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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  • X-Flopper

    The fact that the neighbors is almost scoring as many viewers as the X-Factor is sad! The Neighbors is a great show and I’m a steady viewer but for the X-Factor… dum, dum, dum… I blame FOX!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Robert’s half-hourly figues though suggest Arrow will retain its ratings. “

    For the 123498237409135th time, preliminary, rounded, half hour ratings in no way indicate likelihood of adjustment in the finals.

  • Mickey


    Oh..BTW, Supernatural half-hour ratings are 1.1/0.9. And there was a drop of 0.44 million audience and 2 tenths. I think this is a bigger drop than “Bitten”, which was the most hated show on message boards.

    This episode half hour ratings clearly proves that, the drop for Bitten is not because of the quality of the episode.

    Someone had checked, and the half hour drop for Bitten was bigger than for previous eps this season. Of course I’ll give you a chunk of the drop would’ve happened anyway.

    As for this week’s drop being as big as Bitten’s (17% and 16%), I wouldn’t be surprised if some viewers also tuned out of this episode because of the subject matter. I loved the first half hour, it felt like I had my show back, featuring all the things I love about it. And I hated the second half hour with all the chick flick flashbacks and the contrived melodramatic conflicts and mostly the horrible Sam storyline. I muted the TV a couple of times. So I wouldn’t be surprised if some people changed the channel.

    All I can tell is that, the writers don’t have ideas to bring up anymore issues between the brothers. So, they simply came up with this stupid idea of Sam not searching for Dean and they are going to bicker about this idiotic issue all through the season.

    I don’t understand some of the message board fans who blame Sam not the writers for what his character has done.

    I agree, the conflict is contrived instead or arising organically out of the story, and worse yet, so completely out of character it’s ridiculous. It’s like the whole Benny issue as well. All through the series, Sam has ALWAYS been the one who insisted supernatural creatures were not necessarily evil, through psychic kids, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, rugarus, kitsunes, you name it. And now he has such a big problem with Benny? It’s completely inconsistent.

  • BigBrotherFan

    I’m really happy NASHVILLE rose. DAMN PEOPLE its a great show give it a chance. At this rate ABC will likely favor NASHVILLE or 666 :( and LAST RESORT all THREE are great TV but I am happy if NASHVILLE gets the back 9.

    How pathetic for FOX, BRIT AND SIMON!!! HAHAHA!!! Looks like there is a clear winner between the two singing comps and the two female judges and I’m glad Christina came out on top because she is a great judge and much more talented. Spears is there for publicity and a paycheque! HOW DESPERATE is fox to renew this? LOL. Please keep it in the U.K this is just sad for all involved.

    I love Chicago Fire BUT I DO NOT WANT IT beating NASHVILLE. Its all good Hayden is great to look at/Briton is SUPERB in her role on NASHVILLE and TAYLOR is great in CHICAGO FIRE my only complant still stays with SPENCER who is dragging the show down with his wooden/one note acting!

    CAN THE NEIGHBOURS JUST DIE????? ABC wake up SUBERGATORY BACK TO 8 30 after the middle and HAPPY ENDINGS BACK TO 9:30PM where it did better holding on to the lead in. I’m not hating on SUB but really-its a much MUCH better fit with THE MIDDLE. Plus, I think 20-somethings LIKE ME would get into NASHVILLE and HAPPY ENDINGS could deliever this kind of audience better BASED ON LAST SEASON NUMBERS. HURRY UP ABC because it looks like you could lose us to FIRE!

    Good for ARROW but the lead is BEYOND awful however it’s totally mindless fun kind of show. Katie Cassidy shines in just about anything she’s in but damn has she aged since MELROSE we’re the same age but I thought she was atleast 30-something. Still stunning :)I can’t help but think she is not being used to her full potential. SHE OWNED MELROSE PLACE 2.0 and has range. That was pretty much her show and she held up WELL against HEATHER (a TV VET!).

    Great episode of SURVIVOR last night…PENNER WHAT THE HECK MAN?? ABI??LOL WORST DECISION EVER!!! Jeff was gettin on my nerves anyway but that PETE ha “ALPHA MALE” more like manipulative backstabbing TOKEN b!tch this season. MALCOM is great and ABI is utter jokes she looks like a sour puss cry baby everytime they show her! anyone else thinking LINDA BLAIR HERE? LOL Honestly…BI POLAR!!???

  • Hyper Ghost 92

    On Wednesdays, I usually watch X Factor, Arrow, Guys with Kids, Criminal Minds, SVU, and end the night with Chicago Fire and CSI.

    Starting next Wednesday that might change as Whitney is back so I might literally have my TV most of the time on NBC and just peaking in on the other shows and watching them later.


    I coulda sworn it was the 123498237409136th time

  • Justin121

    Emily Owens, M.D. is not a flop.

  • james

    Chicago Fire, 2.3 and 7 million Viewers .. !!! Awesome :) atleast it caught up to Nashvile … and its the same as the DVR numbers just off by 2 million Viewers …

  • BigBrotherFan

    NBC be smart to do THE VOICE @ 8pm next weekend and give WHINEY A BOOST with a special 1 hour premire @9pm. It could help that dead end 8pm slot they have on Wednesdays!

  • KS

    *Spoilers of Supernatural season 8 episode 7 below*


    Just checked the episode synopsis and promotional photos and now I know what you are excited about. :) And you know pretty well that, I don’t really care about the character, but I wish, the character’s screen time is limited but plays an extremely important role, which he did, not since season 5.

    I am more excited about Amanda Tapping than anything else. I hope she makes me like angels on our show. I want to know what the demon bomb is.

    And like I already said, purgatory didn’t interest me at all because it is NOT going to play any role, in the myth-arc of the season. It is going to meet its dead end in a few episodes. I wish purgatory was more creatively designed and regarding the escape of Dean and Benny from the purgatory, I hope it concentrates more on Supernatural aspects, rather than “who ditched whom?”.

  • BigBrotherFan


  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Emily Owens, M.D. is not a flop.”

    You say potato, I say nonsense!

  • Oliver


    Premiering Whitney up against Modern Family would do more harm than good.

    So would a late schedule change, as would premiering it out of its regular timeslot.

  • Gary A

    I find it amusing that it’s only 8 weeks into the season ( give or take ) and some people based on last nights ratings are looking to early renewals for some shows and already planning next seasons’ schedules.

    Not a viewer but i applaud the success of Arrow on the CW. But the problem
    I have is based on what one poster said – the CW should be looking for another action comic book series for next season. One success that’s copied over and over is not a good or creative idea unless the producers really try to make their show stand out. Just because one series has done well doesn’t mean similar types will work. Remember Lost? How about FlashForward, The Event, Invasion – those worked well didn’t they? The only exception to this seems to be singing competiton shows and faux reality shows ( you know those shows that have “everyday people” followed around by cameras as they go about their “normal” lives ).

    It’s also highly amusing when people use one set of criteria regarding numbers when attacking shows they don’t like and an entirely different set when defending the ratings for shows they like.

  • DougF


    The show will be under a million viewers by its next episode.

    That’s a flop

  • PV

    The person who said that Arrow would be getting ratings like Hart Of Dixie by the end of the season should be ashamed.

  • toadytoady

    NBC has great strategy this year,boosting its ratings by mixing up its shows,not depending on its dramas. I see they are putting Voice with comedies tonight to see if it boosts the comedies.It will be interesting to see if their ratings go up. They have put Voice with most shows to get new viewers in,like show casing Chicago Fire tonight.I wonder if they will do the same with SVU,or will that be the one they leave out boosting because they have made up their mind on it already.

    Chicago Fire kept some of the Voice viewers,but lost some at the half hour,going from 2.4 demo to 2.1.Usually Chicago Fire keeps its demo and numbers level, so thats a change.

    They might have to keep Chicago Fire with the Voice to keep the ratings, which would be good because then SVU can go back to its rightful 10pm slot.See what happens next week. One night doesnt make a season. You have to watch the trend…


    On NBC, The Voice earned a 3.7 rating, way down from last Tuesday’s 4.6 adults 18-49 rating.

    And to be fair, it was up versus its last Wednesday airing (3.4). Against FULL competion unlike last time.

  • r0ckmypants

    @johncarter – It’s possible we’ll see that next season; the CW is developing a series about the origins of Wonder Woman called Amazon.

  • Joe

    Everything looks a lot healthier this week. Looks like the extreme power outages really did have had an effect on the ratings…

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