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OCT
22
4 YEARS

'Law & Order: SVU' hits season high

Mercy2UPDATED: Wednesday leaders such as "Criminal Minds," "Modern Family" and "Glee" declined very slightly, with most shows delivering marginally softer numbers than the prior week.

CBS and Fox once again tied in the adult demo, with CBS ahead among total viewers. Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" (6.9 million, 2.6 adults 18-49 rating) slipped 7% and "Glee" (7.2 million, 3.3) tripped a tenth. On CBS, "Old Christine" (6.6 million, 2.0) and "Gary Unmarried" (6.8 million, 2.2) were down a notch. "Criminal Minds" (14.3 million, 3.8) was steady and was still the highest-rated and most-watched show of the night. "CSI: NY" (13 million, 3.0) leaked 6%. 

ABC's "Hank" (5.8 million, 1.5) and "The Middle" (6.5 million, 2.0) slipped a tenth each. "Modern Family" (8.7 million, 3.4) and "Cougar Town" (7.3 million, 3.1) also fell slightly. "Eastwick" (4.8 million, 1.6) slipped to a new low.

In fourth, NBC's "Mercy" (7.3 million, 1.9) was steady, while "Law & Order: SVU" (9.2 million, 2.8) went up.

Earlier I wrote that if the "Mercy" rise held up in the nationals that I'd expect NBC to give this show a full season pickup. The show didn't, but the network still might. Lead-out "SVU," which has disappointed since being evicted to 9 p.m. this season, was up 8% to hit a season high.

Despite "SVU" rising, "The Jay Leno Show" (5.1 million, 1.5) fell 17% to its lowest Wednesday rating of the season. 

On the CW, "America's Next Top Model" (3 million, 1.4) was steady in the adult demo but gained in CW's women 18-34 measurement.