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‘Criminal,’ ‘X Factor’ top Wednesday ratings

Fox's 'Teenage' struggles; surge for CBS' ''CSI''

With ABC’s ”Modern Family” airing a repeat, bragging-rights honors for top show were split Wednesday between CBS drama vet ”Criminal Minds” and Fox’s reality rookie ”The X Factor.” Following ”Factor,” new comedy ”I Hate My Teenage Daughter” slipped further and may be in trouble.

CBS edged ahead of Fox among young adults and dominated in total viewers, getting good production out of all three of its veteran shows. In advance of its Sunday finale, ”Survivor” (3.1/9 in 18-49, 10.7 million viewers overall) finished second to Fox’s ”X Factor” in the 8 o’clock hour in 18-49 while winning in 25-54 and total viewers. The net then moved to the lead in the 9 o’clock hour with ”Criminal Minds” (3.4/9 in 18-49, 12.7 million viewers overall) and then stayed on top at 10 with ”CSI” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall), which posted its best scores since September. ”CSI” may have benefited from a lack of original broadcast drama competition as well as from promotion of the episode being the first of the final episodes featuring original cast member Marg Helgenberger.

At Fox, ”The X Factor” (3.4/9 in 18-49, 10.7 million viewers overall) was on par with last week, winning all three of its half-hours in 18-49 as it leads up to its first-season finale one week from today. The net then fell off noticeably at 9:30 with ”I Hate My Teenage Daughter” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), which was down from a 2.1 in the demo last week and a 2.8 for its premiere of two weeks ago.

Following a ”Modern Family” repeat at 9 (2.3/6 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), ABC aired the 90-minute special ”Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Fascinating People of 2011” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall), which was down 28% from last year’s two-hour edition on a Thursday. Earlier in the evening, repeats of ”The Middle” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) and ”Suburgatory” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) placed third in the 8 o’clock hour.

NBC did modest numbers for its night of repeats: ”Up All Night” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), ”Whitney” on its new night (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall), ”Harry’s Law” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) and ”Law and Order: SVU” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall).

CW went with repeats of ”America’s Next Top Model” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) and the ”Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall), the latter of which previously aired a couple of weeks ago to big numbers on CBS.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.1/8; Fox, 3.0/8; ABC, 2.1/6; Univision, 1.5/4; NBC, 1.0/3; CW, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 11.9 million; Fox, 8.0 million; ABC, 7.2 million; NBC, 4.0 million; Univision, 3.6 million; CW, 1.4 million.

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