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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  • omabin

    I think Whitney will be renewed. NBC’s current weighted average of comedies (greater weight to more recent airings is 1.5 and Whitney’s weighted average is 1.4. Plus, it is a second year show so it should have priority over Guy with Kids, 1600 Penn and The New Normal if it eventually become a bubble show as well. If anything, Up All Night, whose current weighted average is 1.3 and is also a sophomore show, will be its problem as I see NBC making it an one or the other 11th hour decision – I don’t think they will get rid of both


    I really think that The Neighbors is killing Modern Family. For example, when 2 Broke Girls had Partners as a lead in they were about to hit a 2.9, but when CBS canceled the show (Thank God!) and put a more popular show as it’s lead in they rose up to a 4.1. so please ABC put Suburgatory back at 8:30 Modern Family deserves better ratings than its getting now.

  • Ted Craig

    Doesn’t matter. Neighbors beat GWK by the same amount it does every week.

  • SarahL

    Yikes, The Neighbors starts to decline. Modern Family was hilarious last night.

  • MaNu

    thats what u get for adding those typical and rather annoying The CW elements to Arrow. i dont care for those cheesy love triangles and all that BS. i thought Arrow was the exception judging from the earlier eps but i guess i was wrong. the network has to ruin it with its bright shiny white people parties and love triangled as usual.

  • Bri


    “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?”

    CM did not beat NCIS:LA in viewers.

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

    Pretty cool indeed!

  • NewEnglandMike

    I DRVd The Middle and Modern Family, and watched about 4 hours of the 12-12-12 Concert.

  • Jarrod

    Arrow WILL adjust up.


    Its clear the Voice is everything for NBC. So it better not burn it out. Honestly I think NBC should have the Voice in the fall and America’s Got Talent moved to Spring season so it doesn’t go against each other.

    If I were FOX I would move X Factor as a summer show. Make it smaller, lower production and cheaper judges. These ratings are OKish but not for what everyone’s getting paid. I predict season 3 some big shakeups after the finale. Britney Spears won’t come back and she shouldn’t especially at that expensive price tag. Spears has been a total miss on this show. It was clear her taped segments where all edited and scripted. She tanked once she went live with very robotic delivery, she says all about five words, no real criticism and she doesn’t connect with the panel. As a panel all four should connect and she seems disengaged and disconnected to everyone. I would expected her and Demi to have bonded they seem like they don’t even talk after the show. IMO LA is really tired and dull. If I were FOX keep Demi who actually is a really good judge she tanked as a mentor but good judge and Simon since its his show. I would ditch Britney/LA and figure out how to do his show on a smaller level. Also BTW PLEASE DITCH KHLOE KARDASHIAN. I can’t take it anymore with her. She reminds me of Melissa Rivers from E days. She is overly loud, talks over everyone, shoves the microphone in contestants faces and asks all the judges dumb questions. UGH she is worse then nails on a chalkboard. Keep Mario as sole host of the show.

  • Wright

    Arrow was great like always. Nice to see though that it does seem to be affected by SPN.

  • Phil

    No ratings for the 12-12-12 concert?

  • sally

    i watch Crimnal minds and csi, but why do they keep putting big mouth Barbara walters on. i dont care about who she puts on people you dont know who they are and dont care either

  • were123

    I wish The Middle did better, it was such a great episode last night!

  • david

    Its to bad Arrow was down las night. I am thinking alot of people were watching the concert last night. I thought Arrow was really good. It was interesting how now there is two hooded people they are looking for now. One is Arrow and there is now somebody else. The Fashion show did pretty good for being a repeat that was on two weeks ago on CBS.

  • Dan

    Whitney is likely to get a back order of either 18-22 episodes, likely 18. I expect it to remain in it’s slot until the end of the season and once Guys With Kids ends its run in March, Up All Night’s remaining 5 episodes will likely replace GWK.

    @Bill – I think at this point The Neighbors should be downgraded to bubble (probably likely to be cancelled down the road). When The Middle gets a 2.2 and The Neighbors gets 1.6 then Modern Family jumps to a 4.2, it seems we know what the weak link is. The Neighbors seems like the Better With You of this season and will likely be axed after all 22 episodes air by March.


    Expected ABC to bounce back, but season lows for TM & MF + series low for TN was unexpected, as was BW w/ One Direction (and she passed on Adele?)

    NBC fared even worse as both Whitney & CF 1.4 are best they can do, Take It All can Take It All to the flop factory

    Arrow slipping for the CW? Expected more from Bruno & the Beibs, no fever here

    FOX did quite nicely w/ X Factor

    CBS CRUSHES ALL OTHER NETS with another nightly win

  • Doug

    I’m not entirely sure what ABC’s strategy was here. The Middle aired its Christmas episode last week, so viewers probably figured that it was done until the new year. Modern Family wasn’t even an Xmas episode. What a waste of originals of two your biggest shows.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “No ratings for the 12-12-12 concert?”

    It was not on any broadcast network nationwide, so nothing in the broadcast ratings reports.

    I think it was on several cable networks though, so those ratings will be in the daily cable ratings post due, as usual, ~4pm Eastern.

  • CBSviewer

    Poor CSI ! Hope it’ll be ajusted up in the finals.
    OK CM beat NCIS but it’s the first time and it will never happen again.

  • Baaa!

    Happy Holidays and many wonky ratings for you all. :)

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