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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  • RG-X

    Britney’s reply every time: You were great
    Christina’s reply – usually constructive

    X-FACTOR; drop the themed shows – It only works on American Idol

  • RG-X

    X-FACTOR production seem Chaotic

    One downside on The Voice – STOP re-capping every. single. moment. of the how the contestants got there – WE KNOW ALREADY – The Voice is Over recapping too much – we are not stupid! We Remember!

  • alffan

    Looking at NBC, I believe they should rethink what they’re doing later in the week. 8:00 Thursday really has nothing older skewing in it at all like Tue (with NCIS), Mon (with DWTS) or Fri.

    I’m wondering whether a lineup of Biggest Loser at 8pm, Grimm at 9pm, and Chicago Fire at 10pm wouldn’t be good counterprogramming. Grimm could hopefully pull some leftover TVD audience from the CW, and then Chicago Fire appeal to the old ER audience.

    They could then move comedies to 8-10pm Wed and run SVU back to 10pm where it belongs.

  • TVDxItachi


    Who has a tougher timeslot, Arrow or The Vampire Diaries?

  • robin


    I think TVD since it has to go up against big bang and 2 1/2 men but the argument could be made for arrow too.

  • rob60990

    Like whats with this Arrow vs Vampire Diaries nonsense?

  • Love Me for Me

    X FACTOR is REALLY REALLY BAD , This season.

  • POIFanatic

    Oh Arrow (BEST EPISODE OF THE SEASON. The annoying voiceover was also smoothed over and now it sounds great) and Supernatural (God, SPN hit it out of the park. Was waiting for the brothers confrontation the whole season. The fighting and the strife felt so real) were brilliant last night! They deserve those ratings and more.

  • Fakeem

    I saw the final snippets for the singers on both The Voice and X-Factor. From what I saw, XF only has 1 person that should win, where as The Voice has 2 or 3 that could. Basically that means there is more of a reason to watch the voice to see who wins, as the best singer on a Simon Cowell show hasn’t won in years. Yes, they may sell more, but the voice has said all along that they were more concerned with SINGERS, not looks and who will be a POP star or american idol :-D

  • Alex

    Chicago Fire, 2.3 – The magic The Voice can make! xD

  • HalCapone

    Anyone think the networks should consider delaying the start of some of their shows till Daylight Savings week when more people are watching? Networks have to get really creative to slow the torrent of viewers to cable and DVRs. I think declaring NBC’s experiment debuting some of their shows early a success or even partial success is Maybe (…a big maybe) a serialized show like Last Resort might have more eyeballs tuning in initially and consequently, more sticking around as the story unfolds. Any thoughts?

  • The End


    My show is better than your show arguments are common here, best to ignore them and look for the comments worth responding too :)

  • HalCapone

    Oops. I hit the send button before I finished editing my comment. Ignore the statement about NBC debuting early shows. That will be kept for a future post.

  • Jon23812

    X-Factor did much higher than I thought, and The Voice got so much lower than I thought. I think FOX should take back the X-Factor renewal, the show is failing in the ratings, and if it keeps going down, it will become a flop.

  • Peep

    Really surprised that Arrow and SPN went up so much again. Arrow is a much better show that I expected it might be so I’m glad to see it do well. And SPN getting a 1.0 after so many years is just amazing!

  • Rach

    @rob60990 –

    I don’t really think there’s that much TVD vs Arrow, at least here (there may be huge fights between the fanbases elsewhere, for all I know). But I haven’t seen many Arrow fans hating on TVD or vice versa on here. The only competition between them seems to be over the whole ‘Number 1 show on the network’ thing, which is just a pride thing really, as the title itself is meaningless. TVD has held on for 3 years, so some of the fans want to see it continue, and Arrow fans want to see it dethroned and have their show crowned instead. I think most fans realise being the number 1 show doesn’t actually mean anything, they just want the honor of being able to say it. But even those discussions are civil, I’ve never seen any wars over it between the two fanbases. There’s much worse hostility on this site than Arrow vs TVD.

  • TJ

    I think the X Factor did more damage The Voice than it did to X Factor as The Voice is way down from Monday.

    Chicago Fire had its best episode so far last night that dirty cop guy is scary.

  • Mi

    @Rach I love both TVD and Arrow personally, and wish the CW had more shows with ratings as high as those two and as SPN. Maybe next season..

  • tv#1

    Not to put down Chicago Fire or its fans, but the show’s ratings only went up because of The Voice lead in. Next week with SVU as its lead in it will go right back down.

    The Neighbors is actually turning out to be decently rated series for ABC.

    Finally, great night for the CW. They got to be pretty happy with Arrow, and even Supernatural is doing really well.

  • Fred

    Nashville is an epic drama that deserves higher ratings. The acting is stellar as is most of the music and storylines. AND I’M NOT A COUNTRY FAN!

    The X Factor and Voice both suffered up against one another.
    The Voice hurt X Factor when it aired against it on Wednesday and Thursday earlier this season.
    Also, its not easy following 2 shows like this that air 4 days a week!!. As far as the talent, both shows have some really good performances and judges. Don’t think anyone should be blaming Britney or other judges for poor ratings.

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