Ratings: X Appeal Gives Fox Demo Win; Modern Family Again Tops Viewers, Revenge Surges

The X Factor‘s do-or-die rounds kicked off strongly on Wednesday night, with the Fox freshman holding steady at 11.5 million total viewers and a 3.9 rating, leading the network to a demo win for the night (while CBS claimed the top spot in total audience). Tonight, someone goes home!

Modern Family meanwhile returned to repeat as Wednesday’s most-watched program, inching up 2 percent to 13.25 million viewers while scoring a 5.6 demo rating. (P.S. How hard did Leslie Mann rock? Answer: Very, yet not enough.) That teed up Happy Endings (7.9 mil/3.5) to match last week’s all-time demo high.

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Revenge (8.6 mil/3.0) followed by rising 11 percent in the demo to score its best 18-49 numbers since its premiere. (ABC points out that the frothy soaper is its most-watched Wednesdays-at-10 program in four years, since a little show called Lost.)

Elsewhere on Wednesday:

8 pm | Survivor (11.9 mil/3.5) bested the opening X Factor hour in viewers, with its largest audience since Dec. 15, 2010, and matched its season high in the demo. ABC’s sitcombo of The Middle (9.4 mil/2.9) and Suburgatory (8.5 mil/3.1) dipped 10 percent. NBC’s Up All Night (4.75 mil/1.8) dropped 14 percent in the demo to a series low.

9 pm | Criminal Minds, with 12.8 million total viewers and a 3.6 rating, was down 3 and 8 percent from its last fresh outing. Harry’s Law (7.1 mil/1.1) dropped 15 percent. Top Model (1.8 mil/0.8) saw last week’s pre-sweeps honeymoon end, plunging 20 percent.

10 pm | CSI topped the hour in total viewers with 10.6 millon, and gained 4 percent in the demo to place behind Revenge with a 2.7 rating. SVU, with 7 million viewers and a 2.0 rating, was down 9 percent.

What were you watching this Wednesday evening?