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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  • Oliver

    There was only 5 unaired episodes of GWK left.

    I suspect this is a bet-hedging move to keep it in production for a little longer, which isn’t exactly a huge vote of confidence.

  • Jon 8888

    OMG why everyone is against Supernatural , I don’t understand. , I luv that show , some comments are so unnecessary.

  • Homer

    Oh I can breathe, GWK back for 4 more eppys.

    Go Whitney and GWK!

  • Jonathan

    @Reed Rachel Crow is the Nickelodeon girl! She is absolutely incredible! Since X Factor she signed a record deal with Columbia Records, released an EP, Signed a development deal with Nickelodeon, appeared several times on Fred: The Show, appeared on Big Time Rush, appeared on Figure It Out, filmed a pilot for her own Nick show, performed at the White House, toured all summer with Big Time Rush, currently has a song on the new Nick Christmas album, and will be performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

  • Sean

    Why is Whitney still on the air?

    I’d say there’s a really good chance that Whitney will be 6th in primetime the next time it airs against Arrow.

    Go NBC!!!

  • KS


    I don’t understand why you are so angry at me. I gave my opinion about the percentage of viewers of a show that post on message boards. How is my post in anyway insulting?
    Of course, you can give your opinion. When did I stop you from doing so? But I don’t think its just right this time. My post is as valid as your post and one of us may be wrong.
    If the word “extremist” is what bothering you – let me make myself clear – I am/was really a huge fan of Supernatural and hence I actually check out everything about it on internet. I consider myself as one extreme fan of the Supernatural.

  • Chris

    I honestly don’t get why ‘The Neighbors’ has higher ratings than ‘Guys with Kids’.

  • Fred

    Good for CW. They finally have more than just Vampire Diaries to call a hit.

  • Michael

    was last week an all time low for a regular X Factor episode?

  • herpderp

    In the Dallas/Ft. Worth market, Arrow beat out NBC and ABC in the 7-8pm hour and came very close to beating the X-Factor in the 18-49 demos.

  • Fred

    X Factor is an overproduced (the fans,lights…..) mess. But still quite enjoyable.

  • ToXiX

    You people are too obsessed with ratings if TvByTheNumbers doesnt put them up fast enough for you.

    Quit your bitching and read the ratings.

  • dragos

    What do you think about Survivor? Will get the renew for 27&28? I’m a big fan of the show!

  • mm

    There are a few shows that deserve to have better ratings and maybe a little of publicity may help….one of them is THE MIDDLE….this shows gets better and better week after week and the plots are just entertaining without being too risky….and its a show that the whole family could watch and enjoy together withour being afraid of getting akward.

  • Rave

    The Voice finalist Chris Mann’s debut album debuted with 2,599 copies sold.

    The winner Jermaine performed his debut single on The Voice last week, and it failed to chart on iTunes at all.

    Christina’s album is bombing, and her performance of Make the World Move on The Voice failed to move it into the iTunes Top 100.

    The Voice is like a cursed fate.

  • Kangarookeeper

    @Rave What about Adam Levine and his string of number ones?

  • Reed

    @ Jonathan

    Yeah that’s her name Rachel Crow, she is the one with Nickelodeon. She already started on there with guest appearances and their developing a show for her too as the lead. That’s the thing about X Factor they have under 18 performers who can hit those pre-teen and teen demos. Simon knows exactly what he’s doing.

    The Voice doesn’t have record producers on hand like Simon and L.A. Reid to lead the contestants after the show is over and that’s the difference. I would recommend contestants go to X Factor over The Voice or even Idol but Idol is oversaturated so its kind of tough to break out. I see a number of America’s Got Talent contestants who get out there pretty well too like Jackie Evancho.

  • Joe

    Arrow is a hit for the CW. Emphasis on the CW. But Last Resort get’s a 1.4 and it will be canceled. Park Avenue gets a 1.2 and it will be canceled. Because they aren’t on the CW. Grimm, on a Friday, get’s a 1.7 and it’s a nice little hit for NBC. My point is it’s a nice little story but it’s really just a cult hit. As are all CW shows. A 1.2 even on cable isn’t huge. It’s very solid. But the big hits on cable are SOA, GOT, TB, TWD, which all get much bigger ratings and destroy Arrow easily. Even AHS gets fewer viewers but easily beats Arrow in the demo. Arrow skews very old.

  • Jonathan

    @Kangarookeeper He is a judge and an established musician. Rave is talking about Voice contestants.

  • Kangarookeeper

    I was referring to Rave’s comment:

    The Voice finalist Chris Mann’s debut album debuted with 2,599 copies sold.

    The winner Jermaine performed his debut single on The Voice last week, and it failed to chart on iTunes at all.

    Christina’s album is bombing, and her performance of Make the World Move on The Voice failed to move it into the iTunes Top 100.

    The Voice is like a cursed fate.

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