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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  • Jeff R.

    The Neighbors is hilarious.

    Nothing works after MF. ABC would’ve been better off nurturing Cougar Town there. It held better than anything else they’ve tried there (HE is close). Now they’ve lost CT to TBS and Suburgatory, HE, and Apt. 23 are tanking.

    Just wait until January when CT scores a higher demo on TBS than most of ABC’s comedies.

  • lok

    I hope Arrow will be adjusted up

  • mula

    not bad for x factor. best ratings since that world series/scheduling debacle

  • AcE

    Arrow is the truth! CW should put as many resources as they can into developing the WW “Amazon” show they got going on for next year. This is the new direction for the network and it rocks.

  • Jenny

    Nashville might need to move come mid-season. The question is where to move it to? They could move Scandal after Revenge on Sundays, and Nashville after Grey’s on Thursdays but that’s really taking a chance.

    Suburgatory retention wise is a another disappointment after Modern Family. The Middle is beating it with no lead-in… jeez.

  • eridapo

    Halves per Marc Berman

    Suvivor 2.5 9.79/ 2.6 10.17
    CM 2.0 12.00/ 3.1 12.26
    CSI 2.4 10.98/ 2.4 10.64

    XFactor 2.7 7.57/ 3.0 8.46/ 2.9 8.10/ 3.0 8.22

    LOSVU 1.5 5.20/ 1.8 6.20
    CF 1.6 5.73/ 1.6 5.71

    Arrow 1.1 3.78/ 1.2 3.82
    Supernatural 1.0 2.33/ 1.0 2.28

    Nashville 1,9 6.19/ 1.7 5.59

    Another so so night of television this week….

    MF remains the top dog for the night, and CM and CSI remain solid. Most 1 hour dramas are below the 2.0 ratings while most comedies have settle into the mid 2s….

  • Dóchas

    What’s the big deal about how fast ratings are put up?
    Happy for Arrow and SPN. Last night was not the best Arrow I’ve seen but SPN was!
    So sad for Chicago Fire. I really wanted it to do well. I have no idea who or what Whitney is but NBC can’t be happy with those numbers either.

  • Emilio

    So happy that Arrow and SPN continue with excellent ratings. SPN is still making more than two million viewers which is a joy as last season ratings weren’t as good. Arrow continues to be great too.


    The Neighbors is the worst lead in for Modern Family!!!! IT SUCKS!!!!!

  • Cyrax86

    Can’t believe such an old show as CSI is doing better than almost anything at 10 pm.

    The Neighbors is not looking good now, compared to The Middle. Maybe How To Live… will really switch The Neighbors midseason.

  • Brian J


    They’ve got three (minor?) hit shows this season in “Revolution,” “Go On,” and “The New Normal.” Then there’s “Grimm” from last season. That’s a decent starting point.

    At this point, NBC really needs to clean house. It’s losing quite a few shows next season, but that’s a good thing, I think, because it gives the network a chance to establish some new hits. That is, unless it seems some good ratings for some of its midseason shows.

  • hammard

    So NBC may end being beaten by the CW at 8 again in the next couple of weeks. I wonder if Arrow will adjust up (it has the same Household figure and higher total viewers, although that’s obviously not a real indication).

    And Chicago Fire is back to its Halloween ratings. The Voice really does change all of NBCs ratings.

  • iMember

    Suburgatory continues to hold its candle for producing excellent holiday-themed episodes. I think last night’s episode revolving around Thanksgiving and finally meeting Tessa’s mom was truly touching. I wish the ratings hadn’t fallen from last week, because it deserved to be higher today.

    Great for Arrow and SPN. Interestingly enough, this is Arrow’s 2nd highest number in total viewers yet it’s just down 1/10 of a point this week. Perhaps it’ll be adjusted up in the finals.

    Not good for Nashville though! ):

  • Samunto

    I think we were overly optimistic about Whitney. Let’s see how it develops as the season goes.
    Was there anything special on X Factor? That spike’s too sharp…

  • SarahL

    Another funny and sweet episode from The Neighbors. I hope that it does not get adjusted down. Dick Butkus and Reggie Jackson are hilarious.

  • Clarke

    The Neighbors is SO steady. It is always in the 1.9-2.0 range. It has never fallen below that. I know those are spectacular numbers but the show certainly has a core fan base. Last night’s episode was hilarious- the best so far – the addition of Jackie’s exiled “sisters” was brilliant.

  • janus

    Alright! Supernatural still kicking butt.

    @Bill or Robert–how much of an idiot is Mark Berman? LOL! He has this thing that Supernatural is doing horribly in the ratings and should be cancelled/

    What planet does he live on? He also uses a lame retentionista argument–isn’t he suppose to be a professional?

  • Clarke

    * aren’t spectacular

  • ABC hater

    Saw that coming for Whitney. :/

  • elenas

    Happy for Supernatural, what an amazing episode!

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