pagetbrewster criminalminds 290 TV ratings: CBS, 'Criminal Minds' lead a quiet WednesdayFast National ratings for Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009

CBS coasted to a ratings win Wednesday night thanks to its pair of crime dramas, but none of the broadcast networks had much to cheer about as ratings were a soft across the board.

The night’s top show, “Criminal Minds,” along with “Law & Order: SVU” and “America’s Next Top Model,” were all up a bit from last week, but pretty much every other show fell a bit.

For the night CBS averaged 11.1 million viewers and a 7.1 rating/12 share in households, easily beating second-place NBC (7.2 million, 4.8/8). FOX (7 million, 4.3/7) came in third. ABC’s 6.3 million viewers and 4.2/7 were good enough for fourth, while The CW drew 2.1 million people and a 1.4/2.

FOX and CBS tied for the lead among adults 18-49 at 2.9. ABC finished third in the demographic with a 2.2, narrowly beating NBC’s 2.1. The CW drew a 1.0.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC: “Mercy” (7.3 million viewers, 4.8/8 households)
CBS: “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (7 million, 4.5/8)/”Gary Unmarried” (7.1 million, 4.5/7)
FOX: “So You Think You Can Dance” (6.8 million, 4.2/7)
ABC: “Hank” (5.8 million, 3.9/7)/”The Middle” (6.4 million, 4.1/7)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” (3.1 million, 2.1/4)

18-49 leader: “So You Think You Can Dance” (2.6)

9 p.m.

CBS: “Criminal Minds” (13.7 million, 8.6/13)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” (9.3 million, 6.1/9)
ABC: “Modern Family” (8.6 million, 5.4/8)/”Cougar Town” (7.4 million, 4.7/7)
FOX: “Glee” (7.2 million, 4.4/7)
The CW: “Melrose Place” rerun (1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: “Criminal Minds” (3.6)

10 p.m.

CBS: “CSI: NY” (12.6 million, 8.2/14)
NBC: “The Jay Leno Show” (5.2 million, 3.5/6)
ABC: “Eastwick” (4.9 million, 3.5/6)

18-49 leader: “CSI: NY” (3.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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Posted by:Rick Porter