TV Ratings: Thanksgiving Eve gives CBS a quiet win

brenda-lowe-survivor.jpgFast National ratings for Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010

It was a quiet Thanksgiving Eve on Wednesday night, with another soft night for the networks. "Human Target," which premiered last week and introduced new female characters, lost over a million viewers in its second episode. It was a night of reruns and recap episodes, and with the day before Thanksgiving being a popular night for both traveling and bar-hopping, its no surprise that the only show to break a 3.0 in the key demo was "Modern Family" with a 3.7.

CBS averaged 8.1 million viewers and a 4.9/9 share in households . ABC (7.4 million, 4.4/8)  beat FOX (5.3 million, 3.0/5) for second place. NBC took fourth with 5.2 million viewers and a 3.0/5, while The CW came in with 1.4 million viewers and a 0.9/2.

In the adults 18-49 demo, ABC led with a 2.3 rating. FOX was in second with a 1.8, followed by CBS with 1.7, NBC with 1.6, and The CW with a 0.5.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"Survivor: Nicaragua" (8.0 million viewers, 4.7/8 households)
ABC: "The Middle" (8.1 million, 5.8/9)/"Better With You" (6.7 million, 4.1/7)
NBC: "Merry Madagascar" rerun (5.9 million, 3.1/6) / "Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special" (5.9 million, 3.0/5)
FOX: "Human Target" (5.5 million, 3.3/6)
The CW: "America's Next Top Model" (1.8 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: "The Middle" (2.1)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Criminal Minds" rerun (9.1 million, 5.5/10)
ABC: "Modern Family" (10.5 million, 5.9/10)/"Cougar Town" (6.7 million, 3.9/7)
NBC: "Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now?" (4.9 million, 3.0/5)
FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" (5.0 million, 2.8/5)
The CW: "Hellcats" rerun (1.0 million, 0.7/1)

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

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Defenders" rerun (7.3 million, 4.6/9)
NBC: "Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now?" (4.7 million, 3.0/6)
ABC: "Primetime: Celebrity Plastic Surgery" (5.9 million, 3.8/7)

18-49 leader: "Celebrity Plastic Surgery" (1.8)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable

Photo credit: FOX