Fall 2012 TV Schedule Night by Night: Wednesday

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May 23rd, 2012

As the 2011-12 broadcast season comes to an end tonight it's fitting that Wednesday night is the last night of the 2012-13 schedule we'll take a peek at (the other nights are here).

Six new shows on Wednesdays (same as Tuesday night).  Three new comedies, and three new dramas.

ABC puts rookie sitcom The Neighbors in the post-Modern Family "We really don't want to cancel this show" timeslot followed by the new musical drama Nashville.

Fox has sophomore The X Factor scheduled for two hours, instead of 90 minutes, with no 30 min "sitcom launch" slot. Perhaps Britney and Demi need that extra half hour, it certainly didn't do the sitcoms any good.

CBS goes with exactly the same line up as Fall 2011.

NBC puts two rookies into their 8pm comedy block, Animal Practice and Guys With Kids. New drama Chicago Fire follows Law & Order:SVU, which moves back to 9pm in a slot that didn't treat it particularly well in the past.

The CW pairs rookie drama Arrow with the relocated from Friday veteran Supernatural.

Take a trip down memory lane with last season's 2011 Wednesday Fall schedule:

  • Ashley

    Just looking at the 9pm slot, I would say Criminal Minds and SVU are male-skewing shows, right? And Modern Family seems like it does well with both men and women. X-Factor is probably female-skewing.

  • Hades

    I’m not expecting SPN to suddenly jump up in the ratings just because its off of Fridays. Yes some people who couldnt watch while it was on Friday might come back to watch live on Wednesday but then factor in the usual season to season viewer attrition and the people who wont be able to watch live on Wednesday and I wouldnt be suprised if it continues on in the 0.7/0.6 range. Probably better than any other current show would do in the slot and good enough for the CW.

    I predict a 1.5 premier for Arrow and a 0.7 for SPN.

  • GDfriends

    This night isn’t as interesting as Monday or Tuesday but it still has some peaks and valleys to contend with…The over-saturation of music themed shows will not help X-Factor as it will slip from last years numbers despite Britney Spears…the drop should be about 10-15% which isn’t bad since Simon is a really good judge.

    8pm – X-Factor will win but it will be an unspectacular win. Survivor will continue and I see a slight up-tick from this last seasons terrible showing…The Middle/Surburgatory will hold steady while NBC’s comedies won’t do much…Arrow IMO will do very well (CW well, like 0.8)

    9pm – Modern Family should win its slot but Neighbors has one thing going against it…for years viewers have changed the channel rejecting countless losers following this mega-hit, will viewers do the same next fall? Not sure but I feel Neighbors will do as well as Happy Endings (holding 50-60% of its lead-in). X-Factor will probably take the hour due to ABC’s 9:30pm show while Minds will be steady as ever…SVU will sink to new levels and Supernatural may just rise a bit due to counter-programming and the compatible lead-in

    10pm – CSI should have no problem leading this night with Chicago Fire being a weak 2nd, on any other net I think CF would do better but with it on NBC’s weakest night things don’t look so positive. Nashville IMO will flop and flop big…ABC will regret moving Revenge out of its 10pm spot

  • zed

    Why would people say The Neighbors will fail, even though they haven’t seen it? Yes it’s a comedy … About aliens, but who said it wasn’t funny. It was picked up for a reason, and it was given the post-Modern family slot for a reason! It must have made some people laugh.
    I’m not saying it will be a hit, but I’m not saying it will flop either. You saying that, after only reading the premise really shows how much you actually thought before writing.

  • Pinkle

    Judging from the trailer, The Neighbors looks AWFUL and will probably flop by Christmas. How To Live With Your Parents or The Family Tools better be ready to go because they might be on sooner than expected.

    Too bad ABC didn’t get The New Normal. Having a Modern Family/The New Normal hour would be big for ABC, as well as the 10pm show, as both shows are VERY compatible with each other.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Ashley, all those shows have more female viewers than men, as is typical of live action scripted broadcast shows in general.

  • david

    I will be watching Arrow and Super Natural on the CW then watching Chicago Fire on NBC. I really hope this is a good night above a 1.0 for the CW.

  • Terry

    @ ZED,

    Have you seen the clips for The Neighbors. Most of the criticisms are from people that have seen the previews for this show. Perhaps the show is better than what the clips show, but don’t criticize people for their opinions. Keep the criticisms to the actual shows.

    Thank you.

  • hammard

    Bill did an article about this a couple of years ago:


    Back then the skew was (women to men):

    Modern Family: 1.28
    Criminal Minds: 1.57
    American Idol (not the same I know but I imagine would be similar): 1.67
    Law and Order SVU: 1.84
    Supernatural: 1.27

  • Mary

    @That’s what I thought Bill except I’m surprised to learn that most live action shows have more female viewers. So are men mostly watching? Reality shows and sports?

  • Concerned Citizen

    Arrow, Chicago Fire, and Nashville will be successful enough to get second seasons. Animal Practice, Guys With Kids, and The Neighbors will not be.

  • Michael

    Nashville will fail. Chicago Fire will actually do well for NBC…

    That being said, this is a CBS night all over. But ABC is gonna sulk with Modern Family this year….idk. 2nd place might be competitive.

  • Ashley


    Hmm, thanks Bill, that’s interesting! Is it the same way for SPN too? Because I’m just trying to think how anything is counter-programming if they all attract the same type of viewers LOL

  • Ram510

    What a huge failure Nieghbors will be! They could’ve just left Cougar Town/ Happy Endings there if that’s the case. Oh ABC you confuse me sometimes. It won’t make to November (I hope)

  • danny94

    Hope Nashville is good and that it does well

  • KS

    Guys, where are you all? Where are all the Supernatural fans? I know we come last in the time slot, but as far as comments are concerned we are always number one.

    Strictly Speaking, Supernatural is the most discussed show on this website.

  • KS


    Are these schedules gonna remain in the home page of this website till next season begins?

  • Tessa

    It gives me such a good feeling to see Supernatural there with the big boys. I know Modern Family and X-Factor are ratings giants but I see little audience overlap. CM and SVU are procedurals so hopefully they won’t affect the show’s steady, dedicated viewership either. The Arrow lead in definitely doesn’t hurt.

  • Brandy

    Just Nashville for me, really excited for it.

  • Freddy Arrow

    I still can’t believe that ABC picked a rookie sitcom to lead into Nashville and it’s not Malibu Country. Seems like such a natural progression. The previews make it look like it would fit with the family themes of the night as well.

    Animal Practice looks pretty good to me, but I feel like its going to get killed here. Like many others have said before, Guys With Kids seems a much better match with Whitney than anything else on NBC’s schedule. I also think that SVU should have moved back to its old time slot at 10pm on Tuesdays and put Parenthood here instead.

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