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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  • Fred


    Neighbors isn’t on FIRE. A 2.1 at 8:30 and 4th place in its time period is not strong at all. I have my doubts about Neighbors being renewed. If it is they might move it to Fridays and bring Reba or LMS to Wednesday.

    With a 2.0 Nashville is safe for now. Wonder how it would do on Sunday Night at 10:00 replacing 666? Just that ABC would need to find another good drama for Wednesday. Not easy, it took lots of flops before Revenge thrived there.

  • Eddy

    @ Fred

    I can agree with you on this b/c I think ABC knows they can do a bit more better in this slot as they did last season with Suburgatory. They don’t have to just settle for Neighbors when there’s other stuff in development. They might even just move Suburgatory back to 8:30p so they can boost a new comedy at 9:30p. Depending on how LMS and Reba does this Friday there a real threat to taking spots on Tuesday or Wednesday but ABC should keep them there as they can rebuild TGIF over there.

    @ Ateofi

    Another thing about Chicago Fire is the fact that we’ve seen Chicago Fire on its own already and know what it can do, we’ve yet to see Revolution on its own so there’s a possibility it might not even do better than Chicago Fire if it was in the same situation behind SVU.

    @ Duncey

    Next week will be interesting I think Whitney is going to premiere high so that should elevate everybody’s performances next week I just don’t know about the following weeks it all depends on how high Whitney starts.

  • Networkman

    Wow, besides CSI which had a very strong episode, it seems everything was up. Maybe after election, people simply wanted to watch tv. Even against The Voice, ABC comedies grew. Chicago Fire benefitted greatly. I’m glad that CSI held up and didn’t lose any viewers. The combo of Criminal Minds and CSI was very entertaining last night.

  • Mano

    Arrow, although a shoo-in for a second season, won’t get picked up until 2013. No network show typically gets a pick-up this early. It’s not in danger. What would be the point?

  • MDM

    The Middle beating both Survivor and X Factor makes me so happy. Yay comedy!

  • MarcJames87

    Very happy for Arrow and The CW!!!

  • Ateofi

    @eddy we will not see “revolution” aired without “the voice”. After 10 episodes the show will be on 4 months hiatus and will come back at the end of march together with the return of ” the voice”. Clearly nbc is affraid to air ” revolution” on its own without the stronger lead-in.

  • John

    @Hammard You took the words right out of my mouth. 1.3, 1.3, 1.1 (opposite the World Series, and I’m sure that hurt Arrow more than I typical CW show–I was watching baseball that night, and I’m a guy in my late 20s), 1.0 (on Halloween, when everything was down), 1.3 is really good for Arrow. I think this suggests that Arrow is stabilizing right where it started at 1.3. And given that it’s one of the two or three best new shows on television, I wouldn’t be surprised if the ratings slowly increase.

  • Justin

    Thank god Xtina is taking a break from the voice or leaving it for good. No more Brit vs. Xtina cr@p. Get over it stans and fans – it’s not “The Xtina’s Voice” vs. “The Brit Factor”. This stupid war is so ’99.

  • ADJ

    Really impressed by Criminal Minds’ ratings…

  • Josh

    Nashville is such an incredible show. Hopefully it gets adjusted up. I was reading an article that Hayden (Juliette) and Connie (rayna) do their own singing. The storyline has started to pick up and get even more interesting. They should ax 666 park ave and put Nashville behind Revenge. Come on ABC give Nashville the chance it deserves.

  • Josh

    I hope Flop Factor keeps doing horribly.

    TRASHney was paid improve the ratings and instead she is sinking the show and needs to be fed lines though an earpiece! Paula is getting a good laugh out of this I’m sure. I bet Simon has regrets over leaving idol! LOL

  • EnAmi

    Why were the critics raving about Nashville? It is so painfully boring. With all the fanfare and promotion it get, it’s ratings are seriously unimpressive. But yay for Chicago Fire. Not too long ago, people were convinced it would be cancelled, but it’s holding up quite nicely.

  • SmG

    Good for CW! Wednesdays are even better than Thursdays…

  • iloveFOX

    RIP FOX…

  • vcoolwater

    Considering all of ABC’s new shows are not doing well. I think Neighbors is safe for now. Same with Nashville.

    It depends on how well the new midseason shows do.

  • vikrammangat@yahoo.com

    Neighbours is just holding spot the Sarah Chalke Mid-season show.
    Surburgatory just isnt getting a bump after Modern Family, its should return to 8:30 where it fits perfectly.

  • JR

    Again, means nothing comparing The Voice/Xtina to X Factor/Britney. We know who sells more records and whose singles enjoy more success. And I’m not a big fan of either of them- so that’s very objective commentary. :)

    I also don’t think airing on a non-regular day matters all that much, as viewers watching Tuesday well knew the show would be on Wednesday, too.

  • david

    Great to see Arrow and Super Natural up this week. I was pretty sure they would be back this week.

  • grandmalola

    YAY !!! For Arrow and Supernatural…that’s all :-)

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