TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Kennedy Center Honors' Rises to Win Night Versus Reruns

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December 27th, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.5/4 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.7/2 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.7/2 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.162 8.278 4.279 3.873 1.523 1.579

Univision was the number one network in adults 18-49 while CBS won with total viewers.

On CBS the night's only new programming, The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 27% from a 1.1 on Tuesday, December 27, 2011.


Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, December 26, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.7/5 8.54
ABC The Middle - R 1.1/3 4.73
NBC Whitney - R 1.0/3 3.53
FOX Ben and Kate - R 0.7/2 1.98
CW Arrow - R 0.5/1 1.89
8:30 ABC The Neighbors - R 1.0/3 4.13
NBC Guys With Kids - R 0.9/3 2.88
FOX Ben and Kate - R 0.7/2 1.52
9:00 ABC Modern Family - R 1.7/5 5.38
CBS Kennedy Center Honors (9-11PM) 1.4/4 8.15
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 1.3/4 5.44
FOX Ben and Kate - R 0.6/2 1.24
CW Supernatural - R 0.4/1 1.27
9:30 ABC Suburgatory - R 1.1/3 3.69
FOX Ben and Kate - R 0.6/2 1.36
10:00 NBC Chicago Fire - R 1.1/3 4.19
ABC Nashville - R 0.6/2 2.66


via press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:




NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.
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  • GS

    It says that Kennedy Centre wins the night but to me it looks like Criminal Minds and Modern Family win the demo and Criminal Minds wins in total viewers.

  • Sam

    Good job GWK

  • RG-X

    Uh – Ben & Kate Marathon did just as well as New Girl! Sooooo….

  • CenterGravity

    That rendition of “Stairway to Heaven” featuring the Wilson sisters and Jason Bonham for the finale of the Kennedy Center show was amazing!

  • Gloria

    CW – wOw! I expected worse ratings.

  • jimbo

    Good to see Guys with kids repeated doing well.
    This should be given another season, Please NBC.!!

  • CenterGravity


    They usually only make their comments on non-repeat programming.

  • Gloria

    CW had more viewers than Fox and it has smaller ratings??!

  • Oliver

    Arrow skews surprisingly old.

  • agentoftv


    Yes last night episode, ‘The Company’ for Criminal Minds was from last season and was written by ex-FBI agent and BAU profiler Jim Clemente.

    no it wasn’t lol. It was written by BREEN FRAZIER. Pay attention

  • Samunto

    What did Univision air?

  • Vcoolwater

    Repeat ratings don’t make a difference. Some show repeat well and some don’t. Basically none of the ratings last night made a difference.

    Though it nice to see Kennedy Center Honors do better than last year. The ratings have been all over the place this year. It will be intersting how the tv shows perform in the new year.

  • Rebecca

    Didn’t watch any reruns and forgot about Kennedy Ctr Honors until its final segment (since parents were here and found “The Fugitive” on ION), so we caught part of the Led Zeppelin tribute. Heart and Kid Rock were awesome. I’ll check online later to see if I can find the Dustin Hoffman and David Letterman bits from the show.

  • glen

    Maybe fans of Whitney are just loyal and enjoy the repeats? Or, in theory, since Whitney and Guys w Kids are low-rated, there must be a good portion of the viewing audience who have never watched the show and, due to nothing much else on, felt like trying them out?

  • RJ

    Criminal Minds is the hero of the night. Great ratings!

  • Jared

    How Ben and Kate is still on the air is beyond me. I’ve never watched the show so I can’t comment on the quality but from a ratings point of view this show should have been cancelled as quickly as it premiered.

  • Hadesa

    Good repeat numbers for CW, there are new episodes of GG, 90210, HOD, Emily Owens, Beauty and Nikita that have dipped to 0.3-0.5 this season already so for these two shows to repeat with similar numbers is really good.

  • Mike

    Nashville needs to be cancelled and Hayden penitierre(or whatever) needs to jump in my bed.

  • Oliver


    How Ben and Kate is still on the air is beyond me. I’ve never watched the show so I can’t comment on the quality but from a ratings point of view this show should have been cancelled as quickly as it premiered.

    It wouldn’t have made any sense for Fox to cancel Ben and Kate in September, because they need to air something and it’s not doing badly enough to pull it.

    What would Fox replace it with if they had cancelled it? Fox have no benched veterans, New Girl repeats would substantially worse and undermine their attempts to establish a Tuesday comedy block, networks generally don’t launch freshman midseason shows in November, and Fox clearly don’t think much to The Goodwin Games as they cut its order from 13 to 7 episdes.

  • Leondre

    I hope those good numbers from NBC are a sign of good ratings on January 2nd.

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