Ratings: ABC Slate Dips After CMA Awards Break

ABC’s entire Wednesday line-up dipped after two-stepping aside for the CMA Awards last week.

The Middle, with 9.14 million total viewers and a 2.9 demo rating, was the least impacted, slipping just 3 percent from its last fresh outing. Freshman fare Suburgatory (8.13 mil/2.8) and Revenge (8 mil/2.6), meanwhile, absorbed the bigger blows, dropping 10 and 13 percent in the demo, respectively. (On the topic of Revenge, who are we now loving-to-hate more, Tyler or the real Emily?)

Going hour-by-hour….

8 pm | Survivor topped the hour in total viewers, drawing 11.52 mil while scoring a 3.3 demo rating (up a few percentage points week-to-week). The X Factor‘s Top 10 sing-off averaged 11.2 mil and a 3.8, holding steady in the demo. Trailing far behind ABC’s The Middle, NBC’s to-be-relocated Up All Night (4.82 mil/1.9) gained 6 percent in the demo.

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9 pm | Modern Family drew 12.9 million viewers while scoring a 5.5 rating, dipping 4 percent in the demo to a season low (yet still leading all of Wednesday night); lead-out Happy Endings (7.1 mil/3.2) was down 6 percent. Criminal Minds (12.5 mil/3.7) saw gains of 10 percent. Harry’s Law (7.15 mil/1.1) which just got a full second-season order, dropped 15 percent in the demo while holding steady in total audience. Top Model (1.9 mil/0.8) drew a few more eyeballs.

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10 pm | CSI (10.5 mil/2.6) led the hour in viewers and matched Revenge‘s demos, inching up 4 percent week-to-week. SVU (7.26 mil/1.9) saw an uptick in total audience but couldn’t improve upon its series-low demo.

What were you watching Wednesday?

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  1. swthompson says:

    There’s something terribly wrong with the ratings if everyone is blaming the CMA show for this week’s numbers. I suspect that next week might have even more turbulence because Thanksgiving preparations will interfere with viewing plans.

    • CJ says:

      Not necessarily–pretty much all of ABC’s Wednesday lineup had been doing well, then the whole slate was interrupted by a show which doesn’t exactly gibe with the usual audience. The following week, every show took a hit (though not a large one). It isn’t strange to connect the two events.

  2. kevin says:

    Wonder if X FACTOR can either be a meltdown or a letdown. Maybe we can show some love to either Paula nor Nicole.

  3. Franks says:

    I actually like Suburgatory quite a bit. Any word of a pick up/renewal?

  4. Renee says:

    Matt did you see JJ’s last scene on Criminal Minds last night? I know you are a fan of her’s and she was really great.

  5. jj says:

    More proof there is nothing postive about country music.

  6. fernando says:

    I’m still happy Revenge is hanging to 8 million viewers I like that. Last night was the best ep. and I do love the real emily because unlike tyler I do want her to stir up trouble, the only reason i like tyler now is because he’s sleeping with the very charming nolan and I’m pretty sure daniel will be the first to find out Emily/Amanada, is out for revenge.

  7. aidan says:

    nooooooo, dont tell me its slipping! its too good of a show to possibly risk getting cancelled after one season

    • fernando says:

      It’s not in danger, it still did 8 million which is wonderful, private practice mostly do 6 million for like three years and is still around.

  8. Amber says:

    I was 30 seconds away from the ending of last night’s Psych before I realized that was the fabulous Brad Dourif in the Bernie role. I must have missed a TVLine update about him starring on the show.