Fox's 'Glee' hits high note

CBS holiday perennial “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” lit up the ratings scoreboard on Wednesday, standing as the night’s top program. It was also a good night for Fox’s “Glee,” which hit series highs.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Rudolph” dominated the night’s opening hour with a 3.8 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 and 10.7 million viewers overall, more than doubling the demo delivery of NBC’s competing holiday special “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall). Both were down year to year and once again were likely dragged down by airing opposite each other.

At Fox, “So You Think You Can Dance” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) was up a bit week to week, placing second in most categories. And “Glee,” taking advantage of lighter-than-usual competition, surged to series highs in most categories (3.6/9 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall). It won its hour by 3 shares in 18-49 and by 7 shares in adults 18-34 (4.3/12).

ABC did OK from 8 to 10 p.m., with 8:30 entry “The Middle” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) the only original comedy — sandwiched between repeats of “Modern Family” at 8 p.m. (1.7/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) and 9 p.m. (2.3/6 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall). Following a repeat of “Cougar Town” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall ), though, the net fell off sharply with firstrun drama “Eastwick” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall).

NBC followed “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” with a repeat of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) and “The Jay Leno Show” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall); latter beat out ABC’s “Eastwick” but was well behind a special 10 p.m. repeat of CBS’ “Criminal Minds” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall).

CW was barely visible on the radar with special repeats of “Gossip Girl” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) and “Vampire Diaries” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.0/8; CBS, 2.8/8; ABC, 1.8/5; NBC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.4/4; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 8.4 million; NBC, 7.5 million; Fox, 7.2 million; ABC, 5.5 million; Univision, 3.9 million; CW, 1.1 million.

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