On a fairly typical Wednesday, FOX's "X Factor" led the network to a win among young viewers, while "Criminal Minds
" paced another slim CBS advantage overall, but it was still ABC that had the night's top program in most measures with "Modern Family
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 3.8 rating for the night, tops in the key demographic. ABC was second with a 3.3 rating, followed closely by CBS' 3.2 rating. There was a big drop to NBC's 1.5 rating and then to the 0.6 rating for The CW.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 11.52 million viewers and a 7.2 rating/11 share in primetime, edging out FOX's 6.5/10 and 11.19 million viewers. ABC was third with a 5.6/9 and 8.86 million viewers, topping the 4.2/7 and 6.25 million viewers for NBC. The CW averaged a 1.0/2 and 1.52 million viewers.
8 p.m. -
CBS started primetime in first with 11.52 million viewers for "Survivor
: South Pacific," which finished second among adults 18-49 with a 3.3 rating. FOX's "The X Factor
," up from last week's showing against the CMA Awards, averaged 10.87 million viewers and won the hour with a 3.6 key demo rating. ABC's "The Middle
" (9.14 million viewers and a 2.9 key demo) and a low week for "Suburgatory
" (8.13 million and a 2.8 key demo) were third. NBC was fourth with a new "Up All Night" (4.82 million and a 1.9 key demo) and an "Up All Night" repeat (3.86 million and a 1.4 key demo rating). The CW's "America's Next Top Model
" repeat averaged 1.19 million viewers.
9 p.m. -
"Criminal Minds" won the 9 p.m. hour overall for CBS With 12.54 million viewers and finished a strong third among adults 18-49 with a 3.7 rating. FOX was second with the 11.47 million viewers and 4.0 key demo rating for "The X Factor." ABC's "Modern Family" (12.88 million viewers and a 5.5 key demo rating) won its half-hour, while "Happy Endings
" (7.105 million and a 3.2 key demo rating) was down from its last original episode. "Harry's Law" gave NBC 7.15 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo rating. On The CW, "America's Next Top Model" averaged 1.86 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating.
10 p.m. -
CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
" won the 10 p.m. hour overall with 10.51 million viewers and averaged a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Revenge" 7.95 million viewers and a 2.6 key demo rating (actually a 2.65, for a slim edge over "CSI"), though it was also down from its last episode. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" averaged 7.255 million viewers for its most-watched episode in weeks, but only a 1.9 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.