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TV Ratings Wednesday: Steady 'X Factor' Leads Fox Win, As 'Modern Family,' 'Harry's Law' & 'Law & Order: SVU' See Lows

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November 17th, 2011

Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS Uni NBC CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.8/10 3.3/9 3.2/8 1.7/4 1.5/4 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.4/10 2.8/8 1.9/6 1.9/6 1.2/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 11.180 8.861 11.523 3.948 6.249 1.524


The X Factor was even with last week's 3.8 adults 19-49 rating, and that was enough to put Fox on top of the night's adults 18-49 ratings.

With ABC back to its normal Wednesday line up the week off didn't do it any favors, and The Middle fell 3% vs. its last new episode two weeks ago to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. Suburgatory also fell, down 10% to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Modern Family dropped 4% to a season low 5.5 adults 18-49 rating. Happy Endings was down 6% to a 3.2  adults 18-49 rating. Revenge dipped 13% to a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.

After being smacked a bit by the CMAs last week, CBS was up across the board as Survivor rose a tenth of a point vs. last week to a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating. Criminal Minds got a nice bump, up three tenths (9%) vs. last week to a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating. CSI was up a tenth of a point vs. last week to a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.

NBC's Up All Night rose 6% vs. last week to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Harry's Law dropped 15% to a season low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Law & Order: SVU was steady with last week's season low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

CW's America's Next Top Model was even with last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, November 16, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX The X Factor (8-10p) 3.8 10 11.180
CBS Survivor: South Pacific 3.3 9 11.520
ABC The Middle 2.9 9 9.139
NBC Up All Night 1.9 5 4.821
CW America's Next Top Model -R 0.4 1 1.188
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8:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.8 8 8.127
NBC Up All Night -R 1.4 4 3.864
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9:00PM ABC Modern Family 5.5 14 12.883
CBS Criminal Minds 3.7 9 12.544
NBC Harry's Law 1.1 3 7.151
CW America's Next Top Model 0.8 2 1.861
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9:30PM ABC Happy Endings 3.2 8 7.105
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10:00PM CBS CSI 2.6 7 10.506
ABC Revenge 2.6 7 7.954
NBC Law & Order: SVU 1.9 5 7.255

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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," 3.3/9; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.8/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.3/8; 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,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.9/4; "Nightline," 1.2/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/4.

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" (1.3/5). 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 1.1/5 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 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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