Ratings: Arrow and Chicago Fire Tie Lows, Whitney Matches High, Howie Mandel Drops Hard

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Year's EnWhitney and Criminal Minds were the only gainers this Wednesday night, with the former matching its Season 2 high by inching up a tenth in the demo to a 1.4.

CBS’ 9 o’clock crime drama meanwhile drew the night’s largest audience (12 million total viewers) while ticking up a tenth in the demo (to 3.1).

Elsewhere:

* CBS’ penultimate Survivor was steadyish at 10.2 mil/2.8. CSI capped the Eye’s night with 9.5 mil/2.2, down 15 percent in the demo.

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* The X Factor, with 7.7 mil and a 2.6, dipped 7 percent week-to-week.

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* ABC’s The Middle (7.5 mil/2.2) ticked down a tenth, The Neighbors (5.5 mil/1.6) fell 16 percent to a series low and Modern Family (10.8 mil/4.2) was down 11 percent to match its season low, yet still led the night in the demo. Barbara Walters’ “Fascinating” People special (7.7 mil/2.1) was down 9 percent versus 2011. Please, someone tell me who was No. 1. I need to die inside.

* The CW’s Arrow (3.13 mil/1.0) slipped 6 percent and a tenth (tying its series low); those numbers could change due to 12.12.12 concert preemptions.

* Airing without a cushy Voice lead-in, NBC’s Take It All mustered just 3.4 mil/1.1, plunging 50 percent from Night 2. Chicago Fire led out of that with 4.8 mil/1.4, down 34 and 26 percent and matching its series low.



Comments (31)

  • I was watching the 12.12.12 Concert and DVR’g my normal Wednesday night shows.

    Comment by wrstlgirl – December 13, 2012 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • People watch The Nieghbours?! 5.5mil?! Wow

    Comment by Sarahii – December 13, 2012 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • In my region, Middle didn’t air until the middle of the night. “Channel 2 Investigates was on instead” (I have no idea what they were investigating.

    I watched 12.12.12 and dvr’d the rest too. Great concert.

    Comment by DreamRose311 – December 13, 2012 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So that means Criminal Minds beat NCIS in the demo this week. HA! (and yes I realize this is a one time thing and probably won’t happen again this year but still…it DID happen this time and I’m going to enjoy it.) :-)

    Comment by KC – December 13, 2012 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • THIS!

      Comment by Barbie Furtado – December 13, 2012 11:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s a pretty big deal for Criminal Minds even if it is a fluke, one time occurence.

      Comment by April – December 13, 2012 11:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow! That was a BIG drop for Chicago Fire!

    Comment by Jill – December 13, 2012 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • wait, what about ratings from Tuesday? It looks like you’ve only posted ratings for Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights this week

    Comment by Shari – December 13, 2012 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Slow night. Almost everything was down. Good for CM and Whitney hanging tough.

    Comment by Dav – December 13, 2012 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • glad Whitney did alright. I’m rather attached to that whacky sitcom.

    Comment by mia – December 13, 2012 10:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This time of year it is not a surprise, with some shows having their winter finales last week, people were probably confused with what was going to be new and repeats and then next week I am sure that the handful that will be on will be low too.

    Comment by sarah – December 13, 2012 10:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay, neighbors went down, I really don’t want that show around next year, it is one of the worst comedies on TV.

    Comment by Tina – December 13, 2012 10:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Is someone forcing you to watch? Or do you think you should be in charge of what people should be able to watch?

      Comment by CountryQueen – December 13, 2012 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • After the worst pilot every the show is really good now, like a modern take on Third Rock from the Sun. No one forces you to watch it and it’s still better than 90% of the comedies on Tv today.

      Comment by Midori4 – December 13, 2012 01:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I realize that 2.6 is a good number, relatively speaking, but Fox has got to be disappointed in the X-Factor’s numbers.

    Comment by Jack – December 13, 2012 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, and they are secretly hating the early renewal for season 3. I hope Fox can at least pay them less next season. This season is a sad joke.

      Comment by Alienate – December 13, 2012 02:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Regarding Chicago Fire, it was a good episode. But maybe there are other people like me who just dont want to see Casey hook up with Dawson. :)

    Comment by sherknd – December 13, 2012 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ugh! Chicago Fire is just another soap opera with Firefighters instead of doctors or lawyers. I’m not surprised it dropped.

    Comment by Jack – December 13, 2012 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Here is the problem with NBC, if they come up with something good like Take It All, they beat it like a dead horse, with another dead horse. There was literally no reason to run it 5 nights this week. They could get much more longevity out of these shows if they put it on once a week. They did the same thing with Minute To Win It, Deal or No Deal. It’s a terrible idea and they continue to do it. There is a reason ABC has had Wipeout on the air for several years now. They don’t show 500 episodes a week.

    Comment by RobMF – December 13, 2012 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • To call Take It All a GOOD show is to rip up every dictionary on the planet. It is NOT GOOD. It is worse than BAD. It is Despicable TV. It is demeaning to everything that is good about the human spirit.

      Comment by Alienate – December 13, 2012 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Since there was no Supernatural this week, I thought Arrow would be off as well! Maybe that’s why the ratings slipped?

    Comment by Max – December 13, 2012 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t watch Criminal Minds anymore. It’s too disturbing, and there are enough creepy things in the real world to worry about.

    Comment by Shiver – December 13, 2012 01:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Really? After 6 seasons of the same stuff NOW you find it disturbing?

      Comment by Lilly – December 13, 2012 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Doesn’t mean they’ve been watching for all six seasons…

        Comment by Esaul – December 14, 2012 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The most “fascinating” person was David Petraeus….yes…THAT Petraeus…

    Comment by angelblue1772 – December 13, 2012 04:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I watch Arrow and the Neighbors. I love both shows, but I gotta say I don’t get the whitney thing it’s just not funny. To be honest for awhile there I thought she had to be sleeping with somebody at the network to keep that dog on. And don’t get me started on smash that one is just painful.

    Comment by sonya – December 13, 2012 06:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I bet ARROW’s numbers will turn out to be affected by the pre-empting channels. I watched the ep online today and it was pretty fantastic.

    Comment by JP – December 13, 2012 06:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ARROW stayed same in final numbers — 1.0.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – December 13, 2012 06:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • So for instance, in the PHILADELPHIA market, the “Arrow” episode preempted for the 12-12-12 Concert will be aired over the weekend.

        Comment by topoopon – December 13, 2012 07:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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