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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  • Oliver

    The NBC specials did very well. NBC’s pre-emptions were smart.

    Ditto Charlie Brown, albeit to a slightly lesser extent. Did better than a rerun wouldv later in the season.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Mickey – No, The CW isn’t down. Supernatural is down… Arrow is even with its last airing.


    @ Charlie Sheen

    I strongly suspect that CBS will not alter it’s Wednesday night schedule at all.

  • coolioni

    I really enjoyed last weeks episode of SPN, but this weeks to me was a bit weak. I did watch it all the way through , and I think the best part was the ending when Cass got transported back to that office in Heaven and talked to Nioami again. I like how they are keeping her character very mysterious so far.
    But being that its Amanda Tapping I really want to see more of her!!!
    Its sad to see ratings drops, but its expected to not keep going up and up every week.
    I still am trying to figure out weather I like this season or not.
    Sometimes it seems like its better than last season, than at times it still looks like it does not know what direction to go in.

    I really thought bringing back Jeremy Carver would help out the show tremendously since some of my favorite episodes from season 3-5 were written by him.

    I also think they have watered down the show a bit for younger viewers.

    No more sex scenes, less realistic knife slashings, The show seemeed to be a bit more appealing to me back in seasons 3-6 when they seemed to be really pushing things week after week.

    Its already half way through this season and what is the overall story arc anyways ?

  • Jon 8888

    NOOOO….. Supernatural down, :( sad


    @ Rebecca

    I so agree with Cam in the Cat Costume sitting in the tree would have been a much better pic! Really getting hooked on Arrow, watched live, as well as MF/SBG, Moonshiners & AHS. Will watch Nashville On Demand maybe tonight.

  • SarahL

    I love all the desperation in the air with this talk about Scandal and/or Nashville benefiting from moving to Sunday night. If Scandal cannot do well behind Grey’s and Nashville behind Modern Family, how on earth will either do better after Revenge on a Sunday? And when did Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. become a guarantor of increased ratings? Revenge was already a success when it was moved to Sunday at 9:00 p.m. and it was clear that it would benefit from having a strong lead in with a similar premise.

  • cloud 126

    The X Factor was super funny last night, Demi is going to snap on Simon one of these days. They take some real personal shots at each other.

    GO CSI! Can’t wait for Chicago Fire next week.

  • Ashley


    Meh, I would take Rufus and John and Ellen and Gordon and Henriksen over Benny and Kevin’s Mom any day. Like I said, Amanda Tapping is awesome, but the angels feel way past their due date (I loved the Uriel/Zachariah time period) and am bored with the possible major arc they are getting again. And I like Cas, but, again, he feels redundant to me. But I’m not a “destiel” shipper, so maybe those people are enjoying the season more lol

  • herpderp


    Thanks for saying that. KS claims to be a fan, but all he does is rag on it.

  • Doug in CA

    I love that the Charlie Brown repeat beat X-Factor. X-Factor never has lived up to all it’s hype.

  • Justin121


    You’re free to correct; you’re not free to insult.

  • AgentHarmon

    I could see CSI: lasting for about two more seasons before they can it. Criminal Minds is surprising too. I thought after Paget left this show would sink. Congrats, I love this show. And from the demo, I bet NBC is celebrating today.

  • joel

    The problem with X-Factor is they try to put in too much time-killing filler and hype, conflict and drama. I’d say people with at least an ounce of brains don’t have the patience for that and just want to see a lot of good singing performances. Between minimizing the superficiality and the coaches getting up on stage, The Voice just gives more quality performances per viewer time invested.

  • CBSviewer

    Half hours for CSI ?

  • BagToPunch


    Well, it’s the same week in week out on here isn’t it? The negativity is overwhelming.

  • Maya

    @Ashley and the rest of the people whining about SPN episodes

    If you don’t like the show anymore plz just stop watching, I’m so tired of read this kind of commentaries, specially the ones they don’t like the “fillers” episodes, all seasons have had filler episodes, we can’t expect that every single ep. will be about the main arc, that’s not SPN way to do things, and if I remember correctly the first seasons was filled of filler episodes.

    And this season is way too much better that seasons 6 and 7, and the change of day and pairing with Arrow has made the ratings very improved for the show.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Arrow was very good, with the introduction of the Huntress and a momentary appearance by Kelly Hu as China White again. The reveals about Merlyn are promising.

    Supernatural did one of their “wacky” episodes again, which usually bore me (despite the good writing: “Best wife ever! – Dean. :-) ) I’m also getting VERY tired of Sam’s flashbacks to his girl friend which don’t seem to be going anywhere interesting. They should dump that and concentrate on the new Cass problem, so we can see more of Amanda Tapping. :-)

  • LisaM

    I was aldready for some serious Dean/Cas talking an dthey get interrupted. Same when Dean and Sam get ready to level with each other. Why do the writers do this when they know its the relationships that make the show. I also see no chemistry between Sam and Amelia. End that whole thing now. I like Cas by the way, and would love to see him as a hunter but he was so not with it last night. And D/S did nothing to help him. So where does he go now? Poor guy has no place to call home it seems.

  • cloud 126

    @ CBSviewer

    10:00 – CSI
    Viewers: 12.16 million (#1), A18-49: 2.6/ 7 (#2)

    10:30 – CSI
    Viewers: 11.81 million (#1), A18-49: 2.5/ 7 (#1)

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