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Metered Market Wednesday Ratings
CBS Wins; Sluggish Return for Whitney on NBC
Metered Market Results
Fox 6.0/ 9
ABC 5.4/ 9
NBC 3.8/ 6
CW 2.2/ 3
-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening (11/16/11):
CW: +69, CBS: - 4, ABC: -14, NBC: -16, Fox: -20
Survivor: Philippines (CBS), Arrow (CW), Modern Family (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS), CSI (CBS)
The Middle (ABC)
-Time to Retire:
-Losers (excluding repeats):
Whitney (NBC), Guys With Kids (NBC)
It was a midweek overnight victory for CBS courtesy of Survivor: Philippines (#1: 6.8 rating/11 share), underrated Criminal Minds (#1 overall from 9-10 p.m.: 7.6/11) and veteran CSI (#1: 6.9/12), which has fared well opposite new (and full season renewed) entries Nashville on ABC (#2: 4.4/ 8) and Chicago Hope on NBC (#3: 4.2/ 7). All three Eye net hours were close to year-ago levels. As for Survivor: Philippines, Lisa Whelchel, in my humble opinion, is playing the most admirable game in the history of the reality/competition. Go Blair! The Facts of Life, which airs on cable net The Hub in the Wednesday 8-10 p.m. block, is featuring a clever promo that ties into Survivor.
Second for the evening overall was The X Factor on Fox with a 6.0/ 9 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. But that performance was 20 percent below the 7.5/12 on the year-ago evening.
In season-premiere news, sophomore sitcom Whitney on NBC finished a distant fourth with a 3.1/ 5 at 8 p.m. While that was the network’s best overnight rating in the time period since October 3, it was still down by 14 percent from bland year-ago occupant Up All Night (3.6/ 6 on 11/16/11). Next on NBC was recent entry Guys With Kids (#4: 2.9/ 5 at 8:30 p.m.), followed by long-running Law & Order: SVU (#4: 4.4/ 7) and episode six of aforementioned Chicago Fire (#3: 4.2/ 7) from 9-11 p.m.
Over at ABC, Modern Family, as usual, was top-rated for the night with an 8.1/13 in the overnights at 9 p.m. And that will easily translate into an adult 18-49 victory. But sophomore Suburgatory dipped to a 5.0/ 8 at 9:30 p.m. (#3), which was 38 percent below Modern Family. Earlier in the evening on the alphabet net was underrated The Middle at a second-place 5.9/ 9 at 8 p.m., followed by recent kooky entry The Neighbors at a 4.6/ 7 at 8:30 p.m. Comparably, retention for The Neighbors out of The Middle was 78 percent.
Aforementioned Nashville capped off the evening for ABC with a second-place 4.4/ 8 at 10 p.m., which was 24 percent below year-ago occupant Revenge (5.8/10 on 11/16/11).
Over at The CW, freshman drama Arrow remains the real deal with a 2.8/ 5 (#5) in the overnights at 8 p.m. Comparably, that bested an encore telecast of America’s Next Top Model on the year-ago evening (1.0/ 2 on 11/16/11) by 180- percent. Tired Supernatural, however, dipped to a 1.5/ 2 (#5) at 9 p.m., which was 46 percent below Arrow. Given the strength of Arrow, The CW could do better here. Food for thought for next season.
Source: Nielsen Media Research data