Fox and ABC, which have alternated at the top of the Wednesday 18-49 rankings this season, finished tied last night — but for second place, not first . Paced by Survivor, CBS (3.1/8) posted its first Wednesday demo win this season, edging Fox and ABC (3.0/8). Heading toward its season finale, Survivor: South Pacific (3.3/9) was up 6% from last week. Criminal Minds (3.4/8) was down 8% from its last original two weeks ago and CSI (2.5/7) was down 4%, with both series tying their season lows.
ABC’s series were up from the depressed ratings levels for their Thanksgiving Eve episodes, though those segments were labeled as specials and won’t count towards the shows’ season averages. Versus the most recent regular episodes on November 16, The Middle (2.8/8) was down a tenth fast national-to-fast national and Suburgatory (2.8/8) was flat (down a tenth from the final). Modern Family (5.0/13) was down 9% (11% from the final) to log its lowest-rated regular telecast to date, Happy Endings (2.9/7) was also down 9% and Revenge (2.4/6) was down 8%.
Similarly, NBC’s Up All Night (1.8/5) was up 20% from the special Thanksgiving Eve episode but down a tenth from its most recent regular telecast the previous Wednesday to tie its series low. Harry’s Law (1.2/3) was down 8% from last week, while Law & Order: SVU (1.9/5) was down 14% to tie its series low.
The season finale of CW’s America’s Next Top Model (2.4 million, 1.0/3) posted double-digit week-to-week increases: up 24% in total viewers, 25% in 18-49 and 27% in 18-34. It hit a cycle high in total viewers and matched its highest numbers among adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 this season.