On one hand, ABC's decision to air a full slate of original scripted programming on Thanksgiving Eve led to season-low ratings for that full slate. On the other hand, those new episodes of "The Middle
," "Modern Family
," "Happy Endings
" and "Revenge" paced easy Wednesday ratings wins in most measures.
Among adults 18-49, ABC won the night with a 2.7 rating, comfortably topping FOX's 2.0 rating in the key demographic. CBS' 1.8 rating and the 1.2 rating for NBC followed, while The CW trailed with a 0.4 rating.
Overall, ABC averaged an estimated 8.62 million viewers in primetime to go with a 5.2 rating/9 share. CBS was second with a 4.8/8 and 7.78 million viewers, followed by FOX's 4.07 and 6.6 million viewers. NBC's 2.4/4 and 3.68 million viewers finished fourth, while The CW's 0.6/1 and 928,000 viewers trailed.
8 p.m. -
ABC started primetime in first overall and tied for first in the key demo with "The Middle" (9.09 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo rating) and "Suburgatory" (8.315 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo). FOX's "The X Factor
" drew 8.51 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo rating for its latest results show. CBS was third with 7.85 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating for a "Survivor
: South Pacific" clip show. There was a big drop to NBC's new "Up All Night" (4.33 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo) and an "Up All Night" repeat (2.99 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating). The CW's "America's Next Top Model
" repeat averaged 863,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - "Modern Family" (12.65 million viewers and a 4.5 key demo rating) delivered the night's biggest ratings in all measures, while "Happy Endings" (7.22 million and a 2.7 key demo rating) still won its half-hour in the key demo for ABC. A repeat of "Criminal Minds" was a solid second for the hour with 8.23 million viewers and a 1.8 key demo rating. FOX's "Mobbed" special averaged nearly 4.7 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating, far below the retention of the first "Mobbed" special. NBC was fourth with a "Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now?" special, which averaged 3.67 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating. The CW's "America's Next Top Model" clip show averaged 992,000 viewers.
10 p.m. - CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" repeat averaged 7.26 million viewers to narrowly win the 10 p.m. hour overall, coming in second with a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Revenge" was a close second with 7.235 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.1 key demo rating. NBC's "Biggest Loser" special averaged 3.71 million viewers and a 1.3 key demo rating in its second hour.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.