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[10/25/12 - 08:25 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: World Series Opens on Top for FOX
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for wednesday, october 24, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

FOX (10.99 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday with its coverage of the "World Series, Game 1" (10.99 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2).

CBS (10.50 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T2) then claimed the silver with its original mix of "Survivor: Philippines" (10.14 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4), "Criminal Minds" (11.51 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.84 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #7).

ABC (8.09 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T2) nevertheless shared second place honors with its combination of "The Middle" (8.61 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.5, #6), "The Neighbors" (6.87 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T8), "Modern Family" (12.46 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1), "Suburgatory" (7.45 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.7, #5) and "Nashville" (6.58 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T8).

Next up was NBC (5.60 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and new episodes of "Animal Practice" (3.80 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #13), "Guys With Kids" (3.83 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.68 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T10) and "Chicago Fire" (6.30 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T10).

And finally, originals from "Arrow" (3.47 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #14) and "Supernatural" (1.90 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15) on The CW (2.68 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 1.1 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 0.6 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+20.00% - Chicago Fire
+20.00% - Animal Practice
+12.50% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
+6.52% - Modern Family
+5.26% - The Neighbors
+3.70% - Survivor: Philippines
0.00% - The Middle
0.00% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
0.00% - Nashville
-3.23% - Criminal Minds
-3.57% - Suburgatory
-7.14% - Guys With Kids
-15.38% - Arrow
-30.00% - Supernatural

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+175.00% - Arrow (vs. Ringer (Repeat))
+125.00% - Chicago Fire (vs. Prime Suspect (Repeat))
+125.00% - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Vs. Harry's Law (Repeat))
+20.00% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (vs. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Repeat))
+11.36% - Modern Family (vs. Modern Family (Repeat))
+9.09% - Animal Practice (vs. Up All Night (Repeat))
+8.33% - Guys With Kids (vs. Whitney (Repeat))
+7.14% - Criminal Minds (vs. Criminal Minds (Repeat))
-17.65% - Survivor: Philippines
-19.35% - The Middle
-22.86% - Suburgatory (vs. Happy Endings)
-28.57% - Nashville (vs. Revenge)
-30.00% - Supernatural (vs. America's Next Top Model)
-41.18% - The Neighbors (vs. Suburgatory)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

* "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," which featured guest President Barack Obama, delivered the show's highest overnights for a Wednesday telecast in more than two-and-a-half years (since March 3, 2010 during Jay Leno's first week back as host of "Tonight"), with a 4.0 rating,10 share in metered-market households.

* Last night's edition improved on "Tonight's" Wednesday season average in metered-market households by 48 percent (4.0 vs. 2.7). Total-viewer results for last night's telecast aren't due from Nielsen until the late-night week is reported nationally on November 1. Note that through three weeks, NBC had been averaging 3.4 million viewers with its Wednesday telecasts.

* At 12:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" scored the show's highest overnights for a Wednesday edition in more than three years (since June 3, 2009), with a 1.9 rating, 7 share in metered-market households.

* In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 4.0/10; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

* In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.3/6; "Late Show," 0.7/4; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

* At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.9/7 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" (0.4/3).

* At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/26/11):

ABC (9.52 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) took home the top spot on Wednesday thanks to its mix of "The Middle" (10.19 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #5), "Suburgatory" (9.83 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.4, #T3), a repeat of "Modern Family" (11.36 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1), "Happy Endings" (8.34 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) and "Revenge" (8.71 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T6).

CBS (10.65 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) then got bumped to second place with a new "Survivor: South Pacific" (11.57 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #T3) followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (11.36 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T6) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.01 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #8).

Next up was NBC (3.96 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with its all-repeat lineup of "Up All Night" (3.81 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "Whitney" (4.11 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "Harry's Law" (4.42 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Prime Suspect" (3.51 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.40 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) offered up repeats of "Glee" (2.48 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and another "Glee" (2.32 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) due to the World Series rain delay.

And finally, a repeat of "Ringer" (1.29 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) led into a new "America's Next Top Model" (2.23 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) on The CW (1.76 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Ringer" posted a 0.4 rating while "Top Model" delivered a 1.4 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - America's Next Top Model
+16.67% - Happy Endings
+12.00% - Revenge
+9.68% - Suburgatory
+6.90% - The Middle
+3.03% - Survivor: South Pacific

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+133.33% - Revenge (vs. The Whole Truth)
+36.00% - Suburgatory (vs. Better With You)
+10.71% - The Middle
+6.06% - Happy Endings (vs. Cougar Town)
0.00% - America's Next Top Model (vs. Hellcats)
0.00% - Survivor: South Pacific

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.5/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.3/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" with an encore (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3 with an encore).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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