TV Ratings: CBS Wins Wednesday, But Fox's 'X Factor' Tops 'Survivor'
The singing competition remains steady as it nears the finale, while CBS's lack of reruns serves it well and Barbara Walters' "Fascinating People" drops from 2010.
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)