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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Network HH Rating/Share Viewers A18-49 Rating/Share
7.7/13 12.878M 3.6/10
6.1/10 9.538M 2.8/8
4.9/8 7.925M 2.8/8

3.7/6 6.568M 2.9/8
1.6/3 2.569M 1.1/3

Complete ratings and breakdowns, including week-to-week comparisons, etc., follows after the jump.

CBS finished in first place for the evening with a 7.7/13 household rating/share, 12.878 million viewers and a 3.6/10 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

5.3/9 HH rating/share [#2]
9.261M
viewers [#2]
3.2/9
A18-49 rating/share [#2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Survivor: Nicaragua (7.0/12 HH rating/share, 12.47M viewers, 4.0/12 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (season premiere):

Households – 6.8/12 to 7.0/12 (+3%)
Viewers – 12.23M to 12.47M (+2%/+0.24M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.0/13 to 4.0/12 (n/c)

  • 9:00 p.m.: The sixth season premiere of Criminal Minds (8.5/14 HH rating/share, 14.08M viewers, 4.0/11 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (9/23/2009 – fifth season premiere):

Households – 9.6/15 to 8.5/14 (-11.5%)
Viewers – 15.84M to 14.08M (-11%/-1.76M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.4/12 to 4.0/11 (-9%)

  • 10:00 p.m.: The series premiere of The Defendors (7.6/13 HH rating/share, 12.09M viewers, 2.9/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (Big Brother – season 12 finale – 9:00-11:00):

Households – 4.5/8
Viewers – 7.86M
Adults 18-49 – 2.9/8

NBC followed in second place for the evening with a 6.1/10 household rating/share and 9.538 million viewers, but was tied for third among adults 18-49 with a 2.8/8 rating/share.

Last Week:

8.5/14 HH rating/share [#1]
14.330M
viewers [#1]
3.3/10
A18-49 rating/share [#1]

  • 8:00 p.m: The series premiere of Undercovers (5.5/9 HH rating/share, 8.57M viewers, 2.0/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (America’s Got Talent –  fifth season finale – 8:00-10:00):

Households – 9.5/16
Viewers – 16.41M
Adults 18-49 – 3.9/11

  • 9:00 p.m: The two-hour 12th season premiere of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (6.4/11 HH rating/share, 10.02M viewers, 3.2/9 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (9/23/2009 – 11th season premiere):

Households – 5.5/9 to 6.4/11 (+16%)
Viewers – 8.36M to 10.02M (+20%/+1.66M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.5/7 to 3.2/9 (+28%)

Last week’s numbers (Outlaw – 10:00-11:00 – series premiere):

Households – 6.7/12
Viewers – 10.68M
Adults 18-49 – 2.3/7

ABC finished in third place for the evening with a 4.9/8 household rating/share and 7.925 million viewers and was tied for third among adults 18-49 with a 2.8/8 rating/share.

Last Week:

2.7/4 HH rating/share [#4]
3.934M
viewers [#4]
1.2/3
A18-49 rating/share [#t4]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The second season premiere of The Middle (5.2/9 HH rating/share, 8.81M viewers, 2.6/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (9/30/2009 – series premiere):

Households – 5.4/9 to 5.2/9 (-4%)
Viewers – 8.71M to 8.81M (+1%/+0.10M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.6/8 to 2.6/8 (n/c)

  • 8:30 p.m.: The series premiere of Better With You (4.8/8 HH rating/share, 7.97M viewers, 2.5/7 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: The second season premiere of Modern Family (7.4/12 HH rating/share, 12.61M viewers, 5.0/14 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (9/23/2009 – series premiere):

Households – 7.8/13 to 7.4/12 (-5%)
Viewers – 12.61M to 12.61M (n/c)
Adults 18-49 – 4.2/11 to 5.0/14 (+19%)

  • 9:30 (9:31) p.m.: The second season premiere of Cougar Town (5.2/8 HH rating/share, 8.35M viewers, 3.3/9 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (9/23/2009 – series premiere):

Households – 7.1/11 to 5.2/8 (-27%)
Viewers – 11.28M to 8.35M (-26%/-2.93M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.4/11 to 3.3/9 (-25%)

  • 10:00 p.m.: The series premiere of The Whole Truth (3.3/6 HH rating/share, 4.91M viewers, 1.5/4 A18-49 rating/share).

FOX followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.7/6 household rating/share and 6.568 million viewers, but managed a second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 2.9/8 rating/share.

Last Week:

2.8/5 HH rating/share [#3]
4.764M
viewers [#3]
2.0/6
A18-49 rating/share [#3]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The eighth season premiere of Hell’s Kitchen (3.4/6 HH rating/share, 5.95 viewers, 2.6/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (TUES; 7/21/2009 – 8:00-9:00 & 9:00-10:00 – season six premiere):

Households – 3.6/6 to 3.4/6 (-6%)
Viewers – 6.09M to 5.95M (-2%/-0.14M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.8/10 to 2.6/8 (-7%)

Season premiere comparison (TUES; 6/1/2010 – 8:00-8:59 – season seven premiere):

Households – 3.6/6 to 3.4/6 (-6%)
Viewers – 6.22M to 5.95M (-4%/-0.27M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.9/10 to 2.6/8 (-10%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: Another hour of Hell’s Kitchen (4.0/6 HH rating/share, 7.19M viewers, 3.1/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Last week’s numbers (MasterChefseason one finale – 8:00-10:00):

Households – 2.8/5
Viewers – 4.81M
Adults 18-49 – 2.0/6

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 1.6/3 household rating/share, 2.569 million viewers and a 1.1/3 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

1.7/3 HH rating/share [#5]
2.790M
viewers [#5]
1.2/4
A18-49 rating/share [#t4]

  • 8:00 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model (1.8/3 HH rating/share, 2.82M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 1.8/3 to 1.8/3 (n/c)
Viewers – 2.88M to 2.82M (-2%/-0.06M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.3/4 to 1.3/4 (n/c)

  • 9:00 p.m.: Hellcats (1.4/2 HH rating/share, 2.32M viewers, 1.0/3 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers:

Households – 1.6/3 to 1.4/2 (-12.5%)
Viewers – 2.64M to 2.32M (-12%/-0.32M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.1/3 to 1.0/3 (-9%)

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Notes: Network average numbers from the week prior are based on preliminary data. Comparisons from the week prior (or episode-to-episode, etc.) on specific shows are based on final national data. Ratings for the current day are based on preliminary data. (Expect all three scenarios to be the case at all times, unless otherwise noted). The final numbers for first-run episodes that aired this evening will be reported the following week. So for example, the final numbers for tonight’s episode of “Criminal Minds” will be reported in next weeks report for Wednesday, September 29, 2010. Also keep in mind that because these are preliminary numbers, when the finals are released there may be noticeable changes.

And lastly, there may be some errors in the data due to rounding/human error. I’ll do my best to limit those mistakes and correct them in time for the next weeks report.

Source: The Nielsen Company | Ratings information on this page consists of Preliminary and/or Final National numbers which include both Live viewing and DVR playback for the Same Day (defined as Live + Same Day or 3am-3am viewing). | Daily ratings figures can be found at PI Feedback, Zap2It and TV by the Numbers.

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