TV Ratings Wednesday: 'The X Factor', 'Modern Family', 'Criminal Minds', 'Survivor', 'CSI' & 'Suburgatory' Up; Plus America Loves Holiday Specials

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November 29th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.8/8 2.8/8 2.7/7 2.5/7 1.6/4 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.6/8 2.2/7 1.4/4 1.9/6 1.5/5 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 8.082 7.972 11.538 7.957 3.854 2.889

ABC and FOX tied for number one network in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

Most shows rose from Thanksgiving Eve last week, when viewing levels were down.

On FOX, The X Factor earned a 2.8, up 27% from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Survivor: Philippines scored a 2.7, up 17% from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds garnered a 2.9 up 7% from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. CSI earned a 2.6 up 8% from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, A Charlie Brown Christmas scored a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating up 4% from last year's 2.8 on December 5, 2011. Modern Family earned a 4.7 up 2% from a 4.6 on November 14.  Suburgatory garnered a 2.6 up 8% from November 14’s 2.4. Nashville notched a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, even with its November 14 performance.

On NBC, Christmas in Rockefeller Center scored a four-year high 2.1 adults 18-49 rating up 11% from last year’s 1.9..The special Saturday Night Live: SNL Christmas earned a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Arrow garnered a 1.2 adults 18-49 even with November 14.  Supernatural scored a a 0.9, down 10% from November 14’s 1.0.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, November 28, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC A Charlie Brown Christmas - R 2.9/8 8.85
FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 2.8/8 8.08
CBS Survivor: Philippines 2.7/8 10.35
NBC Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2.1/6 9.09
CW Arrow 1.2/4 3.70
9:00 ABC Modern Family 4.7/12 11.95
CBS Criminal Minds 2.9/8 12.27
NBC Saturday Night Live Christmas (9-11PM) 2.7/7 7.84
CW Supernatural 0.9/2 2.07
9:30 ABC Suburgatory 2.6/7 6.88
10:00 CBS CSI 2.6/7 11.99
ABC Nashville 1.8/5 5.65


via press note:

 In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night: 
> * In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5. 
> * In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: > "> The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,> "> 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.7/3 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
> * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) tied "Late Late Show" (0.5/4).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



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  • SarahL

    I always remember ABC showing two episodes of Modern Family to give Nashville’s premiere a huge lead in and it could not hold onto that audience.

  • Cass rowlwland

    Nashville is fine it would be much better if people watched it live

  • panda22

    hopefully arrow is adjusted up….but history is not on its side. 3.7 million is waesome though…for the cw.

    nashville is rip come may.

  • Jonathan

    I very highly doubt the voice has anyone that comes close to how amazing Carly Rose is!!! There is no way!

  • Haha

    I so agree bro. Everyone on The Voice is far more talented than Carly – the best of X-Factor. She doesn’t come close to anyone on The Voice.

    …I should know. I don’t watch either of them and don’t care.

  • thesnowleopard

    Nice to see Arrow and SPN holding up. Didn’t think too much of last night’s SPN hot mess ep, but it’s nice to see it keeping up in spite of the godawful Sam flashbacks, since dead shows can’t improve.

    I liked the intro of the Huntress on Arrow. Yeah, she’s Catwoman-lite, but I’ve always been a sucker for Catwoman, so that’s more a plus than a minus for me.

    God help me, I’m actually getting into Nashville a little now, since there’s nothing else on in that time slot, so I guess it’s just as well it got a full season order. Just dial Panetierre back a good bit more. She tends to irritate in this.

  • Carl

    I think Supernatural mostly needs a little dose of energy. There’s no momentum as of right now for the tablet story, even though there’s potential. I like the idea of introspective stories, but some of them are introspective without telling us why or how. Sam’s story seems flat, and they disconnected his close relationship with Dean without telling us why. In theory, it’s good to talk about letting go, being too tired to go on, being tired of the life and of a codependent brotherly bond, but in reality, this show isn’t about that, and when Sam is somewhat pissy and has a lot of wishy-washy flashbacks to a woman viewers don’t know, he seems cut off. I’m fine with a show about brothers, but I don’t want to see just brothers (even the first three seasons were more than just brothers) and I want to see brothers who genuinely care about each other. I know Sam cares about Dean, but the writing lets him down this season. I think the writing has been good for Dean – he’s still a bad-ass, he just doesn’t need to constantly glower and repress.

    Castiel’s story, in the episodes where he’s actually on (not many, it seems), is probably my main reason for watching. There’s action, drama, some comedy, some character growth, and some consequences for the crappy stories about the Leviathans. His scenes last night talking to Dean about suicidal thoughts are probably the best I’ve seen on TV this season, so far. But he always leaves again before his character can have a solid focus. When he’s around and they know how to use him, he enhances the show, enhances both Sam and Dean.

    I don’t think the marketing for the last episode was the best, as they focused only on comic relief when the episode was very serious. 8 seasons in, people should expect some misleading, but I wonder if any viewers expected to laugh more and then tuned out when they realized they weren’t.

    I’m sorry about Nashville. To be honest I don’t like the cast as much as most people like them, but I’d like to see dramas have better ratings, especially serialized dramas.

    The Rockefeller Christmas was so dull this year (even the Rockettes were wearing dull outfits), they were lucky to get those ratings. The highlight was Cee Lo Green wearing a Muppet, singing with the Muppets, some sample of that old Sesame Street song.

  • r0ckmypants

    @SarahL – But Nashville is holding onto more of Suburgatory’s audience than Suburgatory is of Modern Family’s. So, by your Retentionista argument, is Suburgatory definitely getting canceled?

  • r0ckmypants

    @SarahL – As far as I can remember, every show drops from its series premiere to its second episode (I’m sure there are examples of this not happening, I just don’t know any), regardless of lead-in. And the expectation of Nashville following a double-header of Modern Family and then an episode of Suburgatory will be vastly different.

  • Fred

    Nashville is a very entertaining drama that should be rated higher. The show really works on so many levels.

  • Tai3

    “xfactor is a huge flop five singers in two hours the rest is all drama.”

    Entertaining drama though I usually fall asleep on The Voice. The X Factor knows how to keep their audience awake for the most part even if the show is a joke.

  • SarahL


    No retiontionista argument here. My original point is that Nashville is likely getting cancelled because it is one of ABC’s lowest rated dramas. I then rebutted the people who are arguing that moving Nashville to another time slot will increase its ratings by point out that if Nashville cannot hold onto the larger audiences of its lead in shows now, it is far unlikely to do so on a more difficult day and time slot. At the core, I am arguing that while the strong lead in can help a show get off to a good start, it is either a hit or not. A better time slot can help a hit show build an audience, but it cannot make a flop into a hit show.

  • Barbie

    @eridapo I completely disagree with you concerning Russell’s trust in Finn’s. I think he trusts her abilities, but he’s far from trusting her completely. I think it was clearly shown last episode how he still doesn’t trust her to have her emotions in check. Besides, he can trust her all he want, she’s still not second-in-charge at the lab. She’s far down in rank below him.

  • ICBBsFuture

    How the hell does Modern Family do so good? I mean I like the show but c’mon now it isn’t the greatest sitcom I’ve seen. I mean good for them but Daaaaaaammmmmnnnnnnn!

  • A very true TV fan 1986

    Seriously, ABC, move Nashville to Sundays now!

  • POIFanatic

    @rockmypants: Try Arrow. Its the only show that has remained very close to its premiere numbers even after so many weeks.

  • Networkman

    Wow, it is quite sad when an SNL Christmas special does way better than episodes of Law & Order:SVU and Chicago Fire. I feel the SNL special actually prevented Criminal Minds from garnering higher ratings.

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