NBC dramas rise opposite mostly reruns on ABC, CBS

”The X Factor” and a solid debut for ”I Hate My Teenage Daughter” fueled Fox to victory in key demos on Wednesday, a night that also saw NBC’s dramas on the rise opposite mostly repeat and special competition.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”The X Factor” averaged a 3.7 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 10.9 million viewers overall from 8 to 9:30 p.m.; it was the top show of the night, peaking in its final half-hour with a 4.1 demo score and more than 12 million viewers overall. That potent lead-in helped new half-hour ”I Hate My Teenage Daughter” open with pretty good numbers (2.8/7 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall), winning its timeslot among young adults. A tougher test for the new show will come when ”Criminal Minds” and ABC comedy ”Happy Endings” return with original episodes.

Fox won the night in 18-49, 25-54 (4.2/10) and total viewers (9.9 million)

At CBS, ”Survivor” (3.1/9 in 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall) was the No. 2 show of the night in most categories and was again very competitive in its head-to-head hour with ”X Factor.” The reality vet was followed by a repeat of ”Criminal Minds” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) and the ”Grammy Nominations Concert” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall), which was up vs. last year including gains of 12% in adults 18-49 and 15% in adults 25-54.

NBC opened with annual special ”Christmas in Rockefeller Center” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall), down a tick vs. last year’s airing but giving the network its best demo score in Wednesday’s leadoff hour since premiere week. That stronger lead-in and softer competition on ABC and CBS enabled the Peacock’s dramas ”Harry’s Law” (1.4/3 in 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall) and ”Law and Order: SVU” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall) to hit season highs. ”Harry’s Law” came within 1 share of repeat CBS drama ”Criminal Minds” in 25-54 while beating the vet in total viewers.

ABC aired repeats of its regular lineup: ”The Middle” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall), ”Suburgatory” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall), ”Modern Family” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), ”Happy Endings” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) and ”Revenge” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall). This was the best repeat score to date for ”Happy Endings,” while ”Revenge” outperformed the numbers for original drama ”The Whole Truth” in the 10 p.m. hour on the comparable night a year ago.

CW drew its largest overall Wednesday audience of the season, airing a Muppets special (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) followed by ”America’s Next Top Model” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall). ”Model” was on the high of its recent range as it approaches its season finale.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.4/9; CBS, 2.4/6; ABC and NBC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 0.8/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 9.9 million; NBC, 9.7 million; CBS, 8.0 million; ABC, 5.2 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 2.2 million.

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