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:

  • Julie

    I’ll be watching Survivor at 8pm and PVR-ing Arrow. Then watching Supernatual at 9pm (and PVR-ing it too to keep!), and might give Chicago Fire a go at 10pm.
    I’ll PVR CSI at 10pm or watch/PVR it at 7pm on the Canadian channel from Halifax I get with time-shifting (if they have the same schedule as last year). I’d stopped watching it for a few years, but started again since Ted Danson came on board, and am enjoying it again.

    I watched X Factor last year but wasn’t overly thrilled, and since I’m not the least bit interested in anything Britney has to say, I’ll probably give it a miss. Or PVR it, fast forward through the annoying bits and watch the whole 2hrs in 40min.

  • LisaM

    Good call, @KS. Support is what the show needs. I voted for the PCAs myself. This genre, especially on off networks, doesn’t get awards. Emmy’s anyway, and I feel the guys give stellar performances time and again. They deserve recognition.

  • Justin121


    Mixed bag. Nashville could be the next big thing, but The Neighbors looks like a dud. A Revenge-Happy Endings situation.

    Please, ABC, order 24 episodes of all comedies. Give Nashivlle the ModFam lead-in.

    I think

    Middle-New Comedy-Modern Family-Suburgatory-Nashville

    would’ve made a better line-up


    Arrow and SPN may or may not outrate Vamp Diaries, but their average will be higher than Thursdays.

    Night avg: 0.8-1.2


    08:00 sub-1.0
    08:30 sub-1.0
    09:00 1.1
    10:00 sub-1.0

    The X-Factor will premeire to a 5.0 or a 6.0 and remain in the 4.0s thanks to Britney.

    I really hope Nashivlle takes off so ABC Wed @ 10 becomes the new launching pad for hot dramas.

    Personally, I’m interested in:

    Animal Practice
    Chicago Fire

  • SmG

    So how big of a premiere for Arrow?

    I am guessing 3.5-4.0 million viewers and a demo between 1.6-1.8. The rest is up to the quality of the show. I hope it is the hit CW is desperately looking for.

    I think SPN will be around these numbers next year. Best case scenario it may premiere to a 0.9 rating and 2 million viewers. Then it will be around 0.7/0.6 in the spring.

    I think next year TVD will be between 1.0-1.4 before the holidays and start hitting below 1.0 in the spring. It won’t be much of a launching pad in its fifth season. If succesful, Arrow may serve that purpose in the future.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “So how big of a premiere for Arrow?

    I am guessing 3.5-4.0 million viewers and a demo between 1.6-1.8.”

    Such optimism!

    TVD got a 1.6 once this season. The last time a CW show got a 1.8 or better was TVD during the 2009-10 season.

  • Ultima

    Middle-New Comedy-Modern Family-Suburgatory-Nashville
    would’ve made a better line-up

    While I agree with you, I understand why ABC wouldn’t want to move shows in a block that’s already working.

    Best case scenario for Nashville? Hour-long Modern Family premiere, followed by a complete ratings failure for The Neighbors, leading to Modern Family repeats at 9:30 prior to the November sweep.

    I’m not sure that’s too far fetched given the general consensus for The Neighbors. Has anything else been viewed this negatively outside of Work It in the past year?

  • KS


    Thats too much for Arrow. It might be 1.0 – 1.4. Not more than that. But you are right for SPN. I hope it hits 1.0 at least in its premiere, but there is absolutely no chance, of it getting more than 1 later.

  • Nick

    Ratings predictions:

    The Middle: 2.2-2.7
    Suburgatory: 2.2-2.8
    Animal Practice: 1.2-1.6
    GWK: 1.4-1.7
    Survivor: 2.0-2.5
    TXF: 3.0-3.8/ AI: 3.8-4.4
    Arrow: 0.7-1.0
    Arrow could be a big hit. The X Factor and Survivor will fall. Guys With Kids and Animal Practice will not do good. Animal Practice is my pick for the first NBC show cancelled. Interesting how I predict AI’s low to be TXF’s high.

    MF: 4.4-6.0
    The Neighbors: 1.5-2.2
    CM: 3.0-3.9
    SVU: 1.4-1.9
    Supernatural: 0.8-0.9
    Supernatural will grow in its new slot, but only a little, as it’ll be in its 8th or 9th season. SVU will hit lows in this new slot. The Neighbors is my prediction for the shiw on ANY NETWORK that gets cancelled first. Even a post-modern Family slot won’t help it.

    CSI: 2.8-3.7
    Nashville: 1.8-2.7
    Chicago Fire: 1.4-1.9
    This hour will be a letdown for all three networks. They had 3 hits, but not anymore. CSI will start to go down. Chicago Fire and Nashville will start strong, but slide and by May it will be down to the wire for both of them.

    Network Averages:
    FOX: 3.4/ 4.1
    ABC: 3.2
    CBS: 3.0
    NBC: 1.6
    CW: 0.8
    NBC, CBS, and ABC are even. FOX falls. Nothing interesting in the Big Four, but the CW will almost double itself. Yikes.

  • Nick

    ^ The above doesn’t include premieres. Arrow’s would be at least 1.1. :-)

  • Ryan

    I really hope NBC’s comedies have good ratings, because they seem so good. ANIMAL PRACTICE and GUYS WITH KIDS are, along with Fox’s THE GOODWIN GAMES, the best new comedies this year.

    I miss good new comedies. In 2011 we had 2 BROKE GIRLS, which is fun, but it was the only one. This year looks promising.

  • Nick


    “Middle-New Comedy-Modern Family-Suburgatory-Nashville
    would’ve made a better line-up”

    I doubt that. Why waste the best comedy time slot on any network to a returning show? Also, ABC had 3+ comedy pilots that would go with Modern Family (How to Live With Your Parents, The Family Tools, American Judy, etc.). The only new comedy pilot that would go well with The Middle would be Malibu Country, and that’s a better fit for Last Man Standing anyway.

  • jamandas

    Modern family is going on my DVR now that ABC screwed up it’s wend. lineup. Will watch Supernatural live then start watching CSI live again. Not taking on any new shows on wends.

  • SmG

    @Bill Gorman, @KS

    I mean Arrow has the best possible slot, and this season Ringer and TSC pulled around 3 million and 1.2-1.3 demo, so while those are optimistic numbers, I don’t think this is completely impossible.

    Another question is if Arrow (against relatively less competition, most hype/buzz etc.) can not get past 1.2, then what will happen to B&B (against Glee, Greys, POI and The Office)? I don’t even wanna talk about Emily Owens :)

  • helpful_lurker

    @Ben (and I suppose other “Supernatural” fans)

    So, I wasn’t going to comment, because this isn’t an SPN fanboard it’s a numbers board and we have no numbers for season eight yet, but since I’ve seen more then one person here talking about this here goes…

    Speaking as someone who loved the show and hoped against that not only would it be renewed but it would also be moved off Friday… Well, based on season seven, especially (but not just) the finale I don’t believe “Supernatural” season eight will be a version of the show I’ll be interested in watching. Over the course of season seven we watched as the big (i.e. interesting) bits of Sam’s story was given to Cass, and then at the end Sam is out entirely and it appears that “Supernatural” now really will be “The Dean Cass Show” and that’s just not a show I care about watching.

    Could Carver (the new showrunner) come in and get things back on track? Yes. The problem is that we really don’t know if Carver (or anyone on/behind “Supernatural”) feels as if the story needs getting back on track. And based on various fan comments maybe there isn’t – maybe there really is only two or three deeply unhappy about all this, which could make sense since I sometimes get the impression most Sam fans walked away from the show over the course of seasons four and five so maybe there are only a few of us left to be unhappy.

    So, yeah, as it stands now I’m personally out, because based on the season seven finale season eight doesn’t appear poised to offer me anything I care about. If it was Dean and Sam in purgatory then I’d be all over that, but it’s not it’s Dean and Cass in purgatory while Sam himself is poised to be written out of the show entirely (his story has pretty much been transferred to Cass by the end of season seven so…). I’m not as bitter as it might sound, but since Sam is my favorite character I have no interest in watching the show without him, yet I am enough of a Dean fan that even if Sam isn’t written out I have no interest in watching Sam work with a new partner. Still I’m betting Sam is being phased out because of Jared recently becoming a father. *shrug*

    Honestly though we won’t know how season seven will affect the numbers until season eight starts, and even then it’ll probably never be truly known how much season seven affected season eights numbers. But I guess I expect a high start followed by a fall but that tends to happen to all shows, so…

  • NJ Viewer

    The only things that interest me here are Arrow and maybe Nashville.

  • Justin121


    See: Mr. Sunshine, Happy Endings, Apt. 23

    CBS premeired a new comedy at 8:30 while keeping sophomore Mike & Molly behind Two and A Half Men for the second straight year.

    Suburgatory already gets similar numbers to Happy Endings and could benifit from the exposure post-ModFam.

    Besides, at 10, new drama behind MF-SUB is better than MF-New Comedy

  • Jared

    Honestly, other than Modern Family, there is really much here that screams “must-watch” to me (even Modern Family is more of a DVR show for me at this point – not that it needs my live viewership, ratings juggernaut that it is). I might give Animal Practice and Suburgatory a few weeks, though the former could bomb and I’m likely to fall behind on the latter. I may check out Arrow if it ends up being more of a deviation from the CW formula, but I’ll let others test the waters first, at least at the start.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Nashville succeed, because Connie Britton deserves a good staring vehicle, but unfortunately it really doesn’t look like my kind of show. Looks like Wednesday will be another “catch-up on the DVR” day for me. Not that I mind – I’ve got more than enough shows to watch :)

    Good God, does The Neighbors look terrible. Maybe not “Work It” levels of terrible, but pretty darn bad. If it weren’t airing post-Modern Family, I’d say it was a lock to be the first show cancelled next fall. As it is, Modern Family will probably prop up the numbers enough that it will earn a back-9 pickup, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see it swap places with either “How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest of Your Life)” or “The Family Tools” at midseason.

  • capslocke

    The Neighbors will kill Nashville, even if Modern Family has an hour- long premiere episode. I expect The Neighbors to average somewhere in the 2.0-2.5 range, even if (when) it premieres high.

    I expect Guys With Kids to fail verrryyyyy fast, maybe even as the first cancellation of the new season. Animal Practice might have a shot, considering how Up All Night did in this slot last fall. NBC just has to premiere it after the season finale of AGT, like what they did with Up All Night/ Free Agents next week. Hopefully, Animal Practice can hold onto AGT’s audience, though, because if I can remember correctly the drop in UAN’s 15- minutes breakup was ridiculous.

    Chicago Fire has a fighting chance. SVU, on the other hand, doesn’t. In what’s perhaps one of the most competitive timeslots in primetime (second only to Thursdays @ 8), SVU will probably continue to bleed viewers, especially losing them to the similarly- themed (and growing) Criminal Minds.

  • KS

    which could make sense since I sometimes get the impression most Sam fans walked away from the show over the course of seasons four and five so maybe there are only a few of us left to be unhappy.

    I am not Sam fan, but a Supernatural fan and Castiel hater, but I would definitely say, this is true. Most of them already walked out because of this Castiel non-sense. I don’t understand why writers make this mistake again, again and again. They are taking the “Lady Gaga” way of attracting viewers using Castiel and Dean.

    After 8 seasons, they still have scope to introduce great story lines. Character Castiel is completely obscuring minds of writers. They are not able to think anything beyond Dean and Castiel apparently. Castiel has gotten so much into their mind that, they don’t even understand that you can actually count the number of fans of Castiel without much effort!

    Many Castiel fans say they are bored of SPN being only Sam and Dean story. Even Castiel was since 4 seasons and since season 5, its clearly understood by every one other than the fans who drool over that actor playing Castiel, that his presence is unnecessary.

    I don’t know how Supernatural season 4 would have been without Castiel. But Season 5 and Season 6 would have been much better without him. They have missed the chance of introducing great characters, concentrating only on Castiel. Even now writers are not realizing their mistakes. I don’t know why he even brought back.

    I hope Jeremy Carver, quits this Lady Gaga way of doing things and writes what’s in his heart.

  • KS

    I remember, back in Season 6 that, Castiel is unplugged, in the presence of Eve. And I am sure, there are more dangerous creatures than Eve in purgatory. I hope Castiel is unplugged and be of no use to Dean. I hope there’s a cage ready for him in the purgatory to lock him down in purgatory, built by his foes like Eve etc. When Demon goes to heaven it gets tortured. When angel falls in hands of demons, it gets tortured. So, I guess when an angel falls in land of dangerous creatures, which he once swallowed, I am sure a tough time is ahead of him and better time is ahead of viewers.

    If what all said above is true, hopefully we don’t see much of Castiel.

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