In a nutshell, Fox’ and CBS’ lineups, pushed down by ABC’s broadcast of the CMA Awards last Wednesday, rebounded slightly last night, while the ABC series were dented by the pre-emption, all returning lower after the break. Fox won the night in 18-49 with The X Factor (3.8/10, 11.2 million), which was up a tenth from its fast national 18-49 rating last Wednesday and up 10% in total viewers. (The reality competition always gets adjusted up in the finals.)
CBS’ Survivor: South Pacific (3.3/9, 11.5 million) picked up 2 tenths from its fast national last week, Criminal Minds (3.7/9, 12.5 million) perked up 9%, and CSI (2.6/7, 10.5 million) rose a tenth. In their tight demo rating race at 10 PM, CSI and ABC’s Revenge finished tied for No.1, with CSI once again topping the hour in total viewers. CBS (3.2/8, 11.5 million) was No.1 for the night in viewers and third in 18-49.
ABC’s The Middle (2.9/9) was even with its fast national 2 weeks ago (down a tenth from the final), Modern Family (5.5/14) was down a tenth, and Happy Endings (3.2/8) was down 9%. The declines for rookies Suburgatory (2.8/8) and Revenge (2.6/6) were in the double-digits: 10% and 13%, respectively. ABC (3.3/9, 8.9 million) finished second for the night in 18-49 and third in total viewers.
NBC’s Up All Night (1.9/5, 4.8 million) was up a tenth in 18-49, after being stuck at a series-low 1.8 demo rating for the past couple of weeks. But, after inexplicably rising by 2 tenths to a 1.3 demo rating last week, sophomore Harry’s Law (1.1/3, 7.2 million), which just received a full-season order, slipped by that much to its level from 2 weeks ago. Law & Order: SVU (1.9/5, 7.3 million) was flat. The CW’s America’s Next Top Model (1.9 million, 0.8/2 in 18-49) held steady in the demo and was up 12% in total viewers.