CBS won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers, and Fox took the top spot with adults 18-34.   Modern Family got off to a hot start for ABC with series highs in the age demographics and total viewers and its 5.0 adults 18-49 rating was tops for the night.  In addition to leading Fox to the top spot with adults 18-34, two hours of Hell’s Kitchen was enough to grab second place for the night with adults 18-49.

The Middle hit a series high in total viewers and had its best 18-49 numbers since last February and improved the year ago premiere of Hank in the time slot by 21%.  But The Whole Truth, already headed for the dead pool, bombed at 10pm and tanked ABC’s night sending it into a tie with NBC for third with adults 18-49 and total viewers, with NBC eclipsing ABC in total viewers.  Let the calls to move Body of Proof into The Whole Truth’s time slot commence!

Perhaps my love of Lost motivated me to say the debut of JJ Abrams Undercovers was middling in the headline, its 2.0 rating is a disappointing start made worse by being down 13% from last year’s premiere of Mercy.

Survivor was flat vs. its premiere last week, a good sign and a big improvement in the Wednesday 8pm hour versus last year’s comedy block.  Criminal Minds was down 9% versus last year premiere, but to have a 4.0 and decreases that are in the realm of standard broadcast network ratings erosion is a good sign, not to mention CM was number one in total viewers for the night for those who care about that sort of thing.

Though Undercovers was disappointing, the two hour premiere of Law & Order: SVU was up 23% vs. last year’s one hour premiere.  Gauging The Defenders is more difficult.  It performed about how I expected it too which was around a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating (it came in with a 2.9), but that’s down nearly 30% from last year’s premiere of CSI: NY.

CW demo update: Top Model 1.9 rating women 18-34  (vs. 2.2 last week), Hellcats 1.8 rating women 18-34 (vs. 1.7 last week).

Late night results are below the primetime table.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, September 22, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Nicaragua 4.0/12 12.47
FOX Hell’s Kitchen (Season Premiere) 2.6/8 5.95
ABC The Middle (Season Premiere) 2.6/8 8.81
NBC Undercovers (Series Premiere) 2.0/6 8.57
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.3/4 2.82
8:30 ABC Better With You (Series Premiere) 2.5/7 7.97
9:00 ABC Modern Family (Season Premiere) 5.0/14 12.61
CBS Criminal Minds (Season Premiere) 4.0/11 14.08
FOX Hell’s Kitchen (Season Premiere) 3.2/8 7.19
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Season Premiere) 2.9/8 9.68
CW Hellcats 1.0/3 2.32
9:30 ABC Cougar Town (Season Premiere) 3.3/9 8.35
10:00 NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Season Premiere) 3.5/10 10.36
CBS The Defenders (Series Premiere) 2.9/8 12.09
ABC The Whole Truth (Series Premiere) 1.5/4 4.91

via NBC press note:

  • 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,” 3.2/8; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.7/7; 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,” 1.1/5; “Late Show,” 1.1/5; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.6/6 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.6/6).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/4 in 18-49) tied “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 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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