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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  • senor chang

    Wow, I really could not have been more wrong about how Whitney would affect the night. Very bad start to the multicam block.

    SVU and Chicago Fire are right back to the status quo. Shame for Chicago Fire, too. If Grimm is stable on Friday, they’ll be the weakest NBC dramas of the week.

    Why was Suburgatory down so much?

  • POIFanatic

    Holy ****! Supernatural was absolutely fantastic! It deserves higher ratings! It even featured the awesome Amanda Tapping! Cas was awesome! The whole storyline is looking really strong!

    Arrow made many of the characters endearing and expanded Oliver’s horizons believably.

    So glad these shows did well.

  • ccemerson

    WoW !! 15 shows aired last night on the networks and only 3 could garner over 10 million viewers. Sad times. Love how The Middle is so strong. :)

  • rob60990

    Don’t worry Whitney fans, it will be losing to Arrow in no time.

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


  • Jared

    Nice numbers for Arrow. That continues to impress

  • Happy Camper

    @ Samunto, I’m almost positive that it will be adjusted down no pun intended. The spike is because it wasn’t up against the Voice like last week.

  • rob60990

    “Why was Suburgatory down so much?”

    I have no idea why it was up so much last week in the first place. It was a horrible episode. Last night’s was much better.

  • Aiden

    X factor was awesome last night. Britney finally seemed to let loose and her commentary was way better. Nice to see its viewers raise. Also happy for Modern Family and Criminal Minds. Both amazing shows.

  • joe

    I like modern family more than big bang theory

  • DW

    arrow is one huge disappointment. i’m going to drop it soon. there is a ton of bad television out there right now.

  • Justin121


    Chicago Fire
    The Middle
    Criminal Minds


    The Neighbors
    Guys with Kids



    Modern Family is really a huge hit. Considering 1.8’s are now acceptable,it getting 4.6’s is unbelievable.

    Whitney and Guys with Kids should feed off each other and grow over time.

    Animal Pracitce was a wrong, wrong decision on NBC’s part.

    I just realized they had premiered 3 out of 4 brand-new shows on this night.

  • Chalrie Sheen

    Yeah this is a really disappointing start for Whitney, I know I am shocked at the turnout. Now I’m a bit scared for GWK’s future as they needed a strong turnout from Whitney to probably get the back 9 and time is clicking as they are very close to airing their 13th episode. I thought NBC did the best that they could do promotion wise. SVU and Chicago Fire didn’t benefit either as they pretty much got eh same audiences they were getting from the rest of the season. CF has been doing well in the second half-hour which is good news or that show.

    Criminal Minds and CSI are really strong together for older shows.

    Good uptick from X Factor this week after a couple of weeks of under performing, FOX needed some good news.

    Nashville will need to move from Wednesdays, it seems to be lost against the procedurals. ABC really should’ve just kept Revenge right there.

    Arrow is extremely strong right now for The CW. Supernatural definitely benefited again but I would like to see Supernatural move back to Fridays with Nikita to make room for Cult.

  • Dalilah

    I’m so happy Arrow is doing good and although Criminal Minds as been kind of dull this season I still enjoy it. And who the hell is still watching Supernatural?

  • brittney

    Suburgatory was so good last night, too bad it went down but as of now it’s still a lock for renewal in May so that’s fine with me.

  • Enzo

    It was a fantastic episode of Supernatural, I am very happy and satisfied with season 8. Congratulations team Supernatural!!

  • DKS

    I am surprise that Arrow did not get a rating higher than a 1.2(it was down from last week)it deserves higher. I did notice a little higher number for total viewers.

  • @BritneyLatina

    Britney VS Simon.
    Demi VS LA.
    Was the best last night hahahahhaha

  • Joe

    I find it strange how Happy Endings did a much better job of retaining Modern Family’s audience than Suburgatory is doing.

    I find it stranger how people keep ignoring the shows ABC keeps putting after Modern Family despite all of them being much better than Modern Family.

  • ReallyTired

    And Nashville got a full season order? ABC has got so many problems. And this is one for sure!

  • SueP

    Happy to see Supernatural hold it’s demo numbers. Really great episode last night. Didn’t want Arrow to dip, but it’s doing just fine. Wednesday nights are good viewing nights again. :)

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