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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  • Marty

    Criminal Minds seems to do well in any time slot. It wins the night with a repeat
    and it’s on at 8:00. What a monster!!

  • Pavelsauce

    @samunto Univision aired its usual mix of telenovelas. Within the primetime hours, they air:
    8PM – Por Ella Soy Eva
    9PM – Amores Verdaderos
    10PM – Amor Bravío

  • thesnowleopard

    Kinda sad, isn’t it?

    In terms of saving a show with middling ratings, no. In terms of making a show with very poor ratings look worse, definitely. If the CW can do better with repeats of some shows than originals of other shows, guess which shows will either be shoved to a terrible slot or not brought back next season?

  • Melvin

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

    The Neighbors’ Creator/EP wrote 4 of Disney’s last 10 animated blockbusters (Cars, Bolt, Cars 2, Tangled). He has helped them make much coin the last 10 years. Disney/ABC is going to do whatever it can to make that show work for their golden boy. It also does really well in the 2-11yr old demo at 8:30 according to ABC PR.

  • Justin121

    Criminal Minds
    Modrn Family
    Ben and Kate
    Law & Order: SVU
    Chcago Fire

    Th Big Winners of the Night — all repeated better than expected.

  • Justin121

    Whitney & Guys with Kids also repeated well. Good night for everyone, it seems.

    People have been saying that “something” can do better post-Modern Family for 4 years now. Ain’t gonna happen. Let it go.

    Wow the CW actually 4th in total viewers – beat FOX!


    Whitney repeating this well is interesting because it could have a lot of value in the syndication market to networks but the problem is the show needs to grow a ton in originals and it starts next week where there’s absolutely no competition in originals.

  • Austin Lauran

    I read online that the only reason that people watch Modern Family is to be hip & cool & it’s a fad. Is that true or not?

    Also for people who watch Modern Family, do you think Jay got his wife pregnant? He’s old & I thought it was impossible for him to have kids at his age.

  • Ellen in NYC

    Kennedy Center Honors has been great for the last few years, always classy. This time, Ray Romano was a standout on behalf of David Letterman and Ann & Nancy Wilson killed it for Led Zeppelin. Robert Plant seemed misty eyed, but what really seemed to get to him was when they swung open the doors on the chorus wearing hats that were reminiscent of a hat John Bonham used to wear.

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