NBC’s latest Dick Wolf franchise, Law & Order: Los Angeles premiered solidly with a solid 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. That’s NBC’s third rookie fall premiere above a 3.0 rating.

CBS topped the night with both the advertiser prized adults 18-49 demo and the press release writer prized average viewership.

Earlier in the night the news for NBC was not as good. In its second outing Undercovers slid 20% to just a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Note to Chuck fans, the cancellation bear now looks ready to dine on Undercovers first. While Law & Order: SVU fell a pretty standard post premiere 10% to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen was the only show in its second week on Wednesday that was steady vs. its premiere, as it scored the same 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC took second episode drops across the line up on Wednesday, some a bit more than typical. The Middle’s 2.4 adults 18-49 rating was down 11%. Better With You fell 16% to a 2.1 rating. Modern Family slid 12% to a 4.5 rating. Cougar Town fell 15% to a 2.9 rating. ABC’s The Whole Truth continued its journey toward cancellation, its tiny 1.3 adults 18-49 rating was down 13% from its premiere.

CBS also had similar second episode slides. Survivor (not 2nd episode) fell 15% to a series low tieing 3.4 adults 18-49 rating for a regular episode. Criminal Minds dropped 10% to a 3.6 rating. The Defenders was down 14% to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Not bad for Defenders, but the CBS cancellation bear must be fed too.

Well into its season, the CW shows fared better vs. last week. America’s Next Top Model was even with last week’s 2.1 rating in the CW target women 18-34 demographic, while Hellcats rose 6% to a 1.8 women 18-34 rating.

Late night results are below the primetime table.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, September 29, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Nicaragua 3.3 11 11.676
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 2.6 9 5.724
ABC The Middle 2.4 8 8.331
NBC Undercovers 1.5 5 6.966
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.2 4 2.691
8:30 CBS Survivor: Nicaragua 3.6 11 12.638
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.0 9 6.281
ABC Better With You 2.1 6 7.057
NBC Undercovers 1.7 5 7.195
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.4 4 3.134
9:00 ABC Modern Family 4.5 12 11.877
CBS Criminal Minds 3.5 10 14.150
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.0 8 6.551
NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.4 7 8.583
CW Hellcats 1.0 3 2.248
9:30 CBS Criminal Minds 3.6 10 14.667
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.1 8 6.678
NBC Law & Order: SVU 2.9 8 9.914
ABC Cougar Town 2.9 8 7.075
CW Hellcats 0.9 2 2.257
10:00 NBC Law & Order: LA 3.2 9 10.929
CBS The Defenders 2.5 7 10.656
ABC The Whole Truth 1.5 4 5.070
10:30 NBC Law & Order: LA 3.0 9 10.111
CBS The Defenders 2.5 8 10.112
ABC The Whole Truth 1.1 3 4.306

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,” 2.7/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.6/6; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.3/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/5; “Late Show,” 0.8/4; “Nightline,” 0.9/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.5/5 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” (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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