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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  • Whoa Whoa

    Why can’t X Factor viewers be honest and just say that they’ve never seen the Voice so can’t possibly have constructive comments about it? The Voice has higher ratings for a reason, just deal with it people and move on.

  • Lucy

    Supernatural and Arrow are great on Wednesday. Love, LOVE *.* both shows.

  • TVDude

    I think tonight proved that the problem on NBC Wednesdays isn’t Chicago Fire. I love SVU, but it’s been falling for years, and if NBC keeps it, it’s probably going to continue its fall. I mean with a solid 9pm show, Chicago Fire could regularly get ratings like this.

    I’m not saying that NBC should cancel SVU, but that it shouldn’t build a night centered around it if it’s looking to grow. The same goes for The Office on Thursdays. These shows are declining, so why would you center your night around them and say “we’re trying to turn our network around”. It makes no sense.

  • Alex

    CW – Supernatural
    Viewers: 2.54 million (#5), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#5)

    CW – Supernatural
    Viewers: 2.10 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9/ 2 (#5)

    Some people was saying Cw had some problems maybe that could be why the drop off. But wow it hit a 1.1

    SPN and Arrow diffently have a crossover audience

  • KS


    I didn’t check the spoilers. I have heard its a Kevin-centered episode. Anyways, I hope there is a monster-of-the-week in addition to the myth-arc.

    I think, only monsters can save this show and new viewers from Arrow can only catch up if there are good MoTW episodes, not the melodrama and angst. Not anymore, even though that is what worked in the past.

    Myth-arc seems repetitive.
    Relationships on the show has become over-wrought.
    Flash backs are lifeless, especially Sam Winchester’s. In Dean’s flashbacks at least there is some kick-a$$ action.

    Sam Winchester is literally murdered by the writers this season.

  • jammer

    You don’t know who the winner is, the performers are great this season. I would pick Fifth Harmony, Emblem 3, or Beatrice as possible winners. When I was referring to unpredictability I meant some of the off-script stuff that happens during the live shows where crazy things happen. The show is a hot mess but its a lovable hot mess.

    Why do you hate X Factor OMG? What did that show ever do to you?

  • Edward

    Go Supernatural, here comes seasons 9&10!

  • Dude

    Yay for Arrow! Best new show of the season. Also happy Subergatory went up, Love that show.

  • Oliver


    The Flop, The Flopple, Survivor: Flopipines, The Flop Factor, Flop-ow
    The Floppors, Modern Flopper, Flopping Minds, Superfloppers
    Flopurgatory, CSI: Crime Scene Infloppigation, Chicago Flopping, Flopville

    You’re welcome.

  • forg

    So happy with The Middle’s ratings, I thought it would rank 4th but 2nd? woah! :D

    Glad MF and Suburgatory rose big time from last week. Neighbors is doing decent and it actually grew on me as well but this is just another Better With You situation

  • ATL

    @ TL, without XFactor on I think TV would definitely beat out MF.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@torylicious, Retentionista! (And I was beginning to think they’d all left.)”

    Oh no Max, they’re still out there, lurking.

    While only a trivial number of people now read Berman’s retention nonsense, the past damage has been done.

  • vcoolwater

    I don’t know why are celebrating Chicago Fire’s ratings. Just becuase the show got sampled due to the Voice, doesn’t mean the viewers will stay.

    Wait unti next week before you celebrate.

  • LisaM

    Glad CW paired Arrow with SPN. Good night’s viewing.

  • KS

    Oh..BTW, Supernatural half-hour ratings are 1.1/0.9. And there was a drop of 0.44 million audience and 2 tenths. I think this is a bigger drop than “Bitten”, which was the most hated show on message boards.

    This episode half hour ratings clearly proves that, the drop for Bitten is not because of the quality of the episode.

  • Nikita vs. Arrow

    The word flop is overused on this site. People don’t even know what the word flop means.

    The definition of a flop is Nashville. A 2.6 is not a flop especially when the rest of the network is underperforming.

    Shows like Chicago Fire and Arrow weren’t expected to be doing this well.



    The Voice down, but not out as NBC takes night & CF up to 2.3

    ABC up across all half hours as MF top rated for night, and Nashville back up

    CBS up 8-10, CSI tops 10:00 again

    FOX only net down as XFAC fails to increase

    Go Arrow (best ep so far) & SPN 1.0–C’mon kidz, keep the old man happy

    “Dominique” by THE SINGING NUN #1 for 4 wks, Dec 1963

  • Samunto

    It’s very interesting to see how almost all the usual Wednesday shows were up despite The Voice coming airing there too.
    As i’ve always said Chicago Fire could do well with a good lead-in. And despite DVRs lead-ins still count.

    X Factor is solid but way too low for a show of it’s calibre. Am sure NBC doesn’t mind the drop for The Voice. It brought new eyeballs to Chicago Fire and NBC won the night.

  • Nikita vs. Arrow

    The word flop is overused on this site. People don’t even know what the word flop means.

    The definition of a flop is Nashville. A 2.6 is not a flop especially when the rest of the network is underperforming.

    Shows like Chicago Fire and Arrow weren’t expected to be doing this well.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    That, plus the end of Daylight Saving Time likely helped.

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