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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  • Nick

    Good results for all shows but X Factor last night! Super for CF, hope that Office and Parks get a similar boost tonight (although they mightn’t due to the fact they’re veteran shows)!

  • Max Vrany

    @Oliver, ratings increase when Daylight Savings stops. It’s a proven fact. I’m surprised Bill or Robert hasn’t posted on that.

  • r0ckmypants

    The Neighbors is really dragging down the average of ABC’s Wednesday night comedies. A 2.1 is a pretty decent rating, but it’s in the same situation as Partners: it’s surrounded by MUCH higher rated shows so it looks all the more weak. ABC should move it at midseason and try either Family Tools or How to Live with Your Parents in that slot.

    I love so many Wednesday night shows, so these numbers are really exciting. So happy for The Middle and Arrow, and last night’s episode of Survivor showed why it’s still so popular 25 seasons in. Nashville is a really strong show, and with ratings on par with or above ABC’s other 10pm shows I think it will get a full season.


    See IMO Britney is awful as a judge. Is it me or do I feel like Britney has an earpiece and someone is feeding her lines in her ear? It seems unatural the way she gives a critique. Britney is a much better mentor than Demi. Demi IMO would be great on Idol as she is great judge but SUCKS AS a mentor. What she did to Janelle/CeCe is made them over into something they are not, gave them bad song choices and practically ruined them. She has been an AWFUL mentor so far.

  • Nerdbot

    Glad to see Chicago Fire up! But I’m afraid that was just the efect of having The Voice as lead-in. (meaning: next week it will be back to 1.5-1.8)

  • Yolden

    Chicago Fire was so good last night I’m addicted to this show now.

    Demi on X Factor was too damn funny.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@Oliver, ratings increase when Daylight Savings stops. It’s a proven fact. I’m surprised Bill or Robert hasn’t posted on that.”

    I am an old man, and I forget to do a lot of things. ;)

  • Love Me for Me

    “Nashville” rises. THANK GOD.
    Let’s hope “LAST RESORT” will rise too.

  • RyanCanada

    i hope Xfactor Adjusts up, Chicago Fire is REALLY good! i pvr’d The Neibors and Suburgatory, Britney looked amazing last night, Demi was dressed down.

  • TimsDale4ever

    OMG, what happended to Shelly Long? lmao

  • ReallyTired

    NBC really has risen like a Phoenix.

  • Flop Factor

    You can’t manufacture TV ratings as easily (if at all) as you can “social media” (ghost accounts) ratings. You’re not fooling anyone LMAO. How come they don’t tune if they’re doing so well in “social media” SMH.

  • N

    Modern Family had a much better episode this week compared to the last few weeks. Nice to see it up.


    LOL, people don’t tune in for Christina Aguilera on the voice. Her latest flop single which even premiered on the voice speaks volumes for this as it failed to chart in the top 20.

    Many may say XFactor is flopping but for me, it’s about making a star and someone that will sell record. There are so many great contestants shown last night and The XFactor live shows by far was the best episode to date last night. So I do expect to see a well deserved rise very soon.

    So in summary, I think the Xfactor still has potential to rise in the tens of millions again as long as the show continues to improve like it did last night.

    P.s. When will some of you realise that the show’s format >>> Judges. When it comes down to the raw reality, it’s the producer’s responsibility. Not Britney or Christina. Peace out haters.

  • jammer

    Even without the boost Chicago Fire is going to get the back 9 and a renewal in the spring.

    Not sure about Nashville right now but at least it grew.

  • Brian J


    “The Middle” is really one of the more underrated shows as far as the ratings go. It seems to be building as each season passes, and it has yet to go into syndication. Once that happens, I could see the show going even higher.

  • ReallyTired

    How do you spell cancel??


  • OMG

    Thursday will be even worse for X Factor despite having One Direction on the show because they now have to deal with both The Big Bang Theory and The Voice! 2 of the highest rated shows, this might mean slaughter for Simon and co.

  • jammer

    @ The Truth: I agree X Factor had a performance show last night its possible that the show will grow from here. They have a very good roster of talents this year that can sell records.

    I always like the unpredictability on X Factor as The Voice is just pure boredom.

  • OutOfSync

    um….the numbers might be up this week because last Wednesday was Halloween. Remember?

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