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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    The Voice did excellent in its Wednesday slot in a slot it usually is not there. I think thats why it got when it aired against X Factor. It beat X Factor by 3 million. I mean it also had competition from Survivor/Modern Family. Very Solid numbers aginst stiff competition. The X Factor I think went up in demos though. X Factor IMO season 3 will be a much more budget consious show. I expect a 50 percent budget cut in season 3.

    Good news the Middle is rocking it against stiff compeition. Those a great numbers. Why is this show so underated. Everything was pretty solid for ABC and hey for Nashville at least it rose from last week and the bleeding has stopped. It got a 2.0 which is good. IMO ABC will renew it and nurture the show. I think it should be placed after Revenge on Sunday’s at 10pm. I would move Nashville and put a new show ala Mistresses on Wednesday nights.

    Chicago Fire IMO will be renewed it has tons of potential. NBC should nurture the show.

  • Rarly Cose

    @ Richard, nice way of using show titles in your comment. ^_^

  • senor chang

    Wow, stunning results for everything.

  • js

    I can’t believe that America has dumbed down to the point where 17.5 million brain dead people sit and watch singing competition shows every night. Hopefully, Nielsen numbers are as inaccurate as the brain dead choice for socialist President. Maybe it’s a good thing- as being a singer will be the only job they’ll be able to get when unemployment moves towards 26% like Greece in this dumb country.

  • Tony ^_^

    Poor “X-Factor”… Lol… Maybe it should be made a Summer show?

    “Modern Family” > “The Voice” (which is great!) But “The Voice” destroyed “The X-Factor”…

  • RJ

    Considering how Go On does out of a much stronger The Voice, this is solid for Chicago Fire.

  • HB

    MF was so good last night!

  • kennya

    Strong ratings for all shows (maybe except xfactor)
    Glad to see the middle up hope it will hit 3s next week

  • vcoolwater

    Strange that all the shows except for X-factor and CSI went up. I don’t know something seems strange by this.

    Oh well congrats to almost all the shows. I don’t think these ratings highs will last next week.

  • CrimTV


    Just because you watch a singing competition doesn’t make you brain-dead

  • israelCD

    X-FACTOR yesterday was great Best Live Show So Far !

  • danny94

    Good night for ABC love the middle beating x factor. Great numbers for modern family aswell.. wish suburgatory could crack a 3.0. Not bad numbers for nashville either the show isnt dead yet!!

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  • HB

    Great for SPN and Arrow!

  • One

    Also, in re: Arrow: that 1.3 ties the first two eps for series high.

  • Human

    If The Voice stays at wednesday Chicago Fire might actually beat out CSI in ratings the coming weeks! Lady Gaga must be ecstatic!

  • Brian J

    Oh yeah, LOL at “The X Factor.” I have nothing in particular against this show, but it’s kind of amusing to see that the expectations weren’t even close to being accurate. It’s also amusing how hard NBC supposedly fought for this show and ended up losing out, but now has the stronger show in “The Voice.”

    If you are at Fox, you have to be petrified that “Idol” will be down down down in the spring.

  • KS

    Good for Supernatural and Arrow! Awesome performances by both the shows.

    Supernatural was good last night. Loved the monster. MoTW episodes are better this season – Heartache, Bitten, Southern Comfort, even though mytharc and flashbacks su(k!

  • TimsDale4ever

    Interesting that NEIGHBORS does this well. It’s basically a one note show and kind of boring. Jamie Gertz deserves better.

  • Bretta

    I agree, xfactor should be a SUMMER show.. it can’t hang with the big boys of fall like The Voice…

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