As freshman Fox fare is prone to do when debuting after a well-watched show such as The X Factor or American Idol (and opposite ABC and CBS reruns), I Hate My Teenage Daughter opened well enough, drawing 6.84 million total viewers while scoring a 2.8 demo rating. That represents retention of 63 and 76 percent of X Factor‘s numbers, and a 47 percent improvement on Traffic Light‘s February 2011 apres-Idol debut, though it’s down from Breaking In‘s own Idolized premiere.
NBC’s Harry’s Law, similarly, made the most of its rivals’ repeats, surging 38 and 27 percent from its last fresh outing to hit season highs of 9.9 million viewers and a 1.4 rating.
A few other notes, and then on with our day!
* X Factor (10.93 mil/3.7) edged out Survivor (10.92 mil/3.1) to deliver the night’s largest audience while also scoring the best demo rating. X was down just a bit (from its previous Wednesday performance show), as was Survivor.
* NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Plaza special placed a strong third in the 8 o’clock hour with 9.4 million viewers and a 1.8 rating.
* The CW had its most-watched Wednesday night in a year, thanks to the Muppets Christmas special (2.4 mil/0.8) at 8 pm.
* At 10 o’clock, SVU surged 34 and 16 percent to 9.83 million viewers and a 2.2 rating (its best demo since the season opener). CBS’ Grammy Nominations Concert special (5.62 mil/1.9) was up double digits from last year.