The down trend this week continued with another night of steep declines. The entire ABC lineup was down from last week to tie or post new season lows (except Thanksgiving eve): The Middle (2.5/7, off 4%), Suburgatory (2.4/6, down 8%), Modern Family (4.7/12, down 15%), Happy Endings (2.5/6, down 14%) and Revenge (2.4/6), which was off 4% for one of its most pivotal episodes to date.

CBS’ Survivor (3.0/8) started its new season on the low side, down two tenths from last year’s February premiere, though it may trim the gap to one tenth in the finals. Criminal Minds (3.0/7) was down 9% from last week for a season low, while CSI (2.7/7) perked up, increasing 8% from last week to win the 10 PM hour. Is new star Elisabeth Shue behind the gains? (more…)