joe mantegna 320 TV ratings: 'LOLA,' most other shows fall as CBS wins WednesdayFast National ratings for Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

The opening night of the baseball playoffs may have drained a few viewers from broadcast TV, as everyone but FOX lost viewers compared to last week. “Law & Order: Los Angeles” took the biggest hit, dropping 2 million viewers from its premiere.

The rankings didn’t change much, though, which meant CBS — led by “Criminal Minds” — ended the night on top. The Eye averaged 11.6 million viewers and a 7.0 rating/12 share among households in primetime. NBC (7.7 million, 5.1/9) came in second, a little ahead of ABC (7.1 million, 4.4/7). FOX drew 6.6 million people and a 3.9/6, a slight improvement on its performance last Wednesday. The CW (2.5 million, 1.7/3) trailed. (Ratings for the baseball playoffs on TBS will likely be available later in the day.)

FOX and CBS tied for the lead among adults 18-49 at 3.1. ABC grabbed third with a 2.5 (also up a tick from last week), and NBC was fourth with a 2.1. The CW earned a 1.1 in the demo.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: “Survivor: Nicaragua” (11.8 million viewers, 6.9/12 households)
ABC: “The Middle” (8 million, 4.9/8)/”Better With You” (6.9 million, 4.3/7)
NBC: “Undercovers” (6.24 million, 4.0/7)
FOX: “Hell’s Kitchen” (6.22 million, 3.7/6)
The CW: “America’s Next Top Model” (2.85 million, 1.9/3)

18-49 leader: “Survivor: Nicaragua” (3.6)

9 p.m.

CBS: “Criminal Minds” (13.7 million, 8.3/13)
ABC: “Modern Family” (11.35 million, 6.8/11)/”Cougar Town” (7.2 million, 4.5/7)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” (8.7 million, 5.7/9)
FOX: “Hell’s Kitchen” (7 million, 4.1/7)
The CW: “Hellcats” (2.2 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: “Modern Family” (4.5)

10 p.m.

CBS: “The Defenders” (9.3 million, 5.9/11)
NBC: “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (8.2 million, 5.5/10)
ABC: “The Whole Truth” (4.5 million, 3.0/5)

18-49 leader: “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (2.4)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Posted by:Rick Porter