Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The X Factor' Adjusted Up; 'The Middle' Adjusted Down

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December 13th, 2012

The X Factor was adjusted up a tenth while The Middle was adjusted down a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Wednesday broadcast ratings.

Final broadcast primetime ratings for Wednesday, December 12, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Philippines 2.8/8 10.37
FOX The X Factor (8-10PM) 2.7/8 7.79
ABC The Middle 2.1/7 7.29
NBC Whitney 1.4/4 3.77
CW Arrow 1.0/3 3.11
8:30 ABC The Neighbors 1.6/4 5.40
NBC Guys With Kids - R 1.0/3 2.73
9:00 ABC Modern Family 4.2/11 10.94
CBS Criminal Minds 3.1/8 12.01
NBC Take it All 1.1/3 3.40
CW The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - R 0.6/2 1.52
9:30 ABC Barbara Walters  the 10 Most Fascinating People (9:30-11) 2.1/6 7.63
10:00 CBS CSI 2.2/6 9.59
NBC Chicago Fire 1.4/4 4.87



Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Dan

    lmao at Survivor beating flop-factor!!!

  • Luke

    Glad to see Survivor kept ahead of X-Factor, this pleases me.

  • Nick

    Flop Factor.

    What FOX should do is cancel this mess and get Simon Cowell back on Idol while Randy is still there. Maybe even get Paula back, or Kara, or even Ellen for godsakes. Save the celebrity panels for The Voice (which works) and get us back the old Idol. That’s what people want.

  • The End

    @So you have the time to complain about it on an internet forum,

    Probably worth noting that this isn’t a forum, so I don’t think Ram was actually doing that.

    @Nonsense. Networks have scheduled this way for decades.

    Depends entirely on the network, and the show of course. Perhaps if you weren’t too busy desperately trying to attack Ram510 comments in multiple posts no less, you’d see that.

  • sc04

    Seriously Arrow gets a 1.0 rating on the CW in mid-December and people think it’s in trouble? Do you people even look at the CW’s ratings as a network? Arrow is getting renewed. Period.

  • thesnowleopard

    No more promotion than Nikita, The Secret Circle, Ringer, and Beauty and the Beast, yet it does twice as well. I’d say the CW is rather pleased with the return for its promotion on Arrow.

  • Phlox

    I guess because the tv viewers waited until CeCe Frey to leave then watch X Factor.

  • The End


    Think you’d agree its more a testament to the quality of the show being so high rather than over exposure in the media. Some shows simply don’t need a lot of promotion(But get anyway) because they are just that good.

  • Oliver

    NBC would be dumb to bring back Whitney and Guys With Kids next season because they’re doing badly in a wide open timeslot. At best, Whitney should be renewed as a mid-season replacement if NBC launches a multi-camera block, just in case something bombs.

    That said, it’s probably sensible for NBC to expand Whitney’s order by a few more episodes this season, since they have nothing else that will do any better.

  • thesnowleopard

    @The End
    I do think quality has something to do with it. Yes, there are shows that are absolutely terrible, but are packaged and marketed very well to the right kind of audience. And catching an audience that is attractive to advertisers, rather than simply being “good,” is the main point of a show.

    But I also think that Arrow is a good show. The promotion brought it to the attention of the CW’s audience (just as it did for those other shows), but the story kept them watching. Amell is doing what he’s supposed to be doing, which is portraying the before and after of a process that left Oliver cold and appearing almost emotionless most of the time. If people want to see that transition, watch the show. It’s happening in the flashbacks.

    Further, the show has referenced classics like Hamlet and The Count of Monte Cristo in its storyline (even explicitly bringing up the Hamlet comparison in the dialogue) before deliberately moving beyond them, especially when incorporating the comics backstory. That’s a bit more finesse than Smallville ever showed. And welcome evidence that at least one of the writers on this show once cracked open a book.

  • fearless

    Yey for Criminal Minds!!! I hope it beats Grey’s Anatomy this week!!! xD

    For a show that is in its 8th season with little promotion and its getting stable ratings, its really amazing!!! =)

  • The End


    I completely agree, you are right. I think Arrow will likely be the CWs next big show that is on the air for a good 7-8 seasons if not a little more, the show certainly has the potential and word of mouth has done wonders for the audience numbers/fanbase.

  • Joseph A

    ABC, CBS, CW & FOX all did well enough ,
    only one that is still in crash burn mode is NBC ,

    No idea what NBC should do but its not like anyone should expect them to turn around the entire network that quickly ,

  • toadytoady

    Chicago Fire has not developed a strong enough following of its own yet and is dependent on what precedes it,like Voice or SVU, and on whether competition is in repeats like CSI last week.So the ratings are very volatile.It doesnt have outright following like Revolution or even Nashville. (I still dont see why Nashville has been nominated for several awards recently,like Globes.It must have something?)

    Networks clearly have their own criteria about shows like ordering additional Whitney and cancelling others.They arent listening to internet sites.I wonder why.

  • bluejays

    @Laura ”Stephen A. looks like a piece of wood has the same expression on his face.”

    Nice looking piece of wood :)

    seriously though, isn’t he supposed to play stoic? It bugs me when people slate actors for playing a part that’s meant to be kind of all unemotional and stoic.

    I really liked Arrow but I’m getting bored of it. Only the stupidly pretty cast and my shallowness keep me watching. The writing is getting sucky.

  • mark

    I do not understand the enthusiasm for “arrow”, surely if it was broadcast on another network would be immediately deleted by its low rating. But for the failed CW is ok!!

  • A.E

    to be honest my opinion on amell acting he may not be great but his is descent and the island flashback prove it gosh i might get killed for this the usually acting improved overtime take jared and jensen for example they were not that great when supernatural started but they improved overtime.

    as far as arrow goes the show does have it’s flaws but still good show,so give it a chance cause seem the winter premier are interesting cause they well be interesting guest stars like david anders,seth gabel from fringe,Janina Gavankar from true blood,Colton Haynes from teen wolfs.plus here is the thing about any superhero show they usually improve by time.

  • katy

    Arrow with the current rating it gets to the third season! Laura is right Stephen A. is a bad actor and the writers of “Arrow” trying to pick up the rating presenting often half-naked with his chest in full view!

  • John A

    So Arrow is badly written and badly acted with wooden lead actor? You could say that about every CW Show.

  • ReallyTired

    In New York, there was one other winner of Wednesday’s showcase, WLNY/TV 10 55. The independent station owned by WCBS was one of nearly 40 broadcast and cable outlets simulcasting the event.

    WLNY was the most-watched channel or network covering the concert in New York.

    WLNY had an average of 263,000 viewers from 7:30 p.m. to 1:15 a.m. HBO ranked second with 247,000, while WPXN was fourth with 236,000 fans and WNET had 189,000 people tuned in.

    WLNY saw its peak audience with 399,000 viewers at 9:15 p.m.

    Overall, the concert attracted an estimated 1.68 million viewers in the New York market.

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