TV ratings: 'Criminal Minds,' CBS lead Wednesday; 'Cougar Town' gets a slight bump

kirsten-vangsness-criminal-minds-320.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

CBS kept its spot at the top of the ratings heap Wednesday, winning all three hours of primetime in total viewers. ABC's "Modern Family" continued its solid run this fall, and "Cougar Town" was up a little bit too in its first episode following the news that star Courteney Cox and her husband, David Arquette, are separated.

CBS led the way Wednesday with just under 12 million viewers and a 7.2 rating/12 share in households. The rest of the big four networks finished within a million viewers of one another, with ABC (7.6 million, 4.7/8) beating out NBC (7.1 million, 4.8/8) and FOX (6.8 million, 3.8/6). The CW (2.5 million, 1.6/3) was well off the pace but even with its performance last week.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS' 3.2 rating narrowly beat FOX's 3.1 for the top spot. ABC took third with a 2.7. Neither NBC (1.9) nor The CW (1.2) could get over the 2.0 mark.

Wednesday's hourly numbers:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"Survivor: Nicaragua" (12.1 million viewers, 6.9/11 households)
ABC: "The Middle" (7.9 million, 4.8/8)/"Better With You" (6.5 million, 4.1/7)
FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" (6.3 million, 3.6/6)
NBC: "Undercovers" (6 million, 4.0/7)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" (3 million, 1.9/3)

18-49 leader: "Survivor: Nicaragua" (3.7)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Criminal Minds" (13.8 million, 8.5/14)
ABC: "Modern Family" (11.3 million, 6.6/10)/"Cougar Town" (7.3 million, 4.4/7)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (8 million, 5.3/9)
FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" (7.3 million, 4.1/6)
The CW: "Hellcats" (2 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "Modern Family" (4.7)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Defenders" (9.9 million, 6.3/11)
NBC: "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (7.2 million, 5.0/9)
ABC: "20/20" special - "Miracle at the Mine" (6.2 million, 4.1/7)

18-49 leader: "The Defenders" (2.5)

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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