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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  • SarahL

    I did not realize how low Nashville’s ratings are.

  • vcoolwater


    Sorry I disagree with you. SHould CW be content with just doing well on Wed. They are bombing on Monday and Tuesday. Supernatual can get rating of 0.7-0.9 without Arrow’s help. They can easily move it to Monday and Tuesday.

    A new show can be helped by Arrow led-in. It is not sure shot, but it would be stupid for CW not to try.

    ABC tooks a risk by moving Grey’s Anatomy from Sunday to Thursday and it paid off.

    If CW want to do well, they have to take risk.

  • Oliver

    Moving HE/A23 to 10 on Wednesday, moving Nashville to Sunday and moving Shark Tank to Tuesday might be their best bet.

  • dryedmangoez

    Yay for Supernatural!! Doing amazing on Wednesdays

    Too bad for NBC’s comedies. But SVU-Chicago Fire is doing okay even that low

  • boogke

    Numbers for Whitney weren’t great but no disaster either…it needs time to settle into the slot and gain momentum again, its been off the air for a long time and people need to refamiliarize themselves with it. I also don’t think NBC’s expectations for it in that slot are very high, if it ticks up after tenths in the coming weeks it should be ok.

  • SueP

    @Richard – Ha! The honor system. OK, I’ll start. I love Supernatural and I’m … well above 40… is that sufficient? Can I stay? :)

  • Tony ^_^

    I enjoy “Whitney” as much as the next person, but even I knew it wouldn’t “save” NBC Wednesdays. Too bad it’s lower though…

  • Bookworm

    Everything seems to be hitting low or setting new lows this week. I can’t think of anything major that happened that would cause it.

  • CBSViewer

    Maybe CW should try to air one new episode of Supernatural on Tuesday at 9 to see how it rates in this slot like CBS did last year with The Mentalist.

  • vcoolwater

    I am not shocked Chicago Fire dropped. It is very lead-in dependent. I don’t think it will dip below a 1.5. However the competition is not very strong. I am sure NBC is not exactly happy.

    I think ABC needs to fixed thier schedule. Move Nashville to Sundays at 10pm. The show would be a good companion to Revenge. Test Shark Tank on Thursday and create a true TGIF block on Fridays. Also try a new drama on Tuesday.

  • YO

    “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.”

    Good points JC, last night’s eppy of Whitney was way too serious for an opener but at least it hasn’t dropped in quality from the last 16 episodes of the season which is good news.

    On Chicago Fire the rogue cop storyline does feel early but I think it was necessary too since CF needs to draw an audience with a captivity storyline. It looks like the rogue cop will comeback at some point too.

  • Jonathan

    Everyone needs to watch X Factor! Britney Spears has a killer team and Carly Rose is slaying everyone else!

  • Greg

    Whitney is really low. I don’t think it gets any additional episodes if it doesn’t recover.

    NBC will have Up All Night’s multi-cam episodes ready by April and in the meantime they could burn off one-hour installments of Save Me like they did with Bent last season.

  • moshane58

    Love Chicago Fire,Supernatural and Arrow..Like to see American Horror ratings.

  • Michael

    Arrow impressive total viewers, but the show seems to skew old or really young.

  • Wright

    TVD should be paired with Cult.

  • th

    @Dantas thanku. Wow thats huge. Or was that the 1.0 of those days.

  • J-Boy

    Everyone needs to watch X Factor! Britney Spears has a killer team and Carly Rose is slaying everyone else!

    Meh… Who cares??

  • vcoolwater


    Most likely old. Comic book fans are an aging population.

  • Vanessa S.

    Why the heck should Supernatural be moved yet again? This little work horse of a show has earned this Wednesday spot as far as I’m concerned. It’s been bounced all around the place, even being shunted to Friday nights to die off. It didn’t die and earned the privilege to have a better spot in the line up.

    Last night’s episode was great. I’m not a hardcore Cas fan but I enjoyed the whole story line last night. The only character I’m not fond of is Mrs. Tran. Otherwise, the episode was aces (to use an old term).

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