Wednesday TV Ratings: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM Gets Off to Very Strong Start, NASHVILLE and CHICAGO FIRE Drop, ARROW Steady

     October 18, 2012


TV ratings numbers are in for Wednesday night’s programming.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The second season premiere of FX’s horror anthology series American Horror Story: Asylum got off to an incredibly strong start, with a hefty 2.2 rating in the demo and 3.85 million total viewers, making it the most watched and highest rated episode of the series thus far.
  • After a solid yet slightly soft debut, ABC’s much buzzed-about new drama series Nashville saw a pretty steep drop in viewers for episode 2.  The ep drew a 2.0 rating and 6.8 million viewers, down a hefty 28% from last week’s 2.8 rating.
  • NBC’s new drama Chicago Fire was also down, though the drop was a bit more dramatic given the show’s low premiere numbers.  The second episode drew a 1.5 rating an 5.9 million viewers, down 21% from the premiere’s 1.9 rating.
  • The CW’s new superhero series Arrow saw a solid hold from last week’s stellar premiere numbers, as this week’s episode hit a 1.3 rating and 3.5 million viewers.  That’s even with last week’s premiere.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Wednesday, October 17th, including Modern Family, Supernatural, CSI, The Middle, Suburgatory, and more.


  • chicago-fire-episode-2This week’s episode of new comedy series Animal Practice was down 9%, earning a 1.0 rating and 3.8 million viewers against last week’s 1.1 rating.
  • NBC’s other new Wednesday comedy Guys with Kids was even with last week’s numbers, garnering a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4.3 million viewers.
  • Law and Order: SVU was down 9% from last week, earning a 1.6 rating and 6.3 million viewers.  Last week’s episode netted a 1.8 demo rating.
  • New drama series Chicago Fire saw a hefty drop from its disappointing premiere numbers, garnering a 1.5 rating in the demo and 5.9 million viewers.  That’s down 21% from the series premiere’s 1.9 rating.


  • The Middle hit a 2.5 rating and 8.4 million viewers, up slightly from last week’s 2.4 rating.
  • New comedy series The Neighbors earning a 1.9 rating and 6.5 million viewers, confirming that somebody in America is actually watching the alien sitcom.  That’s down 5% from last week’s 2.0 rating.
  • nashville-episode-2Modern Family was the highest rated and most-watched program of the night, earning a 4.6 rating and 12 million viewers.  Even so, that’s down 4% from last week’s 4.8 rating.
  • Whip-smart comedy series Suburgatory had its season premiere a little late this year, but the episode earned a 2.8 rating in the demo and 7.6 million viewers.  That’s down 15% from the series premiere last year, but up a whopping 55% from its season finale rating of 1.8.
  • The solid second episode of Nashville saw a surprising drop in viewership, with a 2.0 rating and 6.8 million viewers.  That’s down a significant 28% from the series premiere’s 2.8 rating and not at all what I expected to happen. 


  • arrow-episode-2Criminal Minds was up slightly, earning a 3.1 rating and 11.8 million viewers.  That’s up from last week’s 3.0 rating.
  • This week’s episode of the long-running procedural CSI netted a 2.4 rating and 10.6 million total viewers, down from last week’s 2.6.

The CW

  • Following some truly fantastic series premiere numbers, The CW’s Arrow held strong this week with a 1.3 rating and 3.5 million total viewers for its second episode.  That’s even with last week’s premiere.
  • Thanks to a solid lead-in, Supernatural also saw a strong hold with a 1.0 rating and 2.2 million viewers to match last week’s performance.


  • The season/series premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum got off to a strong start with a 2.2 demo rating and 3.85 million viewers.  That makes the Asylum premiere the series’ highest rated and most-watched episode to date, marking a 40% gain from the 3.18 million viewers who tuned in to the season one premiere.  In short, expect this anthology series to stick around for a while.  Be sure to check out our recap of the season premiere right here.