TV ratings: 'Modern Family' leads Wednesday, 'Chelsea' and 'One Tree Hill' premieres OK

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are-you-there-chelsea.jpgFast national ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012

The People's Choice Awards were the viewing choice of fewer people Wednesday than they were last year, but they still helped CBS lead the night in total viewers. "Modern Family" was down some from last week but still scored the night's biggest audience for ABC and led the network to the top of the adults 18-49 rankings.

Elsewhere, NBC's new comedy block of "Whitney" and "Are You There, Chelsea?" had an OK start, and the final season premiere of "One Tree Hill" was down from its 2010-11 debut but in line with last season's average.

CBS drew 8.9 million viewers and a 6.0 rating/9 share in households for the night, narrowly beating ABC (8.8 million, 5.7/9) for the top spot. NBC (7.75 million, 5.2/8) was not far behind in third. FOX came in a fairly distant fourth with a little more than 3 million viewers and a 1.9/3, and The CW (1.3 million, 0.9/1) trailed.

ABC led the 18-49 demographic throughout the night and finished with a 3.1 rating. CBS took second with a 2.3, half a point better than NBC's 1.8. FOX averaged 1.1 and The CW 0.6.

Photo/Video credit: NBC