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

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

    There were plenty of local broadcast affiliates (mostly in the NE) that aired the concert, but it was not on the *national* feed for any broadcast network, so it does not appear in our broadcast ratings reports.

  • Jay

    THE MIDDLE and THE NEIGHBORS were both preemptied in Atlanta for a friggin news special

  • hahaha

    Flop Factor :'(

  • Tellitlikeitis

    The people that keep harping on how badly the X Factor is doing obviously have failed to look at Fox’s all important 18-34 ratings. They are very good and why it still makes money despite high cost of production.

    Remember this the next time you read what comes after the “FlopFactor” statements.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

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

    I’m going with “Everybody was loading Google Maps on their iPhones”.

    Sadly, because of the Nielsen FUBAR we never got the preliminary ratings for LAST Wednesday night, but compared to TWO Wednesday’s ago the difference in overall adults 18-49 viewing was small (36.1% last night vs. 37.1% two weeks ago).


    @ JJA

    Probably the same amt were watching (except those of us who watched the meteor shower “live” outdoors), but less were watching broadcast due to 12-12-12 (would be my guess) as several other commenters have commented.

  • Herb Finn

    What’s with CSI ‘s numbers this week – that’s like 5-0 Raitings! :(

  • Tellitlikeitis

    I also think the concert is the biggest reason for the network declines last night.

  • s0303

    survivor actually tied ncis this week :)

    surprised chicago fire dropped that much…definitely taken off the bubble too soon…

    first night i watched take it all…kind of funny how they stole the ending of the show from bachelor pad :)

  • Fred


    No way Fox would ditch the X Factor. It is currently the top rated show on FOX (until Idol returns). Even with the sky high salries of Simon, Britney etc…. its got to be cheaper than scripted shows.
    Yes, I’m sure ABC would love to get on the bandwagon (Duets flopped big time), X Factor would be a plus for them .
    For the record, some of the talent on X Factor is pretty impressive. While it remains a bloated, overproduced mess, it still is entertaining.
    Next season will probably be their last chance to get it right.

  • David Howell

    I thought that the crash for Take It All would come on Tuesday after the first painful endgame, not on Wednesday after the lead-in support was removed.

    Chicago Fire got absolutely hosed (no pun intended, honest) with the unscripted lead-in. Wasn’t there some talk of SVU as a bubble show lately? Because it sure as hell ain’t a bubble show now.

  • Survivor Fan

    Survivor should get a 3.5-3.8 on Sunday.

  • MDM

    Almost everyone I knew was watching the Sandy concert last night, a valid excuse for anyone.

  • SG

    I do agree with you that Crimnal Minds will probably not beat NCIS again especially since it goes up against Idol in January. (It was fun to do it just once though.) I am still mystified with the NCIS number this week. There doesn’t seem to be an explanation for it. I am pretty sure it will bounce back to its original numbers in January

  • K

    Last 2 weeks of Criminal Minds episodes have been 2 of the most “disturbing” episodes in the series.

  • Tom

    glad that Whitney is UP

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Almost everyone I knew was watching the Sandy concert last night, a valid excuse for anyone.”

    My guess was that Fan Excuse Bingo square would have been played to death today, but it’s been pretty sparse.

    Everybody’s still loading Google Maps onto their iPhones!

  • Ram510

    And this should answer anybody who was wondering why ABC is trying to burn off Neighbors. ABC could see it just wasnt going to make it. Hopefully How to live is good.

    And how did MF and CF lose half a ratings point? That’s a steep drop. I hope Scandal doesn’t have a steep drop tonight

  • Ram510

    And why did NBC air a repeat of Guys With Kids, it probably would’ve been higher than Whitney

  • Mary 1

    Howie Mandel wears out his welcome real fast for me. I’m not surprised at the collapse. I can’t imagine who’d want to watch him for 5 straight days.

    I kept hearing about the 12-12-12 concert but didn’t find it on any of the network channels. I thought maybe it was only shown in the northeast.

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