Wednesday, October 17, 2012 ratings — Season premiere(s): Suburgatory. New episode(s): The Middle, The Neighbors, Modern Family, Nashville, Animal Practice, Guys with Kids, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire, Survivor, Criminal Minds, CSI, The X Factor, Arrow, and Supernatural. Repeat(s): none.
On ABC, The Middle started the night with a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 8.35 million total viewers. Week-to-week, the sitcom was up 4% in the coveted demo. It was followed by newbie The Neighbors with a 1.9 rating (-5%) and 6.5 million.
At 9pm, Modern Family drew a 4.6 rating (-6%) with 12.1 million. The season premiere of Suburgatory then garnered a 2.8 demo rating with 7.6 million. Compared to the series debut a year ago, the network was down by 15% in the demo (vs a 3.3 rating) and down by 23% in viewership (vs 9.81 million).