TV Ratings: 'The X Factor' Steady; 'Survivor,' 'Harry's Law' Hit Lows
NBC's "Up All Night" improves against stiff competition, but ABC's "Modern Family" is Wednesday's highest-rated program.
The X Factor is paying off.
The 90-minute effort of Simon Cowell's competition series (11.5 million to total viewers, 3.9 rating in adults 18-49 demographic), which retained 100 percent of the audience among adults 18-49 from last week's comparable telecast, boosted Fox for the nightly win in the demo with a 3.5 rating in primetime.
A special episode of Raising Hope (6.2 million, 2.3) at 9:30 p.m., however, didn't improve following X Factor. Compared to Tuesday's original -- following New Girl -- Hope sank substantially in 18-49 (2.3 vs. 2.9).
CBS' Survivor: South Pacific (10.5 million, 3.1), meanwhile, posted its lowest-rated regular telecast to date against the first hour of X Factor. Criminal Minds (13.3 million, 3.8) rose 6 percent while CSI (11.8 million, 2.9) went the other way, seeing a 6 percent dip -- though the latter won its 10 p.m. time slot against Revenge and Harry's Law. CBS topped the night in viewers, averaging 11.9 million and placed a close second behind Fox in 18-49, posting a 3.3.
ABC's comedies had slight dips, though The Middle (9 million, 2.7) -- in the lead-off spot -- remained steady from its previuos outing. Rookie sitcom Suburgatory (9.1 million, 3.0) improved open its lead-in, though it was down 9 percent from its debut. The highest-rated program of the night, Modern Family (13.1 million, 5.6), saw just a 2 percent decrease, while Happy Endings (6.9 million, 2.9) slipped 6 percent. Notably, ABC won the 9 p.m. hour in the demo, posting a 4.2 rating. At 10 p.m., Revenge (7.7 million, 2.5) dipped 7 percent.
NBC's Up All Night (5.7 million, 2.2) improved against stiff competition, but struggling workplace comedy Free Agents (3.3 million, 1.0) didn't. With Up All Night, the network is up 57 percent in the 8 p.m. slot compared to the same night last year. Sophomore law drama Harry's Law (8.2 million, 1.2) tied its series low and Law & Order: SVU (7.9 million, 2.1) remained steady.
Over on the CW, H8R (1.1 million, 0.4) and America's Next Top Model (1.7 million, 0.8) aired.
· Criminal Minds: 13.3 million, 3.8
· Law & Order: SVU: 7.9 million, 2.1