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ABC’s ‘Suburgatory’ solid in week two

'Modern' tops in demos; 'Factor,' 'Criminal' strong

ABC’s new comedy ”Suburgatory” held up well in its second outing, again building on its lead-in ”The Middle.” The net’s ”Modern Family” was the night’s top show in demos, while CBS’ ”Criminal Minds” and Fox’s ”The X Factor” also shined.

Fox won the night among adults 18-49, edging out the three-hour averages of CBS and ABC, while the Eye had it in both adults 25-54 and total viewers, with its ”Criminal Minds” standing as Wednesday’s most-watched program overall for the first time this fall.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, Fox remained strong on the night with a 90-minute edition of ”The X Factor” (3.9 rating/11 in 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall), which was on par with last week’s performance and again won the 8 o’clock hour. Closing out the night, Fox aired a special original episode of Tuesday comedy ”Raising Hope” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall), placing third in 18-49.

At ABC, ”The Middle” kicked things off (steady at 2.7/9 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall), followed by the second week of ”Suburgatory” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall), which was down 9% week to week but again was up in 18-49 rating over its lead-in and a nice improvement over last year’s ”Better With You.” ”Modern Family” followed at 9 and was again the night’s No. 1 show in demos (5.6/14 in 18-49, 13.1 million viewers overall), with the net then losing nearly half of that audience by 9:30 p.m. with ”Happy Endings” (2.9/7 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall). And at 10, new drama ”Revenge” continues to perform reasonably well (2.5/7 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall), down 7% week to week but still second in in demos for the hour and a good improvement over the net’s performance in the slot last fall.

CBS remained solid throughout the night, starting with ”Survivor” (3.1/9 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall), which was second to ”X Factor” for the 8 o’clock hour. ”Criminal Minds” was up at 9 p.m. (3.8/10 in 18-49, 13.3 million viewers overall), seemingly taking advantage of Fox’s shift from ”X Factor” to comedy at 9:30. And at 10, ”CSI” remained the hour’s leader (2.9/8 in 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall), but was down a bit week to week.

NBC started the night on a positive note as ”Up All Night” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) was up a tick week to week and again provided the net with time period improvement. But ”Free Agents” held at its low level (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall), and doesn’t figure to remain in the 8:30 p.m. timeslot for much longer. The comedy hour was followed by ”Harry’s Law” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall), which held steady in the demo while growing in total viewers. And at 10, ”Law and Order: SVU” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) was flat while its drama rivals were both down.

CW continues to struggle Wednesdays at 8 p.m. with ”Hater” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall), while ”America’s Next Top Model” held at its sub-par level (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.5/10; CBS, 3.3/9; ABC, 3.2/9; Univision, 1.7/4; CW, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 11.9 million; Fox, 10.2 million; ABC, 8.9 million; NBC, 6.9 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 1.4 million.

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