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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  • forg

    The Middle ties HIMYM this week!

  • Tony ^_^

    When was the last time FOX aired new episodes of scripted shows on Wednesday and Thursday?

  • bluejay72

    I knew it from the start that Modern Family is still a force to be reckoned with when they had a poll on the reality shows.

    It was NO DOUBT that The Voice will top the reality department.
    The competition, however, is outside. It’s Modern Family!

    Stop comparing Flop Factor to The Voice.
    It makes no sense now.
    We already know the clear winner!~ :)
    It’s The Voice vs other network shows!

  • J.G.

    Is this the result of some possible post-Election day bounce? Can Bill or anyone refer to past days-after for how their numbers were?

  • Riley

    YAY for Supernatural!


    Actually the X Factor as a summer show might not be a bad idea IMO. Slash the budget and replace it with So You Think which is tired. IMO X Factor season 3 will have major major changes. A much smaller production budget, Britney/LA are certain to be exiting, Simon will probably have to do the same for small peanuts(hey the man is worth 300 million dollars) and I predict Demi stays. Also ditch Khloe and keep Mario. What huge changes will be made for season 3 to make it a more budget show? Its doing lower viewership than Shark Tank/Big Brother now. How do you slash the budget on this show? Honestly make it as a cheap as Idol season 1.

  • Human

    @ vcoolwater

    It’s not so strange. Main reason is because of The Voice.

  • Oliver

    It’ll be interesting to see whether The Voice boost helps Chicago Fire going forward or if it’s a one-time thing. The Voice seems to be fading a little.

    Arrow is a fully-fledged hit for The CW.

    Decent ratings for Nashville.

    Pretty much everything barring The X Factor (which is down a tenth) seems to be significantly up.

  • ari

    Dont you guys think CF will have the same revolution ratings( or even better)on monday after the voice?
    I stopped watching revolution after 2 episodes. CF on the other hand i really like. Its ER for firemen

  • erwan from france

    Half hours ?

  • were123

    Arrow is going to make it!!! I’m so happy it bounced back! 1.3 is AMAZING FOR THE CW!
    Also The Middle is still growing, IT EVEN BEAT THE X FACTOR! Couldn’t be happier :D

  • Mike

    hell yeah Arrow was up last night amazing last night and I can not help but to laugh at The X factor viewers and rating!!

  • Tessa

    So happy for Supernatural. When there’s no Sandy, Halloween or preemption to mess up with the ratings both Arrow and SPN perform well. These two, and The Vampire Diaries, are the only shows currently holding the network up.

    I predict good ratings for Arrow and SPN for next week too. Arrow finally moved its mythology forward and SPN has a much anticipated episode coming up.

  • Oliver

    I think the increased ratings may be down to daylight savings kicking in.

  • Ted Craig

    Shows like the Voice and X Factor always face the same challenge. If fans dislike the contestants in the final rounds, the ratings will slip.

  • Human

    What a smart decision btw. from NBC. They have won monday, tuesday and wednesday. Big question now is if it will also win against BBT.

  • gary

    i guess people follow anything after of the voice

    anyway chicago fire is unnecesary tv show

  • Michael

    You know you have a hit in your hands, when Arrow is able to increase in viewership/demographic even with all the competition its facing. The same goes for the Thursday line-up. These singing talent shows are not easy to compete with.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Too funny js. I’ll go even further. I have the same thought when I see the reults for shows like JERSEY SHORE, KARDASHIANS, HOUSEWIVES where basically no talent iditos are sitting around arguing/bitching at each other for 30 minutes. ?????

  • Remote Patrolled

    Wow Fox really hurt the X Factor with all that baseball nonsense. Basically 2 million viewers have tuned out and it doesn’t look like they’re coming back!

    The real shame is that the talent is really strong this year. Lyric 145 were terrific last night – the sort of act you’d NEVER see on a show like The Voice or Idol.

    The best real hope for the show this year is that X Factor finds a star this year who has some commercial success. If the show can launch a One Direction style smash – or even a Cher Lloyd – it will have credibility – something The Voice doesn’t have on the music charts. I think 145 and boyband Emblem3 are the best hopes for this.

    Oh and can we all officially call Britney a complete waste of space. Her judging is so weak – especially compared to the fun and feisty Demi Lovato!

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