TV ratings: 'Modern Family,' 'SVU' are the people's choice Wednesday

law-order-svu-snacks.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

Ratings for the People's Choice Awards were down compared to last year. ABC's "Modern Family" was the night's most-watched show, and thanks to improved numbers from "Law & Order: SVU," NBC actually won the night. CBS' "Live to Dance" fell a good bit from its premiere Tuesday.

NBC averaged 9.4 million viewers and a 5.9 rating/10 share among households in primetime, getting a rare nightly victory that doesn't involve an NFL game. CBS (8.9 million, 5.7/9) came in second, beating out ABC's 7.4 million viewers and 4.6/8. FOX (6.3 million, 3.8/6) came in fourth, while The CW (941,000, 0.7/1) was a non-factor with a night of reruns.

ABC and NBC tied for the lead among adults 18-49 with a 2.7 rating. CBS came in third with a 2.4. FOX's 1.7 was good for fourth, while The CW came in at 0.3.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

"The Middle" (9.3 million viewers, 5.8/9 households)/ "Better With You" (7.4 million, 4.7/8)
CBS: "Live to Dance" (7.8 million, 5.0/8)
NBC: "Minute to Win It" (6.8 million, 4.1/7)
FOX: "Human Target" (6.2 million, 3.7/6)
The CW: "Hellcats" rerun (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "The Middle" (2.8)

9 p.m.

"Law & Order: SVU" (10.5 million, 6.6/10)
CBS: Special - People's Choice Awards (10.1 million, 6.4/10)
ABC: "Modern Family" (11.8 million, 7.0/11)/"Cougar Town" (6.75 million, 4.2/7)
FOX: "Human Target" (6.5 million, 3.8/6)
The CW: "Hellcats" rerun (813,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "Modern Family" (4.8)

10 p.m.

"Law & Order: SVU" (10.9 million, 7.1/12)
CBS: "People's Choice Awards" (8.9 million, 5.7/10)
ABC: "Primetime: Celebrity Weight Loss" (4.45 million, 3.1/5)

18-49 leader: "Law & Order: SVU" (3.0)

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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