Wednesday's "Modern Family"
With "Modern Family
" delivering Wednesday's best numbers among young viewers and "Criminal Minds
" drawing the biggest audience, it was no surprise to see ABC and CBS battling for Wednesday's ratings crowns.
It also wasn't surprising to see NBC's "Ironside
" dip ever-closer to cancellation in its second week, nor to see ABC's "Super Fun Night
" take a rather large dip in its second airing.
Most of Wednesday's TV offerings posted small declines, with "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" having one of the bigger drops and ABC's "The Middle
" serving as one of the exceptions with a small audience gain.
Meanwhile, the second season premiere of "Arrow
" basically equalled its May finale in both viewers and in the key demo, giving a solid lead-in for "The Tomorrow People
," which retained well in its debut.
On to the numbers...
Among adults 18-49, ABC and CBS both averaged a 2.3 rating for Wednesday night, edging out FOX's 2.2 rating in the key demographic. NBC was fourth for the night with a 1.4 key demo rating, while The CW had a 0.9 key demo rating.
Overall, though, CBS was on top alone with 9.71 million viewers and a 6.2 rating/10 share for Wednesday night, beating ABC's 4.6/8 and 7.23 million viewers. FOX was a close third with 7.14 million viewers and a 4.4/7, with NBC's 3.7/6 and 5.61 million viewers good for fourth. The CW averaged a 1.6/3 and 2.51 million viewers for Wednesday.
[Univision got its ratings in early this morning and averaged 3.11 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 for Wednesday night.]
8 p.m. -
: Blood vs. Water" was down a little from last week with 9.46 million viewers and a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49, but still won the 8 p.m. hour for CBS. ABC was second in viewers and third in the key demo with "The Middle" and "Back in the Game
." FOX's "The X Factor
" averaged 6.62 million viewers for third and a 2.1 key demo rating for second, beating the 5.37 million viewers and 1.5 key demo rating for NBC's "Revolution
." On The CW, "Arrow" averaged 2.68 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - "Criminal Minds" kept CBS in first overall in the 9 p.m. hour with 10.9 million viewers, finishing second with a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49. ABC won the hour in the key demo and finished second overall with "Modern Family" and "Super Fun Night." FOX finished third as "The X Factor" rose to 7.665 million viewers and a 2.3 key demo rating in its second hour, well ahead of the 6.24 million viewers and 1.6 key demo rating for NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," which fell 20 percent from last week and has fallen nearly a full ratings point from its premiere. The CW's "Tomorrow People" averaged 2.335 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating in its series premiere.
10 p.m. -
: Crime Scene Investigation" won the 10 p.m. hour with a low 8.78 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, well ahead of the 5.86 million viewers and 1.7 key demo rating for ABC's "Nashville
." NBC's "Ironside" averaged 5.23 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo rating for the hour, coming in below "Arrow" among adults 18-34. [By fudging the numbers, NBC prefers to emphasize that the "Ironside" drop was the smallest in ratings points -- not percentages -- of any network show this fall, but that's only true if you compare last week's Finals, in which "Ironside" dropped from a 1.4 to a 1.3 to this morning's Fast Nationals.]
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
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