TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Modern Family,' Down, but Tops ; 'Human Target' Returns Weakly; Defenders, Law & Orders Rise

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November 18th, 2010

Scoreboard CBS ABC FOX NBC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.0/9 2.6/8 2.2/6 1.9/5 1.6/5 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/6 2.2/7 1.8/6 1.4/4 1.7/5 1.1/3
Total Viewers (million) 11.890 7.277 6.245 7.390 3.883 2.28

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CBS won the night both with adults 18-49 and total viewers.  Modern Family returned down 0.1 from its last original two weeks ago to a 4.7 adults 18-49 rating.  Human Target returned below a 2.0, with a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating that will put it into the discussion with Fringe and Lie To Me about which shows won't be back.  Not sure it's much of a silver lining, but Human Target was actually up a tenth from its Wednesday 8pm season finale last April.

The Defenders and Law & Order: SVU were both up 0.1 with adults 18-49 vs. last week.  Law & Order: Los Angeles was up 0.2, to a 1.9 rating, tying with The Defenders.

CBS rebounded a bit versus last week (when its lineup aired against the CMA Awards on ABC rather than the comedies) with Survivor up 9% versus last week's season low, to a 3.5 rating with adults 18-49.  Criminal Minds was up 19% to a 3.7 rating,

Other than Cougar Town, which was flat, ABC's comedy lineup was all down slightly versus their last originals with The Middle down 3%, Better With You down 8% and Modern Family down 2% with adults 18-49.  People Magazine's: Sexiest Man Alive scored a 1.5 rating with adults 18-49.

The "Royal Love Story" Dateline special out-performed Undercovers by 33% (1.6 vs. 1.2) with adults 18-49.

Hell's Kitchen scored a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, which was even with last week (last week it was a two hour average).

Hellcats was up a bit in viewers, but flat with CW's target women 18-34 demo with a 1.7 rating.  CW still has something to cheer about, last week's W18-34 numbers for Hellcats were its best in 5 weeks.  Better to be flat than down...

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, November 17, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Nicaragua 3.5/10 12.01
ABC The Middle 2.8/9 9.19
FOX Human Target (Premiere) 1.8/5 6.62
NBC Dateline: William & Kate: A Royal Love Story 1.6/5 6.70
CW America's Next Top Model 1.1/3 2.50
8:30 ABC Better With You 2.3/7 7.03
9:00 ABC Modern Family 4.7/13 12.00
CBS Criminal Minds 3.7/10 14.29
FOX Hells Kitchen 2.6/7 5.87
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2.1/6 7.63
CW Hellcats 0.9/2 2.06
9:30 ABC Cougar Town 3.0/8 7.13
10:00 CBS The Defenders 1.9/6 9.37
NBC Law & Order: Los Angeles 1.9/6 7.84
ABC 25 Years of Sexy: People's Sexiest Man Alive 1.5/5 4.16

Via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.3/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; "Late Show," 0.8/3; "Nightline," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/6 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.7/5 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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