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).
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.