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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  • Guy

    @bill @robert Can you do an article on ABC’s The Neighbors airing this Friday on the Disney Channel in primetime?

  • Lance

    Considering the Kennedy Center Honors got SO MUCH MORE press this year with LZ and Letterman, the numbers seem a little more disappointing than usual.

    Univision tops the Big 4!!! Shameful!

  • Austin Lauran

    Do the CBS, ABC, & NBC execs wish they could use a time machine to go back in time to prevent Tivo, Hulu, & lots of cable channels from being created?

  • Networkman

    I’m surprised that Criminal Minds was able to be shown in the 8pm hour. Anyways CBS did great. I know the network had to be happy about the increase for Kennedy Center Honors.

    Ben & Kate did fine against the other comedies. I really enjoyed Guys with Kids last night. This show has so much potential. The cast has great chemistry and Tempestt Bledsoe was hilarious. NBC should really just give this show a full 22 episode season.

    I’m most disappointed with Suburgatory. This show follows ABC’s highest rated comedy and yet it pulls in less viewers than The Neighbors. Also it only was .1 higher in demo. ABC could do so much better @9:30. The Neighbors has potential creatively, Suburgatory has lost focus and is a weak lead in for Nashville. I would ship it to Friday

    8pm The Middle
    8:30 The Neighbors
    9pm Modern Family
    9:30 How to Live with Your Parents

    8pm Last Man Standing
    8:30 Malibu Country
    9pm Suburgatory
    9:30 Family Tools

  • toadytoady

    Good numbers for repeat SVU in that competitive 9pm time slot, rising from 1.3 key demo and 5.44 million to 1.4 key demo and 5.7 million at 9.30pm.
    SVU fans are the best!

  • Melanie

    Really enjoyed the Kennedy Center Honors. First time I ever watched the entire show. All the tributes were great, but I especially enjoyed Heart’s rendition of “Stairway to Heaven”. That was so amazing and very touching. Looked like Robert Plant had tears in his eyes!!

  • Ceej

    The 8/7c showing of B&K was actually a new episode according to Dish Network’s guide, not a repeat. (Has Fox already given up o the series?)

  • rob60990

    “Can you do an article on ABC’s The Neighbors airing this Friday on the Disney Channel in primetime?”

    My God, ABC is going all out to hype this awful show. They aired an episode in daytime on Christmas too. They’re airing 4 episodes tomorrow night on Disney Channel I see.

    “I’m most disappointed with Suburgatory. This show follows ABC’s highest rated comedy and yet it pulls in less viewers than The Neighbors. Also it only was .1 higher in demo. ABC could do so much better @9:30.”

    I have to agree about being disappointed in Suburgatory’s performance and its quite shocking actually. It did better last year after The Middle than its doing after Modern Family. If anything, ABC should have just stuck with their original plan and left The Neighbors after MF. Too bad ABC is waiting all the way until April to move Suburgatory back to 8:30.

  • Bri


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

    Yes it was Breen but geez why the snarkyness, had a bad Christmas?

  • Bri

    RJ said

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

    Yes it was, It was #1 in demo and viewers and according to CBS press release # 1 in the demo 25-54. Not bad for a rerun from last season.

  • Alan

    CW repeats did very well!

  • Joseph

    I wonder how well ESPN’s broadcast of the Little Caesar’s Bowl did last night (December 26th). As I write this (5:45 P.M. EST December 27th), the cable numbers haven’t been posted on this site.

    I suspect it may have drawn a bigger 18-49 and 18-34 number than any broadcast network, and come close to topping “Criminal Minds” and the “Kennedy Center Honors” special for the most-watched program of the night on either cable or broadcast.

    I would think that ESPN will win the ratings race in overall viewers and key demos each night through January 7th, with the exceptions of this Sunday (when NBC will have the final game of the NFL regular season, between Dallas and Washington), January 4th (when Fox has the Cotton Bowl), 5th (when NBC has a first-round NFL playoff game) and 6th (when there may be an NFL “runover” that goes past 8 P.M. EST).

    In fact, I could see ESPN winning prime-time for the entire week (in at least key demos) from December 31st-January 6th due to those bowl games.

  • POI

    CW really beats Fox in viewers i know its repeats but i dont think that ever happened before CW never beats any other network in viewers

  • Oliver


    The 8/7c showing of B&K was actually a new episode according to Dish Network’s guide, not a repeat. (Has Fox already given up o the series?)

    The guide is wrong, it was a repeat of Reunion, episode 8.

    Fox is airing 6 repeats of Ben and Kate over the holidays, despite dismal ratings. They clearly haven’t given up on the show quite yet.

    I actually still think it has a shot at renewal, no matter what the renew/cancellation index says.

  • CharlieSheen

    I was actually mad surprise how well Whitney repeated, those numbers were actually close to its numbers for originals so that tells me that Whitney was probably getting rediscovered last night. I was on another site where people said they were catching it for the first time this season. So the next couple of weeks are key for Whitney and Guys with Kids to pickup some viewers that were watching The Middle, Survivor, and X Factor this season since the other networks will be in rerun mode. That’s why NBC should remain patient with them because they could explode into bigger hits one of these weeks in the future.

    The same goes for SVU and Chicago Fire which always do very well when the CBS procedurals are absent against it. Chicago Fire had a pretty huge cliffhanger last Wednesday so I’m expecting another big week from them.

    Criminal Minds did really well in that 8pm timeslot.

    Unlike Whitney and Guys with Kids, these FOX comedies can’t repeat worth a damn. FOX has the right idea repeating them this week like that but these comedies don’t move the ratings needle because they’re niche. FOX should get rid of Ben & Kate and Mindy by season’s end and start trying to find comedies that have mass appeal.

  • K

    Ben and Kate will probably be canned if Fox can acquire another comedy.

  • freaker

    Next Wednesday should be interesting for NBC as there’s no competition next week so I expect every show to improve. These were very good repeat numbers for them last night.

  • Austin Lauran

    Is this the worst TV season in the past couple of years for CBS, FOX, & ABC?

  • Oliver


    Whitney got 0.7 on Friday in the middle of summer. Its ratings should be no surprise, especially given it’s in its regular timeslot with scant competition.

    Old-skewing downmarket multicams always repeat well. It doesn’t seem to have any effect on their first-run ratings, though.

  • Oliver

    @Austin Lauran
    It’s a weak year, that’s for sure, but 2010-11 was probably just as bad if not worse.

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