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.

  • Mi

    The finales half hours show Arrow was probably around 1.14 or so
    Viewers: 3.17 million (#5), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#5)
    Viewers: 3.53 million (#5), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#5)
    Too bad it didn’t get adjusted up to 1.2 but I think it was close.

  • Alejandro

    @ Sunset

    Ah but you see the way this show likes to play things out Deans underhanded trickery will be swept under the carpet and Sam will be the one having to do all the apologising for his actions. Thats why so many of us are sick of the “Saint” Dean routine. They always make him in the right and have Sam and / or Cas doing all the apologising!

  • Brett Heitkam

    Wednesdays are certainly becoming the new Sundays as far as too much good TV to watch. I had to stop DVR’ing Survivor because I can only record 4 shows at a time (Arrow, Whitney – previously Animal Practice, RIP – , X Factor, and The Middle). It sucks because for me, it was between choosing Survivor or X Factor and I am pretty sure I chose the wrong one. I’ve been avoiding spoilers so I can watch it later, but from what I’ve gleaned, it sounds like Survivor has been really good this season. I think I’m over the singing competition shows, though. Next season I’m skipping The Voice for sure because Christina and Cee Lo being replaced by Shakira and Usher is very very :/ and American Idol is still up in the air.

  • Alejandro

    @ KS

    To each their own! As I said I care way too much for these boys to want to see them lead to their own mutual self-destruction! Id much rather see them in a healthier and more respectful relationship :)

  • Bob

    Guys with Kids is on Fire! Beat the lead in AGAIN this year! They really need to keep this show. I think with nurturing, it could be a good show for NBC for five years at least. The question is do they want to put in a little effort?

  • DeanW

    Good to see Supernatural up !

  • bsp

    As a musician, I really enjoy Nashville. Good episode Wednesday night, particularly since it was competing with a Grammy show.

  • KS


    I am gonna meet my family in just about 10 days after a very long time and so I am in a, you know, very ‘family’-mood today. So, yeah, my posts are being a little emotional! :)

    Hopefully, yes, healthier and more respectful relationship, than the pathetic one we are seeing right now on the show.

  • Sunset

    @ Alejandro. I don’t know. Sam seemed pretty pissed to me. Even in the next episode, it looks like he’s about to slam the door in Dean’s face. And they didn,t seem quite so keen to forget about the whole Amy debacle (but then again, I didn’t watch much of season 7, so I could be wrong).

  • Sam

    I agree with Chris and Mika, Anthony and Tempest need better writers, their 2 older kids are funny like their fake dad, these 4 people needs to get more lines, tired of the ex wife taking all the lines. Friday night at 8pm or 830pm will be a hit show for GWK

  • Ardnaskela

    The last episode of Arrow had more viewers than TVD?
    What happend???!!

    Arrow – the Cw’s show number ONE!!!

  • Alejandro

    @ Sunset

    Oh they’ll be reunited by the end of the episode the writers are far too scared to give the characters actual space from each other to properly reflect and grow! Most likely theyll have Sam find out what happened with Benny and Martin and instantly turn apologetic letting Deans completely underhanded and disgusting action go forgotten!

    It would be nice to be wrong about this, but based on general interactions between the two I doubt it :(

  • jimbo

    Actually, Guys with kids should have been aired on different spots.
    It has potential to survive NBC sitcoms!!

  • thesnowleopard

    Awww, I was hoping SPN would get another 1.0, but I can live with a 0.9 and still over two million. I’m not surprised Arrow dropped, despite it being a good episode. It’s December. Like it or not, everything drops. That’s why dead shows walking get burned off in December and everything else goes on hiatus as quickly as possible. I’ll be unsurprised if next week’s midseason finale drops a bit more.

  • Greg

    Chicago Fire was pretty good. I guess the show must have some of the same viewers from CSI.

  • vcoolwater


    Wait for the final ratings. Vampire Diaries has this pesky habit of being adjusted up.

    What with all Supernatural discussion. I thought this was a ratings thread not a supernatural thread

  • KS

    The outcome of latest episode is, Sam is more angrier on Benny now, then ever before. He is definitely going to avenge Martin’s death and as a result we would get a few more boring episodes.

  • Ram510

    NBC should really try to save Guys With Kids. Clearly it’s a good show in a bad spot, they should give it a chance behind Go On at least one time. I would imagine it would do a little better than TNN

  • Tessa


    It’s so weird for the two of us to agree but like you, the only storyline in Supernatural I’m currently interested in is the Castiel/Naomi one. It’s the only intriguing plot in the whole show if the Sam/Amelia story is what it looks like it is: a damn boring soap opera. I hope that’s not true and there’s some way these two storylines intersect. Considering how much time is spent on Samelia (and how little on Cas and Amanda Tapping,) it would be a true bummer if Amelia is just this sweet little ordinary girl caught in a lame love triangle. This is Supernatural damn it, not Gilmore Girls.

  • Jon 8888

    @ KS worst episode bcs doesn’t have cass? sorry But I love it , my favorite now , every episodes If don’t have cas now it’s worst , oh FYI the episodio was great.

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