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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  • Nope

    THE MIDDLE/SVU/CHICAGO FIRE are the only shows worth watching

  • Happy Camper

    @ ReallyTired, ABC has problems? I think not! It’s actually FOX and NBC that are doing a lot worse, even though NBC is picking up fast.

    FOX only had XFactor on because they know every show they put up on 10 pm will hurt their average which means they won’t win adults 18-49 on any night.

  • Jays

    That’s still low for Xfactor. Eek

  • Dan S

    I called it for Whitney’s premiere of 1.4. I knew the show would get buried on Wed which unless it’s the Voice it’s a tough nut to crack. I thought the bump Chicago Fire last week was a nice boost from The Voice & now it’s back below 2.0. Unfortunately Nashville also dropped down to 1.8 but at least it’s got a full season order. I agree that Suburgatory needs to return to 8:30 & get Happy Endings back on Wed.

  • rob60990

    “Was there anything special on X Factor? That spike’s too sharp…”

    It only gained 3 tenths and it wasn’t against The Voice this week.

    “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”

    I just looked and this is what he wrote:

    Elsewhere, Arrow on The CW remains a “winner” for The CW, but the network may want to end long-in-the-tooth lead-out Supernatural this spring.

    so to answer your question, yes. Why the hell would the CW cancel their 3rd highest rated show? They are having so many problems on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at 9, and Friday yet The CW needs to address the fact that SPN can’t hold 100% of the older people that watch Arrow? Talk about clueless…

  • Happy Camper

    @ Nope, add Modern Family to the list and I agree wholeheartedly!

  • BigBrotherFan


    I’m not going to comment on SUPERNATURAL because I havent watched since season one.

    Please do not try and tell me the “quality” of ARROW is better than NIKITA or Rachal Bilson in HOD. The acting from the lead is just down right awful and the reason I enjoy it is because it is so mindless and predictable. I really do not need to pay attention to this show at all. Katie Cassidy is a great actress and the rest of the cast but the lead brings the “quality” from a 8 to a whole level of campy.

  • Dantas


    Supernatural hit it’s high, a 2.8, on its first season…

  • richard

    i had no idea whitney was on its 9th season!

  • rick

    Amazing that that many people actually watch the serial killer of the week show, Criminal Minds. Former star Mandy Patinkin found the show’s plots to be “destructive to the soul” and left because he couldn’t deal with being a part of something so negative. Rapes & murders galore on this show. Talk about a “war on women”.

  • Ryann

    After watching Suspernatural last night, I was like please please please keep the high rating and it has! Very happy with Supernatural and Arrow, 2nd highest numbers but didnt keep the 1.3? Maybe it’ll be adjusted up.
    Why arent people watching Nashville, it’s really good, I was expecting ratings to be huge but its performing poorly.. why?

  • Max

    Remember when CSI was pulling in the #1 spot with over 20 million? I’m amazed it’s still bringing in half that many.

  • Wright

    Who is still watching Supernatural? I’m still watching it. That’s who. It’s one of the best shows on TV.

  • Ashley

    Last night’s episode was boring as hell if you don’t care about Cas. Most of my friends were pretty meh on it

  • Oliver


    They’re including the 7 seasons of Mad About You because it’s a half-hearted rip-off.

  • Paulo PT

    ABC should air the middle after modern family for 2 or 3 weeks to boost their ratings at 8pm.

  • Mano

    There should be two forums. One for the grown-ups and one for the teen viewers and their irrelevant analysis.

  • Jeff

    Read something about Nashville being a boring soap, and they are right. I like it a lot, but it’s SO SLOW! Let’s shake it up. It has so much potential but probably very little time left to prove its worth.

  • Kangarookeeper

    Chicago Fire was the most watched show of the night on NBC and it was on at 10:00 pm. It needs a better lead-in.

  • BigBrotherFan

    I’ll go out on a hunch here with NASHVILLE

    1. It has an awful lead in.
    2. The show really promoted itself as a old vs. young almost all about eve in a country music setting drama. Other then a few scnes in the first episode Hayden and Connie have not shared much screen time and the plot really isn’t how it was promoted. It’s still excellent. Perhaps they should can the plot with the two 20-something writers/singers because they are really boring. The only one in that plot that is really BRINGING IT and character is rather interesting is JOSHUA JACKSON. I say can em. Have those two fall in love and leave and have Jacksons character take the attention away from them with his guitair playing and join Brittons band in the show. He be a nice male counterpart to HAYDENS manipulative character. He’s darker. I like his character.

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