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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  • TVDude

    I doubt NBC expected Whitney to pull anything higher than its series finale, which was a 1.6. Animal Practice was struggling to hit 1.0, so what is up is up.

    It’s also worth noting that Whitney did better than Guys with Kids, which is probably the first time this season that the comedy show before it did better. I have a feeling Whitney will hit a new season low, but will also do better than this at some point this season. So far, this whole week has been down overall.

    I think SVU should get renewed regardless this season, but next season should be a final season (come on, 15 seasons is a huge accomplishment). Not only would it close SVU, but it would bring the whole Law & Order series to a close. SVU would probably perform just as well Thursday at 10pm, opening up Wednesday night for a new lineup.

    I mean, Chicago Fire keeps proving that it can hold from its lead in. At the rate Revolution keeps falling, one would wonder if Chicago Fire would be better off there given its ratings last Wednesday.

  • vcoolwater

    I just want to point out Supernatural rating is higher due to Arrow. CW will move Supernatural to another time slot, the ratings will fall.

    CW most likely move Supernatural to Monday or Tuesday next season. Bring a new show to Wednesday, most likely any new superhero show that CW is planning.

  • Paleonut

    Way to go Supernatural! I think this proves SPN’s move to Wed was well deserved!

  • Tessa


    It’s ok to have a different opinion than the rest of the world. There’s a place for minorities in every society. ;)

  • Chalrie Sheen

    Well Whitney still kept up the quality run it had during the second half last season so as long as Whitney continues to pleases its fans it still can grow a more massive audience. Whitney might be a late ratings bloomer. Sometimes shows don’t grow until they get into syndication during their fifth seasons.

    It sounds like the people who watch Guys with Kids really like that show so that’s the good news so it just needs to grow an audience.

    NBC will need a two-hour multi-cam block next season. Whitney is not an 8pm show either probably should be on at 9pm. They should try letting Guys with Kids lead-off. It’s too bad that they have to wait until April to start Up All Night as a multi-cam because it could’ve aired at 8:30pm.

  • eridapo

    @ 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”.

    Are you serious? Where would TV be today if it didn’t have the murder of the week mystery as a staple.

  • Emerald

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

    Yeah what ruins this site for me is the teens who get on here with ignorant posts. They don’t know anything and I feel dumber for reading their comments. There’s some good knowledgeable posters on here but its hard to focus on their intelligence and learn something from them when these teens make some real corny unfunny posts that they think are funny.

  • Tessa


    CW most likely move Supernatural to Monday or Tuesday next season. Bring a new show to Wednesday, most likely any new superhero show that CW is planning.

    As much as it might make sense to use Arrow as a crutch for another superhero freshman show I doubt the CW would do it. At the state CW is right now they need a good combo like Arrow/SPN for at least one night. Splitting them apart and moving one or both to a different night will destroy whatever symbiotic relationship these two have built that’s working for them.

  • HalCapone

    NBC has big problems ahead. Once The Voice ends its run everything will collapse like a house of cards. And once the inevitable Voice fatigue sets in like it does increasingly quicker with these cheesy singing contests, NBC will be back in the toilet year round. Whitney deserves to wiped and flushed from NBC’s schedule. What happened to Chicago Fire without The Voice lead in is a clue to what will happen to Revolution and Go On, although both of those shows seem to be dying off on their own, albeit a slow death.

  • Bob

    Guys with Kids deserves better ratings. Such a shame. It is a really well put together show that hopefully at least gets a full season. It needs a new night though for sure.

  • Jonathan

    X Factor is finally starting to recover from all the f’up stuff FOX did to it a few weeks ago! It is such a good show! Britney has really improved since the auditions and she is looking so hot these days!

  • eridapo

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

    LOL… I would suggest that if there were two forums they should be divided between CW and nonCW shows…..

    The Wednesday thread has become like the Friday thread of the last two years — evert other posts is about Supernatural. Much is said about it, but little discussion about actual ratings. BTW… I was a fan of SPN.

    I also hate those TSC posts. TSC is dead, and it is about time those posters move on….

  • CP

    MF had its best episode of the season IMO, I hope it goes up in its final numbers. And apparently I was too optimistic about Whitney and I don’t even like the show.

  • Reed

    NBC has to be real happy about Chicago Fire right now. They finally got a 10pm show that is basically performing on its own.

    Just like TVDude and Sheen, I’m expecting Whitney to hit a series low probably next week due to Thanksgiving but there’s something telling me too that Whitney and Guys with Kids will be way higher than this later in the season. I think their about to take off together.

    It looks like the better performances from last week on X Factor really helped the numbers. I wouldn’t be too surprised if X Factor keeps growing before the finale. I think the mess with the election, Voice, and baseball brought it down immaturely the last couple of weeks.

  • vcoolwater


    CW is struggling on Mondays and Tuesday. They need a “strong” show to help anchor one of the nights.

    They can easily move Hart of Dixie to Mondays and pair it with 92010/Carrie Diaries.

    Supernatural can then be moved to Tuedays at 8pm where it can help the new show at 9pm. This would be smart move. However it might expose Supernatural to weakness and it might not be able to do as well as it did with Arrow. It worth the risk.

    A show should be able to stand on it own. Supernatural has a loyal fan following and should be able to do well on another night.

  • POI

    i hope arrow gets adjusted up

  • richard

    @ oliver ha ha nice

    this coming from a guy who has never seen MAY but i can still appreciate that joke.

  • SueP

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

    How exactly would you distinguish between the two? :)

  • Julie

    @Big Brother Fan
    That’s Jonathan Jackson, not Joshua Jackson.


    The X Factor went up which is good news for FOX considering though last two weeks it was Halloween and also up against the Voice. Honestly if CeCe doesn’t go tonight I will throw something at my TV. That was one of the worst performances I have ever witnessed on TV it was so horrible. She is just horrible and Demi really while she is a good judge she sucks at mentoring. Demi would be a better Idol fit. Shes a much better judge then mentor and Britney is the opposite better mentor than judge. I think the winner will be Carly Rose, Tate Stevens or Emblem3 is my guess.

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