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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  • Marc

    @ Doug Blatt….. you seem to be addicted to television….

  • Michael

    Hang in there, Nashville! I have hope, with renewal prospects. Lol!

  • Andrew

    Even though Colton and Aras are gone I’m not happy that this season of ‘Survivor’ is having good ratings on some nights. CBS really could have done better than casting the two people I previously mentioned along with Tyson.

  • Crystal

    Yea.. Glad to see Tomorrow People up a tenth. I hope it doesn’t drop in the finales. Last night was an excellent episode. They through in a nice twist. Also may I say yes thank god there was no John/Cara/Stephen crap as well. The need to nip that crap fast. The triangle will only sink this show.

  • Poppy

    This is effin hilarious, since Fox took Bones off Mondays, they cant even break a 2.0 all week. Good going Fox!

  • Billiam

    Good for Arrow and The Tomorrow People. I just hope it doesn’t adjust downward.

  • Brandy

    @Maya, no it won’t.Either both get renewed,both get cancelled or One gets renewed.TTP has the most compatabile leadin yet declined every week for the first four weeks and only rose in demo once and fell when Arrow fell against WS.Reign has been more stable in ratings and risen in demo & stayed there a week later and when VD was down & Halloween ,Reign stayed stable.Reign does better in 18-34 & W18-34 and also does well online.
    Noo at TTP!
    Glad Nashvilles steady.

  • jupiter3765

    listen i am dead serious the reason for all of abcs failures is because of them cancelling all my children and one life to live if they had not cancelled those soaps alot of shows on abc will be getting like big bang theory numbers the reason a lot of there shows are decling in the ratings is because of daytime soap fans boycotting because abc hurted their fellings really bad when there soaps were cancelled back in 2011

  • Douglas from Brazil

    Sound of Music is on NBC, the special behind the scenes pulled in 1.1 last week,and there’s competition from TBBT opening the night and a Scandal revealing episode closing it.So don’t expect much above a 2.0 for SOM.

  • Brandy

    @Maya also, with ANTM renewed and taking up a fall slot and TO,VD,Arrow,SPN,HoD(for syndication) certain renewals, that’ll leave room only for four new shows all next season.

  • jupiter3765

    and thats the bottom line

  • r0ckmypants

    @jupiter3765 – “listen i am dead serious the reason for all of abcs failures is because of them cancelling all my children and one life to live if they had not cancelled those soaps alot of shows on abc will be getting like big bang theory numbers the reason a lot of there shows are decling in the ratings is because of daytime soap fans boycotting because abc hurted their fellings really bad when there soaps were cancelled back in 2011″

    Ummmm… no.

  • will


    Tomorrow People ( spin-off supernatural)

    The Originals

    The 100

    Vampire Diaries
    Star Crossed

    Hart of Dixie

  • gerry

    so happy to see tomorrow people up! also great for arrow!

    i know its a slow decline and not going anywhere soon, but the slow demise of modern family is really bad news for abc… not great for nashville but at least it is steady.

    if only it could be christmas every day over at nbc…

  • JJA

    Arrow was excellent last night. Grant Gustin was a perfect casting choice for Barry Allen. I’m now 100% certain that “The Flash” will be on the schedule next year.

    Also, there is NO “Reign v. The Tomorrow People” battle. There are TWO MORE shows entering this “battle “come spring, not to mention BATB. So it’s a lot more complicated that a mere two way battle.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    What and when was the series low for Modern Family?

  • jupiter3765

    its because of the abc soap opera boycott there are over 10 million soap fans boycotting abc at this very moment

  • PurpleDrazi

    Flash episode did very well for Arrow. That plus all the positive reviews all but guarantees we will see The Flash on CW next year. (not that there was any doubt.)

  • Scandalicious

    What is happening to Modern Family? It is such a great show. I really hope it can find its footing again. I really think ABC hurt their whole Wednesday lineup when they decided to not move The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife.

    I am really happy for Survivor! It has been a great season and last nights episode was one of the best! Arrow and The Tomorrow People also did really well. It looks like a showdown between The Tomorrow People and Reign is in full swing.

  • Timmy G

    Oh boy….this Reign vs. TTP war is fast approaching Chuck and Nikita nonsense levels.

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