October 4, 2012


The Presidential Debate preempted some of the network programming last night, but it was mostly good news for the shows that did air.  Here are a few highlights from Wednesday’s numbers:

  • The CW’s Supernatural kicked off its eighth season with a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 1.8 million viewers, even with the season seven premiere and up from last season’s finale rating of 0.7.
  • ABC’s The Middle was down double digits from last week, scoring a 2.2 rating in the demo and 7.93 million viewers.  That’s a 24% drop from last week’s 2.9 rating.
  • NBC’s new comedies Animal Practice and Guys with Kids were both up with a 1.5 rating and 1.8, respectively.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Wednesday, October 3rd, including numbers for the debate.


  • animal-practice-imagePending final adjusted numbers, the Justin Kirk-fronted vet comedy Animal Practice was up 7% from last week’s 1.4 rating with a 1.5 in the demo and 5.22 million viewers.
  • NBC’s other new Wednesday comedy Guys with Kids was also up, scoring a 1.8 rating and 5.50 million viewers.  That’s a 13% uptick from last week’s 1.6 rating.


  • ABC’s The Middle netted a 2.2 rating and 7.93 million viewers, taking a steep 24% drop from last week’s 2.9 rating.
  • The second episode of the new alien comedy The Neighbors was also down sharply, scoring a 2.0 rating and 6.61 million viewers versus the 3.2 rating for its series premiere.  That’s down 38%, but it should be noted that it premiered last week directly after ratings juggernaut Modern Family.

The CW 

  • Fan-favorite series Supernatural scored a 0.8 demo rating and 1.80 million viewers for its eight season premiere, even with the season seven premiere and up 14% from last season’s finale rating of 0.7.

Presidential Debate

  • The live debate was covered by all four major networks.  NBC’s broadcast scored the highest demo rating with 3.4 and 9.91 million viewers, but CBS landed the most eyeballs with 10.18 million viewers total and a 3.0 demo rating.
  • Complete coverage from all four networks totaled 35.1 million viewers, up 19% from 2008’s first Obama/McCain debate.



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