TV ratings: CBS is the People's Choice Wednesday; 'Betty' no better

queen-latifah-pca-320.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010

The People's Choice Awards helped CBS score a ratings win Wednesday night, while NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" and ABC's comedies had decent showings as well.

Make that ABC's half-hour comedies. The move of "Ugly Betty" to Wednesdays didn't give a boost to the show.

CBS averaged 10 million viewers and a 6.3 rating/10 share in households for the night. NBC (7.8 million, 5.1/8) came in second, a little ahead of ABC (7.3 million, 4.6/7). Reruns on FOX (3.4 million, 2.2/3) and The CW (691,000, 0.5/1) were at the back of the pack.

CBS also led among adults 18-49 with a 3.2 rating, beating out ABC's 2.6. NBC came in third in the demographic with a 2.1, followed by FOX, 1.3, and The CW, 0.3.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
Special - "I Get That a Lot" (8.5 million viewers, 5.2/8 households)
ABC: "The Middle" - two episodes (7.9 million, 4.9/8)
NBC: "Mercy" (7.3 million, 4.9/8)
FOX: "Glee" rerun (3.4 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: "One Tree Hill" rerun (894,000, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "I Get That a Lot" (2.9)

9 p.m.

NBC:
"Law & Order: SVU" (10.8 million, 7.0/11)
CBS: Special - People's Choice Awards 2010 (10.4 million, 6.6/10)
ABC: "Modern Family" (10.2 million, 6.1/9)/"Cougar Town" (7.9 million, 5.0/8)
FOX: "Glee" rerun (3.4 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: "Gossip Girl" rerun (487,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: "Modern Family" (4.1)

10 p.m.

CBS:
People's Choice Awards 2010 (11.1 million, 7.0/12)
NBC: "The Jay Leno Show" (5.2 million, 3.4/6)
ABC: "Ugly Betty" (5.1 million, 3.5/6)

18-49 leader: People's Choice Awards (3.6)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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