Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The Middle', 'Guys With Kids', 'Criminal Minds', & 'Law and Order: SVU' Adjusted Up + World Series Game 1 Final Numbers

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October 25th, 2012


The Middle, Guys With Kids, Criminal Minds, and Law and Order: SVU were each adjusted up a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Wednesday broadcast ratings. Game 1 of the 2012 World Series also notched a 3.6, up four tenths from the preliminaries. For comparison, last year's World Series Game 1 earned a a 4.2 A18-49 rating and 14.17 million viewers from 8-11:13p on October 19, 2011


Final broadcast primetime 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 (8p-11:37p) 3.6 10 12.24
CBS Survivor: Philippines 2.8 8 10.23
ABC The Middle 2.6 8 8.80
NBC Animal Practice 1.2 4 3.68
CW Arrow 1.1 3 3.51
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 2.0 6 6.96
NBC Guys With Kids 1.4 4 3.84
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 4.9 13 12.52
CBS Criminal Minds 3.1 8 11.61
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.9 5 6.77
CW Supernatural 0.7 2 1.86
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.7 7 7.37
10:00PM CBS CSI 2.4 6 9.95
ABC Nashville 2.0 6 6.54
NBC Chicago Fire 1.8 5 6.42



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


    Nice to see upticks spread evenly across the Nets

    FOX finally scores decent ratings w/ baseball–World Series (finally) but still off from last year

    Smart move moving the playoffs to cable

  • IceCreamSunday


    “At least the CW wasn’t adjusted down. I was hoping for an upward adjustment! BTW SPN haters, the episode was great. In order to keep a show running for several seasons, attracting new viewers, you should find new ways of storytelling and different approaches to these kind of episodes.”

    Get real! It was an hour of melodramatic nonsense with no purpose. And look how well it attracted those new viewers! You don’t have to be a hater to see this was a low point for the show creatively.

  • Ultima

    Also, I think baseball will be completely on cable soon because they will not recover in the coming years and have a ratings surge so I doubt FOX wants to continue forking over the cash.

    FOX Sports just signed a new contract with MLB that will keep the World Series on FOX until at least 2022.

  • The End


    Because most fans seem to congregate on twitter to talk about the latest shows. Or on Facebook. Infact you have fans aiming TVbythenumbers stuff at actors/actresses and some even retweeting press releases posted on here.

    Social media is the new hype machine.

    I had to laugh at some quoting the fan excuse bingo at fans on twitter. Some of the stuff said was gold.

  • Bee

    i wonder if ABC will order more episodes for nashville now or wait another week. they have to order more episodes of at least one of the 3 dramas right? and so far, nash is doing the best.

  • Martyman

    Good for Criminal Minds. Show was great last night.

  • luisl

    Last night Supernatural episode was great. Get over it Sam and Dean fanboys/girls.

  • Jess

    I hope the 3 hormonal teens didn’t kill my show.
    SPN writers need a pimp slap for that one. Better hope they bounce back next week.

  • rob60990

    ABC didn’t get much of a boost with Halloween episodes of their comedies like they had in the previous 2 years. Shame MF did not adjust up to a 5. Suburgatory looks weak airing after MF and only doing a tenth better than The Middle. It seems like the MF audience has almost no interest in the show after it. The Neighbors is doing alright but ABC needs to move Suburgatory back there. Glad for ABC’s sake that Nashville was stable.

    I watched Guys With Kids last night and I must say this show is kinda funny for an NBC comedy. L&O:SVU & Chicago Fire did ok for NBC’s low standards on this night. Too bad there’s no better timeslot for Chicago Fire.

    I’m not surprised there isn’t much interest in the World Series this year.

  • Mickey


    BTW SPN haters, the episode was great. In order to keep a show running for several seasons, attracting new viewers, you should find new ways of storytelling and different approaches to these kind of episodes.

    Precisely, and I absolutely loved it when they did the found footage approach with Ghostfacers back four years ago in season 3 before found footage became such an overdone thing.

    Also, I’m entitled to not like one episode out of 153 without being labeled a “hater.”

  • Brandy

    The neighbors is beating Happy Endings??? Wow

  • SarahL

    The Neighbors held steady. Yay! Like Modern Family, it is a combination of funny and sweet The alien and human families are only superficially different. Underneath they are all quirky and quite adore their spouses and children and they have begun to love their strange neighbors.

  • eridapo

    Time Program (Network) HH/Shr A25-54
    8:00 Survivor: Philippines (CBS) ….. 6.4/10 4.0/10
    The Middle (ABC) ……………. 5.4/ 9 3.2/ 8
    World Series Pregame (Fox) …… 3.2/ 6 1.8/ 6
    Animal Practice (NBC) ……….. 2.5/ 4 1.4/ 4
    Arrow (CW) …………………. 2.3/ 4 1.3/ 3
    8:03 World Series Game 1: DET/SF (Fox) 7.6/12 4.3/11
    8:30 The Neighbors (ABC) …………. 4.4/ 7 2.6/ 6
    Guys with Kids (NBC) ………… 2.6/ 4 1.6/ 4
    9:00 Modern Family (ABC) …………. 7.6/12 5.8/13
    Criminal Minds (CBS) ………… 7.3/11 3.9/ 9
    Law & Order: SVU (NBC) ………. 4.6/ 7 2.4/ 5
    Supernatural (CW) …………… 1.3/ 2 0.8/ 2
    9:31 Suburgatory (ABC) …………… 4.7/ 7 3.3/ 7
    10:00 CSI: (CBS) …………………. 6.5/11 3.1/ 7
    Nashville (ABC) …………….. 4.5/ 7 2.5/ 6
    Chicago Fire (NBC) ………….. 4.3/ 7 2.3/ 6

  • jay

    That is the lowest game 1 rating ever, right? I doubt Bill and Robert care since the Giants won.

  • Ryan

    Criminal Minds is crazy steady; which is good to see.

  • Michael

    Isn’t Nashville performing similarly to Revenge (first season)?

  • were123

    Yess!!!! Really happy for The Middle! It’s slowly growing in the ratings :D!

  • gary m

    Bee, it’s old geezers like me who like us some CSI, Mentalist, Blue Bloods etc., and object to the attention the 18-49 kids get. Just wait, as our numbers get larger, they’ll be going after the 55-99 demo, and adult diaper ads will fill the airways! Btw, what is this CW u kids speak of?

  • Mickey


    Last night Supernatural episode was great. Get over it Sam and Dean fanboys/girls.

    My issue was not with the lack of Sam and Dean. I knew going in there would be very little Sam and Dean and was fully expecting to like it anyway. Proof, here’s what I tweeted before the ep aired:

    “I’m watching Supernatural. Sounds like a good one, written by Robbie Thompson!”


    I didn’t like it because the bad camera work and the melodrama were overdone to the point of being really irritating. I actually changed the channel a couple of times.

    Found footage is really polarizing: some people love it, some people hate it. I find it can easily totally get in the way of my enjoying the story, because it can be really annoying and distracting, and it can be hard to see and hear what’s going on, and it can actually make me feel woozy.

    So get over it yourself, and don’t presume to know why other people didn’t like something.

  • rob60990

    “Isn’t Nashville performing similarly to Revenge (first season)?”

    Revenge only fell to a 2.0 once towards the end of the season. Last fall it was in the mid to high 2s.

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