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On a Wednesday night when most shows were fairly close to their ratings from a week ago, The Defenders was up, both Law & Orders were way down, and the 20/20 Chilean Miner special far out-rated last week’s The Whole Truth.

Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen hit 100 episodes last night, but it’s ratings were identical to last week’s 3.1 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC results for the night were up and down, but close to flat overall. The Middle was down 4% to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Better With You fell 9% to a series low 2.1 rating. Modern Family was up 2% to a 4.7 rating, and Cougar Town was up 7% to a 3.2 rating. The 20/20 Chilean miner special at 10pm scored a 1.8 rating, 38% better than last week’s The Whole Truth. Perhaps next week, ABC will run a repeat of the miner rescue.

While Undercovers was even with last week’s series dooming 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, the Law & Orders got smacked. Law & Order: SVU fell 15% to just a 2.2 rating, and Law & Order: LA fell a whopping 21% to just a 1.9 rating. (Much more and it’ll be behind The Jay Leno Show too.) Even token competition from ABC may have taken a toll.

On CBS, Survivor: Nicaragua was down 3% to a 3.7 adults 18-49 rating, and Criminal Minds was even with last week’s 3.5 rating. The Defenders was up 14% vs. last week to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, America’s Next Top Model was up 15% with the CW target women 18-34 demo to a 2.3 rating. While Hellcats was down 12% to a 1.4 rating for the CW target women 18-34 demo.

CBS won the night in both the adults 18-49 ratings that advertisers pay for, and the average viewership that press release writers fall back on for cheerleading.

Late night results are below the primetime table.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, October 13, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Nicaragua 3.5 11 11.797
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 2.6 8 5.982
ABC The Middle 2.4 8 7.937
NBC Undercovers 1.4 4 5.845
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.3 4 2.861
8:30 CBS Survivor: Nicaragua 3.9 11 12.455
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.0 9 6.539
ABC Better With You 2.1 6 6.498
NBC Undercovers 1.5 4 6.106
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.5 4 3.172
9:00 ABC Modern Family 4.7 13 11.344
CBS Criminal Minds 3.5 9 13.614
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.3 9 7.157
NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.0 5 7.445
CW Hellcats 0.9 3 2.046
9:30 CBS Criminal Minds 3.5 9 14.066
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.4 9 7.502
ABC Cougar Town 3.2 9 7.298
NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.4 6 8.561
CW Hellcats 0.9 2 2.012
10:00 CBS The Defenders 2.5 7 10.314
ABC 20/20 Chile Special 2.1 6 6.902
NBC Law & Order: LA 1.9 5 7.236
10:30 CBS The Defenders 2.4 7 9.496
NBC Law & Order: LA 1.9 6 7.162
ABC 20/20 Chile Special 1.4 4 5.418

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,” 3.0/8; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.6/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.4/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.4/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; “Late Show,” 0.7/3; “Nightline,” 1.2/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.6/6 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 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/4 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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