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.

  • Edward

    That total viewer number for CF is impressive when you compare it to the competition and the competition’s lead ins,

  • Honey Badger

    WOW, Survivor beating The X Factor head to head. In same time slot

    CBS Survivor: Philippines 2.9 18-49 Rating / 10.638 Viewers Live+SD (million)
    FOX The X Factor 2.8 18-49 Rating / 8.253 Viewers Live+SD (million)

  • John A

    Nashville still doing ok with a weak lead in.

  • Paleonut

    @SueP I’m with you! I thought the ep was well done & that the writers handled the brothers quite carefully, so while they’re at odds, it’s nothing that thedy can’t work out :-) (I think BOTH boys are making mistakes & have things to apologize for, which I like)

    Glad to see Supernatural ratings go up, even when Arrow’s went down…

  • Oliver

    Looks like Chicago Fire has got legs, but was probably a beneficiary from the lack of direct competition from CSI. Looks like it will be renewed. It’s been a good year for NBC dramas, especially considering the last two seasons were pretty miserable (the only real bright spot being Grimm). On the other hand, NBC’s comedies have pretty much been a bust and I can’t see Smash or Do No Harm doing well at mid-season.

    Middling ratings for Whitney, especially considering it’s November and in an uncompetitive timeslot until Idol arrives. NBC has the tricky decision as to whether to expand its order or cut their losses now. Either way, I don’t see Whitney being on the schedule next season barring either a ratings miracle or NBC losing their mind (although I wouldn’t be too shocked by the latter).

  • a p garcia

    Suburgatory probaly had the weakest show these.

  • Dan S

    I’m a fan of Nashville & don’t watch Chiago Fire. With that being said I’m impressed how CF was able to tie Nashville in the demo & get a larger overall audience with a weaker lead in coming from SVU. Fans of CF at least should expect a 2nd season coming bar a ratings decline in the new year. Also surprised at the strength of The Neigbors tying Nashville for the night & concede it too will most likely get a 2nd season probably get moved to Fridays.

  • toadytoady

    How come Nashville got nominated for a Writers Guild Award as promising newcomer? Is it a good show?

  • Bee

    so nashville has bottomed out. i’m really glad that despite its lowest lead-in yet, the show wasn’t tying a previous low. i hope ABC has a marathon for the show like they did w. OUAT. it could be very beneficial. the show has gotten much more accessible now and only needs to rise a few tenths to become a ‘safe,’ good enough success.

    chicago fire benefited a lot it seems from the CSI repeat.

  • POIFanatic

    Arrow and Supernatural were awesome. Deserved higher ratings.

    Chicago Fire is unusually high.

    A MF repeat did better than all the other comedies.

  • CenterGravity

    Wow, nice for Chicago Fire. And Criminal Minds!

  • Greens78

    Somehow it does not surprise me that Arrow went down. Lately it has become a soap opera and the action scenes are fewer.

  • KS


    To my surprise, Castiel is the only character I am hating less this season. Amanda Tapping has finally breathe some life into that otherwise boring character. I hope she is playing a role in Amelia’s story too.

    I am sick of seeing Benny’s family drama over and over. Come on! He is great. Connect him to the myth-arc. As of now he is only a rift-maker between the brothers. He is capable of being bigger and better than that.

    And finally, my last wish is, obviously more brotherly moments. I want this stupid pointless brotherly angst to come down. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed Winchester brothers fighting back in season 4 and season 5. But the fight seemed compelling and meaningful. This season they are literally fighting over the silliest-possible issues. It’s not helping myth-arc or the viewers. If possible, I want one more instance, where Dean gives his life for Sam again, or the other way round.

  • danny94

    Nice to see nashville so steady if it holds these number all season then i predict that it will get renewed. fingers crossed its a great show

  • Tellitlikeitis

    Compared to many of their other shows (and most NBC comedies) The Neighbors has a loyal audience. I think it will get renewed.

  • DonnaT

    Great job, Chicago Fire! I love that show and hope CF is renewed.

    Concerning SPN (also good job) my initial response to the episode would be “unprintable” but I *think* I can better see where JC is going with the brothers, Sam-Amelia and Dean-Benny – I doubt it’s as “Black and White” as some posts I’m reading :).

  • s0303

    wow…chicago fire is actually doing really good for nbc wed. show…gwk beat whitney, didn’t see that coming either

    too bad arrow went down…though being the second highest rated show on any network isn’t a bad thing.

  • Rebecca

    I liked SPN but I missed Cas. Even if he was just on to watch more cartoons and wax philosophical, I’d enjoy that, lol. That was a sweet episode of The Middle….with just X Factor and Survivor ahead of it (in broadcast) that’s still good I think. GWK was fun. Whitney was okay. That’s all I watched (and it’s enough, given how much I have to watch on Tuesdays).

  • Hades

    I’m a Sam fan and I’m nro entirely sure if he even belongs there anymore, Dean has a another better brother now and everyone keeps complaining that Sam’s story is boring. Not sure why Carver kept him on the show other than because of Jared’s contrect and for someone to throw under the bus every week.

  • Shepherd

    I’m a bit surprised at the numbers for Chicago Fire. I thought Wednesday’s episode was the worst episode so far. Still glad about the increased prospects for a season two; hoping the writers manage to find some direction next season.

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