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TV Ratings Wednesday: Fox Wins With 'The X Factor' and an OK Start for 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter'; 'Harry's Law' Surges; 'Survivor' Ties Lows

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December 1st, 2011

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.4/9 2.4/6 1.8/5 1.8/5 1.5/4 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.6/8 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.2/4 1.6/5 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.908 8.030 5.233 9.717 3.495 2.162

Fox won the night with adults 18-49 with a 90 minute "Michael Jackson night" of the The X Factor that drew a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating (naturally way up vs. Thanksgiving Eve, but down 5% vs. the two-hour telecast on November 16). . The premiere of I Hate My Teenage Daughter got a decent sampling and drew a 2.8 adults rating. Not "fantastic" but nowhere near abysmal either especially considering the pummeling it has taken for months with critics and TV media.  Fox's not-so-anonymous-really head of scheduling lovingly mocked on Twitter.  With over 75% retention out of The X Factor, even the retentionistas don't have much to work with. Yet.

Survivor was down 6% from its last regular telecast to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating tying its lowest-rated original ever. CBS's Grammy Nominations Concert was up a bit across-the-board vs. last year with a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating vs. last year's 1.7 and 5.62 million viewers vs. last year's 5.01m.

NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center was down 5% from a year ago to a a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. But against repeats on ABC & CBS Harry's Law surged 27% from its last original to a a still tiny 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. But that was still a season-high (as were its 9.9 million total viewers). Law & Order: SVU was up 16% to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, November 30, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX The X Factor 8-9:30p 3.7/10 10.93
CBS Survivor: South Pacific 3.1/9 10.92
NBC Christmas in Rockefeller Center 1.8/5 9.42
ABC The Middle (R) 1.8/5 6.01
CW Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (R) 0.8/2 2.40
8:30 ABC Suburgatory (R) 1.7/5 5.26
9:00 ABC Modern Family (R) 2.6/7 7.16
CBS Criminal Minds (R) 2.1/5 7.55
NBC Harry's Law 1.4/3 9.91
CW America's Next Top Model 0.8/2 1.93
9:30 FOX I Hate My Teenage Daughter (Premiere) 2.8/7 6.84
ABC Happy Endings (R) 2.1/5 4.96
10:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.2/6 9.83
CBS Grammy Nominations Concert 1.9/5 5.62
ABC Revenge (R) 1.2/3 4.01

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via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.5/9; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.8/5 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.8/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.1/5 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.5/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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