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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  • Jay

    Xfactor is up but that’s still low compare to the voices season low. The voice > Xfactor.

  • Ram510

    Too bad NBC did air a new Guys With Kids, I bet it would’ve been up this week since most of everything else has been up this week. Same with The Middle it probably would’ve gotten at least a 3.0

  • Nikki

    You know I think SPN is allergic to telling a story. They keep on with this mix bag of crap in they will wonder why what happen to our ratings.
    They better hope next week they go up a bit.

  • Brenda

    pretty good for X Factor. those x mas specials are no joke

    carly rose is AMAZING!!

  • Mick

    They need to do something with Nashville. 5.65 is not good enough to survive for a one hour drama on a major network.

  • Charlotte Always

    For some reason I think it’s pretty hilarious that a repeat of ACBC has won the 8pm slot.

  • SJ

    Wow, how great for The X Factor. Beaten by an ancient cartoon and nearly tying a show that’s been on the air for over a decade. (Can you feel the sarcasm?)

    The week of ratings growth continues, which is nice.

    P.S. What was up with that episode of Suburgatory? Was is a product placement thing or did writers just take a bong hit before they wrote it?

  • rob60990

    CSI really seems to be gaining some steam.

    The SNL Christmas did extremely well, about double of what L&O:SVU & Chicago Fire would have done in the timeslot.

    I can’t see Nashville getting a 2nd season unless it does not drop this spring which is unlikely.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “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.”

    First of all, most of the improvements have been vs. last *week*, which, if can play a little Fan Excuse Bingo, was likely influenced by the holiday.

    And the reason the “trend” will be short lived, is that if shows air new eps next week, they’ll be compared to this week, and if they don’t return until after the holidays the normal season long undertow will take effect.

    There is absolutely no data to back up your “DVR catch up” theory out in public.

  • joel

    Laughing at X Factor, beaten by Charlie Brown.

  • gerry

    i’m starting to think ‘screw sunday’ with nashville and move it to thursday after grey’s. move scandal to the sunday slot. i mean, i doubt shonda rhimes will agree to such things, but i think it would be smart.

  • Mae

    I’m not really surprised by SPN’s 0.9.

    While the episode last night was surprisingly solid, I thought that the previews/advertisements actually looked incredibly stupid. Even as an avid fan/viewer, I was not really looking forward to it.

    SPN continues to think they can to these wacky/out-of-the box episodes and that they will stick. I think they are learning that not all of them do. Bitten was a good example, but I find it interesting that even SPN’s western episode from a few years back didn’t do that well. It seems like the more “classic” SPN episodes do better.

    I have a feeling it will bounce back up next week for the mid-season finale. We will have Benny and brother drama.

  • Charlotte Always

    Bill’s comments are beast.

  • Justin121

    CSI is the real story of the night.

    Highest-rated 10 pm show by a mile, excluding The Voice-boosted Revolution.

    CBS remained incredibley consistent throughout the night.

    Nashville – anotherincredibly consistent show. It’s this year’s Scandal.

  • marcos


    comedies doesnt work @ 10. NBC already tried it 2 years ago

  • Flip Flipside

    Simon Cowell fears Charlie Brown.

  • Dan S

    I haven’t seen last nights Suburgatory yet. It sounds like they gave heavy product placement for Microsoft’s Surface tablet. I remember a couple years back Modern Family touted Apples I Pad when Phil bought the 1st version which is a great product but wow commercialization being openly placed in to our shows big time now.


    @ SJ

    Did you see The Good Wife on Sun? If so, what did you think?

  • HalCapone

    Wow, CBS cop procedurals skew so friggin’ old.

  • Birdsht

    Who are these people acting enthusiastic about factor? Network or production folks? That show is a roughly polished unwatchable sun baked turd.

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