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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  • HalCapone

    FOX is a mess this year. X-Factor must be giving FOX execs sleepless nights. Chicago Fire was blazing last night in the ratings only because of its temporary lead-in (and The Voice overrun). Chicago Fire will be back to burning embers next week and beyond.

  • John

    Only 2.3 for a show sampled by many of The Voice viewers (first episode). Now we know that Revolution’s success isn’t a fluke.

  • John

    *first episode for them

  • KS


    1. Had Sam told Dean “I searched for you till I met the girl”, no viewer would have given a damn.
    2. Another Scenario where Sam and Dean never had this conversation of “searching for Dean”. And both Dean and Viewers would have implied that, Sam searched for Dean but couldn’t find him. No conversation would have been better than that lifeless conversation they had in the church(am I right?).

    Writers, for some reason, are stressing on this point again and again, which is inconsistent with character of Sam. My only answer is, they have run out of ideas.

    Even in the latest episode I was happy when possessed Dean was yelling at Sam about Demon blood and his romance with Ruby. But then again, bringing up this “not searched for Dean” issue is what made that conversation ridiculous for me and made me realize that this is going to one more manufactured conflict of season 8, just like the “Amy” issue last season.

  • likeitall

    After their stellar week, it’s just been announced that NBC have given the back 9 order to the Presidential Election. They are thinking of running 2 hours of it on Wednesday next fall

  • Pepper

    Congrats to Arrow and Supernatural!

  • vcoolwater


    Why should that person be ashamed with the prediction? It is still not the end of the season. Anything can happen.

    Do I think the ratings will reach 0.5-0.7 level? No i don’t think so. Do I think the ratings will drop. Yes, all the shows do worst in the Spring. I predict a 0.8-1.0 level.

    As always fanboys/girls acting over the top

  • rob60990

    @BigBrotherFan, Happy Endings did not do better holding onto Modern Family lead in than Suburgatory. Modern Family is down a whole point from this time last year. I do agree with moving Suburgatory back to 830 but a new comedy should take advantage if MF lead in.

  • Amy

    Question – Arrows numbers tonight; are they at the level of The Vampire Diaries or are they maybe a little higher/lower? Wondering if Arrow will end up being the CW’s top rated show.

  • vcoolwater


    Vampire Diaries had a 1.5 last week. I doubt Arrow will overtake VD as CW’s new show.

  • RyanCanada

    @bluejay72 You need mental help, you must be a Christina fan, lol @ her lotus album bout to flop big time like her single lol

  • vcoolwater

    I mean top rated show not new show

  • Rach

    @Amy – Arrow has yet to beat TVD in the demo. It tied it once, and TVD has beaten it every other week so far. Unless TVD drops and stays down and Arrow either holds or even increases a little and stays that way, the top spot will remain with TVD.

  • TVDxItachi

    the CW knows what there doing, even i casually tune in to SPN after having Arrow as a lead.lol. And I hope Carrie Diaries does well, the lead looks so Sexy. I won’t be watching it since im a guy but i was a big fan of sex on the city.

  • sally

    i watch csi and criminal mind i hate comedies and singing or dancing shows.on major networks i watch cbs dramas. cable has better shows than the networks have

  • Brian

    Great for Arrow..it is a sure Hit for CW , and WOW for Chicago Fire! i hope this means it will be renewed soon!

  • LOL

    Simon must be so disappointed. I bet he regrets firing Nicole and Paula and hiring that talentless robot aka Britney Spears for his show.

  • RG-X

    X-Factor needs to get rid of the female host – she is TERRIBLE! She keeps interviewing the contestants then pulls the mic away in the middle of their answers.

    Also the production is OVER the top (in a bad way) for these new artists that really haven’t found their image.

    ARROW is AWESOME – CSI still holding its own!

  • dantas

    I think Arrow, Chicago Fire and Nashville will be adjusted down a tenth.

  • dantas

    I’m saying that because of their total viewership.

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