Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Chicago Fire' Rises to Tie Series Debut, 'The X Factor' Dips + 'The Middle' & 'Arrow' Down

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December 7th, 2012


NOTE: These are final ratings for Wednesday, and since we did not see any preliminary numbers, there will be no adjustments.

FOX won the night with adults 18-49, but CBS led with total viewers.

On FOX, The X Factor earned a 2.8, down a tenth from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Survivor: Philippines scored a 2.9, up two tenths from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds garnered a 3.0, up a tenth from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. The Grammy Nominations Concert earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating

On ABC, The Middle scored a 2.3, down three tenths from its last 2.6 adults 18-49 rating The Neighbors was even with its last original's 1.9 three weeks ago.  Suburgatory garnered a 2.2, down three tenths from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Nashville notched a 1.9, up from its last originals 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Whitney earned a 1.3, up from its last original's 1.1. Guys With Kids earned a 1.4, up three tenths from a 1.1 two weeks ago. Law and Order: SVU notched a 1.6, up three tenths from its last 1.3. Chicago Fire earned a 1.9, up half a ratings point from its last original's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating and tying its series debut.

On the CW, Arrow garnered a 1.1, down two tenths from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.  Supernatural scored a 0.9, up a tenth from last week's  0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Wednesday, December 5, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Survivor: Philippines 2.9 8 10.638
FOX The X Factor (8-10 PM) 2.8 8 8.253
ABC The Middle 2.3 7 7.98
NBC Whitney 1.3 4 3.921
CW Arrow 1.1 3 3.348
8:30PM ABC The Neighbors 1.9 5 6.422
NBC Guys With Kids 1.4 4 3.593
9:00 PM CBS Criminal Minds 3.0 8 11.326
ABC Modern Family -R 2.9 8 8.356
NBC Law and Order SVU 1.6 4 6.155
CW Supernatural 0.9 3 2.058
9:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.2 6 6.087
10:00PM NBC Chicago Fire 1.9 5 7.21
ABC Nashville 1.9 5 5.951
CBS The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! 1.5 4 5.408



Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Dan

    Too bad Arrow dropped, at least Nashville went up.

  • rob60990

    Modern Family repeated strong. Too bad The Middle is down, probably since it hasn’t been on in weeks. Suburgatory did alright after MF. The Neighbors is consistent, which is the only nice thing I can say.

    Chicago Fire’s gain may be due to no CSI but for NBC, it did pretty good.

  • forg

    Sad The Middle is down :( Nice MF rerun ratings

    Wow at Chicago Fire!

    Great for Survivor. I hope the season finale will score 3+

  • victor hugo

    Next week the middle will recovery from lost this week..

  • omabin

    I am so happy for Chicago Fire! The show has some true strength. Airing without CSI no doubt helped it a lot. Suburgatory is weaker this year than last year, I did not see it coming. Maybe it really should have stayed put at 8h30, as it seems modern family was somehow hurt by the neighbours itself.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    NBC seemed to have rebounded nicely.

    The CW seems to have increased its overall Wednesdays, even though Arrow dropped. Supernatural increasing has balanced it out.

    Suburgatory didn’t drop TOO much without the original Modern Family lead-in.

  • Baqinardo

    Awesome for Chicago Fire.

  • taylor

    remember when happy endings got a 3.5 out of a repeat of modern family?

    they should be moving that show back to the post-MF slot, not that other new one.

  • Dennis

    Now Chicago Fire better than SVU!

  • Dan

    “Nashville notched a 1.9, down from its last originals 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.”

    Uh? 1.9 > 1.8

  • rob60990

    “remember when happy endings got a 3.5 out of a repeat of modern family?”

    Remember when it was against no competition?

  • Fed

    Survivor dominating :)

  • stormy44

    I don’t see Nashville making it to season two if their numbers don’t pick up in the second half of the season.

  • Chris

    NBC has had a few success stories this season and I think Guys with Kids is one of them, on a smaller scale. I hope they give that show a second season. It’s been very consistent despite poor lead ins. If the show can hold on, I would at least consider holding it for Fridays next year. They need to retool the show to focus more on Tempest Bledsoe (who needs to work more either way) and Anthony Anderson. They do a great job with any material given to them and are brought down by a dull supporting cast. The show only works if they have the A story.

  • POI

    NOOO arrow, the show must go up in the next episode cuz it looks awesome.

  • Jeff R.

    Glad to see The Neighbors steady, even with the dip for The Middle.

    Survivor’s uptick underscores the importance of good casting. This is the best cast in several seasons.

    I think we’ll see Lisa back for an all-stars season. She’s been terrific. I hope this rejuvenates her career. Maybe an update Facts of Life with Blair taking over for Mrs. Garrett at Eastland.

  • KS

    So, Supernatural got a 0.9 for its worst episode ever. Looking forward to Amanda Tapping in the January.

  • SarahL

    The Neighbors was hilarious. I love Dick Buktus. I wish everyone a Happy Crap-mas!

    I really enjoyed Suburgatory. Too bad it did not do better.

  • Kyle

    NOOOOO THE MIDDLE! I know it’s safe for renewal but I just hate it when it ticks down.

    I guess Chicago Fire/CSI share an audience. I would have thought CSI/Nashville would have shared an audience.

    It seems like the 10pm shows on Wednesday have finally found some sort of a core audience. Nashville is steady, CF is steady and rising. Nashville skews younger though which translates into a high 18-34 rating.

  • Sam

    At least for me, I watched XF over SVU and tuned into CF afterwards. Perhaps, many others did the same as well. And that’s cause NBC normally airs the encore of SVU on Saturday nights anyway.

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