katy perry barbara walters TV ratings: 'X Factor' steady Wednesday, viewers not fascinated with Barbara Walters specialFast National ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011

CBS scored a ratings victory Wednesday as both “Criminal Minds” and “CSI” improved on their numbers from last week. “The X Factor” was pretty much even, but Barbara Walters’ annual “Most Fascinating People” special was down significantly from last year for ABC.

CBS drew 11.9 million viewers and a 7.3 rating/12 share in households for the night, beating FOX’s 9.3 million, and 5.6/9. ABC (7.2 million, 4.8/8) came in third. NBC finished fourth with just under 4 million viewers and a 2.7/4, and The CW trailed with 1.4 million viewers and a 1.0/2.

CBS also won the adults 18-49 race with a 3.1 rating. FOX was right behind with a 3.0. ABC took third with a 2.1, while neither NBC (1.0) nor The CW (0.5) made much of an impact.

]]>8 p.m. CBS: “Survivor: South Pacific” (10.7 million viewers, 6.4/10 households)
FOX: “The X Factor” (10.3 million, 6.2/10)
ABC: “The Middle” rerun (6.2 million, 4.0/7)/”Suburgatory” rerun (5.2 million, 3.4/5)
NBC: “Up All Night” rerun (3.7 million, 2.4/4)/”Whitney” rerun (3.3 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” rerun (1.3 million, 0.8/1) 18-49 leader: “The X Factor” (3.2) 9 p.m. CBS: “Criminal Minds” (12.7 million, 7.8/12)
FOX: “The X Factor” (11.4 million, 6.7/10)/”I Hate My Teenage Daughter” (5.25 million, 3.3/5)
ABC: “Modern Family” rerun (6.6 million, 4.2/7)/Special – “Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011” (8.1 million, 5.5/9)
NBC: “Harry’s Law” rerun (4.3 million, 2.9/5)
The CW: “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” rerun (1.6 million, 1.1/2) 18-49 leader: “The X Factor” (3.7) 10 p.m. CBS: “CSI” (12.1 million, 7.6/12)
ABC: “Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011” (8.45 million, 5.9/10)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” rerun (4.4 million, 3.0/5) 18-49 leader: “CSI” (3.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable