Ratings: Teenage Daughter Looks Good, Harry's Law Hits Highs Versus Rivals' Repeats

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.

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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.

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15 Comments
  1. kevin says:

    Hope TEENAGE DAUGHTER will lasted at least no more than four episodes before it gets canceled. Wonder if Fox is going to bring back the one series that we thought WAS canceled: BREAKING IN.

  2. Sam says:

    Jamie and Katie deserve so much better than this series.

  3. Tim says:

    I hate to be overly harsh based on one episode, so I’m toning it down a bit: This may be the worst show in the history of television.

  4. krissy says:

    Yea, “Teenage daughter” is bad! It wasn’t funny AT ALL. Im guessnig the semi-big numbers came from people tuning in to see what it was about. Guarenteed the majority of those people won’t be tunning in again! I won’t!

  5. BRETT says:

    Geeze you people need to relax. I admit the show has the “look” of a cancelled show (if you know what I mean), but I have it PVR’d. It made me laugh

  6. GK says:

    Rarely do I expect a comedy to fire on all cylinders in the premiere episode. The first few episodes of nearly every comedy show are wobbly and fail to get any real laughs. The first episode of “IHMTD” was unremarkable, not quirky or different enough, just plain tacky and borderline offensive. I will give this show another 3 episodes to find its feet. If it doesn’t get better, its headed for cancellation, which would be a shame because Emmy ward winner, Jamie really deserves a good vehicle.
    PS: I miss “My Name Is Earl” :/

  7. Danielle H says:

    We reallly reeallllly need a post started about all known premiering midseason shows and when they are coming (for the dates we know about that is). I’m starting to worry I’m going to miss something!

  8. bob says:

    eh, i didn’t think it was nearly as heinous as everyone is making it out to be. it certainly isn’t great, but i laughed out loud once or twice, which is promising at the least. i also like the premise of two moms contending with wretched bullies for daughters. also—is it really worse than most of the comedies cbs airs/aired? 2 1/2 men? king of queens? yes, dear?

  9. Jess says:

    I didn’t think it was the best comedy pilot ever (that title goes to the pilot of Arrested Development) but it DEFINITELY wasn’t the worst. I’ll probably stick around with it for a couple of episode and see if it gets better. If it gets progressively worse like the other FOX freshman comedy (starts with “New” and ends with “Girl”), then it’ll be cancellation for sure.

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