A.J. Cook of 'Criminal Minds'
Younger viewers seemed distracted on Wednesday night, as "Survivor
," "Modern Family
" and "Criminal Minds
" all took big drops in the 18-49 demographic, while either gaining or remaining relatively stable in total viewers. The night's results weren't impacted very much, as CBS stayed on top overall and in the demo.
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 3.2 rating, beating the 2.9 rating for FOX in the key age range. NBC was third with a 2.5 rating and ABC's 2.4 rating was close behind. The CW finished fifth with a 1.1 rating.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 12.32 million viewers to go with a 7.5 rating/13 share. NBC was second with a 5.7/10 and 8.95 million viewers. ABC's 7.29 million viewers and a 4.7/8 finished third. FOX was fourth with 6.31 million viewers and a 3.7/6, while The CW's 1.7/3 and 2.58 million viewers finished fifth.
CBS' "Survivor: Nicaragua" started the night in first with 12.16 million viewers and a 3.4 demo rating (off from a 4.0 demo rating last week). ABC's "The Middle" (8.33 million) and "Better With You" (7.06 million) were down slightly from last week, but finished second overall. NBC's "Undercovers
" averaged 7.08 million viewers, down by nearly 1.5 million viewers from last week, and a 1.6 demo rating, good for a distant fourth on the hour. FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" averaged 6 million viewers overall, but finished second in the demo with a 2.8 demo rating. On The CW, "America's Next Top Model
" averaged 2.9 million viewers, slightly up from last week, and a 1.3 demo rating.
"Criminal Minds" was up from last week in viewers with 14.41 million, but down in the demo. ABC's "Modern Family" (11.88 million viewers and a 4.5 demo rating) and "Cougar Town
" (7.075 million and a 2.9 demo rating) were second overall and won the hour in the demo. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" had 9.25 million viewers and finished a close fourth in the demo. FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" was fourth overall with 6.6 million viewers and third in the demo. On The CW, "Hellcats
" averaged 2.25 million viewers for fifth.
"Law & Order: Los Angeles" premiered with 10.52 million viewers and a 3.1 demo rating, both tops for the hour, though the demo number was lower than what "SVU" did in the 10 p.m. hour last week. CBS' "The Defenders
" slipped to 10.38 million viewers in its second week. On ABC, "The Whole Truth" had 4.69 million viewers and a 1.3 demo rating for 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.