criminalminds 290 TV ratings: Crime pays for CBS WednesdayFast National ratings for Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009

CBS’ crime dramas paved the way to a ratings win Wednesday night, while elsewhere ABC’s 9 o’clock comedies rebounded a little from their numbers last week and NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” grabbed its biggest audience of the season.

CBS averaged 11.3 million viewers and a 7.2 rating/12 share in households for the night. NBC (7.4 million, 4.9/8) edged out FOX (7.3 million, 4.4/7) for second place. ABC came in fourth with 6.7 million viewers and a 4.4/7. The CW (2 million, 1.4/2) was, as usual, at the back of the pack.

FOX narrowly won the adults 18-49 demographic with a 3.1 rating, finishing just ahead of CBS’ 3.0. ABC’s 2.3 was good enough for third, followed by NBC, 2.1, and The CW, 0.9.

Wednesday night hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (7.5 million viewers, 4.9/8 households)/“Gary Unmarried” (7.4 million, 4.7/8)
NBC: “Mercy” (7.3 million, 4.7/8)
FOX: “So You Think You Can Dance” (7.1 million, 4.3/7)
ABC: “Hank” (6.2 million, 4.2/7)/”The Middle” (6.7 million, 4.3/7)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” (3.1 million, 2.1/3)

18-49 leader: “So You Think You Can Dance” (2.8)

9 p.m.

CBS: “Criminal Minds” (13.4 million, 8.3/13)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” (8.8 million, 5.9/9)
ABC: “Modern Family” (9.3 million, 5.8/9)/”Cougar Town” (7.9 million, 5.1/8)
FOX: “Glee” (7.5 million, 4.5/7)
The CW: “Melrose Place” rerun (880,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: “Criminal Minds” and “Modern Family” tied at 3.6

10 p.m.

CBS: “CSI: NY” (12.9 million, 8.5/15)
NBC: “The Jay Leno Show” (6.2 million, 4.0/7)
ABC: “Eastwick” (5.1 million, 3.6/6)

18-49 leader: “CSI: NY” (3.2)

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