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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  • The Cool Max

    Take It All was good the 1st night, but, glad it’s going down. Howie is starting to get on me.

  • Vcoolwater


    Actually I see many fans of Nikita like Arrow. Check IMDB, you see a lot of cross pollination between two shows. Then again you seem obesses with you Nikita hate.

  • thesnowleopard

    Rats. I was hoping to be wrong about Arrow.

    Victoria Secret’s bleah rating amuses me, though.

  • chris

    The Tulsa market is probably too small to impact the final numbers much but The Neighbors was not shown here last night.

  • Ryan


  • herpderp


    Don’t fool yourself. You and I both know that there are Nikita fanboys on here that bash Arrow and every other CW show.

  • CenterGravity

    “given the huge impact the Sandy Concert”

    Was there a concert on TV last night?

  • Ike

    @Sara Bibel, the last part of the text for the 12:35 a.m. ratings is cut off.

  • Vcoolwater


    Why even bring up Nikita is the first place? You seem to be obesses with Nikita. They can bash Arrow all they want like you bash Nikita. Just give it a break. You acting very childish at least to me.

  • Monica

    I hate to sound like a broken recored, but Hawaii Five-o did extrememly well this week, especially compared to all the other 10pm shows. Did any 10pm show do better than Hawaii this week?

  • SweetD

    NBC must be happy which Chicago fire. Even at it’s series low, it still pulls in the highest number of eyeballs for the evening, and ties w/ Whitney.

    If it comes down to it, I think Happy Endings will be renewed over Neighbors. They have comparable ratings, and given the timeslot, Neighbors has an advantage, and isn’t performing.

    It’s too high-concept to get another season out of original stories out of.

  • Vcoolwater


    Monday ratings were up while Wednesday ratings down. Hawaii Five-O doing better than CSI for one week isn’t all that great. If Hawaii Five-O can constantly beat CSI in the ratings then that would be a different story.

  • herpderp


    Nice deflection. Typical fanboy response.

    Oh, and I like Nikita. I just hate the fanbase that acts self-entitled and ungrateful.

  • Ted Craig

    When it comes down to it, they get comparable numbers and Neighbors is an in-house production. Also, HE was supposed to stand on its own this year, which it failed to do.

  • Breezy

    [Surprised to see Arrow down! We’ll have to wait for the final ratings of course but is this a sign that SN has been just as good for Arrow ratings wise as it has been for SN?]

    That is true, dont know why some people say SPN is just milking Arrow , SPN has a loyal and consistent fanbase, thats been good for Arrow as Arrow is good for SPN. CW will be stupid to part them next season. The two shows need each other. New pilots can anchor their own nights, they should leave Wednesday undisturbed.

  • Vcoolwater


    I have never seen a episode of Nikita. In fact I don’t even know the characters names except for Nikita lol. I have seen every episode of Arrow. Wouldn’t that make me an Arrow fanboy.

    It not like your behavior is any better. You the one who brought up Nikita. No one else did. Only two posters at most said anything negative about Arrow. Most people praise it. I don’t get why you had to drag a show that doesn’t even air on Wednesday into the discussion.

  • Cros

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

    That is true it could have been a great arc, but turned out to be a a lot of soap opera melodrama that chased a lot of viewers away. Big mistake spending a two episode arc on some guest star, they shouldnt have taken away the focus from Oliver.

  • iowegian


    No. HE’s average ratings this season are quite a bit lower than The Neighbors’.

  • Breezy

    [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 =)]

    I like Arrow more than TVD but one thing I think they do well with TVD is with the writing of the supporting cast, they seem to have their own storylines, and they got many characters who are compelling (good looking too on a shallow note). Same thing Smallville did well too, they had an interesting ensemble cast of characters.

    Arrow is doing a good job with Oliver/Arrow but the other characters are just one dimensional and stagnant. They need to flesh out these characters ASAP.

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