Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Arrow' and 'The X Factor' Adjusted Up; 'Supernatural' and 'Suburgatory' Adjusted Down

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November 29th, 2012

The X Factor, and  Arrow were each adjusted up a tenth while Suburgatory and Supernatural were each adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Wednesday broadcast ratings.

Final broadcast primetime 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) 2.9/8 8.20
CBS Survivor: Philippines 2.7/8 10.37
NBC Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2.1/6 9.14
CW Arrow 1.3/4 3.74
9:00 ABC Modern Family (9-9:31PM) 4.7/12 12.01
CBS Criminal Minds 2.9/8 12.37
NBC Saturday Night Live Christmas (9-11PM) 2.7/7 7.36
CW Supernatural 0.8/2 2.00
9:30 ABC Suburgatory (9:31-10PM) 2.5/6 6.73
10:00 CBS CSI 2.6/7 12.11
ABC Nashville 1.8/5 5.69



Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Percysowner

    the writers got really high or drunk and surfed the destiel tag and supernatural tag and just combined their notes to create this episode. LMAO! It wasn’t that bad, but it was very Castiel centric.

  • Jay

    SPN is three seasons past its expiration date. Was easily my favorite program for five seasons, but is now a sad parody of itself. Gave up on Supernatural six episodes into this current season.

    Would much rather Nikita have the slot after Arrow, which is my new favorite.

  • robin


    every show on the CW deserves the slot after arrow more than nikita

  • Carl

    @Percysowner, I don’t think the Sam flashbacks are the whole problem. I think they might be the reason why the show dropped halfway through. The rest I’d put down to a bad promo, a “comic relief” promo that wasn’t very funny, and promotion which bore little resemblance to the episode itself.

    @Tessa, I think people just hope for momentum (well, people who don’t want the show to be canceled). I thought the episode was OK, I just think they’re too unfocused at the moment. I always know Cas will get blame for a ratings issue, but the episodes he was most prominent in before this got decent ratings and there’s been a lot of praise for his story arc…not everyone likes the character, but I think he’s one of the best parts of this season.

  • Frank

    I think the MOST noteworthy item in the ratings is that a cartoon made in 1965 tied the “X Factor” in demo and beat them in viewership. Nuff said.
    That show is a train wreck.

    They have yet to properly launch Melanie Amaro, who was last year’s winner–
    they haven’t even had her on to perform or showcase, which is embarassing.
    Even though she hasn’t put out an album, she has notched 2 Top 10 tracks on the Billboard Club Chart, one as recent as 2 weeks ago. At least, Chris Mann from “The Voice” (who didn’t even win) performed on the Rockefeller Center Xmas Tree lighting.

  • JC

    Surprised Suburgatory is still pulling mid-2’s. Was one of my favorite shows last season and seems a shell of itself this season. Storylines are atrocious. It’s like that abomination of Alicia Silverstone’s (not her specifically) storyline started a spiral that they havent recovered from.

  • MattFitz

    You CW people are nuts.All the shows suck ,they would not make the cut on basic cable to brag about shows that get smaller ratings generally then the cable news channels is laughable but so are you all if you waste your lives watching that crap then attacking each other on the merits of low rated mindless teeny bopper fluff.You make me laugh so hard I almost piss myself these ratings suck for you a 1.2 is not good ANYTIME and your viewership numbers are pitiful I cant see how they stay in business

  • Mi

    I’m glad Arrow was adjusted up and I personally still love SPN and hope it rebounds next week.

  • Chase

    I wasn’t a Dean/Lisa fan either, but atleast with that I see the troubles of a relations and it was more realistic. In this Amelia chick can’t act which makes it more painful. Maybe the flashbacks is a acid trip or something.

    What they need to do is have something really go down in his flashback something mysterious. THEN US AS A AUDIENCE CAN FINALLY SEE WTF IS THE POINT!

  • Charlotte Always

    X Factor was so horrible last night. Even Carly Rose did pretty bad.

  • Carl

    Charlie Brown Christmas is more relevant every year, especially in regards to commercialism. I always wonder if that’s why the ratings hold up.

  • Mae

    “but is now a sad parody of itself”

    @ Jay, while I don’t think it is in THAT dire of shape, I do think SPN’s quality has gone WAY down hill since Season 5 when Kripke left.

    I just don’t feel like the current writing staff knows how to tell cohesive, consistent story. I really thought Carver would come in and help with that, but I still feel like he is all over the place the season. It just feels uneven. I don’t like the sudden shifts in tone from episode to episode. I was especially ticked when Sam and Dean had the big blow-up at the end of one episode and then next episode it was like nothing had even happened.

    I hate to say it, because I do still love SPN, but it has gotten messy.

  • Tessa


    I didn’t read the whole thread when I posted the bit about Castiel. But lo and behold there are people saying this episode was all Destiel because, among 4 long Sam/Amelia falshbacks, there was one scene where Dean and Cas sat opposite each other on separate beds and talked. Wow, if that isn’t the most hardcore Destiel thing I’ve encountered.

    Bottom line, the show came back after a break. It’s always down when that happens. Plus it was a filler/comedy episode and SPN fans where saying it is misplaced after the heavy emotional stuff that constantly gets put on hold. Come to think of it most fillers this season are misplaced and they get low ratings. Bitten was in the middle of the purgatory story which was what people wanted to watch, not a bunch of teenagers documenting their puberty. And last night’s episode was right after we found out about Cas’ deal with Naomi. Amanda Tapping wasn’t even credited on IMDB to be in the episode. No one knew they would continue that storyline so many DVR’d it for later.

  • Charlotte Always

    “X Factor has that entertaining comedic appeal to it even though the show itself is a joke. You can easily go to sleep on The Voice.”


    The Voice is actually the show known for their entertainment and comedic appeal between the coaches. That’s how Blake Shelton and Adam Levine has become so big over the years. They are really really funny. Cassadee Pope reaching #1 and #2 on Itunes while Melanie Martinez made it to #4 and the higher ratings are more reason than enough to suggest that it’s a highly entertaining show.

    X Factor is more known for the crowd booing every time whenever someone says anything bad about a performance and there’s literally no chemistry between the judges, at all. Whenever they try some banter it’s so cringey because we all know it’s scripted.

  • Tessa


    Wow man, calm down, don’t want you to piss all over yourself. CW shows have terrible ratings true, but they also have staying power. So stay in your corner and piss and laugh as much as you want while I stand over here and enjoy my favorite shows for ten years.

  • Zth

    The conversations between the X Factor judges/ mentors always seem scripted and even badly delivered, it’s mostly unintentional comedy, while you can easily see a genuine interaction between The Voice judges.

  • Joe

    It boggles my mind that Happy Endings did better in the post-MF slot than Suburgatory.

    They really should’ve kept the line-up from last fall. It worked out really well for all shows involved.

  • tia

    the ratings were down because this was pegged as a a heavy cas story-i don’t think peoplek new there would be alot of sam flashbacks. i know i didn’t know that. but i knew it was going to be heavy cas. he is not the money guy-i wish the producers would understand that.

  • Nicole

    I knew this would happen because he came in with the exact same writing staff.
    When this season is over I will donate money myself if it can go towards getting one of there old writers back, or someone who can write a freaking script.

    It’s hard to put your visions out there when your writers staff have a collective IQ of a walnut.

  • Jonathan

    I knew X Factor would adjust up. It’s been very consistent throughout these live shows. It may not hit huge numbers but it is consistency that FOX desperatly needs!!

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