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.

  • Why So Serious

    X Factor is such a joke of a show. So scripted and fake.

    Those Emblem 3 guys sound horrible and can’t sing (everybody knows!), but they are in the top 4..

    Ever since the start of the competition they bragged about being able to play instruments and how they’re not “just any boyband” yet when one finally has been given a guitar on stage he didn’t even play until the middle the song, but we could clearly hear a track playing in the background of a guitar in what was supposed to be “an acoustic performance”.. and even when he played you could clearly see that it doesn’t matched with how the guitar melody sounded meaning he faked it.

    Horrible, horrible show. It’s an insult to the likes of American Idol, The Voice and even The Sing Off. Hell.. even CW’s The Next is more credible.

  • @ramirescl

    Modern Family repeated great!

  • Joe

    Survivor slaying!

  • Sarah

    Wow, the Grammy Nomination Concert tanked

  • JD

    Okay for Suburgatory. Nashville being up is pretty impressive, glad it’s steady. Happy Endings really should be on Wednesdays. Screw that new show they’re doing, the The Neighbours isn’t a tenth as good as HE.

  • panda22

    Arrow….what happened? :(

  • fernando

    Yes good job Chicago Fire, I am so proud of this show. I am happy it beat Nashville and it rose to 7 million, I hope it can stay that way or at least stay in the 6 millions.

  • Vanessa S.

    While I am not at all compelled by the the Sam/Amelia storyline and wish it was over, I do not in any way think Sam shouldn’t be there anymore. Dean’s still hurt and blinded by the fact that Sam didn’t look for him at all when he was sent to Purgatory. I think the brotherly love is still there (for both Winchesters) but right now, it’s buried. I’m hoping there soon will be some kind of catalyst that brings it out again.

    Happy to see the ratings bump for SPN even if it was only a small one.

  • s0303

    awesome for survivor…hopefully it can pull 3’s the rest of the way…so glad the grammy nomination concert tanked…i’m sick of cbs throwing a concert for every stupid event :)

  • KS


    In what universe is Benny a better brother than Sam? I agree, if you say is a better “person” than Sam but not better brother as far as Dean is concerned.

    The writers and apparently you are not able to understand what sibling relationship is. Not every dou*he who comes in the way is a brother.

    I watch Supernatural this way as of now:
    Benny is a good friend of Dean who saved his life and Castiel is love interest of Dean. And Sam is his little brother, whom he protected all his life. All the three or three hundred more relationships of Dean can co-exist. If a new relationship of Dean comes into picture, it doesn’t mean in anyway that all the old relationships are dead. And FYI, sibling relationships don’t just end because one of the brother makes an error of judgement of massive scale. Also, Dean never asked or expected Sam to repay anything, because they are family.

    I think I answered way more than your post.

  • Oliver

    With Chicago Fire and Arrow both doing so well, I expect all networks to focus on shows involving shirtless men during this development season.

  • gabriel borges

    go survivor!

  • Alejandro

    @ KS

    I am a Cas lover have been since season 4 so ;) … I do however agree that a new spark of life has been given to the character this season, but not because of Naomi. Im enjoying his developing redemptive storyline :p

    GOD NO to another brothers sacrafice! We don’t need either character entering into such mutually self-destructive behaviour again! Though I agree that I want more brotherly moments and less of this angst cycle! But I want them to progress into a more healthy and realistic relationship not regress into the horribly unhealthy, co-dependent and self-destructive relationship of earlier seasons. Last time it caused the apocolypse and I hope both boys have learnt from that!

    @ Hades

    I agree with you! Not so much that Bennys a better brother (i hate his character) but the writers are trying to act as though he is which is so fustrating!

  • vcoolwater

    At least Nashvillie is stable at 1.8-2.0 level. Chicago Fire is all over the place. It seems that it shares the same audiance as CSI. Maybe NBC should move it.

    Sadly i don’t think Chicago Fire can beat Nashville in the demo. The total viewers doesn’t matter.

    As for Arrow, I am not surprised by the drop. Last week’s episode was weak.

  • Christine

    The Supernatural episode was amazing. I personally don’t think that Benny wasn’t guilty of the killings. I think we will see as someone called him “Saint Dean” fall from that high horse pretty significantly. I like that we are finally going to get some better understandng of the Sam/Amelia story and why it is so important to the Season 8 story arc. Awesome show!

  • Juan

    Very happy for Nashville, it’s awesome, also that sucks that suburgatory was down, I loved that episode. Also ok for CW

  • Tessa

    Supernatural improved. I had wished for a 1.0 but the episode wasn’t much of an audience drawer with the brothers fighting and no Cas or Amanda Tapping. Here’s hoping the January return brings better ratings. Still CW’s #3.

  • Sunset

    I’m really glad Supernatural increased ’cause I really enjoyed the episode. Ty Olson was awesome. I wholeheartedly disagree about the whole ‘Saint Dean’ thing. Didn’t we see him do something completely underhanded and manipulative (and kinda smart)? I don’t know why, but the whole Sam/Amelia thing just refuses to capture my interest. Sorry.

  • vcoolwater


    ABC should be happy with how Nashville doing. It is not huge hit for network. However it doing decent enough for a renewal if stays at 1.8 – 2.0 level.

    I bet NBC is confused by Chicago Fire. The ratings are all over the place. I don’t think the show is safe. It has to perform well in the Spring. It is not safe or lock fore renewal.

  • KS


    Even today my favorite parts of the show are Dean giving his soul for Sam. May be something bigger than Apocalypse would happen if the Dean sells his soul again, but I don’t really think that is going to stop him. Because Winchesters will figure a way to save the world again and again.

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