The two-hour season finale of Fox’s Terra Nova (2.2/6 in adults 18-49, 7.2 million viewers) was up a tenth (5%) among adults 18-49 from last week’s series low and up 4% in total viewers. The performance didn’t boost the prehistoric drama’s renewal chances — but it didn’t hurt them either. With Terra Nova, Fox (2.2/6, 7.2 million) finished No. 1 for the night in adults 18-49. In the fast nationals, Fox is tied with CBS (2.2/6, 7.4 million) among 18-49, but CBS’ numbers may have been inflated by a local NFL pre-emption in San Francisco. CBS aired all reruns, with 2 Broke Girls (2.7/7, 7.7 million) ranking as the top program of the night in 18-49, a great accomplishment for the rookie comedy. Two And A Half Men (2.5/6, 8.5 million) was tops in total viewers.

The highest-rated original (in 18-49) last night was NBC’s Fear Factor (2.4/6, 6.3 million) at 9 PM, which tumbled from its solid two-hour premiere last week. Compared with the 9 PM episode last week, the reality series was down 31%; versus the 8 PM one, it was down 23%. NBC launched a new game show at 8 PM, Who’s Still Standing? (1.5/4), which was down 52% from what the 8 PM premiere of Fear Factor did last week. Rock Center With Brian Williams (1.2/3) continues to grow with Fear Factor as lead-in, up 9% from last week to a series high.

ABC aired specials and repeats surrounding low-rated new game show You Deserve It! (1.1/3), which was up 22% from last week, though its rating may have been inflated by an NFL pre-emption in Pittsburgh. It was the second-lowest-rated program on the Big 4 last night ahead of a Castle repeat (1.0).

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Terra Nova's previous episodes have been a bit stale, but I thought the finale was FANTASTIC. A...
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...and "Rock Center With Brian Williams" continues to grow???? ...with a 1.2/3 that's incredible spin. When your...
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Love terra nova they better keep it awesome show awesome actors people are missin out

In addition to distractions from the coming holidays, the broadcast networks also had to deal with a highly rated football game on ESPN. The Steelers-49ers match-up averaged a big 10.8 rating in the metered markets, up 35% from last week.