Wednesday Ratings: X Factor misses the mark; Modern Family tops the night
Sep 22 2011 12:53 pm ET
The debut of Fox's The X Factor did not have the Idol-size audience it may have hoped for Wednesday, but the program did give Fox the win for the night. The season premiere of Modern Family was the top show of the evening.
"X Factor solid for a normal show," tweeted Masked Scheduler, a Fox ratings guru, Thursday morning. The program averaged a 4.2 rating with an audience of 12.6 million. The program did grow through the evening, which is a positive sign. The real test will be when the show exits the audition phase in a couple of weeks.
ABC ran a close second, thanks to the strong returns of The Middle (3.0, 9.6 million) and Modern Family (5.8, 14.3 million). The debut of Revenge performed well, winning the late hour with a 3.3 rating and 10.1 million viewers.
CBS took third place. Survivor South Pacific held its ground, scoring 3.1 with 10.3 million viewers. The return of Criminal Minds was the second-most watched show of the evening, scoring 14 million viewers an a 4.0 rating. Ted Danson's debut on CSI gave the returning procedural a slight boost, earning a 3.1 rating with 12.6 million viewers.
NBC's Wednesday was a bit of a disaster. Up All Night had a decent second outing, scoring 2.3 with over 6 million watching. Free Agents crashed, scoring 1.3 with 3.8 million viewers. This did not help Harry's Law, which scored a meager 1.1 in one of the most competitive timeslots in television. Law & Order: SVU recovered slightly, scoring 2.3 with 7.6 million viewers.
Over on the CW, H8R lost a lot of fans since last week, with only 1.09 million watching (0.4 rating). America's Next Top Model scored a 0.7 rating with 1.56 million viewers. Expect some shuffling in the near future.
Ratings data courtesy of Univision
Mike McComb – TVLatest.com
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