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.

  • tia

    good job supernatural-glad it went up. i loved loved loved this episode. i don’t agree about “saint dean”. he is the loyal brother-who was loyal to both brothers _sam and benny-he gave sam a bogus call to get him out of the picture and out of harms way-and he saved benny-and he kept both his brothers from fighting each other. not looking forward to the next cas centered episode. i hate that angel.

  • jimbo

    @sam510,Yes!! If GWK was paired with GO ON, the three shows;Go on, GWK, Parenthood will benefit eachother! Similar viewers!!

  • TVDude

    Wow @ Chicago Fire, I think this is an indication that people are interested in the show. It’s not my cup of tea, personally, but I don’t think NBC can argue much with that rating.

    Whitney is still showing that it’s second season will be its last. I will still say that it’s not too late to pull a spring miracle, but my guess is that the spring will be as bad or worse with a returning American Idol. Guys with Kids will also need to do better if it’s going to get renewed. Can it? Sure, but I think it’ll have the same struggle in the spring that Whitney will.

  • KS


    I personally hope my interest in Castiel/Naomi would last for quite sometime, because there are lot other things I am hating on this show right now and that is what is actually keeping me watch this show. I hope that arc is going to be a creatively written one.

    Yeah, people are calling Supernatural, “Soapernatural” these days. Yesterday, I saw someone calling it “One Tree Hill with Monsters”. There is a reason I stay away from those shows and I hope this show doesn’t stoop down to that level.


    Interesting how both Nashville & CF scored “1.9”

    Nashville was lowest rated at ABC tying TN w/ “1.9” a good thing.

    CF was the highest rated show at NBC w/ “1.9” a good thing?

    Rob, you were right about Grammy noms! 1.5 way off CSI avrg.

    CBS probably would have won night, as Survivor 2.9 & CM 3.0 beat XF 2.8

  • KS


    I think Dean has put Benny at a bigger risk from Sam. What exactly he has done in the latest episode is adding fuel to the fire.

  • Luther


  • Carolyn

    Does anyone know what Supernatural ratings average was last year? As I understand, it’s doing better this year. Hope it stays up. I want it to last a couple more years.
    But agreed things need to get better. I love Sam too, he deserves a great story line like Seasons 4 & 5… Lucifer…Apocalypse…what could be better? But per usual, Saint Dean will get the accolades and Sam will get blamed for everything. Don’t care about Cas or angels at all.

  • Tessa


    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.

    Wow, wow. Who are you and what have you done with the old, grumpy KS who only cared about the brothers and hated Cas? I think I love this new you. ;)

    Also totally agree. I had always said it in the Sam and Castiel fights people had in fandom. Why can’t Dean be friends (lovers?) with Cas and big brother to Sam (and now bff with Benny?) Why does his relationships have to be monogamous. The guy is an awesome human being, he deserves to have a couple of friends who have his back when he needs it.

    My idea to bring the brotherly relationship back and give Sam a better storyline is this: Since Dean is in a complete nurturing mood right now I’d love to see him comfort Cas when they find out what’s happening to him. This will give Sam a chance to slip into protective mode for a change. He’s a big guy and could be real badass when it comes to someone wanting to hurt his brother. He also seems very affectionate towards Castiel, almost like a big brother in his own right. I’d love to see the baddies come for Castiel and Dean holding him, trying to calm him down while Sam stands in front of both of them like a giant tribal warrior, glaring at the bad guys in a, “You have to get through me to get to my brother and his angel,” kind of manner. That would be a Team Free Will storyline that fangirls could melt at and fanboys can fist bump to. :)

  • Alejandro

    @ Tessa

    You sound like my kind of fan :D

  • Carl

    I’m not sure there’s been a “Saint Dean” in the writing. Carver went around saying viewers were supposed to see Sam’s choice to not look for Dean as the mature choice. There’s been way too much time invested in the Sam/Amelia relationship. I think they believe they are writing a Sam who is trying to grow up, and that he’s having angst conflicts with Dean where they’re both at fault.

    The execution of the story has sucked, Amelia is boring and miscast and has zero chemistry with Sam, and the flashbacks go nowhere. There’s been little impression that Sam even wants to be around Dean. Sam just goaded someone fresh out of a mental institution into going after Benny and his great-granddaughter, almost killing her. And the writing fails to remember his history – when he says you never let vampires go, he forgets that he chose to spare that vampire who played Tara on Buffy.

    They just want conflict for conflict, and it shows. I wish they’d deal with the angst, and ditch Amelia. I also wish we could see more of Castiel. We only see him when he’s being tortured or when he says he wants to die.

    I preferred last week’s episode, but this one had more action and a better promo, so I’m not surprised it went up.

  • Carl

    The part about Cas being Dean’s love interest amused me, especially since I think the show may be taking away Castiel’s memories (if the promo is accurate) to make sure the much controversial “profound bond” is gone.

    I’ve lost interest in Survivor the last few weeks. I’m glad the ratings have increased, but it’s not as interesting.

  • The Cool Max

    Nice for Whitney. Glad it’s up. Surprised Survivor, a franchise a decade old, beat the X- Factor! That’s great!

  • cj

    What’s with all the pathetic comments from Sam fans and all this “Saint Dean” nonsense. Just because Sam’s story is so boring this season no need to take your bitterness out on Dean. He’s forever apologizing. Sam’s a child who storms off in a huff if things don’t go his way and if you think Dean is such a saint then why turn round and call him for sending that text, is that saintly to? Just having ‘seemingly’ better judgement than Sam doesn’t make him a saint.

    If anyone deserves a decent storyline it’s Dean since he’s never part of the mytharc unless you count s4-5 which built him up to be important then replaced him with a 3rd brother and had Sam single-handedly save the world. Sam swanned dived into Hell throwing a Jesus pose and you call Dean “Saint Dean” LOL

  • Genoa C

    vcoolwater is a Chicago Fire hater, those spins are ridiculous. I don’t watch the show but you would think even haters would give credit where it is due.

  • KS


    I never want Dean to be a part of Supernatural stuff. I want him to represent humanity and I want Sam to represent ‘monstrosity’. FYI, Winchesters were not even properly connected to the myth-arc in the past two seasons.

  • cj

    @KS what bigger risk could Benny be in? Sam was already out to kill him, Dean just delayed things and gave Benny another chance.

    By the way for a supposed “Saint” Dean sure gets a lot of criticism from “special snowflake” Sammy fans for being the bad guy.

  • Young

    People say what they want about Law & Order: SVU, but it rebounded well after it’s dip around Thanksgiving, I wasn’t expecting it to do that well. Probably helped that Modern Family was a repeat.

    NBC would be foolish to cancel SVU after this season. As for Chicago Fire, I don’t like it, but it doesn’t mean other people don’t. CF is still on the bubble (as most NBC shows are), but kudos (for now), they better than CBS for not airing new CSI or a CSI repeat.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Bad for Arrow, good for Supernatural. Arrow was very good, as was Supernatural. At least we’re starting to get past the interminable flashbacks with Sam’s girl friend which have been boring me for weeks (aside from the fact that Liane Balaban is a good actress and hot.)

  • cj

    @cj – then humanity (Dean) deserves a bigger role.

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