else, but I’d hate to see the show fall due to a move because it’s great. It held well from last week but then MF was up a bit so I’m not sure what was responsible.

    Hope MF adjusts up to a nice 5.0.
    Impressive rise for Chicago Fire, and matching SVU and NEARLY matching Parenthood makes it safe at the moment, it’s in line with NBC’s other ‘successful’ dramas bar Revolution which doesn’t count for obvious reasons.
    Nice hold for Nashville.

  • omabin

    I don’t think the night looks that positive. It’s quite sad the cw should went down, but i supposed it was bound to happen sooner rather than later. They will still both be renewed though, so it doesnt matter and it’s still good.
    Nashville staying steady is a good thing, but i dont really care for the show. And honestly, I love Scandal and Last Resort and I also like 666 so I would much rather see Nashville out, although I know everything points out to the other direction. Revenge is certainly ain’t though. Thhe comedies all did okay, and I expect a 5.0 for modern family in the ratings. neighbours is not dead yet. suburgatory could rise a bit though.
    Happy for the chicago fire rise. It’s amazing how much that holds from its lead-in. Its probably a big winner among retentionists. I think it deserves at least a once or twice voice exposure. If it can grab enough audience that allows it to establish itself around the 1.9, it will be renewed.
    CBS did quite solid. I think this is their most stable night of the week by far. I am amazed with how well CSI is performing.

  • Michael

    @Alexjones, TVD had a 1.6 for the season premiere, tied Arrow with a 1.3 (second episode)… It never left the top spot lol.

  • Daw Johnson

    Did I just read someone refer to The Neighbors as silly & “smart?”



    The show that repeated the line POO-Par 50 times in the pilot?

  • Mike

    I hope Nashville will stay steady for the next episodes. I love that show!

  • AustinGriffith

    10.9 for world series… That’s bad… I know that it will be adjusted up in the final ratings, but not enough to make those ratings good.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I thought the Supernatural episode wasn’t that bad – unless you’re obsessed with the boys, since they didn’t have much to do. The girl was hot. :-) The drop was pretty bad, though.

    Arrow’s drop isn’t good, but not entirely unexpected (it’s the CW, after all.)

    The one problem I had with the episode was they allowed Deadshot to actually be killed. They should have let him escape so they can use him again. In the comic, Deadshot simply isn’t that easy to kill. I hope that isn’t going to be the policy with Deathstroke, who’s even harder to kill.

    I’m also getting really bored with the whole Willow Holland story line. Frankly, I’d like them to kill her off. She is totally superfluous.

    Also we got to see a little of Black Canary in Dinah’s beat down, which was nice.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Whats the half hours for Arrow and SPN?

    for adults 18-49 it was 1.1, 1.1, 0.7, 0.7 so the same as the hourly ratings in this case.

  • DougF


    Combination of possiblethings here.

    1. The episode (I liked it but most people didn’t, so people could’ve tuned out)
    2. World Series (probably doesn’t hurt the W18-49, but def could hurt M18-49)
    3. Arrow was down also which could have had a slight effect

    But last week there were 2.13 million viewers. This week 1.89 preliminary. 240k down from last week. Seems like a great majority of the 240k were A18-49. Although a 3 point drop off for just 240k seems odd. But that is what Nielsen is saying.

  • s0303

    still good for arrow…supernatural is back to its friday numbers…

    why is nbc still showing animal practice…do they had nothing they can use as filler that will do better than a 1.1? might as well cancel gwk now that they have ruined its chances…

  • John A

    Looks like TVD will be No.1 this week as it should be on CW.

  • KIC

    Growing oddly fond of The Neighbors after hating first ep.

  • eridapo

    Survivor 2.6 9.80/ 2.9 10.47
    CM 3.0 11.37/ 3.1 11.64
    CSI 2.4 10.06/ 2.3 9.62

    LOSVU 1.7 6.11/ 1.9 7.25
    CF 1.8 6.22/ 1.8 6.37

    Arrow 1.1 3.42/ 1.1 3.52
    Supernatural .7 2.06/ .7 1.74

    Nashville 2.1 6.62/ 2.0 6.53

  • Mi

    I think Arrow and SPN also lost viewers to the World series game this week. Both these shows have higher male viewers percentage than well, most of the other shows that aired yesterday, and probably took a bigger hit because of it.

    Hopefully they’ll climb back up when Fox stops airing sports and goes back to the boring X-Factor Wednesdays..

  • Alan

    Damn Arrow! This show is starting to fall.

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