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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  • Tessa

    @Mickey and @Ashley

    To each their own. I think this season is a leg up from last season. There’s a solid storyline, plus continuity and side characters who are actually interesting. And last night’s episode actually had a theme (Running from your problems and living in your head.) If you watch just to see two brothers die for each other you should’ve stopped after season 3.

  • BagToPunch

    I hate the word “garnered”… There, I’ve said it.

  • Damo

    @Crim TV

    I do enjoy watching both The New Normal and Go on and it would be nice for it to near enough run straight through because i’m looking forward to Hannibal and The voice would be a decent lead in for a new series but what do you think about the two comedies any highlights at all

  • eridapo

    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.

    Credit Ted Danson and Elizabeth Shue. Danson’s character, though not like Grissom, brings stability to the team. Shue too is doing a wonderful job of taking Catherine’s place as the team’s second in command.

  • eridapo

    @ Bill.

    Did someone put a little extra in your coffee this morning? The snarkiness is back with a vengeance.

  • LisaM

    SPN was great last night but the show doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.

  • Michael

    Nashville was awesome last night. The duet with Hayden and Connie was great. I wish more people would watch it LIVE.

  • Lance

    Surprisingly good night for NBC. Considering Wednesdays are usually one of their weaker nights of the week (Poor “Must-See-TV Thursday” will definitely have that honor this week), this should prove to be another great week for NBC.

  • SarahL


    Nashville and Scandal are stable and low which are the ingredients for a cancellation recipe. Both shows have great lead in shows so I highly doubt shuffling either show into a new time slot will make any difference to their ratings. The tv viewing audience has made their decisions about both shows loud and clear and it is not good.

  • Justin121

    I’m pretty sure CSI was trending down to 2.2s on THURSDAYs.

    So to go all the way up to 2.6, two years later, in a less-watched timeslot, is notable and impressive.

    (Disclaimer: I don’t have every single data point — I’m free to make remarks observing long term trends from memory on a comments section. I’m not writing a PhD thesis. Sheesh. Chill)

  • AJ

    Looks like ABC is saving some The Middle episodes for double bills?

  • KS


    It was my mistake. Bitten ratings were a season low, not ‘series’ low.


    Can’t agree with you more. For the first time ever, I am watching this show only for monster of the week episodes. Characters are completely out of their line and even Crowley is not funny. I think, Dean has got a shot of estrogen in purgatory and he is behaving like a girl. Only interesting character this season so far was Benny. Looking forward to see more of the character. I stopped taking Sam Winchester seriously. His flashbacks are disastrous. I am glad, Castiel is at least not crazy. Kevin is completely ruined. Amanda Tapping/Castiel story line looks promising though.

    And Mickey I agree with you, I want the story-line where brothers are ready to die for each other. I am bored of all this tension and angst. Its not working anymore. And we want more brotherly moments on the show. But I am fine with Sam not searching for Dean, at least not disappointed as much as you guys are.

  • BagToPunch


    Give us a break. Last season (and before) you were ragging on SPN, going on about how it all ended for you with season 5. So, don’t act like this is the first time you’ve found issues with the show. In fact, for all your SPN themed chatter, you’re almost entirely negative about it.

  • Mary 1

    I forgot Nashville was even on so I’ll have to check out on demand for it. I do think it would do better on a Sunday. That kind of soap opera style works then and I’m always looking for something to watch besides Amazing Race & its crazy schedule.

    NBC ratings on Wednesday shows people will watch if you put on something on that they are interested in, and apparently that’s Christmas music and special holiday SNL. I don’t know what they can extrapolate from this to help their regular Wednesday line up though.


    @ eridapo

    “CBS shows shew old” but ABC has DWTS & Castle, the oldest skewing of them all.

    Never heard of the Grannie Network but have often heard the Tiffany Network.

    CBS has changed a good bit since its inception but tends to schedule shows the viewer wants to watch. They have outstanding marketing strategy.

  • RG-X

    Arrow still strong after being off a week

    CSI strong

    X Factor up

    Looks like everyone did fairly well across the board.

  • spjr

    I think Scandal should be moved to Sunday nights after Revenge, there both similar shows and would definitely help Scandal go up. Scandal has been very consistent in the ratings and unless it drops dramaticallyI see it bbeing renewed for another season. I can’t say the same for Nashville tried to watch it, got thru the first three episodes and gave up, can’t see this being renewed next year

  • Anon

    Surfaceatory was one of the more blatant product placements I have seen recently. She did everything but dry hump that tablet.

    They also spent a lot of time fidgeting with the soda cans during that pizza scene.

    As long as it helps pay the bills…

  • Tyson


    The rest of us are free to correct you when you make mistakes. Either your memory is faulty or you are too lazy to check the data points.

  • Charlie Sheen

    Very competitive night with the Holiday specials but what amazed me more than anything was how strong CBS’ Criminal Minds and CSI have been all season for veteran shows that have been on either close to a decade or over a decade. CM finally beat Modern Family for the first time this season in viewers. CBS shouldn’t mess with this tandem next season just leave this alone for now. CSI might be the strongest 10pm show going right now. Having Chicago Fire not on this definitely benefited the boost.

    For FOX, X Factor is starting to become pretty consistent and that’s something FOX needs right now is a consistent program that can skew young in the demo. I’m not sure if X Factor will grow in terms of viewership for the rest of this season but it really is like night and day look at their Tuesday and Wednesday numbers.

    I can’t believe Arrow is holding up this well even with the break. CW should really put Cult behind this and move Supernatural back to Fridays with Nikita.

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