TV Ratings Wednesday: 'The Voice' Takes a Wednesday Hit, 'X Factor' Dips, + 'Chicago Fire', 'Survivor', 'Suburgatory', 'Modern Family' & 'Arrow' Up

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November 8th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.2/9 2.8/7 2.7/7 2.6/7 1.5/4 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.7/8 2.1/6 1.6/5 2.5/8 1.5/4 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 9.300 8.006 10.864 6.993 3.574 3.005

NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On NBC, The Voice, with a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating was way down from last Tuesday's 4.6 rating.  But, it was airing out of pattern on a new night--it doesn't usually air Wednesdays, but due to the election it did. Despite the new day dip, it boosted Chicago Fire by 27% to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating versus last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. The Voice also propelled NBC to its first in-season Wednesday win in 18-49 with non-sports programming since Christmas Eve 2008.

On FOX, X Factor earned a 2.6, down a tenth from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Middle scored a 2.8, up two tenths  from its last original's 2.6 adults 18-4 rating.  The Neighbors earned a 2.1, also up two tenths  from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Modern Family notched a 4.7, way up from last week's 4.2 adults 18-49 rating. Suburgatory earned a 2.9, half a full ratings point up from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville garnered a 2.0, up two tenths from last week's series low 1.8 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Survivor: Philippines scored a  2.7, up two tenths from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds garnered a 3.0, up a tenth from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. CSI earned 2.3, down a tenth from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Arrow scored a 1.3, up three tenths from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating and it's best-since-premiere rating. Supernatural earned an 1.0, up two tenths from last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, November 7, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 3.7 10 10.41
ABC The Middle 2.8 8 9.11
CBS Survivor: Philippines 2.7 7 10.25
FOX The X Factor (8-10 PM) 2.6 7 6.99
CW Arrow 1.3 4 3.69
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 2.1 6 6.98
9:00 PM ABC Modern Family 4.7 12 12.287
CBS Criminal Minds 3.0 8 12.03
CW Supernatural 1.0 2 2.31
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.9 7 7.64
10:00PM CBS CSI 2.3 6 10.31
NBC Chicago Fire 2.3 6 7.09
ABC Nashville 2.0 5 6.01


via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night  (the New York market is
excluded from these averages): 

*	In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/8; CBS's "Late Show with David
Letterman," 2.9/8; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; 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," 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.8/4;
"Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.

*	At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/6 in
metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig
Ferguson" (1.5/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late
Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).

*	At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/5 in
metered-market households and a 0.5/4 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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  • hammard

    It’s hard to judge trajectory for Arrow. It stayed at a 1.3 for the first 2 episodes, then fell to a 1.1 opposite baseball, then a 1.0 on Halloween, then back up to a 1.3 now. Next week will be the best judge as the shows are back to a normal schedule again.

  • Freddy Arrow

    @Nikita vs. Arrow

    “Flops are shows that are hyped to do well and fall flat on their face. Nashville was predicted to be ABC next breakout hit and outperform Revenge in that slot and it never did.”

    Expecting a soap opera about country music performers to be a breakout hit shows a problem with the people with those expectations, not the show itself.

  • Love Me for Me

    They will definitely move “Nashville” on mid-season.
    Sundays after “REVENGE” would be PERFECT.

  • Katy

    I got a bad feeling about Glee’s return tonight :(

  • Dóchas

    @KS, sadly I agree with you even though I still hold out hope. The boys had 7 years of angst. They didn’t need any more reason’s.
    @Mickey, I think Carver needs to step up and step big. This angst is not and was not needed. I love the show and have remained loyal through all the transitions but just as I didn’t agree with everything Kripke, I didn’t agree with everything Gamble. I certainly don’t agree with all things Carver. Even through all of that, there are only a few episodes that I hate and will never watch again. The show as a whole is what I love.
    I visited the SPNtv site today and it really struck me how the low the site has fallen. Just a few years ago there would be hundreds of comments per episode already but today they’re lucky to break a hundred. IMO it has every thing to do with the separation of fandoms. Team Dean vs Team Sam. I’m Team Winchester.
    Off my soap box. Didn’t mean to hijack a ratings thread, lol.

  • Geraldo

    Omabin, what are you talking about everybody had a good night? X Factor still got a solid demo performance.

  • James

    I dont get why Simon Cowell went to USA to start a new X factor because when he left the UK the ratings were very high and now his USA version is failing and so i the UK. Simon come back to UK!

  • bluejay72

    @ RyanCanada

    FLOP FACTOR is about the performers????
    HAHAHA!!! It’s about the judges who take more viewing time than the actual contestants!

    FLOP FACTOR is exaggeratedly over-produced plus you have Britney (overpaid) who doesn’t make any sense on her comments! She needs a scriptwriter! Demi (who is younger) even makes more sense than her.

    FLOP FACTOR is everything SUPERFICIAL as SUPERFICIAL as the co-called “judges”!

  • Geraldo

    Mob Doctor is not a flop me and many others expected it to be one of the first shows cancelled.

    I can see why Nashville gets the flop status as it was expected to do way better than this and not lose to Chicago Fire this early. Even before this week Chicago Fire was right on its back and I didn’t expect that.

  • vcoolwater


    Except Nashville is not a flop. It not doing well as people expected. But it is doing decently. Chicago Fire is not a hit either just doing better than expected.

  • tv log

    ABC ! Look at NBC! Its singing show which is copied X Factor can beat the original show! Why The Glass House could not do it last summer! CBS! May be you right! But you should be sued of Elementary! World Copying Network! Nothing is originated in Hollywood!

  • Serial Rocker

    I’m no fan of X Factor or any of the singing competition shows but I have to agree that Simon Cowell has really messed up! The UK show has been failing ever since he left. How often is the Beeb managing to beat ITV these days? Add that to the mediocre ratings of the US version and he can’t be thinking that this has been a successful venture.

    While X Factor remained a reasonably well executed UK alternative to American Idol it was doing just fine. Now it’s almost working against itself, in the sense of Simon having to stretch himself too thinly to make them both worthy television shows, and it’s obvious this season that it’s failing. Should have stuck to what was already working, Simon.

  • julie

    Yes!! So happy for Arrow & Chicago Fire they are both really great shows. Arrows is the best New show this season

  • Ryan

    X-Factor matching Family Guy? Yikes. Fox has major work to do for next year

  • Geraldo

    vcoolwater, Nashville probably isn’t a flop as its just underperforming and I think the same goes for X Factor. It’s not a flop either those are some healthy numbers but its just not the big blockbuster hit Simon projected it to be. I agree Chicago Fire is not a hit but like you said its doing better than expected.

    I stand by my stance that nothing that was predicted to be cancelled in the first place is a flop. If it was then I would’ve agreed with you guys on that.

  • mike

    Happy for the middle its my favorite show. I really wonder how it would do with some awards attention. The kids are the best part of the show especially Sue. TBBT and MF have been kind of hit or miss but besides the premiere every episode has been hilarious of the middle. Funny how Jane Kazmerick was on last night and the show sort of reminds me of Malcolm in the middle.

    I love Demi Lavoto but she should just be a judge, she has a serious contender in Jenell, but Janell needs to not listen to her. I always thought of Paige and CeCe has cannon fodder but I think they are safe this week Jason is going bye bye. I love all the groups.

  • LisaNeedsBraces

    If Chicago Fire can sustain a rating like that over the next couple of weeks, it will definitely be the comeback kid of this season.

  • Wright

    Great news for SPN and Arrow. I don’t really care about the Amelia storyline, but I still LOVE the show. Dean’s great as always. Can’t wait for next weeks episode with Cas and I would like to see more of Benny too.

  • vcoolwater


    Considering they are attracting first time viewers due to Voice. I am considering this episode same as a premiere.

  • TV Show Addict

    I’m very happy about Arrow and Chicago Fire, I love both shows very much. Not really concerned about the other shows.

    XFactor came in 4th in their timeslot? Ouch!

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