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Wednesday’s prime time schedule was dominated by Christmas specials on ABC and NBC. A Charlie Brown Christmas helped ABC tie Fox in the key demographic, but CBS’ dramas ensured that the network would win in viewers again.
CBS swept the night in viewers, drawing 11.54 million and a 2.7 18-49 rating, notes HitFix. Survivor kicked off the night with 10.35 million viewers and a 2.7 18-49 rating, while Criminal Minds followed with 12.27 million viewers and a 2.9 rating. That was easily the most-watched show on the night. CSI had just a hair under 12 million viewers and a 2.6 18-49 rating.
Fox squeaked just past ABC and NBC, drawing 8.08 million viewers and a 2.8 18-49 rating for The X Factor. Deadline notes that the singing competition was up 27 percent over last week.
ABC earned 7.97 million viewers and a 2.8 18-49 rating. The network did beat Fox during the first two hours of prime time, but Nashville and Suburgatory pulled down the average numbers. Charlie Brown drew 8.85 million viewers and a 2.9 18-49 rating, winning the hour in the key demo. THR notes that it was actually up a tenth over last year. Modern Family had just under 12 million viewers and a 4.7 18-49 rating, while Suburgatory had 6.88 million viewers and a 2.6 18-49 rating. Nashville had 5.65 million viewers and a 1.8 18-49 rating, staying flat with last week.
NBC had 7.96 million viewers and a 2.5 18-49 rating, thanks to the Rockefeller Center special. That drew just over 9 million viewers and a 2.1 18-49 rating, an 11 percent jump from last year. The two-hour SNL Christmas special followed with 8.3 million viewers in the first hour and 6.5 million in the second. Overall, it drew a 2.7 18-49 rating.
The CW’s Arrow had 3.7 million viewers and a .12 18-49 rating. Supernatural drew almost 2.1 million viewers and a 0.9 18-49 rating.