TV Ratings Wednesday: 'The X Factor' Rises, 'Whitney' Returns Down, 'CSI' Up; 'Survivor,'& 'Nashville' Down, 'Chicago Fire' Falls

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November 15th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.9/8 2.7/7 2.5/7 1.6/4 1.5/4 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.7/9 1.5/5 1.8/6 1.4/5 1.2/4 1.0/3
Total Viewers (million) 8.088 10.974 7.730 3.905 5.158 3.052

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On FOX, The X Factor earned a 2.9, up 12%  from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Survivor: Philippines scored a 2.6, down 7% from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds garnered a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating matching last week’s performance. CSI earned a 2.4, up 4% from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Middle scored a 2.5, down 7% from last week’s 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.  The Neighbors earned a 1.9, down 10% from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Modern Family notched a 4.6,  down 4% from last week's 4.8 adults 18-49 rating. Suburgatory tied its season low with a 2.4, down 17% from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville matched its series low with a 1.8, down 10% from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, the season premiere of Whitney scored a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 13% from a 1.6 for its season one finale on March 28 and matching its series low. Your predictions were too optimistic.  Guys With Kids earned a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating , matching the series low it hit with its last original episode on October 31. Law & Order SVU tied its series low with a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating down 6% from a 1.7 for its last new episode on October 31.  Chicago Fire earned a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, falling 27% from its 2.2. last week, when it had The Voice as a lead-in.

On the CW, Arrow scored a 1.2, down from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Supernatural tied its season high with a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, matching last week’s performance.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, November 14, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 2.9/8 8.09
CBS Survivor: Philippines 2.6/7 9.98
ABC The Middle 2.5/8 8.74
NBC Whitney 9Season Premiere) 1.4/4 4.23
CW Arrow 1.2/3 3.80
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 1.9/5 6.74
NBC Guys With Kids 1.3/4 3.82
9:00 ABC Modern Family 4.6/12 11.90
CBS Criminal Minds 3.0/8 12.13
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.6/4 5.70
CW Supernatural 1.0/3 2.30
9:30 ABC Suburgatory 2.4/6 7.22
10:00 CBS CSI 2.4/7 10.81
ABC Nashville 1.8/5 5.89
NBC Chicago Fire 1.6/5 5.72


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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
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  • Leondre

    If hope NBC doesn’t end up renewing Up All Night over Whitney despite lower ratings. It seems like they’ll do anything to save Up All Night.

  • SueP

    @Rach – if the (thankfully) last Twi-lite movie premieres tomorrow will that effectively end the Hollywood Vampires in Lust phase of the program? Lie to me if you must. :) As for your Arrow question, it’s 18-34 demo is lower than it’s 18-49 demo, so I’d say there are quite a few viewers 35+. Maybe those of us who can remember seeing Star Wars in an actual theater? :) SPN had the same 1.0 in both demos, the 18-34 demo actually being higher than Arrow’s .9, so we can conclude it skews just a tad younger.

  • Reed

    @ Duncey

    Well said, I wasn’t surprised at the comedy ratings but just like you I was thinking more about the future. Comedies need time maybe seasons to grow. It doesn’t just happen overnight unless you’re lucky like ABC was a few years ago with Modern Family. It’s taking Whitney a bit longer because of the slow start and Wednesdays are tough on NBC but its still real early in the game ppl need to relax.

    @ Rach

    I remember people disowned Chicago Fire before it came out but I knew if people gave it a chance they would love it.

    @ Rebecca

    I haven’t watched SPN myself yet either but I watched Arrow this morning and it was good. Whitney was good too, its miles better than that series premiere it looks like a different show than it did a year ago and GWK was funny too with that birthday party.

    @ Jonathan/Emerald

    I was watching X Factor live last night and that show is better than The Voice no offense to Voice fans. I think what makes X Factor better is that is on the more entertaining end and the contestants reach all demographics so you’re getting a bigger variety on there of people to root for. The Voice look like they have the same contestants every year.

  • Greg

    X-Factor is so generic and the judges don’t have much intelligent to say. Its like watching a local karoake event with local judges. All the yelling in the background brings it to the foreground, and when people talk its muffled. I hate that. I tried watching a time or two but get turned off every time because of the reasons I stated above.

  • Reed

    @ Leondre

    I don’t think its going to work like that, Up All Night if it gets renewed will have nothing to do with Guys with Kids or Whitney. Whitney is probably gonna end up being safe because its close to syndication after this season. They seem to want to put Up All Night and Guys with Kids together. They’ll likely see how this season goes and find a partner for Whitney. NBC said their trying to expand their multi-cams next season so they obviously want a comedy block and their going to need at least 4 comedies to start off the season with and probably the rest in mid-season.

    If CeeLo’s comedy gets the greenlight it’ll likely be on after The Voice so they might have 4-6 multi-cams on the roster next season.

  • mark

    Do people know that it’s okay to like both The X Factor and The Voice? They both have their pros and cons but I don’t think either are spectacular television. They’re singing competition shows, and that’s all they are supposed to/and try to be.

  • oneleggedjim

    So why hasn’t CW moved BATB to Tuesdays

  • Jonathan

    @Reed Exactly! The Voice has no chance of producing a real star because of that fact. They do not stand out in any way. X Factor is going to produce some stars this time around! Tate Stevens will have a career in country after this for sure! I have a feeling he is going to be very big!

  • Joseph A

    Impressed by the CW and their ratings ,
    CBS is solid as is ABC
    NBC , is getting close to CW ratings which is not a good thing
    My only suggestion for those that follow this web site ,
    Check out ,, The Neighbors , it is one of the funniest family friendly shows currently out !

  • Oliver

    Why are people talking up the terrible numbers for Whitney/GWK? They got 1.4 and 1.3 respectively, despite uncompetitive timeslots. There’s no getting away from it. 2nd and 3rd lowest ratings on the network, only beating an already cancelled show.

    I am convinced that someone at NBCUniversal is being paid to talk them up.

  • Percysowner

    Your right KS how DARE I give my opinion on anything on this board. It would be better to spend my time complaining about how TSC wasn’t renewed or going on and on about Nikita. How did I ever have the GALL to have an opinion and express it. Forgive me Oh Great Arbiter of what is permitted to be said on this board. I have offended you’re all knowing power.

  • Baaa!

    Suburgatory did about the same ratings in its previous slot and The Neighbors is doing worse so the move back could hurt Suburgatory more if you buy into large lead-ins = better ratings. I like Suburgatory in its later slot due to its content can be more adult than TM or MF. Did not like 30 Rock in early slots either. Whats the best 1/2 hour 9:30pm show now?

  • axola

    I enjoy Whitney more this season than I did last. Maybe is because this season new comedies have been a flop!!!! Cant stand Ben and Kate, Partners or the Neighbors.

  • Oliver

    NBC has expanded GWK’s order by 4 episodes.

  • rob60990

    NBC orders 4 more episodes of Guys With Kids according to Deadline.

  • Reed

    @ Jonathan

    I believe X Factor had at least 3-4 stars who are still active in trying to be stars in the industry. One of the contestants will be a star on Nickelodeon, the other two Marcus and Chris Rene have had singles played on the radio. There’s another one out there I believe but I forget the name. The Voice has struggled to have their contestants chart after the show.

    Tate Stevens is the one this season whose gonna be a huge country star. Emblem 3 is the next One Direction, Fifth Harmony likely gonna get a push from Simon. There’s some more contestants on there who I see being successful after the show.

    X Factor markets better in that area than The Voice does. Simon and L.A. Reid both said that they use this show to find talent to have on their record labels.

  • Reed

    @ Duncey

    You clearly read NBC’s train of thought well, they seem to be thinking about the future also picking up GWK by 4 episodes. They clearly want to see if Whitney/GWK can clean up some of those Holiday viewers.

  • Tessa

    I forgot to say I really enjoyed last night’s Arrow. It wasn’t as important in terms of the main story arc as last week’s episode was. But it did a lot to advance the characters. I am beginning to warm up to Oliver’s character. It’s still a long way for me to sympathize with him like I do with the Supernatural boys and angel, but I’m getting there. That dream/flashback sequence with him and his dad on the island was well done. I actually find island!Oliver much easier to feel for than GreenArrow!Oliver.

    The other character I began to like was Tommy. He might be a spoiled rich guy but he genuinely likes Laurel(who seems to be everyone’s dream girl in this city, their pool must be really shallow :))and he is the guy who isn’t lying to her or keeping secrets. He put a real effort to impress her and I didn’t understand why she resisted him when two episodes ago she was walking home with him hand in hand talking about being a couple.

    Anyways they just have to try a little harder with Oliver, untwist his panties just a bit, and I’ll be sold.

  • Mr Mumble

    “Whitney” and “Guys With Kids”: put a fork in ’em they’re done!

  • Michael

    Deadline reports: Guys with kids just got 4 episode back order (yAY)

    you guys are starting to get really slow

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