TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Modern Family' Rises, 'Nashville', 'Survivor', 'Arrow' & 'CSI' Down,

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December 12th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/6 1.9/6 1.7/5 1.4/4 1.2/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.2/4 1.4/5 1.3/5 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 10.260 6.753 5.725 4.887 3.107 2.234

CBS was number one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On NBC, The Sing-Off earned a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 25 percent from Monday’s 2.4. The special Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Music Tale garnered a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, even with last year’s Michael Buble Christmas special.

On CBS, Survivor scored a 2.5 , down 4 percent from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds notched a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, even with its last original episode on November 27. CSI garnered a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating down 14 percent from a 2.0 on November 27.

On ABC, The Middle matched last week’s season low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Back in the Game garnered a 1.5 up 7 percent from last week’s series low 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Modern Family earned a 3.5 up 9 percent from last week's 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. Super Fun Night notched a 1.8, up 13 percent from last week’s series low 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville tied its series low with a 1.4, down 13 percent from last week’s 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, The X Factor matched last week's 1.4  adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, Arrow notched a 1.1 down 8 percent from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were a little too optimistic. The Tomorrow People earned a 0.5 down 17 percent from last week’s 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, December 11, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor 2.5/8 9.81
ABC The Middle 1.9/6 8.14
NBC The Sing-Off (8-10PM) 1.8/5 5.92
FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 1.4/4 4.89
CW Arrow 1.1/3 3.04
8:30 ABC Back In the Game 1.5/4 6.10
9:00 ABC Modern Family 3.5/10 10.53
CBS Criminal Minds 2.4/7 11.02
CW The Tomorrow People 0.5/1 1.43
9:30 ABC Super Fun Night 1.8/5 5.47
10:00 CBS CSI 1.8/5 9.95
NBC Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale 1.4/4 5.33
ABC Nashville 1.4/4 5.15

-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," 2.8/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/5; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • JJM

    Both BatB and HoD should move to Fridays. Both shows have been on long enough to establish a fanbase. TTP and Star-Crossed should open up Monday, with Arrow and The 100 taking on Wednesday.

  • Guardian Owl

    @Dochas The problem with TTP is the building is sound, but the foundation is rotten. The central character is not very good and the actor playing him is not gifted enough an actor to anchor the show. The supporting cast is good to great, and the plot is ok, but a bad central character isn’t something a show can really fix.

  • DougF

    Arrow’s M18-34 was a 1.6, highest on the network in 4 seasons

  • gerry

    i’m not counting TTP out just yet. we will see how reign fares tonight.

    its the holidays, i feel like things are going to be down across the board until we hit january. that’s kind of typical, no?

    @ crim tv
    BATB should have been cancelled last year. are they running antm on friday in the spring? otherwise wouldn’t they just finish out batb there with hod?

  • JJM

    @Gaurdian Owl: A good example of that is that rotten actress who plays Charlie on on Revolution.

  • A


    I agree with SFN and BITG, however, I disagree with Nashville, XF and CSI.
    Here’s why: Nashville could be a patch-up series for ABC. Since it already has an “audience,” it could be moved to Sundays at 10 or Thursdays at 8. ABC has tried to air new shows there when it should just put an “established” show in those slots.

    X Factor could also be a filler show for FOX. FOX is not doing so well this season. Cancelling X Factor means filling three-hours of programming. I think it will be renewed, but it will be reduced to either a one-night two-hour show or a two-night one-hour show.

    Though CSI is showing its age, it could also be a patch-up show for CBS. It could either be moved to Mondays at 10 or Sundays at 10. Again, its an “established” show with a following. And if Good Wife or The Mentalist gets cancelled, it would be better to replace it with something with an “audience” than try to premier a new show on an already struggling night.


    SENDING OUT a big B-R-R to all you 18-49ers who have to go to work in all this frigid & bone-chilling cold, not to mention the ice & snow!

    Will have an extra cup of hot chocolate for all of you!

  • Hujo21

    Where are people getting the 1.6 rating for Arrow?

  • Derek

    @Hujo21 – That 1.6 is Arrow’s demo rating in Men 18-34…

  • Serene

    The CW put out a press release with all important ratings for Arrow.

  • Guardian Owl

    @JJM Exactly, in the first season the character was annoying, not very well written, and she is a bit weak as an actress. Though they actually were able to fix it somewhat in the Second season by pushing her more into the supporting cast and moving two other characters more to the forefront.

  • Bee

    WTF happened to nashville? cus there’s no reason for it to decline for a winter finale, let alone one with an OMG SOMEONE DIES promo, when its lead-ins are up also.

    the only possible reason is that the kelly clarkson special (though low-rated, it was filled with country stars) and the duck dynasty christmas special took away some of its audience.

    but blah, still disappointing.

  • Godofwar

    Hayden Panetierre deserves a better show than Nashville, which has gotten so stupid focusing on boring younger non-Rayna/Juliet characters who are not the reason anybody watches! What used to be an above-average soap opera has started stinking up the place. SOMEBODY GIVE HAYDEN THE LEAD CHARACTER ON A SHOW!!!

  • abc

    The Middle seems to be losing direction. I can’t put my finger on it, but things just felt ‘off’ with the last couple of episodes. I hope they can get back on track soon.

    Happy Super Fun Night inched up a little bit…I still hold out a glimmer of hope that it can fend off a bear attack.

  • Hujo21

    Thanks @Derek.

  • jupiter3765

    good for modern family going up

  • Ronald

    WOAO Arrow i wasnt expecting a High i was between 1.0 to 1.3, it was great and i think tehr ating were great for it, TTP really go down this week after getting a 0.7 last week to a .5 that hurts D:… Lets see how Reign does tonight! please Reign go UP!

  • JJM

    @GodofWar: Hayden had Heroes all to herself as pretty much the lead female. We all know how that one went…

  • nerv

    Too bad for TTP. Bad retention. I guess some compatible shows don’t translate to compatible ratings.

    Let’s hope Reign won’t suffer the same fate. Canadians have been raving about its mid-season finale and some in the US may have tried watching it before it aired on the CW.

  • RDavid

    I wonder what Arrow’s numbers would be if it was on a major network.

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