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CBS won the night with both adults 18-49 and total viewers and it was up, up and up as  Survivor, Criminal Minds and The Defenders all were higher than last week.  The Defenders 0.2 rise to a 2.3 rating with adults 18-49 still will keep it at CBS’s lowest-rated scripted show not airing on Friday.  That won’t stop the cries of “but it won its time slot!” but winning its time slot won’t likely save it for next season.

ABC was second with adults 18-49 as The Middle and Better With You were flat vs. last week’s finals, but Modern Family and Cougar Town both dropped 0.3 with adults 18-49 vs. last week’s Halloween-fueled episodes which garnered higher than normal ratings.   Modern Family still topped the night with adults 18-49 though and  the In The Spotlight With Robin Roberts special fared 0.8 better than last week’s The Whole Truth, pulling a 1.9 with adults 18-49.

Undercovers, Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: LA were all down from their last original episodes (two weeks ago for the L&O’s) tumbling to season lows.   SVU fell 0.6 to a 2.1 rating with adults 18-49 and Law & Order: LA was down 0.5 to a 1.9 with adults 18-49, tying its season low.  Undercovers fell to a 1.3 rating with adults 18-49, a season (and series) low.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, November 3, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Survivor: Nicaragua 3.7/11 12.26
ABC The Middle 2.9/9 9.46
NBC Undercovers 1.3/4 5.85
FOX Hells Kitchen (R) 1.3/4 3.27
CW America’s Next Top Model 1.3/4 2.97
8:30 ABC Better With You 2.5/7 7.91
9:00 ABC Modern Family 4.8/13 12.21
CBS Criminal Minds 3.8/10 14.40
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2.1/6 7.96
FOX Hells Kitchen (R) 1.4/4 3.20
CW Hellcats 0.9/2 1.97
9:30 ABC Cougar Town 3.0/8 7.54
10:00 CBS The Defenders 2.3/7 9.91
NBC Law & Order: Los Angeles 1.9/6 7.72
ABC In the Spotlight w/Robin Roberts : All Access Nashville 1.9/5 6.20

Via NBC press note:

• In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 3.1/8; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.8/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.0/7; 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,” 1.0/4; “Late Show,” 0.9/4; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.6/5 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” (0.7/4 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 0.4/4 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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