Ratings: Barbara Walters' List Proves Much Less Fascinating, CSI Surges

Barbara Walters’ presentation of this year’s Most Fascinating People proved to be about a third less fascinating than the 2010 crop, at least based on ratings.

Averaging 8.34 million total viewers and a 2.3 demo rating over its 90-minute run, the ABC special was down a full 30 percent versus a year ago. (For those put off by the Kardashianness of it all, you may wish to know that the late Steve Jobs rightfully nabbed the No. 1 spot.)

Elsewhere on Wednesday:

* The penultimate episode of Survivor: South Pacific (10.7 mil/3.1) dipped a few percentage points week-to-week, matching its season low.

* The X Factor‘s Top 4 performance show (10.7 mil/3.3) was pretty much flat. I Hate My Teenage Daughter (5.3 mil/1.9) dropped another 10 percent in the demo.

* Of the CBS procedurals, Criminal Minds held steady at 12.7 mil/3.4 (and was the night’s most-watched program), while CSI (12.1 mil/3.0) gained 9 and 18 percent, respectively, to cop its best demo rating since Week 2 and its biggest audience since the season opener.