TV Ratings: CBS rules Wednesday, despite adult love for Grinch, ABC comedies

grinch-cindy-lou-320.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009

CBS' "11th Annual Home for the Holidays" adoption-awareness special hosted by Faith Hill and NBC's hour of "Jay Leno" were the only fresh programming for Wednesday night, but it was CBS' reruns of crime procedurals that eventually gave it the ratings win.

CBS topped the evening with 8.9 million viewers and a 5.7 rating/10 share in households, significantly ahead of second-place finisher ABC with 4.9 million viewers and a 3.0/5. This was followed by FOX (3.72 million, 2.3/4), ABC (3.65 million, 2.3/4) and The CW (737,000, 0.5/1).

CBS also took the 18-49 adult demo title, but just barely. Its 1.7 rating was just ahead of ABC's 1.6 from its slate of comedy reruns (and one Grinch that appealed to adult viewers as well). FOX had a 1.3, NBC a 0.9 and The CW brought up the rear with a 0.3.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: "11th Annual Home for the Holidays" (6.4 million viewers, 4.2/8 households)
ABC: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" repeat (6.8 million, 3.8/7), "The Middle" repeat (5.5 million, 3.1/6)
NBC: "Mercy" repeat (3.7 million, 2.3/4)
FOX: "Glee" repeat (3.6 million, 2.2/4)
The CW: "One Tree Hill" repeat (907,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!/The Middle" (1.9)

9 p.m.

CBS: "Criminal Minds" repeat (10.2 million, 6.5/11)
ABC: "Modern Family" repeat (5.6 million, 3.3/6), "The Middle" repeat (4.3 million, 2.7/5)
FOX: "Glee" repeat (3.9 million, 2.4/4)
NBC: "Mercy" repeat (2.7 million, 41.7/3)
The CW: "Gossip Girl" repeat (567,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader:
"Criminal Minds" (2.0)

10 p.m.

CBS: "CSI: NY" repeat (10.2 million, 6.5/12)
NBC: "The Jay Leno Show" (4.6 million, 2.9/5)
ABC: "Cougar Town" repeats (3.6 million, 2.5/4)

18-49 leader: "CSI: NY" (2.1)

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

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