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TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Modern Family' Tops Night, But 'The X Factor' Paces Fox Win; 'Revenge' Slips; Survivor Sees Lows

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October 6th, 2011

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC Uni NBC CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.5/10 3.3/9 3.2/9 1.7/4 1.6/4 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.9/9 2.1/6 2.7/8 1.9/6 1.3/4 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 10.200 11.898 8.907 3.698 6.856 1.413

Fox won the night with adults 18-49. Last night's 90 minute installment of The X Factor was down 5% versus last week's two hour installment to a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating. but note, last week saw an adjustment of 0.2 in the finals, so it's quite possible The X Factorwill be steady week over week when all is said and done. Also, versus last week from 8-9:30p, The X Factor retained 100% of its rating among adults 18-49. The special airing of Raising Hope that aired at 9:30 fell flat though with a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, that's down from Tuesday night's 2.9 rating in its normal time slot.

Over on ABC, Modern Family scored a night-topping 5.6 adults 18-49 rating, down a tenth from last week (though like 'The X Factor' it was up a tenth in the finals last week). In its second week Suburgatory slipped 9% to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. At 8pm The Middle was steady with a 2.7 rating. Happy Endings was down 6% to a 2.9 rating and Revenge fell another 7% to a 2.5 rating.

CBS's Survivor saw a series low for a regular telecast with a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, but Criminal Minds was up 6% to a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating. CSI was down 6% to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Over on NBC, Up All Night was up a tenth versus last week to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, but the woefully rated Free Agents was steady with a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Update: NBC has canceled Free Agents.  Harry's Law was also steady with a not-quite-as-woeful-as-Free-Agents (but still woeful!) 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. At 10pm Law & Order: SVU was flat week over week with another 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

CW's H8R fell another 0.2 to a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, but America's Next Top Model was steady with a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Finally, a very melancholy happy trails to Steve Jobs.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, October 5, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 FOX The X Factor 3.7/11 11.16
CBS Survivor: South Pacific 3.1/9 10.54
ABC The Middle 2.7/9 9.01
NBC Up All Night 2.2/7 5.65
CW H8R 0.4/1 1.15
8:30 ABC Suburgatory 3.0/8 9.05
NBC Free Agents 1.0/3 3.28
9:00 ABC Modern Family 5.6/14 13.08
FOX The X Factor (9-9:30) 4.3/11 12.29
CBS Criminal Minds 3.8/10 13.34
NBC Harry's Law 1.2/3 8.22
CW America's Next Top Model 0.8/2 1.68
9:30 ABC Happy Endings 2.9/7 6.92
FOX Raising Hope 2.3/6 6.19
10:00 CBS CSI 2.9/8 11.81
ABC Revenge 2.5/7 7.69
NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.1/5 7.88

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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," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.9/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.4/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.8/4; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.4/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.5/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/4 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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