With an all-new line-up, CBS won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers. At 8pm the last Wednesday Survivor of this cycle (finale is on Sunday) drew a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, down two tenths from last week, tying its season low. Criminal Minds’ 3.4 adults 18-49 rating was steady versus last week, but still tied its season low. No new Law & Order: SVU was good news for CSI and its 3.0 rating with adults 18-49 was up half a point vs. last week. That was CSI’s best with 18-49 since week two of the season and its 12.1 million viewers were the most since the 12.7m viewers for the season premiere.

Fox’s The X Factor was steady versus last week with a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating with adults 18-49.  I Hate My Teenage Daughter sank closer towards cancellation oblivion dropping two tenths to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Barbara Walters Presents was way down versus last year’s 3.2 adults 18-49 rating to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Last year the show aired on Thursday December 9 and followed an hour-long Walters’ special on Oprah.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, December 14, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX The X Factor 8-9:30p 3.4/9 10.69
CBS Survivor: South Pacific 3.1/9 10.74
ABC The Middle (R) 1.7/5 6.16
NBC Up All Night (R) 1.2/4 3.66
CW America’s Next Top Model (R) 0.4/1 1.27
8:30 ABC Suburgatory (R) 1.7/5 5.21
NBC Whitney (R) 1.1/3 3.31
9:00 CBS Criminal Minds 3.4/9 12.70
ABC Modern Family (R) 2.3/6 6.61
NBC Harry’s Law (R) 0.8/2 4.07
CW Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (R) 0.7/2 1.61
9:30 ABC Barbara Walters Presents (9:30-11p) 2.3/6 8.34
FOX I Hate My Teenage Daughter 1.9/5 5.25
10:00 CBS CSI 3.0/8 12.13
NBC Law & Order: SVU (R) 1.2/3 4.36

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,” 2.8/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 3.0/8; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.7/9; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.8/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.8/4; “Nightline,” 1.2/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households with an encore) trailed CBS’s first-run “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.5/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) tied “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 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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