×

‘Modern Family,’ ‘Survivor’ Top Wednesday While ‘Sing Off’ Beats ‘X Factor’ Head-to-Head

CBS captured Wednesday in key demos behind its veteran lineup including “Survivor,” but ABC’s “Modern Family” rebounded from its sub-par scores of last week to easily rule as the night’s top show in young adults. The struggles for Fox’s “The X Factor” continued, meanwhile, as it finished behind NBC’s own singing competition, “The Sing Off,” head-to-head.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS beat its rivals in adults 18-49 in five of six half-hours on Wednesday, led by “Survivor” (2.5/8 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall) and “Criminal Minds” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 11.0 million viewers overall), which was the night’s most-watched program overall. “Survivor” was about on par with last week as it heads into its season finale on Sunday, but the drama was down about 14% in 18-49 from its most recent original.

Also down 14% from its previous original episode, “CSI” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall) was nonetheless the broadcast leader across the board for the 10 p.m. hour.

Elsewhere, ABC opened with “The Middle” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) and “Back in the Game” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall), with the former flat week to week and at its season low, and the latter up a tick from last week. “Modern Family” followed at 9 p.m. (3.5/10 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall), more than doubling its lead-in and rising 9% (0.3) from its season low of last week and standing as the No. 1 program of the night in 18-49 — one full ratings point higher than “Survivor.”

Finishing the night for ABC, “Super Fun Night” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) was up a bit from last week and looks to have again retained about half of its “Modern Family” demo lead-in. And at 10 p.m., “Nashville” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) was down 12% (0.2) from last week and tying its low.

From 8 to 10 p.m., NBC’s “The Sing-Off” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) beat Fox’s “The X Factor” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), with the latter on par with last week and placing fourth in its timeslot. “Sing Off” was down 25% from its Monday premiere (2.4), which benefited from a “The Voice” lead-in, but gave NBC one of its best demo averages in the two-hour block this fall. And compared to its second episode in the show’s most recent season (in 2011), “Sing-Off” was up a tick (1.7).

NBC then did OK closing the night with the special “Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Tale” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall), which was neck-and-neck with ABC’s “Nashville” and above the net’s average this season.

At CW, “Arrow” was solid (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall), down a bit from its highs of last week in 18-49 and total viewers but rising to a series high in men 18-34 (1.6/4); in fact, this was the best score for any series on the network since “Smallville” in October 2010. In adults 18-34, “Arrow” (1.1/4) tied with Fox and ABC in the 8 o’clock hour.

At 9 p.m., rookie drama “The Tomorrow People” was down a bit from last week (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.2/6; ABC, 1.9/6; NBC, 1.7/5; Fox, 1.4/4; Univision, 1.2/3; CW, 0.8/2; Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 10.3 million; ABC, 6.8 million; NBC, 5.7 million; Fox, 4.9 million; Univision, 3.1 million; CW, 2.2 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million.

Popular on Variety

More Data

  • India, South Korea Lead Surge in

    India, South Korea Lead Surge in Asian Production, Rights Spending

    Spending on film, TV and online video content in Asia grew by 12% in 2018, a significant leap from 8% the previous year. The strongest growth came from India and South Korea, with Indonesia and Vietnam following. Data from the latest edition of Asia Video Content Dynamics, published by research and consultancy firm Media Partners [...]

  • Pride Parade and Festival in Salt

    New Study Shows Decline in LGBTQ Acceptance Among Young Americans

    A new study from GLAAD shows a significant decline in LGBTQ acceptance among young Americans aged 18-34. In a national survey among U.S. adults called the Accelerating Acceptance Index, the percentage of young Americans reporting being “very” or “somewhat” comfortable with LGBTQ people across seven scenarios dropped from 53% to 45%, marking the second consecutive [...]

  • Majelan

    French Podcast App Majelan Launches With 13 Million Audio Episodes Across 50 Countries

    While the podcast space is heating up with a variety of players including Apple, Audible, Spotify and Luminary, a smaller-yet-promising French app called Majelan is rolling out across 50 countries with an international library of 280 000 audio series, or 13 millions episodes, in 15 languages. Majelan is also kicking off with 20 original or [...]

  • Globe Centred On Asia And Oceania,

    APOS: Online Video Headed for 15% Annual Growth, Disrupting Asia Markets

    A blistering 15% annual growth of online video will give the Asian video industry (TV, pay-TV, home entertainment and streaming) a growth rate nearly double that of North America for the next five years. According to a new report from Media Partners Asia, published on the eve of the APOS conference in Indonesia, Asia’s online [...]

  • FICCI-Frames: Digital Growing, But TV Still

    FICCI-Frames: TV Dominates India's Entertainment Sector (Study)

    India’s creative industries sector, comprising television, film, OTT and related industries had an overall market size of $23.9 billion in 2018 and is projected to grow 12% to reach $33.6 billion by 2021. That is according to the annual EY report released during the Frames conference in Mumbai, organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    European Cinema Admissions Down 3.3% in 2018, but Hit 1.25 Billion for Fourth Year in a Row

    European cinema admissions hit 1.25 billion for the fourth consecutive year in 2018, despite dropping 3.3% from the record level set in 2017, according to figures released Wednesday by the International Union of Cinemas, or UNIC. Total box office revenue across Europe hit at least €8 billion ($9.1 billion), also for the fourth year running. The figures [...]

  • International 2018 Box Office Profits

    International Box Office Top 100 of 2018: Another Record Year, but Rise Is Slight

    International box office ticked up 1% over 2017 to a record $29.8 billion, helping to drive worldwide moviegoing up 2.7% to a new high-water mark of $41.7 billion. Most of the global increase came from North America, which surged 7% to $11.9 billion. “Avengers: Infinity War” became the seventh film to gross more than $1 [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content