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.



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

    @juliedawn Damn. Thought for sure SPN would have hit a 1 last night.

    It was billed as an unusual episode. The cartoon aspect was what was stressed in the previews and interviews. Also, it was billed as a one off and not exploring the character or myth arc for the year. The last unique episode was Bitten which had mixed reactions at best. This may have discouraged people from watching. In any case, this is still higher than anything else on the CW this week, so it’s good.

  • Bee

    nashville was AWESOME last night. darn it i wish it went up. maybe next week. but i’m totally
    good w. the show moving to either thursday or sunday and the tuesday comedies going to wednesday at 10:00. it’s not like they could do any worse.

  • hammard

    So looks like everyone was up or steady except Supernatural (and even that was still fine).

  • eridapo

    Per Marc Berman

    Survivor 2.5 10.07/ 2.8 10.63
    CM 2.9 12.12 / 2.9 12.42
    CSI 2.6 12.16/ 2.5 11.81

    XF 2.5 7.30/ 2.9 8.15/ 2.9 8.34/ 3.0 8.53

    ARROW 1.2 3.66/ 1.3 3.75
    SPNRL .9 2.24/ .8 1.90

    Nashville 1.8 5.61/ 1.8 5.61

    CSI continues to astound me. Other than Revolution it is the strongest 10PM show on any broadcast Net. Nashville, however, remains unimpressive given the lead-in support.

  • JD

    I’m with Taylor – Happy Endings @ 10 on Wednesdays is better than where it is now, and Nashville is way more compatible with Revenge than Suburgatory.

  • mula

    why is ABC renewing nashville again?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “4 networks hitting a 2+ in the demos at 8pm. Pretty impressive.”

    That’s why we have The Gunsmoke Rule.

    Not too long ago, the appropriate comment would have been “Wow, nobody broke a 3.0 rating at 8pm” what happened?”

  • Mike

    CSI is getting stronger since they have the new cast. And seems to work well with CM. I have the feeling this show will be on forever.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Am I the only one who thinks ‘Apt23? should get the post-MF slot,”

    No, I’m sure plenty of desperate Apt23 fans agree with you.

    Nobody at ABC does though.

  • rob60990

    “Am I the only one who thinks ‘Apt23? should get the post-MF slot”

    I’m sure there’s other delusional fans like yourself who don’t recall this show already got post MF timeslot and did the worst of any show that aired after MF.

  • Wright

    Happy to see Arrow and SPN doing so good.

  • ReallyTired

    Face it, Nashville doesn’t work on Wednesday. Short dresses and high heels are great, but not at 10pm after Suburgatory.

  • richard

    i stopped watching modern family once season 3 ended. it was never that great of a show, but then it just got terrible. No, I’m not a homophobe. I loved Omar from The Wire. And Mitchell was probably my favorite character. I only say this so no one can accuse me of not watching the show for that reason, instead of the horrible qulaity of the writing.

  • Ted Craig

    No broadcast network will ever program sitcoms at 10. This is the most irrational idea repeated over and over again on this site.

  • eridapo

    Another day with most shows showing an improvement over their November numbers, this makes it 3 for 3. Like I said the past two days, I think this is due to people having caught up in their DVR viewing over the holiday weekend and watching live instead. This trend, however, will be short live. It will be gone by this week, and we will then see a return to the November numbers.

  • Josh

    I’d say move Nashville to Sundays after 666 Park Avenue end’s its run. It’ll go well with the soapy Revenge and Once Upon A Time that have large female audiences. Move Apartment 23 and Happy Endings to Wednesdays, cancel the Neighbors, and launch a new comedy block on Thursdays after Last Resort ends it’s run. ABC still has a number of dramas as well as comedies awaiting to debut.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “why is ABC renewing nashville again?”

    Unless you are one of our visitors from the future, Nashville has not been renewed.

  • cc

    Love seeing Charlie Brown beat out x factor yet again, but I want The Middle back.


    ABC Charlie Brown bests The Middle & most certainly The Neighbors avrg, MF mighty 4.7, but Subg fails to deliver @9:30 & Nashville 1.8 disappoints

    NBC Entire slate out performs usual lineup, good show

    FOX XFac about par

    CW The Arrow so on target w/ 1.2, SPN close behind

    CBS Survivor & CM about average, CSI continues to grow @ 10. You just can’t keep a good show down!

  • Tessa

    I wish Supernatural would adjust up. It was a great episode even though it was filler. Maybe it being a filler caused folks to fire up the DVRs but it was a good filler in ages and even advanced the plot a little. It’s amazing how this show still has it after 8 years.

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