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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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
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  • richard

    @ Sue P ““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? ”

    we would use the honor system, knowing that the posters would be dignified enough to be truthful about their age ;)

  • Tessa


    Supernatural can then be moved to Tuedays at 8pm where it can help the new show at 9pm.

    It’s been discussed here before that the CW will not air Supernatural at 8pm because of its higher-then-PG rated content. Also as much as I love the show I doubt it is strong enough to prop a new show. Look at The Vampire Diaries on Thursdays. It’s their highest rated show yet it failed to save TSC and is now barely holding up B&tB.

  • K

    Fall CF, continue to fall

  • viewer

    I stopped watching Whitney last season after that horrible episode about how wonderful it was that her friend’s fiance was homosexual. Worst half hour ever of liberal Hollywood agenda pushing, enough that I don’t want to watch her again.

    Survivor is still entertaining and deserves the viewership in that time slot.

  • Kenny

    The good news is that Whitney will most likely top 30 Rock, Up All Night, Guys With Kids, and it might be 0.2 Behind Parks& Rec


    ABC renewed Nashville for a full season so it is nurturing the show. Nashville needs to move though. I think its stumbling why not move it on Sunday’s after Revenge and then put a new ABC drama on Wednesday. It just doesn’t work in this timeslot. Also its a very slow moving show and kind of boring. It doesn’t have the pizazz that Smash has.

  • f1

    Something was telling me that Whitney started too late. This show hasn’t been on since March. People probably forgot about this show. It is possible that Whitney and Guys with Kids will grow.

  • s0303

    @tessa…i disagree…they should try a new show after arrow next season…supernatural doesn’t need that lead in…it got 0.7 on fridays last season and should do at least that well (probably better) on another night, which is good for cw…cw need more hit shows and the best chance of that happening is using arrow and tvd as a lead in for them…

  • Mark Wilkins

    yeah it was wrong of me to say Supernatural and Arrow were better quality then the other CW shows since I don’t watch anything outside of Wednesday on the network.

  • Wright

    BigBrotherFan it’s JONATHAN JACKSON not JOSHUA…if you go on a rant get it right!

  • Pepper

    Half hours for Arrow and SPN?

  • Mickey


    SPN was build on melodrama nothing new.lol

    No it wasn’t. They explicitly laid out the rule in the pilot when Dean said “No chick flick moments.” Carver has definitely increased the melodrama. And it’s getting on my nerves.

    It was a good episode last night, but I’m going to stop watching. I think they’re making a big storytelling mistake by going to great lengths to make us believe there is nothing weird going on to explain why Sam left Dean for dead. They have given no indications on the show and there has been no new information in seven episodes, and they’ve even flat-out told us in interviews there is nothing going on. Well, congratulations, many of us believe that there is nothing going on, and the only alternative is to believe that you’ve assassinated Sam’s character. I can’t worry about for a whole season. If I find out later there was a good reason, like Naomi was manipulating Sam (even though the producers told us there is nothing supernatural about Sam’s “straightforward what-you-see-is-what-you-get human story”) I’ll catch up later. There’s no point in continuing to watch a TV show you’re not enjoying anymore.


    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.

    I agree. For its premiere without Arrow, SPN rated 0.8, the exact same as the s7 premiere, which was on Fridays to boot. It didn’t go up to 1.0 until Arrow premiered the next week, and it’s clearly a shift of viewers from DVR to live.

    Oct 3: 0.8 live +SD plus 0.6 DVR +7 = 1.4
    Oct 10: 1.0 live +SD plus 0.4 DVR +7 = 1.4

    Live demo went up by 0.2 when the DVR viewing when down by 0.2. Coincidence? I think not. And even just the moves off Friday didn’t do the job, if you look at the Oct. 3 numbers without Arrow. It’s the pairing of Arrow and Supernatural, the double feature that motivates people to make an evening of watching TV live, that is doing the trick. So the CW would be stupid to break up that pair. They know they’ve got something that works, whereas putting a new show behind Arrow might not work at all.

  • JC

    I really like Whitney and I hate airing episodes out of order but if there was ever one that needed to be pushed out farther into the season it was last night’s. It had a couple funny moments but overall it was way too serious of an episode.

    Also, I think this “rogue cop” story line for Chicago Fire is way too early. We should be spending the first season getting to know everyone and no consuming the lead character with a story ard. It is too distracting.

  • Jamie

    Really happy Supernatural didn’t fall in its half hours this week.

    Seems The CW have a stable night. Now all they need is something to fit well after TVD and they can have two.

  • iggy agrimotor

    Univision beats FOX on Monday, ABC on Tuesday, and NBC on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • toadytoady

    I agree with BigBrotherFan, they need to move SVU to Thursday at 10pm if they are really interested in keeping it.

    That 9pm time slot is killing it. At 9m ratings were 1.5 key demo (5.20),at 9.30pm ratings were 1.8 key demo (6.20). More people would watch if it aired at the later time.
    I mean Parenthood is winning the Tuesday slot with only 1.9 key demo.

    They dont seem to help SVU much. It wasnt on last week and it doesnt get much advertising and they never boost it with the Voice.Also the last aired episode wasnt very good so might have lost some viewers.This weeks was much better.

    Chicago Fire loses from the SVU lead in at 10pm,first half hour was 1.65 key demo (5.73), so down from the 1.8 SVU achieved. Second half hour stayed the bsame at 1.65 key demo (5.71).

    Neither show is helping the other.

    If they put SVU on Thursady at 10pm they might give it a better chance, if interested in supporting it.
    They will have to decide for themselves whether the 1.65 of Chicago Fire at 10pm is good enough to keep.

  • Joe

    This may be a stretch, but I can sort of see ABC slotting Happy Endings back after Modern Family, moving Suburgatory back to 8:30, and moving The Neighbors to Tuesday to die with Apartment 23. I love Apt 23 so I kind of hope not, though.

  • Percysowner

    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.

    Although Arrow helps, I think the big difference is not being on Friday. I hope they keep Arrow and Supernatural together so they have one strong night of the week, but I realize that is extremely unlikely. They will probably want to use Arrow as a lead off for a new show. I don’t think they can use Supernatural as an 8:00 show because it really is fairly violent. They may use it as a lead out to something compatible hoping to have the same results as they did with Arrow, but I would be surprised if they ever made it a lead in. If nothing else many of their viewers hop online and start discussing the episode, so some of the lead in value is lost.

  • thesnowleopard

    Wow, pairing Arrow and SPN really is a match made in CW heaven…

    …and already, the idiots are out in force, wanting to split it up.

  • BigBrotherFan

    WHO CARES if SUPERNATURAL FElL .1 or not between half hours-Its doing exceptionally well. Holy crap is this how the boards are going now ARROW+SUPERNATURAL=ARGUMENTS THAT ARE SO NOT NEEDED? Both shows are doing well MOVE ON!CASE CLOSED!

    Why not talk about the trainwreck that is SUBERGATORY losing nearly half of MF lead-in.

    Or how bad fox is doing with the pricey x-factor?


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