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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  • Love Me for Me

    Nashville is ABC #1 New Drama. So STFU!

  • SueP

    Great night for both Arrow and Supernatural. Both shows are really hitting their season strides. I’m glad SPN bounced back, and last nights episode was an old school SPN creepy ghost hunt. Excellent eps and great they got the ratings deserved!

  • Tessa


    I may have missed it, but Oliver Queen’s mother, what’s her motive?

    Not sure yet but I think she’s in cahoots with the guys on Oliver’s list, for whatever reason. If you mean why she salvaged the vessel my guess is there was something on it that proved it was sabotaged and she didn’t want to risk it getting revealed.

    Lol, it’s funny how different our tastes are. I personally can’t stand SPN’s MotW episodes, especially this season. But I love the mythology, and it’s about to get SO MUCH better next week, am I right? ;)

  • Kyle

    @Brian J

    The Middle has been sold already I believe to Hallmark and ABC Family. :D

  • Mark Wilkins

    Its not surprise that Modern Family won the night, I don’t think anyone would of predicted different. Arrow is up and Supernatural benefits, I love that too.

  • Mi

    So glad about Arrow. I hope it can increase beyond 1.3 too now, it deserves it. I loved last night’s episode.

    I’m glad for SPN too, the little show that could :D

  • Ted Craig

    @r0ckmypants Partners is up against much weaker competition.

  • Nikita vs. Arrow

    Chicago Fire proved if you give it a good lead-in it can produce.

    There’s no way NBC isn’t renewing that show, they would be dumb if they did.

    Can’t wait to see my girl Whitney next week.

  • DenverDean

    Further proof that Revolution is not as big of a hit as people think…. Guess NBC will have to put on TV every night to boost the 10 p.m. shows. Wouldn’t be a bad strategy to strip it that way for say 2 weeks – 2 hours for one week to increase/sample the 10 p.m. and then one hour for Wed/Thursday (since M/T would stay the same). FOX was unable to do this effectively with AI because they missed huge opp to expand to 10 p.m. Had they done so, their schedule would not be the trainwreck that it is this season.

  • N

    “x factor held up well considering…”

    Please lets not pretend X factor is doing good! 2.6 would be good/ok for any other show (except the Voice and Idol and 2 and a half men), but for a show where one judge probably gets paid 50 million and another gets 15 million? Not to mention a 5 million dollar prize and millions spent on marketing. For X factor, 2.6 is a disaster imo.

  • Alan

    Great for The CW, I was expecting for Arrow to drop more!

  • OMG

    @ The Truth.

    They have been continually sliding week in week out now. Reason for that is because once every1’s favourite goes out they won’t watch it anymore so don’t expect to see any rises. There’s no potential star at X Factor, but the Voice has one in Cassadee Pope. She might not have the strongest voice (Trevin Hunte), but she’s already the most popular candidate on both shows.

  • bsp

    After seeing the first episode of Chicago Fire, I thought it was doomed. Hated it. After seeing the second episode (and beyond), I’m impressed, and I think it will succeed.

    After seeing the first two episodes of Nashville, I was thrilled by the show’s attention to great songs, performed by real musicians. After seeing subsequent episodes, it just seems like another tedious soap opera.

    Go figure.

  • jammer

    @ Ted Craig: Weaker competition? Are you kidding me right now? Mondays is the toughest night on television. Don’t ever forget how stacked Mondays can be with football and wrestling on cable and two high-rated reality competitions on the broadcasters.

    Partners getting a 2.1 out of a weaker lead-in than Neighbors is getting for a new show is pretty good.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Ted Craig – No, Partners has never gone up.

  • RyanCanada

    i love to see the Xfactor hate, but people ONLY watch The Voice for Adam Lavgne, ask anyone, the contestants are boring, its a show about the judging, Xfactor is about The Preformers! im loving this season of the xfactor

  • Timmy G

    Hmmm, going to do fan excuse bingo and say I wonder if the snow storm in the upper east caused more people to stay in. That said, great for Arrow/Supernatural. I’m going to play the mock schedule game now for next season:

    8 PM: Arrow
    9 PM: New Drama

    8 PM: Hart of Dixie:
    9 PM: One of the bubble shows (90210, The Carrie Diaries?)

    8 PM: New Drama
    9 PM: Supernatural

    8 PM: The Vampire Diaries
    9 PM: New Drama

    8 PM: Nikita
    9 PM: Repeats/Specials

    A few thoughts…I don’t think Supernatural will move again next season, but Arrow will definitely be used to anchor a new night, so unless the Carrie Diaries is a huge success I suspect it and 90210 to battle for renewal. Hart of Dixie is getting enough .6’s to warrant a renewal. If Nikita can pull a .4 or above at 8 it’ll be renewed for syndication.

  • Hmm

    Chicago Fire is doing so much better than I expected. Especially compared to Nashville which was promoted more than anything. Good for NBC.

  • masterson

    What a shame for the FlopX-Factor!

    Even The Middle and Suburgatory beat that wasteful show :D

  • Mickey


    I may have missed it, but Oliver Queen’s mother, what’s her motive?

    You didn’t miss it, we don’t know yet.

    So happy about Chicago Fire! Hope enough of that sticks. The show is getting better episode by episode.

    I have mixed feelings about Supernatural. I’m glad it’s doing well, but I really don’t like what Carver is doing with the characters nor the tone of the show. Last night had some of the old Supernatural vibe to it, with Garth and the quirky humour, but then it quickly went back to chick flick flashbacks and contrived melodramatic conflicts.

    So I want the writers to go back to writing Sam and Dean in character, and to give me back the wacky gallows humour, classic rock soundtrack, badass action (not just in purgatory), and no-chick-flick-moments manpain that I loved about it. And they’re unlikely to make a course correction if the ratings are high.

    They might not stay that way though. I’ve seen several diehard fans say they’ll give it till the end of the season, or as long as they can, and then they’ll stop watching if things haven’t improved.

    Carver’s lucky he inherited the most loyal fanbase out there. But he shouldn’t push his luck.

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