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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  • landon

    The Middle and Modern Family are the obvious winners on ABC Wednesdays. Weird how the night starts strong then falls then skyrockets then falls again…

  • mark

    I’ll agree about the Voice about how it churns out no stars. Melanie Armano hasn’t had much luck either but through two seasons, no stars have come out of The Voice.

  • Two

    I can’t believe that when Whitney was announced as Animal Practice’s replacement, that people thought it would actually help ratings. Whitney’s ratings sucked last year and they suck worse this year.

  • Jonathan

    @mark Chris Renee and Rachel Crow have been experiences success since X Factor. They are for sure the breakout stars from season 1! Melanie will fade away…

  • Covert Affairs

    “I can’t believe that when Whitney was announced as Animal Practice’s replacement, that people thought it would actually help ratings. Whitney’s ratings sucked last year and they suck worse this year.”

    Well it did improve the timeslot and did way better than AP, NBC knows they can trust this show better than AP and whose to say Whitney will suck worse this year? This is just one week of ratings, it might actually grow to be a bigger show in the future, you ever thought of that know it all?

  • Chris

    You might want to wait for the finals before you even say that much. And it could easily fall even further in the coming weeks. AP was at around 1.2, and 1.4 is hardly a significant improvement–and Whitney obviously costs more to produce.

    It isn’t GROWING, it’s SHRINKING. It’s a proven loser–did you ever think maybe AP might grow to be a bigger show? Of course not, because it was a FLOP. Just like Whitney. Only no cute monkey. :)

  • Mary 1

    Whitney did as well as I predicted which was between a 1.4 and a 1.5. But how unhappy can NBC be about it because I think 30 Rock and SNL did about a 1.0 or 1.1 in that time slot and AP was about that as well. Also Chicago Fire did keep the audience from its lead in Law & Order, so that one is probably safe as well.

    NBC needs a comedy from a big name I think if it wants to break out of its comedy rut on Wednesday or any other day. I think familiar faces are a plus in comedy and Whitney is just not that well known. If they had developed a comedy starring a Sarah Silverman then maybe.

    Modern Family had 2 comedy veterans in Ed O’Neill and Julie Bowen which probably attracted a lot of viewers at the start. Go On is not getting huge ratings but it’s NBC’s most successful new comedy and it stars Matthew Perry. I think NBC could get a big audience for the Michael J Fox comedy whenever that premier. They need that to build a successful comedy line up.

  • glover

    Arrow and Supernatural are a perfect match, the CW can’t separate them.

  • Oliver

    @Covert Affairs

    Right, because shows are well-known for suddenly improving in their ratings in the middle of their second season.

    Here’s my idea: retool the show. Kill off Whitney and turn it into a spin-off of Go On. I might actually watch that.

  • Darryl

    Yesssss Arrow and Supernatural!!!!

  • Jack

    @Joe Your arguement is invalid. Networks play a big part on what shows ratings are going to be. If Last Resort or 666 park avenue where on the CW they would be get .5-.7 ratings. Just look at Partners on CBS if that had debuted on NBC on the Wednesday timeslot it would be getting 1.0s but since its on CBS its ratings while bad for the network are typically higher than NBC comedies.

  • Oliver

    @Mary 1

    ABC launched an entire night of comedy at once, full of comedies featuring recognisable sitcom actors (Hank with Kelsey Grammer, The Middle with Patricia Heaton/Neil Flynn, Modern Family with Ed O’Neill/Julie Bowen, and Cougar Town with Courteney Cox).

    It was obviously a huge success, and I wonder whether NBC will try something similar next year. One problem is that NBC’s comedy development is just dreadful, and I don’t think the executives have the taste to pull it off.

  • JeffT

    Reading the ABC press blurb, you’d have thought Nashville had great numbers. It was down last night from last week’s 2.0 with less total audience than last week’s 6+ million. Hottest new show? Really?

  • toadytoady

    Finals on another site give SVU 1.74 key demo,which makes it the highest rated show on NBC for Wednesday.It may be long in the tooth,but still strutting.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Finals on another site give SVU 1.74 key demo”

    Somebody’s confused. It was a 1.7 rating / 4 share.

    We’ve got the NBC final numbers, but are still waiting for the finals for all the networks.

  • Kaylie

    Go Arrow!!! and X Factor!!! Love X Factor.

  • Kaylie

    Go Arrow!!! and X Factor!!! Love X Factor.

  • CrimTV

    is there final ratings tonight?

  • buddhaboi

    there actually seems to be a nice diversity of shows being discussed
    having said that, go supernatural and arrow!

  • ZmaX

    Why are there a bunch of people against separating Arrow and supernatural next season? SPN only has a few more seasons left. It won’t be in any danger of some sort of blind siding cancellation when all the newer shows are doing worse (even compared to SPN on Friday nights last season). Without Arrow, I could see it getting .7s/.6s on a weekday.

    The CW needs to help as many new shows as possible to create hits. They need to worry about expanding. In a few more years SPN and TVD will be over and they won’t have anything else to show for it.

    Pairing TVD with new shows hasn’t really worked out, but that’s a completely different situation from this. Having Green Arrow and Wonder Woman on the same night would be the prefect pairing. Their devoted comic book fans would sync up nicely together and most likely help each other out in the ratings. There is a possibility that this might not make a big difference, but it’s worth the risk.

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