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:

  • Bee

    good thing that CW is holding off on premiereing its shows until october. arrow looks like it could be a real success if the CW promote it as it’s own, mature, high-quality show and not just a typical CW show. and it might give supernatural some help.

    i’m so stoked for nashville, but nervous also. i’m sure it’ll be great cus of the strength of the cast and crew and some great early feedback. it just needs people to tune in. i hope the promos are good, exciting, and feature positive bits from reviews. and ABC MUST MUST provide it with a 1-hour modern family lead-in. revenge had a modern family boost that averaged 6.1, but went 6.1+ in the second hour. only then did it manage a 3.3. plus happy endings then provided low 3.0 lead-in for revenge and the neighbors will be dead by episode 4 unless it’s some genius concept not well shown in the trailer. i’m still holding out hope for a miracle switch between the neighbors and how to…parents. don’t screw this up ABC!

    the x factor.. britney worries me. don’t hurt my shows! but unless the talent is any good, this will also come down to earth after probably a bit of a boosted premiere.

  • Doug

    I took think that, in the case of Neighbors, it will be compatibility over quality. If MF goes back to the mid 5s, Neighbors could be in the mid to high 3s. I love both Happy Endings and Apt 23, but they are totally wrong, tonally, to follow Modern Family.

    Nashville could be a hit or a total bomb. It’s really hard to tell with ABC’s 10pm series. Revenge looked like it would be a huge bomb, too. ABC’s best bet is the 1 hour MF premiere, to give Nashville a boost. I’m going to go with Nashville settling into Revenge-like numbers.

    X-Factor will get some initial tune-in interest with Britney in particular, but I see it hovering around high 2’s for most of the season – solid, but not spectacular. With The Voice now in the fall too, it’s going to be even tougher for X-Factor to stand out.

    Here are my show predictions for the fall:
    ABC: 2.8/2.9/5.5/3.5/2.5
    Fox: 3.0
    CBS: 2.7/3.3/2.8
    NBC: 1.0/1.1/1.5/1.5
    CW: 0.7/0.8

    First show cancelled? Animal Practice! Probably soon followed by Guys With Kids. Everything else should survive at least the fall.

    What they should have done:

    ABC likely could have strengthened Suburgatory by moving it to 9:30 for a season (like CBS did with Big Bang), and launched a better show out of The Middle. I think that MF and Suburgatory would be an amazing fit, and probably would have propelled the later into the 4s. This would have also been better for Nashville, to have an established show at 9:30 instead of a potential flop. ABC has quite a few on the bench that would have fit well with The Middle, while I think that Sub. fits better with MF than with The Middle.

    NBC shouldn’t have even bothered with these comedies. They look awful, and NBC’s track-record with comedies in this hour is absolutely dire. NBC’s Wednesday was a disaster this season, and I see them trying to right that ship at bit 9-11pm, but the 8pm hour will be a black hole.

    CW: Good moves. Don’t know if Arrow will work, but it’s worth a shot.

    CBS: Steady as she goes. It’ll be interesting to see if Survivor continues to slide downward.

    Fox: I’m curious to see what kind of erosion both XF and AI will see next season. I think that if ABC’s Duets is a solid player this summer (perhaps mid-2s?), it’ll weaken the singing competition audience even further (and perhaps that is ABC’s goal). If that is the case, XF could drop by 15-20%, and another similar drop for Idol, and The Voice (which will be further hurt if they do two cycles).

  • SarahL


    Such optimism!

    Such is the way of TheCW devotees.

  • KS

    You make it sound as if Jensen and Jared were unhappy Castiel was on the show, which is untrue. I dare you to show proof of that. Don’t twist reality.

    See, I told you already, no one is gonna hate any one in public, especially when they are working together. There is simply no proof of that. And you cannot say, what you see on news is reality.

  • stoner


    You’re an idiot. Stop talking.

    Looking forward to Arrow and Supernatural.

  • JS

    X Factor with Britney will be worth checking out for 1/2 hour on the 1st night.. Then, that’s it. Modern Family is great.. but could watch on Hulu. Not worth it. NFL Network should stick to the Wednesday format that NBC is kicking off the season with due to our Kenyan, corrupt President. In fact, there should be a NFL game on every night of the week.

  • KS


    I blame a lot of TV shows and criticize a lot of characters. And I don’t blame the posters here or call them names. If you want to counteract me, then debate with me. I have given explanation for everything that I am wishing in the Supernatural next season. I guess, you also have to give explanation for your statements, if there is any.

    Its obvious with your post that, there is not much to say from your side, so you are taking this violent way of winning debates.

  • Maria

    @ Nikki

    At the start of “Unknown Subject” (Criminal Minds) the song playing is “You’re the Inspiration” by Chicago.

    The songs they play with later on, that can been easily mixed when only played on the piano without the lyrics, are “Total Eclipse of the Heart” & “Making Love Out of Nothing At All”, both written by George Nascimento as part of a rock opera about a vampire that never went anywhere, so the songs were passed to Bonnie Tayler and Air Supply respectively.

  • stoner


    I’m blunt and to the point. Everything you’ve claimed about Supernatural is absurd. You’re a biased anti-Cas fanatic. There’s nothing to say to you.

  • KS


    Then why are you saying even this to me? Can’t you just mind your own business. Thanks, I am done with you.

  • KS

    I am a true Supernatural fan. I care about the show, not one or two characters in particular. Yeah, I hate Castiel. Because he is doing no good to the show and even ruining story lines. IMO, if he is out/limited, 50% of the current mess on Supernatural would be cleared. I don’t mind if Misha Colins is there on the show playing some other interesting role, but definitely not Castiel. I am always open to recurring stars, as many as possible, because Winchesters have become boring since the last two seasons. I hope more screen time is given to guest/recurring stars and I am waiting for a refreshing season.

  • stoner


    Your negativity towards Cas, Misha Collins, and the show in general pisses me off. Every single post you make seems to be about how much you hate the show.

    If you hate it so much, stop watching. Don’t ruin it for the rest of us.

  • Restless’s Twin Sister

    @ KS
    I think people are getting annoyed because you act like you speak for more people than yourself – the fans, the writers, the actors – when you know nothing at all.

    You’ve said yourself that you only started watching Supernatural 9 MONTHS ago, have never went to a CONVENTION, live in INDIA, and don’t even go to other FAN FORUMS.

    So how do you know what the majority of fans – on or offline – think? You’re not even the target audience, since you can’t be bothered to watch the show on your television. Do you even purchase your downloads?

    You also have no idea how the writing for the show – and the television industry in general – works, and make ignorant claims about the crew and writers.

    Lastly, since you don’t watch convention vids or interviews or read people’s transcripts that were at events with the actors (and have even said you hate to hear about the actors), how do you even know the actors’ public personas, much less some private life where they hate on their coworkers?

    Sometimes I think you’re trolling, since you seem to start (and continue after discussion has died down) so much hate and drama and a lot of the time you become insulting and then pull out the “not an English speaker” card as an excuse.

    BTW if you see this and have some kind of response? I won’t be back online for around five days (off camping yay). So don’t take it too harshly and don’t stew over it.

  • helpful_lurker

    @ Tessa

    Well that was just a touch condescending of you. *sigh* Anyway, it is Cass – if you don’t like it you need to take it up with Kripke and company not me, because not only do Kripke and Company spell it Cass the CC on the episodes themselves spell it Cass, so BITE ME!

    As for why I think it’ll be “The Dean Cass Show” I thought I explained why, but I’ll repeat. Over the course of season seven Sam’s story was in one big swoop transferred to Cass, and then at the end it’s not Dean and Sam together, but Dean and Cass – sure looks like set-up for “The Dean Cass Show” to me. I even admitted, though, that the people behind the show might have good reason for this, perhaps it’s because with Jared having recently become a father he wants to spend less time working, which is fine I don’t blame him if that’s the case, I’m just saying a “Supernatural” without Sam or a Sam-lite “Supernatural” is not a version of “Supernatural” I care about watching.

    But even if that’s not true (Jared is ready willing and able to continue working) I have no desire to watch an out of character version of Sam. You do realize we’ve all ready seen (several times) how Sam behaves without Dean – and saving the world really doesn’t figure into it. So, I have no interest in watching a show where Sam continues fighting the good fight without Dean like he’s a brave little toaster. So, again as I said in seeing the set-up for season eight in the finale of season seven I’m not really seeing much potential for show to offer me anything of interest to me.

    Could I be wrong? Certainly, but until SPOILERS start leaking I actually have no way of knowing whether or not season eight will build off of the finale of season seven or will go a different way. That was my whole point with wondering whether or not the new guy (aka Carver) thinks a mess was made over the course of season seven or if he doesn’t. If he doesn’t then he’ll probably build off the end of season seven instead of pulling the “Supernatural” time skip (TM).

    But you Cass fans are doing the same thing I am – judging without seeing based on the way season seven ended. The only difference is you’re judging that you’ll like what’s coming where as I feel differently, but we’re all basing that on how season seven ended, unless somehow you (or other Cass fans) have traveled to the future and have all ready seen season eight, and I think you’ll understand why I doubt that.

    ~general comment~

    Anyway, on the Cass fans vs non-Cass fans… I figure online is not really revealing of the facts. I’m guessing (and probably overestimating) that a mere 20% of “Supernatural” viewers have strong feelings about Cass either way. I would guess out of total fans there’s probably 10% that love Cass, and 10% that loathe Cass, but a whopping 80% don’t have strong Cass feelings one way or the other – I think that is what’s reflected in the ratings (hey, look at that I’ve brought this around to on-topic) when Cass is there the ratings pretty much stay the same and when he ain’t there the ratings hold about the same.

  • KS


    You call me anything, but a Supernatural hater. I am true fan of the show. That is exactly why, I just can’t keep quite when the show is going down the hill. There are many people on the same website, who advised me to tone down my “affection” for Supernatural, a few months back. I guess you’ve missed that. Now everything is quite the opposite? How is that even possible?

    First thing is Supernatural is after all a TV show and second, I am not insulting you or any other poster.
    I am insulting some fictional character/s after all. Then why do you get angry then? It really hurts me when you insult me as a person, just because I am hating a character on a TV show. I know that I am very extreme most of the times. I do accept my mistakes most of the times.(yet, keep doing them again and again ;) ).

    I want to be friendly with everyone. And I want to express my views in a way, which doesn’t upset anyone, but I am unfortunately not able to.
    I type my posts with a smile on my face and with a very light heart. I have no intention of hurting any one here nor I purposefully bring up hatred comments.

    May be some day, I break the code of expressing my negativity in a non-negative way.

    @Restless twin’s sister

    Enjoy your camping. And we will meet after five days, for sure. BTW, nice to meet you finally. But, yeah, I am really hurt with the negativity against me today. But you guys just don’t get me. TROLL – Seriously?

  • KS


    Anyway, on the Cass fans vs non-Cass fans… I figure online is not really revealing of the facts. I’m guessing (and probably overestimating) that a mere 20% of “Supernatural” viewers have strong feelings about Cass either way. I would guess out of total fans there’s probably 10% that love Cass, and 10% that loathe Cass, but a whopping 80% don’t have strong Cass feelings one way or the other – I think that is what’s reflected in the ratings (hey, look at that I’ve brought this around to on-topic) when Cass is there the ratings pretty much stay the same and when he ain’t there the ratings hold about the same.

    The same thing I have posted a month back. Remember, my three categories of fans with regards to Castiel. Look, even though I don’t visits forums much, I am right sometimes.

    Are you also angry with me now just like everyone else here? :( Please don’t be. :|

  • helpful_lurker


    Naw, I’m more bothered by your hating on “The Vampire Diaries” and “Grimm” (which you haven’t done in this thread) then I am your hating on Castiel. But I’m not even bothered by folks who hate on my favorite character (Sam), because I accepted long ago different strokes for different folks.

    Of course, contrary to what people in this thread probably think I don’t actually hate Cass. On the other hand, I do think the character has hung around longer then he should have – in seasons four thru six there was a point (i.e. a story reason) and it worked… Okay, maybe not so much in season six, but that’s more a failing of the story-telling in season six then the character, but bringing him back this time is (or at least feels like) nothing more then fanservice, because there was really no reason (in my opinion) to bring him back after season seven episode one. Yes, don’t linch me Cass fans – I KNOW Misha was in season seven episode two, but Cass was not. Sure that meant leaving a messy end and no real closure, but that’s kinda what I liked about it, because more often then not that’s the way life itself is. On the other hand, I wasn’t upset that he was brought back, and I’m not even that upset he now seems poised to steal Sam’s place in the story I’m just (as I said) not interested in the “Supernatural” story without an in character Sam.

  • KS


    I’m more bothered by your hating on “The Vampire Diaries” and “Grimm” (which you haven’t done in this thread) then I am your hating on Castiel

    I never hated Grimm except for its initial days. I am actually looking forward to watch it. The Vampire Diaries, Lost, Once Upon A Time – I can’t hate these shows anymore.

  • MJDB

    What I’ll be Watching:




    8:00-Animal Practice (DVR)
    8:30-Guys With Kids (DVR)
    10:00-Chicago Fire (DVR)


    8:00-The X Factor


    9:30-The Neighbors (DVR)

    The CW:

    8:00-Arrow (DVR)

  • MJDB

    18-49 Demo Predictions:


    Criminal Minds-3.2-3.5
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation-2.9-3.2


    Animal Practice-1.8-2.2
    Guys With Kids-1.6-2.0
    Law and Order: SVU-1.8-2.0
    Chicago Fire-1.7-2.0


    The X Factor-3.3-4.0


    The Middle-2.6-2.9
    Modern Family-4.7-5.0
    The Neighbors-3.5-3.8

    The CW:


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