TV Ratings: NBC's Tree Lighting Lifts, 'Survivor' Surges

The annual Christmas festivities improve from last year, as a dipping "Modern Family" tops the night and "Arrow's" Flash intro bodes well with season highs.
"Christmas in Rockefeller"  Giovanni Rufino/NBC

NBC celebrated the holidays in its front yard on Wednesday night, airing its annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center. The special improved 10 percent from last year, averaging a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. Saturday Night Live's Christmas clip show (2.6 adults) improved on its live lead-in. The network averaged a 2.5 adults rating and 8.2 million viewers, though preemptions in Portland could see those numbers adjusted.

Survivor had the edge at 8 p.m. The CBS competition jumped four-tenths of a point for a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 and hit a season high with 10.6 million viewers. Encores followed, giving the network a nightly average of a 1.9 rating with adults 18-49 and 8.9 million viewers.

On ABC, all comedies hit season lows -- with The Middle (1.9 adults) dropping four-tenths, Back in the Game (1.4 adults) down two-tenths and Modern Family (3.1 adults) down three-tenths. Super Fun Night (1.7 adults) was only off a tenth, and Nashville (1.6 adults) held its most recent score. ABC took a 1.9 adults rating and 6.4 million viewers for the night.

The X Factor improved on Fox, growing two-tenths of a point for a 1.4 adults rating and an average 5.3 million viewers.

Over on The CW, Arrow hit a season high in viewers (3.2 million) and improved by a tenth in adults 18-49 to a 1.1 adults rating. The episode introduced the character currently eyed for the potential Flash spinoff. The Tomorrow People (0.7 adults) also improved by a tenth, giving the network a 0.9 rating for the night and 2.5 million viewers. 

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