Although "Modern Family
" reigned as Wednesday night's top program in most key measures, big drops for "Suburgatory
" and "Nashville
" took some of the luster off of ABC's numbers and helped CBS win the night.
Meanwhile, The CW got a good week-to-week holds (especially in its target demos) from "Arrow
" and "Supernatural
[Due to last night's FOX programming misadventures
, there's basically no point in trying to figure out who watched anything on FOX on Wednesday night.]
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 2.7 rating for Wednesday night, edging out ABC's 2.6 rating in the key demographic. FOX averaged a 2.1 rating to top the 1.5 rating for NBC. The CW was competitive with a 1.1 key demo rating for the night.
Overall, CBS averaged an estimated 10.81 million viewers and a 6.9 rating/11 share for Wednesday primetime. ABC's 5.1/8 and 8.01 million viewers followed in second. FOX's 3.6/6 and 6.02 million viewers beat the 5.42 million viewers and 3.6/6 for NBC. The CW averaged a 1.7/3 and 2.83 million viewers.
8 p.m. -
: Philippines" started primetime in first for CBS, averaging 10.11 million viewers and a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49, capitalizing on the FOX chaos for week-to-week growth. ABC was second with "The Middle
" (8.345 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo) and "The Neighbors
" (6.5 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating), which both added a few viewers. Whatever FOX aired in the hour averaged 5.17 million viewers and a 1.8 key demo rating. NBC was fourth overall and fifth in the key demo with "Animal Practice" (3.8 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo) and "Guys with Kids" (4.29 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo). The CW's "Arrow" dropped to 3.48 million viewers in its second airing, but remained steady with a 1.3 key demo rating, even rising slightly in a couple young male demos.
9 p.m. - "Criminal Minds" won the 9 p.m. hour overall for CBS with 11.775 million viewers and finished second with a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49. ABC was second overall and won the key demo with "Modern Family" (12.14 million viewers and a 4.6 key demo rating) and the return of "Suburgatory" (7.8 million and a 2.8 key demo rating). [Obviously that's a big and problematic drop for "Suburgatory," but ABC presumably hopes that as a returning show, it'll remain more steady in upcoming weeks than a newer show might.] Whatever FOX aired for the hour averaged 6.87 million viewers and a 2.4 key demo rating in third. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" averaged 6.31 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating. On The CW, "Supernatural" averaged 2.185 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating, like "Arrow" losing viewers, but remaining steady in the demo.
10 p.m. - CBS finished its overall primetime sweep with 10.56 million viewers for "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," which also won the hour with a 2.4 key demo rating. ABC's "Nashville" took a big drop in its second week with 6.75 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo rating (and it was down to 6.395 million and a 1.9 key demo in its second half-hour). NBC's "Chicago Fire" averaged 5,91 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating in third, down from its premiere in both measures.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.
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