Fast Nation ratings
for Wednesday, September 21, 2011.
FOX will spin Wednesday premiere numbers for "The X Fact
or" in all manner of positive directions, but the Simon Cowell-fronted talent show failed to deliver a massive audience and got royally trounced by ABC's "Modern Family
" in its second hour.
Still, FOX narrowly won Wednesday among young viewers, though second-place ABC also got encouraging returns for "Revenge" and "The Middle."
On the negative side, NBC's "Free Agents" has become a confirmed dud after only two episodes and viewers largely rejected the retooled return of "Harry's Law," while The CW's "America's Next Top Model
" and "H8r" continued to slip.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 4.2 rating for the night, edging out the 4.1 rating for ABC in the key demographic. CBS was a competitive third with a 3.5 rating, with a big drop to NBC's 1.8 rating. The CW trailed with a 0.6 rating for the night.
Overall, though, CBS won the night, averaging 12.34 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/12 share. FOX was a close second with a 7.2/11 and 12.14 million viewers, with ABC's 7.0/11 and 11.36 million viewers close behind. NBC was a distant fourth with a 4.4/7 and 6.62 million viewers. The CW averaged a 0.9/1 and 1.32 million viewers.
8 p.m. -
Primetime began with "The X Factor" in first with 11.72 million viewers and a 4.0 rating among adults 18-49, decent numbers by most standards, but far below "Idol" numbers and even below many of the nights for NBC's similar "The Voice." CBS was second with "Survivor
: South Pacific," which delivered a steady 10.355 million viewers and a 3.1 rating in the key demo. ABC's "The Middle" launched its third season well with 9.64 million viewers and a 3.0 key demo rating. NBC was a good deal less enthusiastic about "Up All Night" (6.04 million viewers and a 2.3 key demo rating) and "Free Agents" (3.86 million and a 1.3 key demo rating). On The CW, "H8r" averaged 1.09 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
9 p.m. -
"Modern Family" stormed into first for the 9 p.m. hour with 14.29 million viewers and a huge 6.0 rating among adults 18-49. CBS' "Criminal Minds
" premiere was a close second overall with 14.07 million viewers and a respectable third in the key demo with a 4.1 rating. FOX's "X Factor" was up to 12.56 million viewers and a 4.4 key demo rating in its second hour. On NBC, "Harry's Law" averaged nearly 7.3 million viewers and a wicked low 1.2 key demo rating. The CW's "America's Next Top Model" slumped to 1.56 million viewers in its second week.
10 p.m. -
CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
" moved to its new night with new lead Ted Danson and won the 10 p.m. hour overall with 12.59 million viewers, coming in second with a 3.1 key demo rating. ABC's "Revenge" squandered a lot of its lead-in but still premiered encouragingly with 10.15 million viewers and an hour-winning 3.4 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" averaged 7.6 million viewers and a 2.3 key demo rating in third.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.