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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  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Arrow WILL adjust up.”

    Unlikely because of the 12/12/12 concert pre-emptions. If anything, shows are more likely than usual to adjust downwards.

  • SarahL

    The Neighbors’ Christmas episode was also last week.

  • LOL

    Survivor beating Flop Factor in the demo and in total viewers. AMAZING.

  • alexjones

    wouldn’t get too worried about arrow, ratings are normally down around this time of year, it should go back up in the new year.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “@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.”

    No more prediction changes from me until early January, the Renew/Cancel Index is going into “Holiday Stasis” mode starting next Tuesday.

    Once I return with new posts on January 8, I will use 2013 ratings only, and I expect (as usual) there will be a number of prediction changes.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “wouldn’t get too worried about arrow, ratings are normally down around this time of year, it should go back up in the new year.”

    Forget the date. It’s the CW’s #2 show. Anyone “worrying” about it needs to take a Prozac.

  • Joe

    I really doubt The Neighbors gets renewed if it stays in ~1.6 territory. That’s not “average for ABC”. Of course, it remains to be seen if this was a one-time thing or if if these are its new levels.

    I’ve always seen a Better with You scenario for The Neighbors, too – good enough to last the year, but not strong enough to get a second season renewal.

  • Charlie

    Dammit Arrow =( Series low? Fingers crossed for an upward adjustment. CW seems to be terrible at keeping a show’s audience. Arrow has a lot of buzz and a lot of fans, but has slipped to a 1.0 already. Makes me worried about what might happen in the spring. Why is TVD the only show they’ve launched in 4 years that’s been able to hang on to decent demo numbers? Arrow is the only show that’s come close to emulating that, and even that might be starting to slide a bit now (TVD didn’t hit a 1.0 til it’s 3rd season). Whatever they did with TVD, they need to do it again with another new show, fast, especially if Arrow continues to slide. Really hoping this is just a one off for Arrow though, with 1.2’s and 1.3’s returning in the new year =)

  • Oliver


    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.

    They have given them 24 episode orders each and shows get much better ratings in December than they do in April.

  • ReallyTired

    TV last night was all about 12 12 12 concert.

  • Oliver

    I think The CW is making a mistake not running an Arrow marathon over the holidays to try and pick up new viewers.

  • DougF

    @max vranny

    A lot of those people will be switching to NBC to watch NE/SF.


    The X Factor will have ZERO competition next week it needs to cross 10 million. Honestly the show would get there budget slashed. I think if FOX cancelled X Factor though ABC would be interested in it. They have no music show and probably would love to get on bandwagon. Could you see X Factor on ABC?

  • The Cool Max

    Yes!! Whit is up!! I shall prove you wrong, Whitney will not be canned!

  • ReallyTired

    @Bill Are you sure 12 12 12 wasn’t shown on any CBS affiliates??? WLNY did.

  • JJA

    Did practically all the shows go down?

    Any ideas why less people are watching TV last night, as opposed to one week ago?

  • Luke

    Survivor wins it’s time slot in season 25, how many more seasons of this do you think they could make?

  • erwan from france

    @JONNYSBRO, Fox already has renewed The X-Factor for a third season. And no, I can’t see X Factor on ABC . ABC can’t do well with lusic shows, Duets, The One: Making a music star … Do you remember The One ? In France, it’s in 9th season and finishes always 1st on our cable .

  • Dan

    @Doug – ABC did that last year by airing a repeat Modern Family halloween episode in 2011 with all originals, because ABC knows that more people will watch the repeat than any original episodes of other series and its cheaper not to produce a holiday episode for the year. With originals of The Neighbors, Suburgatory, Family Tools, and How to Live With Your Parents, for 8:30 and 9:30 (making it essentially repeat free in those slots for the rest of the season) 24 episodes of both Modern Family and The Middle will make 8:00 and 9:00 air less repeats as well for January-May when there are typically more repeats of series.

  • HalCapone

    The Mayan prediction of the end of the world must be coming to pass as CSI FINALLY hits a series low. Hopefully, this tired procedural dreck from the Crime Broadcasting System ends before the world bites the dust!!! If a CBS show doesn’t have at least one chalk outline drawn around at least one character per episode of any show, CBS is not interested.

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