'Suburgatory,' 'Revenge' both look good; 'Happy' up

On a night of overlapping baseball playoff games on Fox and TBS, the more female-skewing ABC had the top entertainment lineup among young adults thanks to another big outing for ”Modern Family” and solid performances by the young shows surrounding it. CBS, paced by ”Criminal Minds,” remained on top in total viewers.

Baseball pre-empted Fox’s reality contest ”The X Factor,” which had been winning its two-hour block in demos for the first three weeks of the season.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC started its night with ”The Middle” (2.8/9 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall), which again easily beat its comedy competition on NBC. It was followed at 8:30 p.m. by the second week of ”Suburgatory” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall), which retained nearly all of its premiere rating. ”Modern Family” then led the 9 o’clock half-hour as usual (5.7/14 in 18-49, 13.4 million viewers overall), and second-year comedy ”Happy Endings” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) was on the rise and held more of its lead-in this week. And capping the night for ABC was rookie drama ”Revenge” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall), which is looking more and more like a keeper after growing week to week and edging ahead of CBS vet ”CSI” for the 18-49 drama lead in the hour.

CBS held pretty steady with its veteran programs, as ”Survivor” (3.2/9 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall) was up slightly in the demo to win its hour, and ”Criminal Minds” (3.7/9 in 18-49, 12.7 million viewers overall) was in line with last week to place second in most categories and first in total viewers. At 10, ”CSI” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) was down a bit week to week as it figured to be most impacted by the two baseball games airing in the hour.

Fox had to scrap its planned two-hour episode of ”The X Factor” due to a baseball playoff game that started more than two hours late and then went into extra innings. From 8 to 10:30 p.m., Fox’s stations averaged a 3.2 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 10.2 million viewers overall for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between Texas and Detroit, with these numbers subject to revision in the nationals as they do not accurately reflect West Coast viewing. TBS also aired baseball action, with Game 3 of the National League Championship Series between Milwaukee and St. Louis, which started at around 8 ET.

NBC’s rookie comedy ”Up All Night” dipped week to week (2.0/6 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), and the net improved its standing some at 8:30 p.m. with a repeat of ”Whitney” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) airing in place of the cancelled ”Free Agents.” Holding steady week to week were dramas ”Harry’s Law” at 9 (1.2/3 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) and ”Law and Order: SVU” at 10 (2.1/5 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall).

CW gave extra exposure to first-year drama ”Ringer” by slotting a repeat at 8 (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall) in place of the cancelled ”Hater,” and 9 p.m. reality show ”America’s Next Top Model” held steady (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 3.4/9, CBS and Fox, 3.2/8; NBC, 1.6/4; Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 11.3 million; Fox, 10.2 million; ABC, 9.1 million; NBC, 6.5 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 1.5 million.

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