TV ratings: 'Criminal Minds' and 'Modern Family' lead a soft Wednesday

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modern-family-dec-12-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

Wednesday's ratings were for the most part down -- except at CBS, which saw "Criminal Minds" improve a bit on last week's numbers and which got a boost with the return of "CSI" to its usual spot.

"Modern Family" kept its title as the No. 1 show of the night in adults 18-49, but it was well below its season average. "The X Factor" and "Arrow" were down some as well, and NBC's "Take It All" plummeted without "The Voice" as a lead-in. Barbara Walters' annual "10 Most Fascinating People" special fell for the second straight year.

CBS drew 10.55 million viewers and a 6.6 rating/10 share in households in primetime. ABC (7.8 million, 5.0/8) edged FOX (7.7 million, 4.6/7) for second place. NBC was a pretty distant fourth with 3.8 million viewers and a 2.5/4. The CW (2.4 million, 1.5/2) trailed.

In the 18-49 demographic, CBS' 2.7 rating just beat FOX's 2.6 for the lead. ABC came in third with a 2.4. NBC averaged 1.2 and The CW 0.8.

Photo/Video credit: ABC