TV Ratings: CBS' crime lords it over Wednesday; Adults on the rise on FOX, ABC

leamichele_glee_sectionals_290.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009

CBS owned Wednesday night among households with its crimetime lineup, but barely edged out strong competition from ABC and FOX for the adult demo title. In particular, ABC's "Modern Family" at 9 p.m. and the second half of FOX's "Glee" midseason finale at 9:30 p.m. pulled in high numbers for the night among adults 18-49 with a 3.8.

CBS drew 11.6 million viewers and a 7.3 rating/12 share in households. ABC came in second with 8.9 million viewers and a 5.5/9, followed by FOX (7.3 million, 4.5/7), NBC (6.5 million, 4.2/7) and The CW (1.3 million, 0.9/1).

CBS' 3.1 for the night among adults 18-49 barely passed ABC and FOX tying for second place with a 3.0 apiece. Next came NBC's 1.8 and The CW's 0.5.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC: "Shrek the Halls" repeat (8.1 million viewers, 4.6/7 households)
CBS: "Old Christine" (7.7 million, 5.0/8 households), "Gary Unmarried" (7.2 million, 4.5/7)
NBC: "Mercy" (7.1 million, 4.5/7)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" results (6.7 million, 4.1/7)
The CW: "Gossip Girl" repeat (911,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "Shrek the Halls" (2.5)

9 p.m.

CBS: "Criminal Minds" (14.3 million, 8.9/14)
ABC: "Modern Family" (9.6 million, 5.5/9), "Cougar Town" (6.9 million, 4.3/7)
FOX: "Glee" (8.0 million, 4.8/7)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" repeat (7.9 million, 5.2/8)
The CW: "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" repeat (1.7 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: "Criminal Minds" (3.8)

10 p.m.

CBS: "CSI: NY" (13 million, 8.4/14)
ABC: "Barbara Walters Presents: 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009" (10.5 million, 7.1/12)
NBC: "The Jay Leno Show" (4.5 million, 3.0/5)

18-49 leader: "CSI: NY" (3.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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Photo credit: FOX

[For the record: A previous version of this story had erroneously listed "Modern Family" at 8 p.m. and "Glee" picking up at 8:30 p.m., when in fact both times were for an hour later]