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TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Suburgatory' Gets A Good Start; 'X Factor' Leads Fox Win, As Post-Premiere Declines Vary

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September 29th, 2011


Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS Uni NBC CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 3.9/11 3.3/9 3.3/9 1.8/5 1.6/4 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.2/10 2.9/9 1.9/6 1.9/5 1.2/3 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 11.514 9.345 11.575 4.095 6.270 1.569

The X Factor's 3.9 adults 18-49 rating was enough to lift Fox on top of the adults 18-49 ratings for the night, but it was down 11% from last week's premiere Wednesday.

Again, post-premiere ratings declines varied, and for the second time this week NBC was beaten by Univision among adults 18-49. Yikes.

NBC's Up All Night 2.1 adults 18-49 rating was down 13% from last week. Free Agents fell 23% to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating (it may beat The Playboy Club off the air). Harry's Law stayed steady vs. last week, and low, at just a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Law & Order: SVU's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating was down 17% from its premiere last week. 2.4

ABC's The Middle was down 16% from its premiere to a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. The series premiere of Suburgatory drew a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, up 27% vs. the premiere of Better With You last Fall. Our polled readers were too pessimistic. Modern Family slipped just a big, down 8% to a 5.6 adults 18-49 rating. The season premiere of Happy Endings scored a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 6% from last season's Cougar Town premiere on the same night last Fall. avg. Revenge's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating fell 18% from last week's premiere.

CBS's Survivor: South Pacific 3.1 adults 18-49 rating was down 3% vs. last week. Criminal Minds' was down 12% from its premiere to a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating. CSI fell just 6% from its premiere to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating.

CW's H8R was up 50% (0.2!) ratings points from last week to a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating. America's Next Top Model was up a tenth from last week to a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, September 28, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX The X Factor (8-10p) 3.9 11  11,514
CBS Survivor: South Pacific 3.1 9  10,459
ABC The Middle 2.6 8  8,552
NBC Up All Night 2.1 6  5,344
CW H8R 0.6 2  1,427
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8:30PM ABC Suburgatory (premiere) 3.3 9  9,805
NBC Free Agents 1.0 3  3,107
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9:00PM ABC Modern Family 5.6 14  13,237
CBS Criminal Minds 3.6 9  12,623
NBC Harry's Law 1.2 3  7,443
CW America's Next Top Model 0.8 2  1,711
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9:30PM ABC Happy Endings (premiere) 3.2 8  7,376
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10:00PM CBS CSI 3.0 8  11,643
ABC Revenge 2.7 7  8,550
NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.0 5  7,141

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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," 2.7/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.1/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated. Starting with data for Mon 3/28/11, all program ratings will now include multiple viewings of a telecast on a DVR. Previously only the first viewing was counted. HUT/PUT will now consist of Live TV viewing and DVR playback at time of play. Previously, HUT/PUT consisted of live viewing and DVR playback credited to time of live telecast.Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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