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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  • Restless

    @th & Dantas

    Dantas is wrong. I don’t know which demo they cited, but it wasn’t A18-49. We don’t know the A18-49 demos for season one of Supernatural, just the total viewers. I’m stealing from the Supernatural wiki, so it could be wrong, but apparently the highest known A18-49 it’s gotten is 1.7 in season two (average 1.4) and season four (average 1.3). Though it did get over 5 million viewers at times in season one (average being 3.8 million viewers), it’s really unlikely to have gotten a 2.8 for it’s premiere. It’s most watched episode wasn’t even the premiere; it was episode 13 (Route 666, one of the so-called ‘worst episodes of Supernatural ever’ :P).

    So, 1.7 would be the series high, far as we know. Compared to other shows on it’s network, Supernatural has always been a decent performer.

  • thesnowleopard

    Why are people so hot to break up a successful combination, six episodes after it was formed? It’s stupid.

    As for SPN going out in the next few seasons, the entire network is currently unlikely to survive the affiliate contract renewal negotiations in 2015, so I don’t see how that’s even a factor. In its current shape, SPN could last until that deadline quite handily.

    First of all, you can’t pair up SPN as a lead-in to anything. It’s far too violent for 8pm. The show has cable/R-rated gore. Seriously, people, when are you going to understand this? It’s been a limitation for the show since the very beginning.

    Second, there is no guarantee that the CW will even go with a Wonder Woman show (not least because the Wonder Woman franchise hasn’t exactly lit the TV industry on fire in the past). And even if it did, why pair up two of them on the same night? That’s stupid, too. If comics franchise shows, which are perfect for 8pm, do well for the CW, they should be on separate nights, so that they can anchor other shows the way Smallville and now Arrow has anchored SPN.

    As for TVD, yes, it does the best of all the shows on the network. But it also falls pretty heavily from season to season, has a large cast that really can’t be renewed in their contracts after season six, and (worst of all) is a failure as an anchor/lead-in show. Sure, you can argue that Nikita/TSC/B&B aren’t terribly good shows. But when you’ve got four shows in a row failing to retain any of TVD’s big lead-in, including one that benefited both from TVD’s predecessor and the current comics franchise show as lead-ins, you have to ask yourself if TVD can be used as any kind of an anchor for a new show, or whether its audience is self-contained and unlikely to watch anything after it.

    This is not to rain on TVD’s parade. Even taking into consideration that it’s got the best time slot the network’s got, it gets great ratings compared to its sister shows. Obviously, it’s a success for the CW. But every show has weaknesses, and TVD’s is that it doesn’t seem capable of helping the network grow other successful shows, either as follow-ups in the next slot or as similar paranormal romance shows.

  • thesnowleopard

    Jack is right. You’re missing the point of TV shows and why we have ratings. It’s not a popularity contest. Never has been. It’s about making money. With their respective ratings on their respective networks, SPN makes money and Last Resort doesn’t, so buh-bye Last Resort. Simple as that.

  • sandy

    Cece should have not been let threw!!! Really the worst voice I have

  • Networkman

    Bad numbers for Whitney’s season premiere. It didn’t help Guys With Kids at all. And with Law & Order:SVU as a lead in, Chicago Fire fell back down to mediocre numbers. The exposure from The Voice should of help. Why didn’t those new viewers return? For it to end up in third place this week is pathetic. So NBC has a bunch of shows that people will only watch if they are on after The Voice? Chicago Fire losing to Parenthood in the demo this week is ridiculous. It should simply be a one season show at this point. It got “punched in the mouth” by a 13 year old show.

    For next season, NBC has got Revolution, Grimm, Parenthood and possibly Smash to help build its schedule around.

  • Networkman

    I’m so tired of everyone saying Suburgatory should move back to 8:30pm. I find it to be a much edgier comedy that should air at a later time. I don’t find it as family friendly as The Neighbors. Secondly, if it is doing poorly behind Modern Family which has stronger ratings how low could it go this season behind The Middle. Suburgatory does not seem to be attracting a new audience whatsoever.

    If ABC is serious about a 2 hour comedy block on Tuesday come midseason, this is what I feel should be done.

    8pm Modern Family repeats
    8:30pm Family Tools
    9pm Suburgatory- This show had the chance to air behind both The Middle and Modern Family. I want to see how it holds up on its own before cancellation.
    9:30pm Happy Endings
    10pm Body of Proof

    8pm The Middle
    8:30pm The Neighbors
    9pm Modern Family
    9:30pm How to Live with Your Parents
    10pm Red Widow

  • iggy agrimotor

    Whats the best 1/2 hour 9:30pm show now?

    Apartment 23.
    American Dad.
    Parks & Rec.

  • susan

    Writers need to put more emphasis on rayna and deacon, boring without that
    chemistry…. Love the show.

  • Davis


    Suburgatory- This show had the chance to air behind both The Middle and Modern Family. I want to see how it holds up on its own before cancellation.

    LMAO… Suburgatory is one of ABC’s highest rated shows, why the heck would they then cancel it out of the blue?

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