Only ABC was all new in broadcast Wednesday and it easily topped the adults 18-49 ratings and total viewership on the night. With its shows returning with new episodes for the first time since 12/7/11, The Middle had a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, up 7% vs. a 2.8 for its last new episode. Suburgatory drew a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, up 4% vs. a series low 2.8 for its last new episode. Modern Family had a 5.6 adults 18-49 rating, up 10% vs. a season low 5.1 for its last new episode. Happy Endings notched a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, up 18% vs. a season low 2.8 rating for its last new episode. Revenge had a 2.5 adults 18-49, up 4% vs. a series low 2.4 rating for its last new episode.

Fox’s Mobbed premiere drew just a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 20%  vs. a 1.5 rating in its November 23 “special” airing.

CBS’ special I Get That A Lot had a 2.3 adults 18-49, that was up 15% vs. the last time it aired a regular episode on 5/19/10.

NBC and the CW were all repeats.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, January 4, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC The Middle 3.0 9 9.953
CBS I Get That A Lot (special) 2.3 6 8.322
NBC Up All Night -R 1.0 3 3.515
FOX Glee -R 0.8 2 2.351
CW The Secret Circle -R 0.3 1 0.971
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory 2.9 8 8.726
NBC Whitney -R 1.0 3 3.142
9:00PM ABC Modern Family 5.6 14 13.982
CBS Criminal Minds -R 2.0 5 8.214
FOX Mobbed 1.2 3 3.024
NBC Harry’s Law -R 0.8 2 4.456
CW The Secret Circle -R 0.3 1 0.838
9:30PM ABC Happy Endings 3.3 8 7.729
10:00PM ABC Revenge 2.5 7 7.956
CBS CSI -R 1.7 5 8.060
NBC Law & Order: SVU -R 1.1 3 3.724

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,” 2.6/6; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.6/6; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.1/7; 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,” 0.6/3; “Nightline,” 1.1/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/4). 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 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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

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