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

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December 5th, 2013

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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  • Timmy G

    YES YES YES @ TTP. Looks like the CW will launch its two mid-season shows on Monday back to back more and more (Yes this is radical, but if TTP and Reign both keep improving Pedowitz is going to have a hard time justifying moving either one).

  • Ted Craig

    Again, a low for MF still means it was the highest rated show of the night.

  • Ronald

    TTP and Reign are of Fire agains each other, i really hope Reign makes it! i dont have anything against TTP i just like Reign better!, also was nice to see arrow up, alst nigth was amazing, great things are going to happen next week

  • crispy

    SNL and Rockefeller Center outrated everything on NBC’s usual Wednesday line-up.
    I predict the LIVE Sound of Music special will outrate everything on the current Thursday line-up too.

    They should think about putting NEW Tina Fey comedy and NEW Maya Rudolph’s variety show on Wednesday in the fall. ABC’s Wednesday comedy slate is not as strong as CBS Thursday.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    If Modern Family is close to 3.0 in the fall, it means that will average 2.5-2.9 in the spring,ratings always drop by that time.The Middle will be hitting 1.5 by April.

  • Ted Craig

    By the way, remember last year how The Neighbors was dragging down Wednesday nights and hurting The Middle?

  • Eu


    Tomorrow People

    The Originals

    The 100

    Vampire Diaries
    Star Crossed

    Hart of Dixie

  • Douglas from Brazil

    Sound of Music will rate about 1.3-1.5,won’t help NBC at all.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Nice repeat numbers for Criminal Mimes and CSI!

    Awesome performance for SNL!

  • Ted Craig

    @Douglas from Brazil,

    You will be way, way off.

  • Me

    I love both TTP and Reign so the fight is pointless until we see Spring numbers. Also, what if The 100 and StarCrossed manage to get ratings even better than weekly 0.6’s. It would be so ironic to see The CW canceling a show pulling 0.6 a rating by the end of the year. :D

  • crispy

    Carrie Underwood is popular. It should get 1.8-1.9 and about 8mil viewers.

  • Marc

    Douglas from Brazil….. you obviously don’t know the Sound of Music. Playing the old version would get a 1.3 alone… never mind a new version.

    Predict 2.3-2.6

  • Sean

    Guess the reason for SVU’s low ratings isn’t Modern Family as that special has done much better than SVU has in years.

  • MeAndMrsJones

    Arrow’s the best. And bless TTP for giving us a good episode last night free of the Cara/John/Stephen foolishness of the past couple of episodes. Let’s hope it continues.

  • Doug Blatt

    I’ll tell you one thing. I could watch Survivor until the cows comes home. And it looks like I’m not alone.

    The Middle once again captures that section of the country the rest of Hollywood tends to ignore. Heaton is at the top of her game. Bravo. Glad to see enough people are still watching to keep this gem on the air or now.

    Modern Family hasn’t slipped one bit in quality since season one. Those character are sharp. And the girls on the show sure are blossoming into attractive young ladies. Too bad less and less people seem to be watching each week. That’s a mystery to me.

    Back in the Game was a great story last night. For a comedy they sure put a lot of thought into their plots. And this guy notices.

    Arrow was so so last night, but still one of the best vigilante shows I’ve scene in a long time.

    When did X Factor stop being a big hit? I can’t miss an episode myself. As far as competition shows go it’s got that special something going for it. I’m not sure what you would call it.

    And who can resist Christmas at The Rock! Not me. And not 10 million other people looking forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus. Bring on more Christmas specials! I’m ready to jingle these bells! (Oops, that wasn’t supposed to sound dirty)

    Still need to watch a few things on DVR after breakfast.

  • tv fan 1986

    Ugh! I want ABC to put Nashville on Thursdays at 10/9c after Scandal! Scandal would be the perfect lead-in for Nashville there. Please move Nashville to Thursdays NOW, ABC!!!!!

  • Douglas from Brazil


    way off about?

  • Simon

    Arrow up, YAY!

  • Ted Craig

    @Douglas from Brazil

    The Sound of Music.

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