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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  • Pavel

    I’m happy for The Middle, The Neighbors, Modern Family, and Suburgatory! :) I watched the latter for the first time, and I loved it.

  • Babygate

    I just started to watch The Middle a few weeks ago and I could not believe how funny it is. And not in an inappropriate kind of way with sexual innuendos and such props typically used to elicit laughter. It is just plain funny. This cast does it all. They deliver the funny lines and do the physical comedy. I’ve discovered a new favorite. And The Neighbors has surprised me as well. I thought it was going to be about litlle plastic.green men running around but its just funny. The Wednesday comedy block is a winner. Much, much better than the Tuesday bombs with Apt. 23 and HE. Nashville its still in 3rd place. Still, I don’t think this is in danger or cancellation. This is a very solid show with solid performances. Nashville is my ‘watch live’ show while I Dvr Chicago Fire which is not great but its also a solid show.

  • MattFitz

    X-factor held up well? yes the rest off the shows were on top of the FOURTH PLACE x-factor(soon to be x-show lol)The voice fading? it won the night in demo for NBC.Have you seen the ratings at that time for them?NBC pulled a slickk move they trended upwards in half hours holding a4 at 9mp actually going up during MF and Sub as X went down the Voice is bigger then ever,I have no bias against X factor I actually watch it but The Voice has friends of mine who never watch tv watching them.To state some of the Voice fading posters, and X-tina haters you are not ground in reality,(must be Romney voters) lol,Math counts!

  • hill

    Can’t wait for Whitney next week!

  • MattFitz

    and TJ Mon is its regular time slot Wed is not it was down a little this week as was all viewr ship the night before a national electin!Alot of th demo was out working on Obama campaign, I live near UW Madison .The young people the admen covet were out winning an election!X-tinas just dropping a new album how could you call it a flop?Lets see how it does before you give your post mortem,I think she is one of the most gifted young singers of her generation and I confess Ive always loved Puerto Rican Woman so I confess bias there lol

  • Dee

    I think if Nashville maintain a steady rating, it will definitely be renewed. I mean, for a show to be praised by critics, soundtracks ranking in iTunes,high dvr ratings and superb acting/scenes,if ABC doesn’t pick it up, another network is bound to pick it up. Hopefully, by a network that knows how to promote it :) Love the show by the way. Talk about love quadruples..

  • Fred

    X-Tina has a beautiful voice, but many of her songs are not.
    Britney has an ordinary voice, but most of her tracks are HOT!

  • Trice

    Chicago Fire is the biggest surprise of the season so far I thought this show would’ve gotten Prime Suspect numbers and even without the boost this week its been over 1.5 every week so far and making Nashville look weak. I honestly don’t believe Nashville’s numbers bad but the fact that Chicago Fire has stole its thunder is what’s making it look bad.

  • cass rowland

    people Chicago fire only went up because of the voice lead in it will definitely go down next week

  • Sarasota Slim

    That last episode of Supernatural was really lame. This series has grown so stale. Let it ride off into the sunset before it becomes a dinosaur still on its feet.

  • Kavyn

    Arrow and Neighbours are ny two fave wednesday shows this season so I’m glad to see them up. Hope they stick in the finals.

  • Methix

    Arrows wa sup , mostly becaause the EP was good , and also deathstroke was in it , that is the best verson of deathstroke seen in a tv show , although i didint like how a old man with abeard in some ruffy scrags knocked him down

  • Kavyn

    I also like Nashville, but to be completely honest it is quite boring. It’s hard to believe how stale Rayna is compared to the other two female leads considering how much Rayna was the focus. She’s very unlikable and unrelatable, pulling along the guy that loves her for no real reason other than to use him for his writing.

  • Eddy

    @ Fred

    I always thought Xtina had the more talent in the voice area but Britney was the better performer. It’s been a little rivalry that’s translated onto reality competitions. I really like X Factor’s performers this year they have some good rivalries on there like there’s a good little rivalry going on between two 13 year olds Carly Rose and Beatrice it reminds me of Britney and Xtina because Carly has the stronger voice but Beatrice is one of the kind as she’s a better performer.

    @ Trice

    Chicago Fire is definitely a huge surprise for me didn’t think it’d be doing this well so far. I think Chicago Fire and even Nashville will be back next season.

  • Eddy

    @ cass rowland

    Um I think people already know that, people are celebrating Chicago’s Fire rating because it was already doing well before without the big boost. It’s retention out of The Voice is better than Go On and New Normal and The Voice is higher on Tuesdays because that’s one of its regular nights.

  • Mickey

    @cass rowland

    people Chicago fire only went up because of the voice lead in it will definitely go down next week

    Sure it’ll probably go back down, but it might retain some of the new viewers who checked it out. That’s the whole point of sampling: expose the show to people who haven’t tried it yet, some of them like it and keep watching.

  • Duncey

    It was a great night for everyone and that might be the first time this season all five networks had something to rave about from start to finish.

    Yeah guys I agree just because Chicago Fire aired after The Voice doesn’t mean it won’t do well next week. I also thought that Chicago Fire did a better retention job than Go On and New Normal especially since The Voice usually higher on Tuesdays. Chicago Fire is legit and the real deal. Next week will be interesting to see if Whitney can keep the momentum going for Wednesdays obviously it won’t be as high as this week but hopefully for them its the best non-Voice Wednesday of the season so far for the network.

  • Tim

    ABC’s comedy block still on FIRE and I predict all four will get renewed in May.

    The X Factors ratings show people really only care about the auditions.

    Animal Practice is officially gone *cries*

  • Ateofi

    @john. I should argue with you about “revolution”. On monday it had ratings 2.8 and “the voice” had 4.4 if i remember correctly and 12 milion viewers. So it’s a drop of 1.6. On wednesday “Chicago fire” had 2.3 and “the voice” had 3.7 demo ratings so the drop is 1.4. I think that says a lot about “revolution”. Its high ratings comr only from the stronger lead-in and they are not based on the show real merit.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    I think the numbers were down last week due to Hurricane.With the power restored for most people affected it’s likely the numbers would be up this week.

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