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.

  • TheColdTruth

    “Can you please tell me what exactly was ‘supernatural’ element in the latest episode? If I don’t like the episode, I at least enjoy monsters in the episode. Except that Benny is a vampire, there is nothing supernatural going on.”

    Ladies and gentlemen, can you feel the hypocrisy rolling down! Words wouldn’t do justice here. That. Is. All.

  • Mickey

    @The Only Truth and @TheColdTruth

    Again, you are only proving you know nothing about me and are jumping to all kinds of unfounded accusations. I am not a hater. I am not spreading hate on line. I rarely even post anything on line, except for here. I only very recently stopped watching the show and had no intention of coming back here, the only place I post. But then the ratings dropped and it caught my intention. I made one post in the last thread, and once earlier in this one, wondering if others like me had also stopped watching. In the same post, I added to what another poster had said, saying that was the tipping point why I stopped watching, an opinion I had never expressed before, and expressed only once. I came back merely to add something I had noticed about total viewers. This is a ratings site, I can comment on the ratings all I want.

    The only reason I am still commenting is to answer your ridiculous and scurrilous accusations. If not for you, I would be long gone, probably never to be seen again, unless I hear things are fixed and I start watching the show again. So you only have yourself to blame. I am answering your hate, not spreading my own.

    And I never said no fanboys had liked the episode. You were the one acting like no fanboys had disliked the episode, to the point you said my male friend is the only one. And I never said you didn’t like Sam or Cas. I just pointed out it’s ridiculous to accuse me of sticking up for one brother over the other, when, first of all, it’s completely untrue, I’m as bi-bro as they come, and then to immediately say you’re a Deanboy right after.

    As for this: “OF COURSE. Online fans consist of a ‘significant’ portion of the fandom. Silly me who believed otherwise.” Um, yeah, they do. “Online fans” and “fandom” kind of go hand-in-hand. And it’s not just on line fans who are unhappy, as proven by my male friend who stopped watching the show, or my friend’s husband, who wouldn’t be caught dead in an online fandom. And there’s the matter that total viewers dropped 320,000 and 270,000 in the last two episodes. Whether or not that’s a permanent drop remains to be seen, but I suspect it is.

    You keep saying things about me that are completely untrue. That’s the only reason I’m still here commenting.

    But I won’t be any longer. It is obviously pointless to talk to someone who calls himself “The Only Truth” and “TheColdTruth” and I have much better things to do. Namely, go to a Christmas Party.

    Speaking of which, Happy Holidays everyone!

  • Vcoolwater


    I disagree with you. I thought it was proven that retention out of lead in was not a big deciding factor in renewal. Chicago fire ratings are not stable. Who knows what next week ratings will be. All I am saying lets wait to see if the show was helped by extra sampling. It wasn’t last time. I am. Not ready to declare the show a hit.

    Nashville is doing only decent but the ratings are stable. Plus the rest of abc dramas are flops. It most likely get pity renewed.

  • ann

    Yay for Chicago Fire! Now if they could just keep those numbers….

  • Nancy

    Arrow still did well in total viewers. It’s still the number one show on the CW.

  • Tyler

    I don’t know if I’m liking the direction Arrow is flying. Was great until the introduction of Helena. I know she’s a vital part of the comic’s story line but gag, it was a pretty bad episode, hopefully not foretelling of things to come in the ratings.

  • Moe

    @Mark Wood: Dean quit hunting right after the Apocalypse ended. Michael and Lucifer were in the box, the world was saved, Bobby and Castiel were both resurrected. He wasn’t leaving anything open ended as it was all done. So he did what he PROMISED dying Sam he would do and went to try and live a normal life.

    He didn’t totally give up hunting. We know that because we saw him going on what he thought was a local hunt in the opening episode.

    At the end of season 5, he did ask Castiel about Sam and Castiel said he couldn’t save him. Of course, he then did try but ended up botching it because he really wasn’t made to go into the box. If he was, then the angels who wanted Lucifer free would have released him themselves a long time ago, wouldn’t they have?

    Dean NEVER gave up on trying to save Sam. He said that for a year, he researched every way he could to save Sam. And in fact, he DID save Sam, when he literally killed himself so that he could make a bargain with Death to save Sam’s soul.

    When Sam went into the pit, Dean did what he could to keep the promise he made to Sam (go and try and live a normal life with Lisa and Ben) and save Sam. A PROMISE THAT SAM MADE HIM GIVE.

    When Dean disappeared, Sam just walked away. He didn’t look, he didn’t try, he didn’t care. He just turned and walked away.

    And not only did he walk away from Dean. He walked away from Castiel. He walked away from Kevin, an innocent teenager who was in the clutches of the King of Hell. He did not do a dang thing to try and save ANY of them. He was the last man standing and he just abandoned them all.

    Where was “any hunter worth his salt” when he couldn’t be bothered to try and save an innocent teenager? Where was “any hunter worth his salt” when he turned off his phones so he didn’t have to hear Kevin’s cries for help? Where was “any hunter worth his salt” when he abandoned his partner and brother, and didn’t even TRY and find out where he was? SAM DIDN’T KNOW DEAN WAS IN PURGATORY. So you can’t use that as an excuse that he couldn’t have saved Dean because of where Dean was, because he didn’t even TRY and find out where Dean had ended up or what had happened to him. He just didn’t care.

    In season 6, Dean walked away because of a promise to Sam but he didn’t leave anyone hanging, and STILL kept trying to save his brothers.

    In season 8, Sam walked away from Dean, Castiel, Kevin and left them all hanging because he couldn’t be bothered to lift a even one finger to try and help any of them.

    That’s decidedly unheroic and that is not at all comparable to what Dean did, no matter how you try and spin it.

  • Restless

    Wow, thanks for the sexism. Dismissing an entire group’s point of view and lumping them all together based on their gender, and justifying it because of course they’re so small minded as to be easily influenced and overwhelmed by the actors and can’t judge the show as well as men. That’s real classy.

  • Conti

    Amen, Moe!

    Absolutely, I get tired of a few people trying to take over the course of conversation about the show by repeating total misinformation in their comparisons between what Dean did after Season 5 and what Sam did after Season 7, as though if they say it enough, it’ll make it true.

    Dean didn’t abandon anyone, Dean didn’t just turn his back if he thought he saw a local hunt, Dean tried to figure out ways to save Sam(he didn’t find any but he researched). He also didn’t try to convince himself he was having his “best year ever”, he knew he was faking almost everything about his life except that he cared about Lisa and Ben.

    Sam turned his back on at least on invididual, an 18 year old kid, he KNEW was in deep trouble, he didn’t even try to figure out what had really happened to Dean(and Castiel), he outright said if he saw something he thought might be a hunt, he ignored it, if another hunter took care of it, great, if not, hey it wasn’t his job anymore. Dean came back from what Sam had convinced himself was death and all he could do for most of this season is treat Dean like his coming back had been a huge inconvenience, it would have been easier if he’d stayed dead and rub in what an absolutely fantastic year he had while he believed Dean was dead.

  • karin

    Modern Family repeat, the winner

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