TV Ratings: 'Modern Family' and 'X Factor' Drop, CBS Gets First Wednesday Demo Win of Season

The race for adults 18-49 saw a shift in power when low showings from the usually dominant series gave CBS room to sneak in for the lead.

Wednesday belonged to CBS for the first time all season. The network pulled in the night's highest rating among the 18-49 set, earning a 3.1 and outpacing ABC and Fox, which were both tied for second.

The net topped in total viewers, per usual, with an audience of 11.6 million over the course of the night. CBS didn't boast any particularly strong showings, either. Survivor: South Pacific was up just two tenths from the previous week (to a 3.3 rating in the key demo), with Criminal Minds actually down from its last original broadcast for a 3.4 among adults 18-49. CSI fared better than the Grammy Nominations Concert, which held its timeslot the week earlier, grabbing a 2.5 rating and CBS' only solo victory for an hour that night. 

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ABC earned a 3.0 among adults 18-49 for the night, starting out with steady showings of The Middle (a 2.8 rating) and Suburgatory (2.8), but falling behind with lower-than-usual performances from Modern Family (5.0), Happy Endings (2.9) and Revenge (2.3). It should be noted that all of the series were technically up from their last original broadcasts (Nov. 23), but that night was down quite a bit on account of Thanksgiving eve.

Fox also brought in a 3.0 for adults 18-49 with a 90-minute X-Factor and a new episode of I Hate My Teenage Daughter. The singing competition sunk 11 percent to a 3.3 rating among 18-49-ers, while the second outing of the new comedy dropped 25 percent to a 2.1 in the same group.

On fourth place NBC, Up All Night (1.8 rating among adults 18-49), an encore (1.4), Harry's Law (1.2) and Law & Order: SVU (1.9) gave the network a 1.6 for the night. SVU dropped 14 percent from it's last episode, matching its series low.

America's Next Top Model rose 25 percent for its season finale, pulling in a 1.0 among adults 18-49. Coupled with a repeat, it gave the network a 0.8 rating for the night.

Wednesday, Dec. 7, Overnight Ratings:

8 p.m.
CBS: Survivor: South Pacific (11.5 million viewers, 3.3 rating among adults 18-49)
Fox: The X Factor (10.4 million, 3.3)
ABC: The Middle (8.8 million, 2.8)
NBC: Up All Night (4.95 million, 1.8)
The CW: America's Next Top Model (R) (1.3 million, 0.6)

8:30 p.m.
ABC: Suburgatory (8.0 million, 2.8)
NBC: Up All Night (R) (3.8 million, 1.4)

9 p.m.
ABC: Modern Family (12.1 million, 5.0)
FOX: The X Factor (10.8 million, 3.4)
CBS: Criminal Minds (12.3 million, 3.4)
NBC: Harry's Law (7.0 million, 1.2)
The CW: America's Next Top Model (2.35 million, 1.0)

9:30 p.m.
ABC: Happy Endings (6.5 million, 2.9)
Fox: I Hate My Teenage Daughter (5.4 million, 2.1)

10 p.m.
CBS: CSI (11.1 million, 2.5)
ABC: Revenge (7.3 million, 2.4)
NBC: Law & Order: SVU (6.9 million, 1.9)