Critics might dislike Fox’s new comedy (one dubbed it a “shrieky nightmare”), but I Hate My Teenage Daughter got off to a good start in the ratings Wednesday night, while NBC’s long-suffering Harry’s Law received a welcome boost.
Fox’s 90-minute X Factor (3.7 adults 18-49 rating) was steady with its last Wednesday airing two weeks ago and gave a strong lead-in to the series debut of Teenage Daughter (6.8 million viewers, 2.8 in the demo) at 9:30 p.m. The comedy was up 47 percent from the premiere of last year’s Traffic Light in the slot. That ABC’s comedy block was in repeats probably helped both shows.
Meanwhile CBS aired Survivor (10.9 million, 3.1), dipping 6 percent this week, and the Grammy Nominations Concert Live (5.6 million, 1.9), up 12 percent. CBS loves the concert’s ratings growth (pulling a decent number with a special that promotes your awards show — it’s such a win-win that it’s almost like cheating), but it’s funny that all the high-powered singing talent like Lady Gaga and Rihanna couldn’t hold a candle to the previous night’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
NBC had its annual Christmas in Rockerfeller Center (9.4 million, 1.8) which probably served up a compatible audience for Harry’s Law (9.9 million, 1.4). The legal drama rose 27 percent from its last original episode back in November to hit a season high, while Law & Order: SVU (9.8 million, 2.2) perked up 16 percent (again, ABC in repeats likely helped too).