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Wednesday is a three-net battle

Strong performances by rivals buries NBC on the night

Opposite weak numbers on NBC, the lineups of ABC, CBS and Fox all performed well on the first Wednesday of November. ”The X Factor” lifted Fox to a demo victory and CBS’ ”Survivor” impressed, while ABC’s ”Modern Family” was the night’s No. 1 show and its rookie drama ”Revenge” posted best-since-premiere scores to win at 10 in demos.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”The X Factor” averaged a 3.9 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 11.5 million viewers overall as Fox again turned its entire Wednesday over to the reality show. ”X Factor” was down just slightly from its most recent Wednesday episode before taking a break for baseball, winning three of its four half-hours among adults 18-49. Fox won the night in 18-49 as well as 25-54 (4.7/11).

ABC had a good night, even though opening-hour comedies ”The Middle” (2.9/9 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall) and ”Suburgatory” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) were down from last week when they faced lesser competition. ”Modern Family” (5.6/14 in 18-49, 13.2 million viewers overall) again won at 9 p.m., and ”Happy Endings” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) matched last week’s series high. Closing out the night, ”Revenge” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) delivered its best scores since its series premiere, winning the hour in 18-49.

At CBS, ”Survivor” (3.5/10 in 18-49, 11.9 million viewers overall) matched last week’s season high in 18-49 while drawing its largest overall audience since last December; it was just slightly behind ”X Factor” for the 8 o’clock hour in 18-49 and beat the Fox show head-to-head in 25-54 and total viewers. It was followed by ”Criminal Minds” (3.6/9 in 18-49, 12.8 million viewers overall), which was on the low side but still delivered a solid number, and at 10, ”CSI” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall) was up slightly over its most recent original episode. CBS won the night in total viewers.

Wednesday remains a struggle for NBC, as ”Up All Night” hit a low at 8 o’clock (1.8/5 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), and ”Harry’s Law” was again overwhelmed at 9 (1.1/3 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall). ”Law and Order: SVU” built sharply on ”Harry’s” at 10 (2.0/5 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) but ran third in its timeslot.

CW aired a repeat of ”Ringer” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall) followed by ”America’s Next Top Model” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall), which was down from last week when it didn’t face ”X Factor.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 3.9/10; ABC, 3.5/9; CBS, 3.3/9; NBC, 1.5/4; Univision, 1.4/4; CW, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 11.8 million; Fox, 11.5 million; ABC, 9.3 million; NBC, 6.1 million; Univision, 3.3 million; CW, 1.5 million.

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