Fox’s newly renewed The X Factor returned to Wednesdays for its second live show, which delivered a 3.9/10 among adults 18-49 and 11.5 million. That was down 10% in the demo from the fast national rating for the series’ first live-performance episode last Tuesday (X Factor usually gains a tenth in the finals, which it did again last night per data just released by Fox; its 4.0 final rating is down 9% from the final for last week’s live show). The two-hour X Factor led Fox to a decisive nightly victory in 18-49 and a very close No. 2 finish in total viewers behind CBS (3.3/9, 11.8 million).
CBS’ Survivor: South Pacific (3.5/10, 11.9 million) was up a tenth from its fast national demo rating last week, putting the reality veteran on track to post new season highs in 18-49 and total viewers for a second straight week. Last week, Survivor climbed from a 3.4 to a 3.5 in the demo to clear a new season high and will likely be adjusted up to a 3.6 today to post a new season best. Criminal Minds (3.6/9, 12.8 million) was down 8% in the demo from its last original two weeks ago, while CSI (2.7/7, 10.6 million) was up a tenth.
ABC’s series transitioned from negative to positive territory as the night progressed. The Middle (2.9/9) and Suburgatory (3.1/8) were both down 9% from last week. Modern Family (5.6/14, 13.2 million) matched the fast national for its most recent original two weeks ago and will be even in the finals too to rank again as the night’s highest-rated and most watched program. Happy Endings (3.5/9) matched its 18-49 series high from last week while posting a new one in 18-34. Rookie drama Revenge (3.0/8) logged a double-digit gain for a second consecutive week, up 11%, to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the 10 PM among 18-49. ABC (3.5/9, 9.3 million) finished second for the night in 18-49.
NBC had another night it’d rather forget. New comedy Up All Night (1.8/5) was down 14% from its last original two weeks ago for a series low. After delivering consistently a 1.2 demo rating for over a month, sophomore Harry’s Law slipped to a 1.1/3 last night. The bleeding continued at 10 PM, where Law & Order: SVU (2.0/5) was down 9%. Harry’s Law and SVU drew similar-size audiences: 7.086 million and 7.040 million, respectively.