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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  • bluejoni

    Why would anyone be watching regular TV last night with the 12 12 12 concert on ?? Great concert !!

  • Neve

    I love Arrow its a guilty pleasure of mine, the training montages and Stephen Amell’s hotness makes it worth the while, besides archery is the new cool. Something to watch until the Hunger games and Avengers comes along. But the show is filled with soap opera melodrama, we should just enjoy this show while it last. Accept it for what it is, cliched and soap drama with Arrows. Its not going to see more than 3-4 seasons. Its not the next TVD. People are expecting too much from the show, enjoy it for what it is.

  • Mayorofsmpleton

    Crim TV
    If anything they will all keep dropping in the spring…

  • Networkman

    The Neighbors is a great family comedy. I feel it would be the perfect fit for ABC if they planned on having 2 hour comedy on Friday Night. The Neighbors and Suburgatory should be apart of TGIF lineup.

    8pm Last Man Standing
    8:30 Malibu Country
    9pm The Neighbors
    9:30 Suburgatory

  • anonymous

    did anyone have the half hours?

  • CriminalMindsCraft

    Hats off to the Writers, Producers , Cast and Crew of Criminal Minds!!

    Matthew Kubrick seems to have upticked the DEMO #s… #1 show

  • JP

    You have to throw out the results for Arrow this week. I’m sure Philly wasn’t the only CW affiliate to preempt it for the 121212 concert. No need to panic, Arrow fans.

  • Michael

    “X Factor” losing more viewers on the eve of it’s finale. OUCH! Just wondering… From a cost / profit-loss ratio, which show is a bigger flop, “X Factor” or “Take It All?” Both are awful creatively – but I’m guessing “X Factor” is losing less money (relative to it’s cost) than “Take It All.” Discuss.

  • ToXiX

    I don’t care for Flop Factor but too bad it couldn’t have notched a 2.9 to beat Survivor. I hate seeing Survivor still on the schedule.

  • ToXiX

    On the other hand.

    Congrats to Criminal Minds for beating NCIS

  • herpderp

    On average, how does CW primetime ratings compare to MyNetworkTV or ION?

  • POI

    NOOOOOOOOO Arrow must adjust up in the finals the episode was the best this season.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Not good for Arrow as it’s beginning to look like a trend.

    At least we found out who the “bad Merlyn” was. I was thinking it was the son until I saw who his father was. I should have expected the archer aspect to come in since Merlyn is one of Green Arrow’s main opponents in the comics.

    Nice to see Deathstroke again, too. I am hoping that his mask shown in the island images doesn’t indicate he’s dead, since in the comics he’s bloody hard to kill. I’d like to see him turn up in Arrow’s city at some point.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    On average, how does CW primetime ratings compare to MyNetworkTV or ION?”

    Sorry, I don’t pay attention to MyNetworkTV or ION networks ratings.

  • moshane58

    Think Arrow and Chicago Fire are to great shows.Hate that some didn’t get to see last nights episode.We know now who the villian is.Not giving it away for those wanting to see it.

  • Ateofi

    Ouch for Arrow, this episode was just great midseason finale. I hope the ratings will go up in the finals. CSI has dropped since last week. Glad to see CRiminal minds doing so well.

  • statik

    as long as that kardassian boob is on it, i stay away–

  • Doug in CA

    I can watch a 2 hour X Factor show in about 25 minutes. It’s loaded with so much bloat. No wonder people don’t want to watch it live.

  • Joe

    Survivor still slaying after 12 years! When will the others?

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