December 15, 2011 9:14am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: CBS Wins Wednesday, But Fox's 'X Factor' Tops 'Survivor'
Fox's X-Factor remains consistent as it approaches the end of its freshman season. Fast affiliate numbers show the series topping all broadcasts among adults 18-49 last night, averaging a 3.4 rating during its 90-minute broadcast for the second week in a row.
CBS won the night however, getting its best Wednesday showing among 18-49-ers since the second week of the season. It averaged a 3.1 rating in the key demo, with an audience of 11.86 million. Survivor's penultimate offering of the season brought in a 3.1 in the demo, followed by Criminal Minds (3.4) and CSI (3.0), which was up 20 percent from last week.
Fox was just a tenth of a point behind CBS with a 3.0. I Hate My Teenage Daughter continued to fall, dropping another two tenths for a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, and losing more than half of its X-Factor lead-in in total viewers. The network averaged an audience of 9.3 million for the night.
ABC repeated its comedy block, with the exception of Happy Endings, and ended the night with a 90-minute Barbara Walters Presents detailing her "Most Fascinating" people of the year. The special earned a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and was down 28 percent from 2010 -- though last year it benefited from Walters' much-touted interview with Oprah Winfrey. The network averaged a 2.1 rating for the night.
NBC, with repeats of Up All Night, Whitney, Harry's Law and Law & Order: SVU, averaged a 1.0 in the 18-49 demo.
And on the CW, an America's Next Top Model rerun and the network's encore of the Victoria's Secret Fashion show averaged 0.5 among adults 18-49.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, Overnight Ratings:
Fox: The X Factor (10.3 million viewers, 3.2 rating among adults 18-49)
CBS: Survivor: South Pacific (10.7 million, 3.1 )
ABC: The Middle (R) (6.2 million, 1.7)
NBC: Up All Night (R) (3.7 million, 1.2)
The CW: America's Next Top Model (R) (1.3 million, 0.4)
ABC: Suburgatory (5.2 million, 1.7)
NBC: Whitney (R) (3.3 million, 1.1)
FOX: The X Factor (11.4 million, 3.7)
CBS: Criminal Minds (12.7 million, 3.4)
ABC: Modern Family (6.6 million, 2.3)
NBC: Harry's Law (4.1 million, 0.8)
The CW: The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (R) (1.6 million, 0.7)
ABC: Barbara Walters Presents (8.1 million, 2.3)
Fox: I Hate My Teenage Daughter (5.2 million, 1.9)
CBS: CSI (12.1 million, 3.0)
ABC: Barbara Walters Presents (8.45 million, 2.3)
NBC: Law & Order: SVU (R) (4.4 million, 1.2)