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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  • Cerebro

    Say what you will about CSI. For a show in it’s 13th season, it’s still pulling solid numbers. If this ends up being NY’s final season (probability is high), I can, easily, see CBS keeping “original flavor” around for, at least, a couple more seasons. It remains their highest rated 10:00 PM drama and their 5th highest drama, overall (behind the NCIS power duo, Person Of Interest, and Criminal Minds). Why people want to keep sending it to Fridays on their fantasy schedules is beyond me. The show’s not done, yet.

  • Trip3

    Wow CSI is a beast!!!

    And I wish Nashville would do better its such a good show and i dont even like country music. At least its consistent though and i agree it should be moved to Sundays.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    Yes, but the margin vs. Fox is small in my averages (which counts all shows the same, regardless of run time)

    NBC 1.843
    Fox 1.957

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “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.”

    Even compared to your usual level of nonsense, that one’s a whopper.

  • K

    Nashville is not going to go up, because it is not H50 or Castle.


    @ KS

    The CW promo’d Nikita several times during Arrow, Remember 8/7, so we’ll see how that pans out!

  • Jackson

    NASHVILLE is at least stable. but they need to do something asap. they either need to move it to sundays after REVENGE. or they need to move it to THURSDAYS before GA or move SCANDAL to sundays after REVENGE and then move NASHVILLE after GA.
    i think the best bet would be to move Scandal to sundays after Revenge. Scandal is VERY VERY stable, so i think the audience would go with it and perhaps new people would watch it. both Scandal and Revenge are fast paced shows and they would make a great combo

  • Jonathan

    People act like sitcoms at 10 is such a terrible idea yet TVland gets great cable ratings with Hot In Cleveland and Happily Divorced!

  • Tessa

    @Nikki and @Mae

    I see your point. Whacky fillers are fun but only after you’ve closed an intense story arc and want to give your audience a break. I heard a lot of complaint around the fandom that after the emotional episode two weeks ago, which opened a new twist with Amanda Tapping’s character, it felt stupid to go back to this stuff. However that’s entirely the fault of the promos because the actual episode did have continuity and Amanda’s character showed up again. Plus loads of character development for Sam and Castiel. People should’ve given it a chance and producers shouldn’t have focused so much on the cartoon aspect in the ads, making people think it was a throw away episode.

  • Mickey

    So everything else is up and the CW is down? That sucks.

    No more comment thread for me. I’ve stopped watching Supernatural but want to remain spoiler-free so I can catch up if and when I hear it’s back to being the show about two brothers who would die for each other, rather than this imposter about two brothers who would leave each other for dead.

    So see you guys later! (Much later, from the looks of things. :( )

  • Ted Craig


    What I said was “no BROADCAST” network would do that. Cable plays by different rules.

  • Ashley

    I forgot SPN was even on until I checked my twitter feed lol. It was an okay episode. I’m really bored this season, although I adore Amanda Tapping. Everything feels recycled from earlier, better seasons

  • Jonathan

    @Ted I understand that cable is much different but more adult oriented comedies could play later.

  • DougF


    Don’t know what show you are watching.

  • eridapo


    I’m comparing the numbers to their November averages (Sweeps period) and not just one week’s worth of data (i.e like the holiday week), and like I said it is a “theory”.

  • CrimTV

    Anyone else wonder what NBC are gonna do about Go On/New Normal. They both have 22 episodes and by next Tuesday they would’ve aired a huge 11 episodes out of their 22. My guess is that they’ll run the episodes until the end of March to reduce repeats and use The Voice results to launch a new show, my guess is Hannibal as NBC chairman said that Hannibal wouldn’t premiere until April.

    Any thoughts on this?

  • ateofi

    Thumbs up for “Arrow” and “Supernatural” :)

  • Rebecca

    Cam in the tree on MF was great, but him dressed up as a Cat in the tree was priceless – wish that pic was here, lol. Watching last night’s SPN episode now, not up to any cartoon part yet – and I don’t ever see promos since it’s the only show I watch on CW and I stream it. Enjoying verbal quips from Dean and Cas….I don’t mind filler/stand alone episodes; they can be fun. Also, nice to see “A Charlie Brown Christmas” doing well after all these years.

  • eridapo

    Why do people keep stating the obvious “CBS shows skewed old”. Why is that a shock? Instead of thinking this is somehow bad, we should be looking at it as confirmation that CBS branding and marketing strategy works and captures its target market. As long as I can remember, CBS has always been thought of as the Grannie Network (the network your Grand Parents watch). Maybe that is what CBS wants to be… Maybe its strategy is to attract the greater number of viewers and if it gets the demos to go along with it the better.

    If you look at the entire history of what CBS has done, its shows are basically the same type of shows that it has aired since its inception. It has worked for them for over 60+ years, so why change?

  • Mark Wilkins

    Damn Modern Family is a beast and CSI still doing good after all these years. I did see Nashville’s piliot, but like most people who saw it, I stopped watching after that. Not really a fan of country music.

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