TV ratings: 'Glee' rises, ABC levels off, CBS wins Wednesday

matthewmorrison_glee_290.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

Wednesday night's ratings were significantly cooler than during premiere week, with pretty much every new show and several returning ones falling from their premieres. ABC's "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" still posted solid demographic ratings, though, and CBS' crime dramas led the network to an overall win for the night.

One exception to the downward trend was "Glee," which actually built its audience over last week.

CBS led the night with 11.2 million viewers and a 7.2 rating/12 share in households. ABC (8.2 million, 5.2/9) finished second. NBC (7.1 million, 4.7/8) narrowly beat FOX (7 million, 4.2/7) for third, while The CW took up its usual spot at the back of the pack with 2.2 million viewers and a 1.5/2.

FOX and CBS each scored a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49 to tie for the lead. ABC was not far behind with a 2.8. NBC drew a 2.1 to finish fourth, and The CW trailed with a 1.0.

Wednesday night hour by hour:

8 p.m.

ABC:
"Hank" series premiere (8.5 million viewers, 5.4/9 households)/ "The Middle" series premiere (8.6 million, 5.4/9)
NBC: "Mercy" (7.3 million, 4.8/8)
CBS: "The New Adventures of Old Christine (7.2 million, 4.6/8)/"Gary Unmarried" (7.1 million, 4.5/7)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" (6.7 million, 4.0/7)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" (3.3 million, 2.3/4)

18-49 leader: "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.7)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Criminal Minds" (13.6 million, 8.6/14)
ABC: "Modern Family" (9.9 million, 6.0/10)/"Cougar Town" (9.1 million, 5.7/9)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (7.9 million, 5.3/8)
FOX: "Glee" (7.3 million, 4.4/7)
The CW: "Melrose Place" rerun (1.1 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader:
"Modern Family" (3.7)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"CSI: NY" (12.9 million, 8.4/15)
ABC: "Eastwick" (6.6 million, 4.4/8)
NBC: "The Jay Leno Show" (6 million, 4.1/7)

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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