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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  • KS


    How many people do you really think would bother to check the promo of an episode? I don’t think many do.

    And based on info given by many posters here, Supernatural is not all that promoted and hence I don’t think, CW airs the promo of the upcoming episode in the ad break of other shows.

    Off-beat episodes are an asset of Supernatural. That is what make our show extra special. Bitten is good and it gained series low ratings NOT because of the episode per se but I think something else was on that day.

    I haven’t watched the episode yet. I have heard the description that they go to a cartoon land. Can anything get better than that? I am excited and will watch the episode soon.

  • Brian J

    If I understand this stuff, these ratings are as good as any regularly scheduled programming for season-long averages. If that’s the case, NBC might really be in competition for first place or at least a strong second.

  • SueP

    @Mae – Not surprised by SPN’s slight dip either. I loved the cartoon deaths – they were amusing – but the case and Sam’s flashbacks really didn’t fit together. It was like I was watching two different episodes. Not really cohesive story-telling, imo. I wanted to turn it off, but I’m glad I didn’t because the fight scene at the end was classic. I also believe it will bounce back up next week when the action returns and they skip the melodramatic domestic story-line.

  • TimsDale4ever

    Good for SNL. Some of the clips were great and showed when this show was really at it’s peak. This season is the worst ever…

  • omabin

    CSI is a monster… I am shocked with those ratings for a 10pm show

  • bluejays

    CSI is huge this year. If Revolution drops after the haitus – CSI will end up being the nets number one ten pm show. Two seasons ago it seemed on its way out and now its a really strong show again. Criminal Minds holding its own against Mordern Family.

    And the X-Factor still weak for Fox.

    Horrible numbers for Nashville.

  • John

    Glad my shows are holding up well.

    Supernatural was hilarious! Cas was on fire!

    Arrow was great. Loved the Huntress.

    There seems to be no show that could atleast relatively hold on to Modern Family’s ratings.

  • TVDude

    Wow, NBC above a 2.0 on a Wednesday without The Voice and with new competition from the other networks, including ABC’s Modern Family!

    I think it goes to show Wednesday’s potential for the network. Sure, these were “special” shows, but the current weekly lineup doesn’t even come close to these ratings. Also, SNL was basically a repeat, nothing new and probably extremely cheap… but effective.

  • DougF


    Bitten wasn’t even a series low rating I think a couple of episodes last season got a 0.6. Anyways people did watch that episode they just didn’t watch it live as per the DVR ratings for it, the Live+7 was 1.2. Which is basically the norm for a Supernatural episode.

  • Ryann

    Arrow and Supernatural are on fire, even if their down a bit. Supernatual hasnt seen numbers (mil wise) since the first half of season 6! Arrow is the new Vampire Diaries.
    Why oh why arent people watching Nashville? Nashville is awesome, last nights episode was sooooo good. At least its consistent? I reckon it’ll move to sundays and find a better audience their.

  • CenterGravity

    Wow, NBC probably wishes it was Christmas every week.

  • Ryann

    numbers like that*

  • SarahL

    Modern Family was hilarious last night. I missed The Neighbors. Oh well. Suburgatory was solid enough and I did not think that the product placement was that bad.

    Nashville is barely holding on. I think every one of ABC’s new dramas will have to crash for Nashville to be renewed. CSI’s ratings are surprisingly good.

    NBC has got to be pleased with its Christmas specials. They have done well.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “If I understand this stuff, these ratings are as good as any regularly scheduled programming for season-long averages. If that’s the case, NBC might really be in competition for first place or at least a strong second.”

    No chance they finish first. It’s a lock for CBS b/c of Super Bowl & AFC Championship game.

    I haven’t run the numbers to look at scenarios, but I’d be surprised if they could catch Fox for 2nd.

    Do not forget that Sunday Night Football ends in a month for the season, and The Voice ends soon for more than 3 months. NBC ratings will collapse in the meantime.

  • Justin121

    CSI, at age 13, in its second year at 10 pm Wednesday, is doing better than it did the last two years in the all-important Thursday at 9 pm timeslot.

  • Dan

    LOL at flop-factor cant even get to 3.0 on a live show hahaha what a joke!!!

  • Mi

    I hope Arrow is adjusted up.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “CSI is huge this year.”

    If by “huge” you mean, “It’s fallen vs. last season, but not nearly as much as some other shows I anecdotally recall” I agree completely.

    To put a little perspective on that “huge”, CSI 2011 Fall new ep avg was a 2.76, so far (not counting last night) it’s at a 2.43 for this season.

  • TVDude

    @Bill, NBC is also currently fourth in scripted shows, I believe.

    I know the whole average is what matters, but I find the scripted average to be the real indication of the network’s well being. Despite being up from last year, NBC’s scripted lineup is still struggling big time. All returning shows are down from last year, if I’m not mistaken.

  • Silvio

    yaaaayyy survivor!!!!

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