TV Ratings Wednesday: ‘Arrow’, ‘Survivor’ & ‘The Tomorrow People’ Rise as ‘Modern Family’ & ‘The Middle’ Hit Lows

The Scientist

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.5/7 1.9/6 1.9/5 1.4/4 0.9/3 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/7 1.1/4 1.4/5 1.3/4 0.8/3 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 8.225 8.902 6.413 5.336 2.482 2.495

NBC was number one in adults 18-49, but CBS led with total viewers.

Note: NBC was preempted in Portland for an NBA Basketball game from 8-10PM and ABC was preempted in Louisville from 8-9PM for a college basketball game. 

On NBC, the special  Christmas in Rockefeller Center earned a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, up two tenths from last year’s special.  Saturday Night Live Christmas garnered a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Survivor earned a 2.6, up four tenths from last week’s 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. 

On ABC, The Middle earned a season low 1.9, down four tenths from its last original’s 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Back in the Game earned a series low 1.4, down two tenths from the 1.6 adults 18-49 rating it earned two weeks ago. Modern Family earned a season low 3.1, down three tenths from its last original’s 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. Super Fun Night notched a series low tying 1.7, down a tenth from its last original’s 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville matched the 1.6 it earned two weeks ago.

On FOX, The X Factor notched a 1.4, up two tenths from last week’s 1.2  adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, Arrow notched a 1.1, up a tenth from its last original’s 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. The Tomorrow People earned a 0.7, up a tenth from its last original’s 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, December 4, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Survivor Blood vs Water 2.6 8 10.59
NBC Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2.3 7 9.87
ABC The Middle 1.9 6 7.51
FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 1.4 4 5.34
CW Arrow 1.1 3 3.20
8:30PM ABC Back in the Game 1.4 4 5.21
9:00PM ABC Modern Family 3.1 9 9.42
NBC Saturday Night Live Christmas (9-11) 2.6 7 7.40
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.7 5 8.12
CW The Tomorrow People 0.7 2 1.80
9:30PM ABC Super Fun Night 1.7 5 4.92
10:00PM ABC Nashville 1.6 5 5.71
CBS CSI -R 1.4 4 8.00

-via NBC 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 with an encore telecast; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.3/6 with an encore; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.2/6.


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/4 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.6/3 with an encore; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.8/4.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.3/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/5 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS’s first-run “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) 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 with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



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