TV ratings: Kennedy Center Honors and 'Criminal Minds' give CBS a victory Wednesday

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kennedy-center-honors-2012-ratings.JPGFast National ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012

CBS' broadcast of the annual Kennedy Center Honors -- the only non-repeat on the broadcast networks Wednesday night -- helped the network score a ratings win. The special's total-viewer count was down a little bit from last year, but its adults 18-49 rating improved. A "Criminal Minds" repeat also did pretty well for the network.

CBS averaged 8.3 million viewers and a 5.2 rating/9 share in households for the night, winning the evening by a wide margin over second-place NBC (4.3 million, 2.7/5). ABC (3.9 million, 2.5/4) came in third. The CW (1.6 million, 1.0/2) edged FOX (1.5 million, 1.0/2) for fourth.

The Eye scored a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 to lead the demographic race. NBC's 1.1 was good for second, while ABC was third at 1.0. FOX posted a 0.7 and The CW a 0.4.

Photo/Video credit: CBS