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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  • a p garcia

    can’t believe that after all the years, Charlie Brown still pulls in the ratings

  • soso

    good for the x factor, the voice is a big hit for nbc but the x factor is also doing not bad any show wish to have x factor ratings, next season they may only reduce the costs of the production and it will do fine

  • Sarah

    I enjoy Nashville. I wish it would stay steady around a 2.0. I hope they have some good dramas in development

  • rick

    X-Factor was beat down by Charlie Brown (a very old rerun), and Criminal Minds, and was CRUSHED by Modern Family.

  • Sarah


    I completely agree with your comment. The last two shows to work Sunday at 10pm were Grey’s Anatomy and Brothers & Sisters. Both of which had monster numbers from Desperate Housewives as a lead in.

  • Jon 8888

    I’m with u <3333333333333

  • AgentHarmon

    SURVIVOR pulled a 2.7? wooow, amazing!

  • rick

    Nashville is loved by the critics but not as much by the public. ABC has started to put distracting graphics at the bottom of the screen all through many shows. Has to turn some viewers off.

  • Tessa


    How can Cas be redundant when he’s got one of the most interesting mysteries going with Amanda Tapping? Before that it was whether or not he’s alive and out of purgatory, immediately after that’s been resolved we have the Naomi storyline. I don’t see boring or redundant anywhere when it comes to his character this season.

  • Barbie

    @Bill Gorman

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

    I love it that you know our level of nonsense ;)

  • stephanie

    xfactor is a huge flop five singers in two hours the rest is all drama.

  • Steph

    Yay for Criminal Minds!!

  • Barbie


    “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.”

    You realize she didn’t, right? Finn’s practically still on probation working for Russell. Though Shue, as an actress, is “lead-actress”, or Ted Danson’s sick-kick or however you want to call it, rank wise, second-in-command, if Russell were to step down, it would be Nick. Followed by Sara. :)

  • Barbie

    Just for the record, I am completely and absolutely satisfied with the cast changes in CSI. I think it innovated the team, it made the show fresh and it gave a whole new energy to go forward!!! :)

  • r0ckmypants

    @SarahL – Nashville doesn’t air behind Modern Family, Suburgatory does.

  • POI

    i hope arrow gets adjusted up.

  • eridapo

    @ Barbie

    Yes. I know, but as often happens in the workplace when a new boss comes in and brings his/or her former colleagues to a new job that previous working relationship makes the standard reporting structure meaningless. Russell will trust and rely on Finn more so than he would Nick (which he still regards with trepidations) or Sara.

  • LoveMEhw

    Woohoo, go Arrow!

  • SarahL


    You are right. I completely forgot about Suburgatory. So Nashville cannot hold onto Suburgatory’s audience which is comparable to Revenge’s.

  • Josh

    I hope Nashville gets adjusted up such a great show they should move it to Sunday after Revenge.

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