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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  • Jinjeon

    Is Neighbors any good? I stopped watching after pilot which was an absolute abomination.

  • Tony ^_^

    “Arrow” is still above a 1.0, so The CW must be happy with it. “Supernatural” went down but seems to have more viewers than last season…

    “The Neighbors” is really steady. If it stays steady until December, it will probably move to Tuesdays and replace “Happy Endings” or “Don’t Trust the B In Apt. 23″ (whichever one is lower) so that ABC can premiere one of their mid-season sitcoms after “Modern Family”.

  • Patrick Gillease

    “The Neighbors” has been more amusing than I thought it would be, but its retention from “The Middle” is worse than “Suburgatory” in that slot last year. I hate to say it, but ABC should cancel “The Neighbors” at these ratings levels, move “Suburgatory” back to 8:30, and either put “Happy Endings” or “The B in Apt 23″ back at 9:30 and just let their Wednesday lineup GROW for a while with a stable slate of comedies that isn’t changing every quarter!! Why does ABC feel the need to keep ordering comedies that work well enough on Wednesdays only to move them and keep ordering more new ones without the room to put them anywhere? It’s ludicrous!! Stop ordering comedies unless you’re going to bring back TGIF and just leave Wednesdays alone already. Jeez!!

  • Dan

    Chicago fire and Nashville both held on to their lead ins well. If they keep that up it should be enough for a full season renewal for both

  • Restless

    I almost turned Supernatural off yesterday because I didn’t realize, at first, that that was the episode. :P And also I really dislike the found video format hah. Not a great episode, but I like the idea of monsters being people too, and I’m all for Sam and Dean being less serial killer like and letting good monsters go every now and again. But there simply wasn’t enough outsider perspective on Sam/Dean/other familiar characters and/or some big aspect of the supernatural to make me really enjoy it. But it was definitely different, far as monsters of the week go, which in itself is really nice and awesome. Supernatural is fabulous when it comes to pushing the story telling boundaries.

  • Samunto

    When will ABC ever find a very compatible show to Modern Family that would retain most of the audience? I thought Surburgatory would do better there but it can’t even hold a 3.0

    I think Chicago is a show that would do very well if it had a bigger lead-in that what SVU is doing right now. I expect a full season renewal.

  • agnes

    Still not too bad for Arrow. I wish it did better though

  • DougF

    SPN overall viewers half hours


    People tuned out. But didn’t hurt the 18-49. With it being Halloween next week I expect Supernatural to rebound.

    Still the 0.7 will probably be good enough for 3rd this week. I can see Beauty and the Beast hitting a 0.6. Arrow was down 2 points from last week. Would not shock me if Beauty and the Beast was down a point or two either.

  • fra

    People who are claiming, that arrow STARTED TO FALL are ridicolous. It’s ORDINARY that a show lose 0.1-0.2 week after week, and regain something. There is no show in the world, which stay STABLE all the time.
    Also every show lose something in week 2 and especially week 3, but there are a lot of chances that it will grow next week too.

    It’s still a 1.0 + show, that in CW’s case, is a HUGE success.

  • jT

    “The Neighbors” is really steady. If it stays steady until December, it will probably move to Tuesdays and replace “Happy Endings” or “Don’t Trust the B In Apt. 23? (whichever one is lower) so that ABC can premiere one of their mid-season sitcoms after “Modern Family”.

    And damon waynes jr could return to new girl for season 3…they were smart for not recasting the character hahahaha


  • Greg

    Tonight everything seems great, but next week it will be a blood bath with Halloween.

  • TimsDale4ever

    I watched MF for the very first time last night. I really don’t get their high ratings — the show wasn’t the least bit funny to me or that appealing. ???

  • agnes

    Uhm Supernatural was great. I can’t believe how creative this show is. Loved it.

  • MDM

    Wow, a scary amount of Neighbors fans in here. I skipped it last night to watch the World Series between The Middle and Modern Family, which were great.

    Funny how Animal Practice gets close to the same viewership of GWK but GWK gets more episodes and the other gets canceled.(Thanks Jimmy)

  • DougF

    Also Arrow went up in overall viewers


    I really wouldn’t be surprised if there is an adjustment up for Arrow and possibly Supernatural

  • Arrow

    Go Arrow! :D

    Down Down Down Supernatural! :D

  • KS


    Can’t you just agree the fact that Supernatural’s fandom is too old to enjoy this episode?

    I honestly, liked episode better than the episodes, where we are bored to death learning the psychology of an angel.

    It has good moments like a guy actually got converted all by himself into a monster. It was scary too. I wouldn’t say its the fantastic episode but its an okay episode, better than a lot of crap last season.

  • jT

    @MDM that sounds like a great baseball game.

  • Mickey

    Supernatural deserves that drop and then some. Found footage is a very polarizing format because half of us find the (deliberately) bad and jerky camera work irritating and distracting, some people even feel carsick.

    I find it to be an impenetrable barrier between me and the story and characters. I’m spending so much effort just trying to see and hear what’s going on, and so much time being annoyed, I can’t get into the story nor care about the characters.

    I had never met an episode of Supernatural I didn’t like until last night. Honestly, I had to change the channel a couple of times because I couldn’t stand it. I had a hard time sitting through it till the end.

    It was a really bad decision on the part of showrunner Jeremy Carver to pair such a divisive and difficult format with an episode in which Sam and Dean barely make a cameo appearance, and none of the other recurring characters we love show up at all. It was going to be a tough sell even without giving half of us motion sickness.

    As much as I want the show to do well, I am glad Carver got a bad rating. I was worried the high ratings so far would give him the impression he’s going in the right direction and doing a great job. The Sam storyline is turning a lot of people off, and after giving the poor Cas fans some much-needed good news he would be in at least 8 episodes, he then announces Cas is dead again right off the bat and so far it looks like his appearance in those 8 episodes will be restricted to cameos in flashbacks.

    So Carver can take his lumps. He doesn’t seem to care what the fans like and don’t like, maybe he’ll care about the ratings. It’s too bad, because I loved the episodes he’d written in the past and I had such high hopes for him as showrunner. Goes to show a good episode writer does not always make for a good showrunner, and making bad decisions like pairing found footage with an episode without any of the regular characters is a case in point.

    Hey Carver, if you need to give Jensen and Jared some time off, do a Weekend at Bobby’s type episode where a beloved secondary character takes centre stage. Also, stop killing off all our beloved secondary characters, for the love of Chuck.


    It also went off on a character development that I personally don’t like and other viewers are expressing concern about.

    What character development was that? As I said earlier, I had a hard time getting past the bad visual and audio quality, so I completely missed that.

  • Tessa

    To those who say why people don’t like an episode of Supernatural that doesn’t feature Sam and Dean I say fine. Give me an episode with Castiel, Bobby, Benny, heck even Kevin and his mom. But don’t expect me to tune in to Supernatural and then give me an experimental student film with cliche story and bad acting.

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