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:

  • Josh

    No a few episodes in season 4 they pretty much called out the wincest fans(you remember that whats a slash fan from Dean line) and Sam fans with Becky.

    People was upset about that too so it’s not the first time we are hearing it. It all depends on what character you hate. It’s cool in fun with the ones you like, but if it’s with one you don’t give a crap about then no.

    I for one didn’t care for the slash references from both sides.

  • Samuel

    Yo how long before Whitney replaces Animal Practice?

    Can’t wait for Chicago Fire that will be one of the best hours of the week on television with CSI and Nashville there.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “How about a post listing all known changes occurring on the returning shows? Community has it’s showrunner blow-up, Fringe looses a regular, Smash loses 4 regulars … what other changes are going on that may shape the shows we’ve come to love (or loath) this fall?”

    Nowhere near worth the effort. That’s way, way more niche than ratings, which is already pretty niche-y.

  • KS


    I watched every episode more than once. But, I never really remember, such references. Those references never used to be significant and always go unnoticed unless you pay great attention. But, these days it has too far.


    I am sure Eric Kripke also hated Castiel. That is why he is put away from all the important episodes of the show or was given very limited role.

    Enjoy looking at those pictures.

  • LisaM

    Glad to see Arrow paired with CW. I never watch TV on Wednesday but I guess I will have to now. Too bad I work late and will most likely miss Arrow.

  • LisaM

    Oops paired with SPN ON CW. Other than Suburgatory, I rarely watched TV Wednesdays.

  • Gustavo

    The neighbors will destroy Nashville performance.Malibu country would make way more sense in that timeslot:1°Quality-wise speaking looks good and 2°Reba is a country-singer and would be like a warm up to see than Nashville.My favorites new shows for next Fall would be:Nashville,Last Resort,Chicago Fire,The Mob Doctor and (Perhaps)Emily Owens,Among sitcoms my favorite new sitcom would be Malibu Country:Although Doesn`t start on September,November is still Fall.

  • Tessa

    I am sure Eric Kripke also hated Castiel. That is why he is put away from all the important episodes of the show or was given very limited role.

    There you go again, making assumptions. How are you *sure* he hated Castiel? Did he say it somewhere? Even if we entertain the idea that it’s true, wouldn’t he utilize the opportunity to kill him off twise during two seasons? Why did he bring him back both times?

    For the last time, you are only speaking for yourself. Not the fandom, not the viewers, and certainly not for Kripke.

  • David Howell

    If The Neighbors struggles as badly as some people here are anticipating, we are going to see all the retentionistas out in force every Thursday!

    X-Factor going to two hours might just be a mistake given that. Fox might well have managed some serious traction with a 9:30 sitcom whose sitcom competition was woeful and lead-in dependent. As it is, The Neighbors gets virtually a free pass – no other half-hour shows on broadcast starting at 9:30, so non-DVR viewers of MF will have to either flick to cable, turn off, join another show halfway through (and good luck doing that with a crime procedural), or watch The Neighbors.

    Does that mean that people might even go “I’m not watching The Neighbors, so I’ll watch something else live and put Modern Family on my DVR”? Because that would do a heap of damage to ABC if it means more commercial-skipping of their #1 show.

  • KS


    Oh, yeah show runners they keep screaming in public that they hate a character in their own show.

    I am sorry, I should have not used, “I am sure that…”, I should have used, “I assume”.

    That’s just an assumption which I am not sure of. I assmume, he hated Bela but still had to include for Dawn Ostraff. But, Dawn couldn’t say no negative response from both fans and critics for that character. I assume, he hated extension of Castiel, but still had to include him because of positive reaction from fans and critics – who are 99.9% fan girls. Most of the times, their judgement of a character is clouded by their liking for guys on the show.

  • Ben

    @KS Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I have to agree with @Tessa that you’re acting like your opinion is the only one that matters and that you are always correct. No matter what happens there will always be fans who disagree with something on a show. I like Cas as much as Sam and Dean :)

  • Ultima

    @David Howell
    X-Factor going to two hours might just be a mistake given that. Fox might well have managed some serious traction with a 9:30 sitcom whose sitcom competition was woeful and lead-in dependent.

    The X Factor performance shows were only 90 minutes for the last four weeks, so it’s not as if FOX is making a big change (in fact,The X Factor will probably have fewer total hours next season as it is).

    I think the idea this season was that if IHMTD did really well after The X Factor, they could pair it up with New Girl and Glee in January and put Raising Hope on hiatus until March. No real need for that next year, with the two hour comedy block launching in September.

  • KS


    As I corrected in my earlier post, I will try to use, proper terminology. I am unknowingly attributing to my opinion to every fan because of the jugglery of words in my mind while typing. Next time, I will “watch my mouth” and try to use proper words.

  • KS

    @Tessa and Other Supernatural Fans

    Let’s put our differences aside and once again unite as Supernatural family. Supernatural is nominated in 3 categories, Best Actor – J and J and Best Sci/Fi Show – Supernatural for “Teen Choice Awards”.

    Like @Tessa said a few months back that, Teen Choice Awards are not something really to give a damn about. Winning a Teen Choice Award is more embarrassing than loosing it. is this true?

    But, I personally think, what ever value these awards carry, they are still awards, which are not won by our show many times unfortunately. And J and J, didn’t win even a single major award so far. So, why not help them to get these awards by voracious voting as we have done during PCAs and help them fill this void in their careers. Please vote for both of them, putting your differences aside. Remember you are Supernatural fans before you consider yourself, Sam or Dean fans.

    I am surprised not seeing any campaigns on internet about Teen choice award voting. But, IMO, it at least increases the number of awards Supernatural won.

    I honestly don’t know anything about those awards, but was so angry to see Supernatural loosing to poor quality shows in both the categories it was nominated last year.

  • Ben

    @KS I agree. I think SPN struggles to win loads of awards because of its genre but in TCA it should have a better chance and I’m glad it won at the PCAa.

  • LisaM

    Why knock fan girls for liking male characters? Other shows have fans for the same reason, hot guys a la Dr Sexy maybe? I like a character who adds something to show, and interacts well with the main characters. Why else watch?

  • Survivor Fan

    Survivor Fan’s Watchlist
    CBS- Survivor (of course)
    ABC- Modern Family, Unsure about new shows
    NBC- May try all 3 new shows (or may not)
    FOX- None
    CW- None

  • bluelp85

    My Wednesdays got a whole lot busier. Have The Middle, Suburgatory, and Modern Family. Now adding Supernatural, and wanting to check out Arrow and Animal Practice. If you include cable I also have American Horror Story and RW/RR Challenge (if it has a fall run).

  • Survivor Fan

    Ratings Predictions

    1. FOX- X Factor 3.8 / Idol 4.1
    2. CBS- Survivor 25 3.1 / Survivor 26 (all-stars) 3.1
    3. ABC- Middle 2.6/ 2.0 (sp.) ; Suburgatory 2.7/ 2.2 (sp.)
    4. NBC- Animal Practice 2.5 / Guys With Kids 1.4
    5. CW- Arrow 0.9

    1. FOX ”
    2. ABC- Modern Family 5.3/ 4.4 (sp) ; Neighbors 3.1
    3. CBS- Criminal Minds 3.1 /2.7 (sp)
    4. NBC- SVU 1.4/ 1.0 (sp)
    5. CW- Supernatural 1.0/ 0.7 (sp)

    1. CBS- CSI 2.7/ 2.5 (sp)
    2. ABC- Nashville 1.7
    3. NBC- Chicago Fire- 1.5

  • Ken

    Animal Practice 1.5-1.8 (the monkey is going to sell this one)
    Guys With Kids 1.3-1.5(if that)

    SVU 1.5-2.2 (a few ups and downs)
    Chicago Fire 1.6-1.9

    X Factor 3.2-3.7(it won’t grow above idol)

    Nashville 1.8-2.2

    CBS- more of the same

    Arrow 0.5-0.7
    Supernatural 0.7-0.9

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