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.

  • vcoolwater

    @Geona C

    Give me a break. I am no troll. I do not hate Chicago Fire. I just pointing out a fact. The ratings all over the place. It is not stable. One week it is at 1.4 and then the next week it is a 1.9. So what will next week ratings be?

    I don’t know. Do you know? Does NBC know? At least with Nashville, ABC should expect a 1.8-2.0 range. Same with Arrow, a rating in 1.1-1.3 range is expected.

    Chicago Fire ratings could collapse in the Spring or could be a huge hit. The show is so unstable in the ratings

  • Mickey

    [I was already spoiled for this episode, so…]


    Ah but you see the way this show likes to play things out Deans underhanded trickery will be swept under the carpet…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!

    That was the tipping point for me, why I had to stop watching. In 8×07 Dean is completely absolved (through Cas) of any wrongdoing. Meanwhile, he knew Cas was very much alive when Dean got out of Purgatory, yet he pretended Cas was dead and did not look for a way to get him out, all the while railing at Sam for not looking for a way to get Dean out. And this isn’t even acknowledged. And it’s something Dean would never do. The Dean Winchester I know and love would not leave Cas for dead, make Sam believe Cas is dead, and hypocritically blame Sam for not looking when Dean himself is also not looking. (Sure we can fanwank excuses, but the show isn’t actually giving us any reasons for their awful behavior.)

    From that point on, both Sam and Dean were completely out of character for me, and I lost all hope they would ever be fixed, if they can’t even acknowledge there was a problem with the way Dean acted. And now I heard what he did in this last episode, and it’s also completely out of character for Dean. I love both brothers, and I just can’t stand to see them written like total dickheads.

    Carver is playing with fire. So long as I had Sam and Dean, and they were acting like Sam and Dean, I was a happy fan. Lame bad guys, plot holes, annoying secondary characters, whatever, I could overlook the small stuff, so long as I had the heart and soul of the show. And I’m not the only one. People kept watching in spite of whatever other shortcomings there might be because they had the heart and soul of the show. (For many that includes Cas, and season 7 was understandably a problem for them.) But now that he’s pissing on the heart and soul, other people like me may stop watching. The 0.8 and 0.9 may be a fluke, or they may signal that 1.0s are a thing of the past. Time will tell.

    I hope he has a good reason (or is currently writing one in the face of such fan discontent) and it will be revealed soon, (at which point, I would start watching again) and we’ll get back to 1.0s.

  • cj

    @KS meant to reply to you but replied to myself lol. see above ^ Seriously though I want some kind of mystery or plot about Dean and it’s long, long overdue in my opinion, he’s always fretting about other character’s. They need to shake up the formula a bit. I’d love for Sam and Cas to be all protective and worrying about how to get Dean out of a mess.

  • KS


    I think you misunderstood me all these days. I was never involved in that Sam vs Castiel wars.

  • Alejandro

    @ Mickey

    You see I actually didn’t mind the reveal at the end of “A Little Slice of Kevin” I see Castiels arc for this season as one of redemption, which includes building up the strength through various stages to deal with his guilt. I saw Cas’ choice as one part of that overall character arc which is one of my favourite things about the season :)

  • Carl

    Dean didn’t leave Cas for dead. He stayed for a year to help save Cas. Cas begged to stay behind and pushed Dean out of Purgatory. He was then so upset over Cas staying behind that he had to create false memories to convince himself that he’d left Cas, he’d been the failure.

    I hate the brother conflict this season and I think they’ve let Sam down, but I think most of Dean’s writing has been on target. I think someone has finally broken out of the horribly depressing, “Wow, Dean is a loser and a failure,” mode of the last few seasons.

  • dejah

    It’s just nice the Middle was on, for some reason there is always some special in its place. That might be one reason it wasn’ that high ratings.
    It wasn’t the best Middle but it always have some funny moments.

  • Alejandro

    @ Carl

    It is funny but I think Dean has been the perfect mix of understanding, empathic and respectful towards Cas all season. Whereas the way hes been treating Sam this year has been horrible so self-righteous, condescending and selfish.

  • KS


    I never take sides of Sam or Dean. I watch the show as a whole. Don’t you think Sam will be even more angry on Benny than ever before because he killed Martin and now try killing him more aggressively? What Dean has done is foolish – absolutely foolish.

    And one more thing in last night’s episode is, can somebody tell me, What exactly is supernatural element in last night’s episode? Benny-centered episodes are not the usual supernatural feel and effects. They are like lame family stories and gang wars.

  • Maria

    I find it HILARIOUS that both Ice-T and one of SVU’s writers described Wednesday’s nights ratings as great, BEFORE they were published. Emm, no, they are pretty bad. The only thing they can say is that they were up a little from the previous episode, which had the worst ratings in 14 years. It is time for the show to go. Even the head writer tweeted his pleasure with an article containing his interview which carried the headline ‘The Sickos on the Sofa’. He clearly has no respect for the audience. The only hope is that this extra order, which of course has happened many times, can give them a chance to end the show properly and not mean that they will repeat what happened with the original Law and Order.

  • Charlie Sheen

    Chicago Fire is one of the bigger surprises I’ve seen a minute probably since the start of the ABC comedies on Wednesdays a few years back. CF was a usual procedural with not a lot of buzz behind it and stereotypical backlash on the use of shirtless men but the show proved that it is way more than that. People don’t give SVU a lot of credit but I think one of the best scheduling moves of the season was putting CF behind SVU. Unless CF got behind The Voice it would’ve been the next Prime Suspect and people need to stop forgetting about that. It completely stole Nashville’s thunder and that’s impressive. CF proves you don’t need overrated buzz to get an audience, just consistency.

    I think NBC should clearly hold onto SVU and CF next season they can put them next to each other again and know exactly what range they’re going to get from them. SVU has done a pretty good job some weeks against Criminal Minds. You can already see that CF and CSI share an audience. If CF can go against a weaker CBS 10p procedural they could probably keep these numbers.

    Survivor is doing very well this season as I thought the show peaked last year. X Factor is doing a solid job also although I know viewers are displeased with the way the eliminations have gone this season. FOX is very lucky to have X Factor because the rest of their schedule is a hot mess.

    The Middle was surprisingly down a lot but managed to keep its range on the total viewers. I’m starting to think ABC doesn’t like The Neighbors after their mid-season plans were released I wouldn’t be too surprised even with these decent numbers if it doesn’t return. Nashville has finally settled in but it will have some competition getting a renewal as one or two of the new dramas in mid-season will need to fail for it return probably. I think it will return though.

    Arrow was down more than I thought it would be but still the network’s top show and a better overall week from Supernatural.

    For the NBC comedies, the good news is that they’re up from Thanksgiving but the bad news is that their audience hasn’t settled in at all yet and its small. I just saw the Thursday numbers and oddly enough these numbers are higher except for The Office. GWK surprised me beating Whitney in the demo as this is a show with major potential but needs a serious boost. I think NBC should revisit that Friday comedy idea puttting GWK over there. With Whit it really needs to settle in soon as it can benefit getting some of its audience back from last season when these other shows go on hiatus.

  • KS


    And regarding Dean having bigger arc – I am unsatisfied with the previous two seasons. They are completely the products and by-products of Castiel’s actions. Winchesters were not at all properly connected to the mytharcs in S6 and S7. So, I would be very happy, if Winchesters really have a truly personal story. And, I hated “season 7, time for a wedding” and “the slice girls” little less than most of you because, those episodes are actually connected to the Winchesters. They are personal arcs which we have been missing since a long time.

    So, basically you are asking a mytharc for Dean and I am asking “Please give me a good Winchester centered mytharc – both for Sam and Dean which I have been missing since a long time”. Think we are on the same page there.

  • Freyja

    As someone who watches the show as a whole myself, I am tired of the whole Dean is the bad guy for letting Benny live and giving him a second chance. He helped Dean get out of that hell hole, something Sam didn’t do. So yeah of course Dean is going to give him a second chance at least he has been there for Dean unlike Sam.

    Sam gave up and went to live with his fake g/f, he left Kevin out there to die, Sam only cared about himself.

    Sam needs to get off his high horse and understand where Dean came from and cut him some damn slack, so tired of his attitude he knows better than Dean, need I remind you Sam (Ruby) and yet she didn’t even help you get Dean out of hell. So back the off Dean and stop being so damn hypocritical.

    Hell I understood Sam more when he didn’t have a soul back in season 6 more than I understand his actions and motivations now. I am still hoping that what’s her face is more of an uncover Angel than human which would explain some things, sent there to keep an eye on Sam.

  • Mary e John Winchester

    The Supernatural episode was great and I agree to you @Suep, Dean/Benny line is excellent. Waiting for January to see Cas/Dean/Sam line because it is line always, always awesome :D

  • Carl

    Dean’s spent a long time being made to feel like he’s let Sam down, he’s a burden to Sam, that Sam only likes him when Sam feels like it. I think a natural progression of this is what we get with Dean this season – he’s just tired of it, he tries, but he’s tired. if Sam’s side was better written then I think this would be great drama. As it is I think we’ll get a “suck it up princess” moment soon and Dean will fall back in line.

    The Kevin/tablet story has been poorly paced, although I put part of this on the show’s lack of interest in having Cas on more than a handful of times a season.

  • Networkman

    Suburgatory is performing horribly. It sits behind Modern Family, yet it is not able to garner more total viewers than The Neighbors.

    Chicago Fire is the drama that needs the additional episode order. This is the show that is supposed to replace Law & Order:SVU next year. It is showing potential. And NBC should give it some special airings behind Biggest Loser or The Voice. Compared to Victoria Secret, the Grammy Nominations bombed. Maybe they needed the models to announce the nominees.

  • JJ

    More people need to start watching The Middle. It’s the best family sitcom right now imo.

  • Bobby

    I am so happy for Chicago Fire. It’s by far my favorite new show this season, but even I didn’t think heading into it that it would be fighting as much as it has been in the ratings. I didn’t expect to love it when I first decided to check it out, but I’m hooked and invested in so many of the characters and situations. Still, I was preparing for the worst in that it would bomb like some of the NBC Dramas have in the past few years and just sink lower each week, but it’s still kicking so I must not be alone in my enjoyment.

    One of the things I love about it is that if you look at the half hours, it holds virtually all of its audience, and some weeks even gains viewers in the second half hour. The people who watch it don’t leave, and that seems pretty rare to see nowadays. I will keep watching as long as it airs, but I’m thrilled that this show didn’t just go straight to the graveyard like so many have before ala Prime Suspect or Awake, especially considering it didn’t get the buzz of Nashville, and at the start it was being promoted like it was going to just be hot people running around shirtless 24/7 when in fact it’s not that at all.

  • DonnaT

    @Carl: I think what Mickey’s saying is why does Dean *have the right* to create the false memory of letting Cas down, while knowing deep down that it was false, rather choosing to believe Cas was dead/had died in Purgatory because Cas was in bad shape and vastly outnumbered by “Monsters and Leviathans” – relieving Dean of the responsibity of *finding a way to “save Cas”* while leaving the only the “survivor’s guilt” – AND at the same time rail at Sam for not looking for a way to “save Dean”. Phew -long sentence and essentially “Pot meet Kettle”. I hope we find out soon that both boys’ memories have been tampered with along with Cas’s.

  • Reed Addison

    I agree with what most people are saying about Guys with Kids, this is the one comedy NBC should truly nurture they just got to find a partner for it now. I think they can use some retooling in the writing as well with focusing on Bledsoe and Andersen’s character with their kids and pushing the other cast members to less supporting roles.

    Wednesdays is not a good spot for it all, I would say either Tuesdays or Fridays. I wonder if it could work on Thursdays since BBT and Men are adult comedies unlike ABC which programs family comedies on Wednesdays.

    Whitney is still a young show although it should be doing way better at this point. I think the problem is the show has played around with its identity and hasn’t settled in a big enough audience yet. NBC should nurture this one also and it give it the strongest adult comedy partner it can find.

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