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.

  • Bobby

    Heyo everybody. I’m kinda new here and I was just wondering a few things….like I know about the 18-49 demo and the ratings system but what does it mean when a show is ‘adjusted up’ or ‘adjusted down’?

  • Baaa!

    I know people on here keep wanting to put Suburgatory on after The Middle and Modern Family so it may do better, but I really like where it is. Its a tad more teen/adult themed than The Middle and Modern Family and we have young kids. It seemed like an odd shift from young kid safe The Middle to teen/adult humor Suburgatory to a bit more adult but usually young kid safe Modern Family. That said since we caught up story wise with Suburgatory it became one of our favorite shows for my wife and I.Just to many awkward moments and questions of why is that funny daddy? Aaahhhh……

  • DougF


    1.3 Arrow
    0.8 Supernatural

  • Baaa!

    Same with 30 Rock the later the better for me.

  • IceCreamSunday

    So did the half hour 18-49 / total viewers get posted for SPN & Arrow or not?

  • KS

    @ Mickey

    (which was not a normal Supernatural episode) had more to do with it

    How is it even possible that a bad episode will get low ratings? Quality of episode X for any series, would probably affect the ratings of the next episode. And I really doubt, how many viewers would really enquire about the episode before it is aired on TV.

    Half hour breakdown of ratings show that the show has been steady for both the half hours. So, this proves the point that viewers did not switch off the TV in the middle of the episode.

  • DougF



    2.06 9pm
    1.74 9:30pm

    320k drop. people switched off.

  • Tessa


    Looks like all Arrow’s fans have checked out Supernatural now and are not interested in seeing it again. Back to what it was doing last year, not that that’s so bad by CW standards.

    Didn’t you post the exact same thing last week? Are you going to post it again next week? Parrot it until it becomes a fact?

    FYI Arrow fell too, which means the World Series had an effect on both shows so you might want to type that into your brain and update the message before you post it again.

  • KS


    I attribute that drop to ARROW viewers watching a few minutes of Supernatural. I think this may happen quite often from now on till the end of the season. Not the episode.

    But the demo was study, based on Robert’s number posted on the other thread.

  • Serial Rocker

    Regarding this week’s Supernatural, I admit it isn’t going to go ever make it onto my top fifty SPN episodes of all time, but it was nowhere near as bad as some people are making out. The three characters that made up the core of the story were interesting enough to hold my attention, helped in part by the fact that the girl was pretty damn hot, and the handheld camera style of filming didn’t put me off watching at all. I barely even noticed it after a while. Wasn’t as well used as the Ghostfacers episode though.

    The X-Files was another show that focused largely on just two cast members and it was also known for occasionally going with an episode told from the perspective of the guest characters. The one with the shark boy was a particular favourite of mine and it barely even featured Mulder and Scully. After eight seasons I can appreciate that Jared and Jensen might request the odd Winchester-lite episode, and I’m okay with that. I admit a Bobby or Castiel story migh have been a more popular way to go, but given where we are in the story right now, that wasn’t an option.

    Can only imagine the outcry if they’d gone with a Benny-centric episode! ;)

    All that said, disappointing numbers but given how fickle some of the fanbase can be for turning off as soon as they aren’t getting exactly what they want rather than support the overall success of the show, I’m not surprised.

  • Joe


    Stop making excuses your show was down because of the World Series. No other shows were down because of the World Series. And there were other male type shows on wed night. Enough with the excuses. Shows have to go against football which does so much better than the World Series. Sports don’t effect ratings for regular shows.

  • Mike3

    Lowest ratings ever for game 1 of WS with 12.24 million viewers.. The previous record was 2006, between the Cardinals and Tigers which drew 12.80 million. But, the 2006 game 1 started on Saturday. That’s the lowest rating day for WS. Game 2 of 2006 drew over 18 million. Basically this game 1 rating on a Wednesday is nothing short of horrendous.

  • Ram510

    They should just move both Neighbors and Suburgatory to Fridays, and revive TGIF, put Happy Endings and Apt 23 back on Wednesday and Last Resort Tuesday at 9

  • Kavyn

    Did anyone else notice that SPN loses half of Arrow’s total viewers? Bad episode or not, that’s not good.

  • Sarasota Slim

    Please put Supernatural out of its misery. The story is like a dying horse that needs to be put out of its misery (imo).

  • Mike3

    And don’t even get me started on that pathetic 3.6 demo. NBA’s game 1 had like a 7.0.

    4NHL(currently in a lockout)

    So at least MLB doesn’t have to worry about dropping below the NHL.

  • Serial Rocker


    “Sports don’t effect ratings for regular shows.”

    That’s kind of a silly thing to say. If there happens to be a sporting event on that I want to watch at the same time as one of my shows, I’ll watch the sport live and then catch up with the show in question the day after. A lot of my friends choose to do exactly the same thing, as I imagine do many other people.

    As such, sports do make a difference to potential ratings. How could they not?

  • KS

    @Serial Rocker

    Completely agree with you. And from the past experiences I can say, Supernatural fandom is always on a mission to hate and drive the hot chicks out of the show. Best examples are Bela and Ruby.

    Waiting to see more of Benny and what has actually happened in the purgatory rather than the nonsensical romance that happened in first two episodes. I am not at all liking purgatory though. Not even 10% of what I though it would be.

  • DougF


    Look at the previous 3 episode half hour drop offs for Supernatural

    10/17- 10k
    10/10- 80k
    10/3- 220k (my guess is mostly people watching the first 10-15 minutes while catching the rest on DVR and then switching to the debate)

    So I don’t think you can attribute it to Arrow’s viewers switching. Because that wasn’t the case the last two weeks. Supernatural held its viewers for the hour pretty good.

    320k drop off is basically 60-70 Nielsen households switching off. With this episode I could see that. Especially midway through when the two lead actors have been in a total of 3 scenes for a combined 4 minutes

  • Chris

    Suburgatory and The Neighbors would be great for Fridays but I like where they are now. The only puzzling thing about ABC’s schedule is that Family Tools show which won’t debut until midseason with How To Live on Tuesdays. Family Tools, although single cam, doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of the schedule for that day. Family Tools could go to Friday after Last Man Standing and see how it does if they ever do expand the TGIF block. The way I see it now though is that it’s meant to die on tuesdays because the compatibility with Happy Endings, Apt.23 and How To Live just isn’t there.

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