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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  • jimbo

    NBC doesn’t seem to support Guys with kids….:(

  • TVDxItachi

    I watch Arrow but the shows mediocre at best. I guess pol are already giving up on Arrow. I hope it does well for CW’s sake, Showrunner needs to get fired before he completely cripples Arrow. I still watch Arrow because the Show can quickly improve with an infinite amount of source material. The actors are hell of bad, Katie Cassidy, her father, Merle. Amell and Digg are really good though.

  • TVDude

    Wow, Whitney matched the performance of Chicago Fire… crazy. I think NBC will have some hard decisions in May with their comedies. Go On and TNN will be back regardless. Parks will be given a final season before it’s canceled. Community has yet to air (but will probably do as badly). All the other potentially returning comedies are around a 1.3-1.4 rating each week. NBC could and probably will cancel all of them. If they do end up renewing one, it’ll be interesting to see how they make that decision.

  • Dan S

    Thank God the Howie Mandel show is being burned off quickly. If CSI’s ratings continue hitting the low 2’s perhaps it’s time to put that show to rest. As widely expected NY will likely end it’s run in Feb or March & I think CSI should announce a final season for 2013-2014. I think Neighbors could see a 2nd season like Apt 23 got but will likely run on Tues or Fri where it’ll die. It’s definitely dragging down Wed shows overall.

  • Mi

    “Arrow? Much ado about nothing! arrow despite being pumped advertising does not have a great rating, it not gets to the third season.”
    This is the CW we are talking about.. Arrow will reach syndication and will have at least 4 seasons.

  • JJ

    Arrow’s finale was awesome! What’s wrong with people! Come on! Guess Spn helped it somewhat as well.

  • mike

    is the neignbors in danger for cancellation

  • Stefan

    12 12 12 aired on ION- isn’t that a broadcast network?

  • karin

    hopefully, SCI’s end..

  • Vcoolwater

    Chicago Fire must be giving NBC a headache.

  • Chris

    Whitney–on a relatively GOOD night–had marginally more viewers than a show on CW. And not one of CW’s bigger shows. It should be canceled. NOW.

  • Vcoolwater


    Arrow is the second most watched on CW after Vampire Diaries. So I would say it is one of CW’s bigger shows lol.

  • eridapo

    The 12-12-12 fan excuse bingo card is lame folks…


    I’ve contained my exuberance long enough!

    ADELE is nominated for a Golden Globe for Song in a Motion picture for “Skyfall”

    SKYFALL has now sold over “1.9” million copies stateside


  • Suemenow

    Well, I missed out on Arrow last night because I was out on some urgent errand.

    But it’s sad the ratings have fallen. I hope they pick up after New Year’s.

    Speaking of ratings, why did CW have to premier Cult on a death slot? Ugh, there go any chances of it getting a second season.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    12 12 12 aired on ION- isn’t that a broadcast network?”

    ION is a broadcast network.

    I didn’t know the concert was on ION, since while we do see the ION time period ratings, we don’t get any *program* information for them.

    ION averaged a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating last night from 8-11pm. Two Wednesdays ago they averaged a 0.3.

  • eridapo


    Isn’t Adele a little too young for you?

  • rooney2

    I think these numbers are meaningless, given the huge impact the Sandy Concert would have. It was on EVERYWHERE except the broadcast nets. All 6 hours of it.

  • Samuel

    I think next year’s X Factor will replace Britney with Rihanna and LA with someone like Adam Lambert. Robo-Khloe will be gone and Mario will do a fine job by himself, and the ratings will rise to about 3.5s consistently since The Voice will probably be premiering a month later.

  • herpderp

    I get the feeling that all the Arrow haters in this thread are Nikita fanboys LOL.

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