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TV Ratings Wednesday: 'X Factor' Dips, Easily Leads Fox Win Over Repeats & Specials

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December 22nd, 2011


Scoreboard FOX Uni ABC CBS NBC CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.0/9 1.5/4 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.2/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.3/8 1.6/6 1.0/3 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 9.835 3.642 4.520 6.121 4.699 0.821

Part 1 of Fox's The X Factor finale was down a tenth of a point (3%) vs. last Wednesday to a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating. Note: X Factor ran until 9:31pm, and is more than usually likely to be adjusted up in the final ratings.  I Hate My Teenage Daughter was up 17% vs. last week to 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. But with a minute of X Factor in those preliminary ratings, it's more than typically likely to be adjusted down.

Fox easily topped both the night's adults 18-49 ratings and total viewership.

Worth noting that adults 18-49 primetime viewing was down 7% overall last night vs. last Wednesday.

After showing more life than much of NBC's regular Fall line up recently, Who's Still Standing? fell two tenths (11%) vs. Tuesday's episode to a 1.7 adults 18-49

The only new show on CBS for the night was the special A Home For The Holidays which had a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. That was up a tenth of a point (14%) vs. last year's telecast.

ABC and The CW were all repeat on the night.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, December 21, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX The X Factor (8-9:30p) 3.3 10 11.107
NBC Who's Still Standing? 1.7 5 5.655
ABC The Middle -R 1.4 5 5.411
CBS A Home For The Holidays With Martina McBride (special) 0.8 2 4.213
CW Gossip Girl -R 0.2 1 0.728
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 1.5 5 4.818
9:00PM ABC Modern Family -R 2.2 6 6.444
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.5 4 6.842
NBC A Michael Bublé Christmas -R 1.0 3 4.396
CW Gaga By Gaultier - R (special) 0.3 1 0.915
9:30PM ABC Happy Endings -R 1.4 4 3.909
FOX I Hate My Teenage Daughter 2.1 6
10:00PM CBS CSI -R 1.6 4 7.308
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 1.0 3 4.047
ABC Revenge -R 0.9 3 3.270

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via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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

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