Broadcast television ratings were depressed across the board last night, likely due to the usual decrease in viewing levels as the holidays approach. On FOX, HUMAN TARGET posted a 1.6/5 among Adults 18-49, the same rating as last week. At 9pm, HELL’S KITCHEN delivered a 2.3/6 among Adults 18-49, down from last week’s telecast (-12%, 2.6/7)
On ABC, The Middle (2.5/7) was down -11% from its last original (11/17/2010) and matched its lowest original performance this season. Better With You (2.2/6) was down -4% week over week. Modern Family (4.1/11) and Cougar Town (2.6/7) both hit season lows, down -15% and -13%, respectively, from their last regular originals. From 10-11p, repeats of Modern Family (1.9/5) and Cougar Town (1.3/4) closed out the night.
On CBS, Survivor: Nicaragua (3.6/10) was flat with last week, while Criminal Minds (3.5/9) was down -8%. At 10p, new series The Defenders (2.0/6) closed the night up +5% week over week but down -13% from its prior season average (2.3/7). Through ten original telecasts, The Defenders is -31% below CSI: NY’s year-ago performance in the time period (2.2/7 vs. 3.2/9).
From 8-10p, night two of NBC’s Sing-Off delivered a 2.6/7, flat with its night two performance last year (on 12/15/2010) and down -7% from its night one performance on Monday (2.8/7). A repeat Law & Order: SVU followed with a 1.8/5.
Live+Same Day Nielsen Ratings