TV ratings: 'Law & Order: LA' starts OK but CBS wins Wednesday

lola-review2.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010

The premiere of "Law & Order: Los Angeles" won its time period Wednesday, but CBS led the other two hours of primetime and captured the night's biggest audience. The night's other new shows all dipped a bit from their premieres last week,; "The Defenders" and "Undercovers" took the biggest hits, each falling by more than 1.5 million viewers.

CBS brought in 12.3 million viewers and a 7.5 rating/13 share among households for the evening, beating second-place NBC (8.95 million, 5.7/10) by a pretty comfortable margin. ABC (7.3 million, 4.7/8) came in third. FOX drew 6.3 million viewers and a 3.7/6 for fourth place, while The CW (2.6 million, 1.7/3) was steady with last week.

The Eye was the only network to score above a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49, finishing with a 3.2. FOX took second in the demo with a 2.9, and NBC, 2.5, edged ABC, 2.4, for third. The CW posted a 1.1.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"Survivor: Nicaragua" (12.2 million viewers, 7.1/12 households)
ABC: "The Middle" (8.3 million, 5.3/9)/"Better With You" (7.1 million, 4.6/8)
NBC: "Undercovers" (7.1 million, 4.6/8)
FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" (6 million, 3.5/6)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" (2.9 million, 1.9/3)

18-49 leader: "Survivor: Nicaragua" (3.4)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Criminal Minds" (14.4 million, 8.8/14)
ABC: "Modern Family" (11.9 million, 8.6/14)/"Cougar Town" (7.1 million, 4.5/7)
NBC: "Law & Order: SVU" (9.25 million, 5.9/10)
FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" (6.6 million, 3.8/6)
The CW: "Hellcats" (2.25 million, 1.5/2)

18-49 leader: "Modern Family" (4.5)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"Law & Order: Los Angeles" series premiere (10.5 million, 6.7/12)
CBS: "The Defenders" (10.4 million, 6.6/12)
ABC: "The Whole Truth" (4.7 million, 3.3/6)

18-49 leader: "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (3.1)

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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