Although they dropped in Week Two, ABC's "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" held onto much of their audience, combining with two new comedies for a strong Wednesday night block, though "Eastwick" took a drop in its second week.
Among adults 18-49, FOX and CBS tied for first with a 3.0 rating. ABC's 2.8 rating was close behind. NBC was fourth in the key demographic with a 2.1 rating, still far ahead of the 1.0 rating for The CW.
Overall, CBS was in control, averaging an estimated 11.2 million viewers to go with a 7.2 rating/12 share. ABC was well back in second with a 5.2/9. NBC's 4.7/8 and the 4.2/7 for FOX followed. The CW's 1.5/2 was fifth.
ABC started the night in first with the premieres of "Hank" and "The Middle," which both averaged a 5.4/9, to go with a 2.3 demo rating. While lower than last week's ABC comedy premieres, the numbers are still far better than anything ABC was getting from a comedy block last season.
NBC's "Mercy" was second in the 8 p.m. hour with a 4.8/8, topping CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Gary Unmarried" in third. FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" was fourth with a 4.0/7, but won the hour in the 18-49 demo with a 2.7 rating. The CW's "America's Next Top Model" hit a season high with a 2.3/4.
CBS moved into first at 9 p.m. with an 8.6/14 for "Criminal Mind." ABC's "Modern Family (6.0/10) and "Cougar Town" (5.7/9) were second overall and won the demo with a 3.7 rating. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" had a 5.3/8 for third. FOX was fourth with a 4.4/7 for "Glee," which also had a 3.2 rating in the demo. The CW's "Melrose Place" encore was fifth.
At 10 p.m. CBS got an 8.4/15 from "CSI: NY." ABC's "Eastwick" was down to a 4.4/8 in its second week, still edging out NBC's "The Jay Leno Show."
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.