In the second big Wednesday of the Fall TV season, ABC’s Modern Family dipped 8 percent but still repeated as champ, topping all comers in total viewers (with 13.2 million) and in the coveted 18-49 demo rating (scoring a 5.6).
That performance set the stage for Happy Endings to return to 7.4 million viewers and a 3.2 rating, which are both series highs yet down a hair from what Cougar Town did here a year ago.
Alas, ABC’s depressed 9:30 performance (versus last week’s hour-long Modern Family) led Revenge (8.6 mil/2.7) to slip 18 percent and this go-round trail CSI (11.6 mil/3.0) in the demo.
Elsewhere this Wednesday:
8 pm | Fox’s X Factor averaged 11.5 million viewers and a 3.9 rating across its two-hour run, dipping 7 percent week-to-week. Survivor held steady at 10.5 mil/3.1, followed by ABC’s sitcombo of The Middle (8.6 mil/2.6, down double digits from premiere) and the brand-new Suburgatory (which at 9.8 mil/3.3 was up 23 and 32 percent from Better With You‘s year-ago debut). In fact, ABC notes that Suburgatory gave the network its most-watched comedy telecast in the Wednesdays-at-8:30 slot since November 2003.
NBC’s Up All Night (5.34 mil/2.1) was down 12 percent in Week 3, while lead-out Free Agents (3.1 mil/1.0!) plunged 23 percent. The CW’s H8R (1.43 mil/0.6) drew its (faint praise alert!) biggest audience to date.
9 pm | Trailing Modern Family in the first half-hour, Criminal Minds (12.6 million total viewers and a 3.6 demo rating) was down 12 percent from its opener. Behind X Factor‘s second half, Harry’s Law held steady at 7.44 mil/1.2. America’s Next Top Model (1.7 mil/0.8) saw sliiiight gains.
10 pm | CSI led the hour with 11.6 million viewers and a 3.0 rating, down just a bit from Mr. Danson’s debut. Trailing Revenge, SVU (7.14 mil/2.0) dropped 17 percent in the demo.