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[12/27/12 - 08:18 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: Repeat of "Criminal Minds" Puts CBS in Front
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for wednesday, december 26, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

CBS (8.28 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to a repeat of "Criminal Minds" (8.54 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) plus "The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors" (8.15 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Second place then went to NBC (4.28 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with its all-repeat lineup of "Whitney" (3.53 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Guys With Kids" (2.88 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.44 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "Chicago Fire" (4.19 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Next up was ABC (3.87 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with second runs of "The Middle" (4.73 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "The Neighbors" (4.13 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Modern Family" (5.38 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1), "Suburgatory" (3.69 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Nashville" (2.66 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.52 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its marathon lineup of "Ben & Kate" (1.98 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), another "Ben & Kate" (1.52 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), yet another "Ben & Kate" (1.24 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and even more "Ben & Kate" (1.36 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.89 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and "Supernatural" (1.27 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) on The CW (1.58 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Arrow" delivered a 0.4 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Supernatural" a 0.3 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-36.36% - The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (Criminal Minds (Repeat)/CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Repeat))

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

TBA


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/28/11):

CBS (9.80 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) won the repeat race on Wednesday with its mix of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.24 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Criminal Minds" (10.50 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.67 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2).

ABC (4.03 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with its lineup of "The Middle" (5.30 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Suburgatory" (4.65 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Modern Family" (5.57 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "Happy Endings" (3.45 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Revenge" (2.60 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15).

Next up was FOX (2.53 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with encores of "Raising Hope" (2.50 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), another "Raising Hope" (2.32 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13), "New Girl" (2.55 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and another "New Girl" (2.76 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.35 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up repeats of "Up All Night" (3.45 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Whitney" (2.74 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13), "Harry's Law" (3.28 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.68 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, the feature "According to Greta" (1.21 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) closed out the night on The CW (1.21 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), the film posted a 0.6 rating.

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," 2.6/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.7/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/3 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.6/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.9/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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