TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Modern Family', 'Arrow', 'Survivor, 'The X Factor', & 'Chicago Fire' Down, 'Criminal Minds' & 'Whitney' Up, 'Take It All' Tumbles

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December 13th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/7 2.6/7 2.4/7 1.5/4 1.2/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/5 2.5/8 1.7/8 1.3/4 0.8/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 10.549 7.704 7.789 3.618 3.807  2.379

CBS was the number one network in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.


On CBS, Survivor: Philippines scored a 2.8, down 3% from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds garnered a 3.1 up 3% from last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. CSI earned a series-low2.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 15% from a 2.6 on November 28.

On FOX, The X Factor earned a 2.6, down 7% from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Middle scored a season low 2.2 adults 18-49 rating down 4% from last week's 2.3. The Neighbors garnered a series low 1.6 down 16% from last week’s 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Modern Family ties its season low with a 4.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 11% from a 4.7 on November 28.  Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012 notched a 2.1 among adults 18-49 down 9% from a 2.3 on December 14, 2011.

On NBC, Whitney scored a 1.4, up 8% from last week’s 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.. Take It All  stumbled without The Voice  as a lead-in, earning a 1.1, down 50% from Tuesday’s 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Chicago Fire garnered a 1.4 among adults 18-49 down 26% from last week’s 1.9 and tying its series low.

On the CW, Arrow garnered a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 9% from last week’s 1.1 and tying its series low.  Most of your predictions were too optimistic.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, December 12, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Philippines 2.8/8 10.21
FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 2.6/7 7.70
ABC The Middle 2.2/7 7.47
NBC Whitney 1.4/4 3.77
CW Arrow 1.0/3 3.13
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 1.6/4 5.47
NBC Guys With Kids - R 1.0/3 2.72
9:00 ABC Modern Family 4.2/11 10.83
CBS Criminal Minds 3.1/8 11.92
NBC Take it All 1.1/3 3.39
CW The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - R 0.7/2 1.62
9:30 ABC Barbara Walters  the 10 Most Fascinating People (9:30-11) 2.1/6 7.66
10:00 CBS CSI 2.2/6 9.52
NBC Chicago Fire 1.4/4 4.78


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," 2.4/6;
 CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.5/6; 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,> "> 0.8/4;
 "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
> * At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households)
 beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). 
In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
> * At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households
 and a 0.3/2 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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  • Joe

    Do we still think The Neighbors is going to be renewed…?

    In all seriousness, I had no idea the ABC comedies were new last night, considering they all aired their Christmas episodes last week. Strange scheduling move from ABC, so I’m not surprised by the drops.

  • CenterGravity

    Go Criminal Minds!

  • cc

    Any numbers yet on the concert? Where it was most viewed? Best thing on tv in a loooooong time.

  • herpderp

    Hm…Arrow demo down, but still around the same number of total viewers as last week. Either it skews old or there’s an upward adjustment coming.

    The Huntress arc really brought the show down. Last night’s episode was top notch, though.

  • bluejays

    So…to all the HFO haters, who never endingly post about it, CSI hits a 2.2. That means that HFO will be the number one ten pm show this week for CBS (unless Elementary posts a big gain this week) – if not across all net tv!

    As for Criminal Minds, great to see it up a bit.

    Surprised that Chicago Fire fell by so much.

  • Kyle

    Glad to see The Middle stable and not really tumbling.

  • Tyson

    With The Voice as a lead-in Monday and Tuesday, Take It All did reasonably well. Without The Voice as a lead-in, Take It All did poorly. Since Take It All has poor lead-ins tonight, Friday and Monday, the rest of its run likely won’t be much better.

  • RyanCanada

    Loved Whitney & Xfactor, PVR’d Arrow

  • r0ckmypants

    @Ted Craig – Guys with Kids was a repeat. There’s no bragging rights in beating a repeat.

    @Dillan – No, Whitney and Criminal Minds were up.

  • anonymous

    yeah they both help each other but keep in mind that the 12/12/12 show was on on some people couldnt even watch Arrow cuz the CW present that show! SO yeah SPN hel Arrow but it doesnt explain everything

  • taylor

    take away the voice and nbc would be a disaster

    i’m really interested to see how their comedies will fare in january without the lead in support

  • Greens21

    Ouch for Arrow.

  • Ted Craig


    For the season, yes. It still out runs the competition to keep ABC in third. Also, I’m guessing the ROI is fairly decent. Long term, ABC probably wants something stronger in that spot. But Neighbors might still be on air next year, just on a different night.

    I’m interested in the half-hours for Barbara Walters. How many viewers did she lose after One Direction?

  • Maria

    Sooooooooo… Criminal Minds is back to its season premiere rating, has finally surpassed NCIS, and has beaten again to NCIS:LA (at least in the demo, don’t remember their total viewers), and talking about the Wednesday shows, only Modern Family demo is better?

    Not bad for an 8 years old show, not bad at all! As a Criminal Minds fan, I call this a mighty Christmas gift! :D

  • Dillan


    when I said everything was down, I was just generalizing as most things were down :p

  • Alejandro

    @ Mi and @ anonymous

    Ah I didn’t realise about the 12/12/12 show :)

    I’m a supernatural fan but I don’t watch Arrow. However I’m pretty grateful to Arrow for doing so well and by extension giving my show a bit of a boost up, which was why I was surprised to see it fall a bit this week! Hopefully it’s as Anonymous said a case of the 12/12/12 show affecting things and the ratings will boost back up since like I said while I have no intentions of watching I’m grateful for the benefits its given my show <3

  • man

    arrow starting to look weak

  • Guardian Owl

    Seems like a waste of an open, post-arrow slot, should of put a repeat of Nikita or Beauty and the Beast to give either of those shows some more exposure.

  • r0ckmypants

    Not only did Take It All not have The Voice as a lead-in last night, it didn’t even have an original show… it followed a Guys with Kids repeat. Strange move on NBC’s part.

  • SG

    Criminal Minds – 3.1, 3, 3.1, 3.1, 2.9, 3, 3, 2.7(S), 2.9, 3.0, 3.1
    In a year of ups and downs this show is amazingly consistant and always grows from its lead in.
    Great job Criminal Minds

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