TV ratings: 'Modern Family,' 'X Factor' steady Wednesday, 'Criminal Minds' and 'SVU' rise
Wednesday night's ratings stuck mostly to the script set out in the first couple weeks of the season. "Modern Family" was once again the top show in adults 18-49, "The X Factor" was in line with its previous performance and CBS (total viewers) and FOX (adults 18-49) led the evening.
Elsewhere, the second episode of "Suburgatory" held onto most of its premiere audience, and "Law & Order: SVU" rebounded some in viewers after last week's low. ABC's "Revenge" was down a little, and CBS' "Criminal Minds" rose thanks in part to "The X Factor" only running 90 minutes.
CBS averaged 11.9 million viewers and a 7.2 rating/11 share in households for the night, beating FOX (10.2 million, 5.9/9) for the overall lead. ABC took third with 8.9 million viewers and a 5.6/9. NBC (6.85 million, 4.5/7) came in fourth, and The CW was well off the pace with 1.4 million viewers and a 1.0/2.
FOX led a tight three-way race for the adults 18-49 lead with a 3.5 rating. CBS grabbed second with a 3.3, edging ABC's 3.2. NBC was a distant fourth at 1.6, and The CW trailed with a 0.6.